General FAQ

How do I get started?

Call our office at 269-353-4833 to request an appointment. The Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan is conveniently located – click here for directions.

Do you offer services other than acupuncture?

Yes! Please see our Wellness Page.

How much do services cost?

The answer to this question varies depending on the services provided.  Additionally, discounts are offered to students and senior citizens.  Please contact our office for more information. 

Does my insurance cover services at the Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan?

Some health insurance plans do cover acupuncture. As plans vary widely, you should check with your company to see what your specific policy covers. The Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan does not bill insurance companies directly. However, we can provide you with an itemized receipt with proper insurance coding that you can submit for reimbursement, apply to a health savings account or use for tax deduction purposes.

What forms of payment for services are accepted?

Cash, personal check and credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) are accepted forms of payment for services.

How long has the Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan been in operation?

The Center was opened in 1994. Our team of acupuncturists brings over 50 years of combined experience to your care. 

What do you mean by “complete wellness now”?

When we treat you as a whole person – not just your symptoms or condition - a more complete level of health and wellness becomes possible. 

Acupuncture FAQ

What should I expect at a session?

On your first visit, we will spend approximately 1½ -2 ½  hours with you and take an in-depth history and examination, as well as give you your first treatment. This will allow us to carefully assess the physical and emotional factors that might be affecting your health.

Once all needed data is gathered, we will come up with a treatment plan to balance your overall health and treat the main issue. After your initial visit, sessions usually last 60-90 minutes.

How should I prepare?

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Come with any questions you have, we’re here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Try not to come hungry or overly full to your session.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that you may have experienced.
What is the level of training the acupuncturists have here?

All of the acupuncturists at the Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan are Nationally Board Certified by the NCCAOM – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Each has a full undergraduate degree, and then an additional 3-5 years of master’s level training in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by a nationally certified acupuncture school.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the national organization that tests acupuncturists and grants certification for 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture (43 states plus the District of Columbia). Every acupuncturist at the Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan is NCCAOM Board Certified.

Energy Genesis FAQ

What is the technology?

It’s a chamber that uses sound and light to bring the body back into balance naturally so that it can heal itself.   A reset or reboot for the body so to speak.

What is the history of the technology?

Barry McNew invented the first technology called Life Vessel in 1997.  In the back of his mind knew there would come a day to bring forth another technology, and in 2014 he released the Energy Genesis technology.  Both technologies are benefiting people from all over the world.  After years of research and effort, Barry was able to obtain FDA clearance on both technologies.  He has dedicated his life to researching and studying the effects of the technology and he continues to work tirelessly to help others have a better quality of life and heal naturally.

There are centers in over 10 US cities and in 2 countries to-date.  We are growing faster now than ever as society gets tired of modern methods of healing and is in search of more natural and non-invasive ways to get well.

Barry did many years of successful research and was asked to speak in front of the World Health Organization (WHO), which he did in 2005. A successful University research study on Energy Genesis had been conducted under the direction of Dr. Norm Shealy, MD in Missouri.  The results will be published and we will post them when they are available.  We have studied the technology at length and have many medical results (pre and post) of the healing potential.  

Is this technology just for people who are ill?

 NO, it’s for anyone wanting to stay healthy and naturally detox / de-stress the body in a non-invasive way.

What kind of conditions / illnesses does the technology work with?

Clients have reported results from all kinds of conditions and illness – everyone is different so everyone will have different results.

Can I use the technology if I have metal in my body?

Yes, we have served clients with all kinds of metal parts, plates and hardware inside the body.

What should I expect from the session / sessions?

The first possibility is everyone is different. One possibility is that you could experience a burst of energy as the sessions boost the vitality of the cells, organs and tissues and raise your vibration. If this happens don’t over exert yourself…do 60% (or less) of what you feel you can do.  Conserve that energy for healing.  It’s not uncommon to first experience an increase in energy and then gradual fatigue as your cells use the energy to release toxins and heal.

A second possibility is that you might not feel much difference.  This too is normal and acceptable.  It can mean that your body is using the energy to repair and cleanse at a very deep level.  We often see this response in people who are either quite debilitated or already pretty healthy and stable.

A third possibility is that you might become fatigued or even exhausted when the body is healing.  You could develop brain fog (from the releasing of toxins / detoxing, but it will flush out by drinking water), headaches, achiness or other signs that your body is releasing stored toxins.  You are asked to drink a lot of water to flush.  Don’t try to push through the feelings of being tired…rest!  You will be able to work and function during the day, but you should plan to rest and not over book yourself after your daily required commitments.

Can children use the chamber?

Yes, we have had children as young as 8 weeks and adults as old at 93 in the chamber.

Is there an application for couples / family members and when is it recommended that two people use the chamber together?

This is a great option to strengthen the relationship between couples or parent and child, promoting good communication.

Why should I do a set of sessions versus a single session?

If you have chronic or long standing conditions the series of 3 sessions are recommended until you achieve a level of wellness you desire.  A set of sessions last longer. When we have you in the chamber for 3 days in a row and worked to train the body for 3 days it will hold the cell memory / muscle memory longer than a single session. At that point tune-ups and maintenance sessions are recommended.

What is the cost to do a set of sessions and what does it include?

 A set of sessions for one person includes a client intake (review of paperwork that covers stressors you have and conditions you are looking to clear), 3 days of sessions (1 per day for 3 consecutive days), a post follow up and dietary suggestions for 21 days, a follow up after 21 days.  The set of sessions is more powerful (as in deeper emotional healing, deeper physical healing and longer lasting).  The set of sessions is stronger to help reset of the body, retrain the body and continue healing for 3+ weeks.  The cost is $411.

What is the cost of a single session for one person and what does it include?

A single session is more for tune-ups or maintenance for stress and environmental detox.  The single sessions do not go as deep as the set of sessions to heal the body, but do work very effectively for detox, stress, trauma and more. The cost of a single session is $144.

Do you offer a membership at a reduced cost?

Yes. After you have completed at least one series of three sessions, and  with a 6-12 month commitment to a single session each month, the cost is reduced to $111/month (instead of $144). Members really look forward to coming in to reset each month.

How long do I have to wait to use the chamber after doing a set of sessions?

At least 21 days.

When are single sessions recommended?

For those that have already done sets and would like to stayed “tuned up”. Also, for those that want to use it for stress relief, detox and preventative maintenance to stay healthy.  We do have a membership program for those that are interested.  

What is the cost for couples / family members to do the session(s) together?

$155 for a single session for a couple or family members. A set of sessions for two people is $444. Again, this helps strengthen communication and relationships.

Do you guarantee results?

No, per the FDA and other government organizations we cannot make any claims or guarantee anyone results. Feel free to browse the testimonials (written and video) on the website to see what others have reported, but since each client is different we can never tell what results an individual will receive.

Bengston Energy Healing Method® FAQ

What is the Bengston Energy Healing Method®?

The Bengston Energy Healing Method® is an innovative energy-based healing technique developed by researcher William Bengston, PhD, that engages natural energy fields and systems, and that Dr. Bengston’s published research with animal populations has shown to be effective. Dr. Bengston has been conducting research on this form of energy therapy for several decades and has proven the effectiveness of his technique in 10 controlled animal experiments conducted in 5 university biological and medical laboratories. His healing research has produced the first successful full cures of transplanted mammary cancer and methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas in experimental mice with hands-on techniques that he helped develop. Mice that had successful full cures also had no recurrences of cancer.

Although the Bengston Energy Healing Method® appears to have promising physical, mental and spiritual health benefits for humans, it has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical and psychological communities for human application. The Bengston Energy Healing Method® is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment from appropriate professionals and would be considered "alternative" or "complementary" to the healing arts that are licensed in the United States. Dr. Bengston strongly advises individuals to seek professional advice as appropriate before making any health decisions. For more information about the method and its development, please see Dr. Bengston’s website at

What are examples of typical results with the Bengston method?

It depends on the individual and the health challenge. The Bengston Energy Healing Method® appears to be the most helpful in individuals with fast-growing cancers. The faster growing the cancer, the more quickly the method seems to work. The slower growing, the longer it seems to take.

Clinical experience also shows the Bengston Energy Healing Method® can have very successful results for Alzheimer’s, allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal diseases, eczema and more.

It is also effective on dogs and cats with health challenges.

What does it feel like to receive a treatment?

Depending on how energy-sensitive you are, you may or may not feel the energy moving in you. However, we always ask clients to get into a comfortable position, lying down, because they often fall asleep during the treatment. Many clients feel a greater than usual need to sleep for several days after a treatment.

Do treatments need to be done hands-on?

No, they can also be done as distance healing with exactly the same effect. The principles of quantum physics explain why healing works equally well at a distance as in person, and the book we recommend most for understanding this is The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible in Physics, Medicine and Spirituality by Missimo Citro, MD.

How many treatments are required with the Bengston Energy Healing Method®?

Dr. Bengston generally recommends 8 sessions, typically a week apart. In late-stage cancer cases, they can be done twice a week.  

Can treatments be done more often?

They can be, but greater frequency does not appear to improve the outcome. It seems that the human body takes about a week to process as much energy as is received during one treatment, and that trying to give more energy sooner is like topping off a cup that is already full.

How can I learn more about the Bengston Energy Healing Method®?

Please go to Dr. Bengston’s website at Also, the book entitled The Energy Cure by Dr. Bengston explains the development of this therapy, and his set of CDs, Hands-On Healing, teaches the basic principles of the method.

What typically happens with Bengston Energy Healing Method® treatments?

Dr. Bengston’s laboratory research showed that, in mice, the Bengston Energy Healing Method® appears to hyper-stimulate the immune system. This means that, rather than shrinking tumors, the energy seems to hyper-cycle tumors out of the body — think of time-lapse photography of a rose, that shows the rose going very, very quickly from bud to flower to decay, when the rose no longer exists. With the lab mice, the tumors literally “exploded” out of their bodies, and the mice were not only cancer-free, they were permanently immune to cancer, no matter how many times they were re-injected with cancer cells.

Very common side effects of treatments are extreme emotional reactions and vivid dreams. The medical field of psychoneuroimmunology shows that emotional issues very frequently underlie physical disease, and it appears that Bengston treatments work simultaneously on any foundational emotional challenges as well as the physical disease to clear both aspects.
There are no clinical cases of that happening. However, just as they did in the lab mice, tumors in humans sometimes appear to change size before they disappear completely. This seems to be a normal, typical part of the process with this therapy. Also, just as with other forms of Eastern therapies like acupuncture or other energy medicine therapies, toxins are often released and clients can feel as though they are getting worse while they are getting better. For example, some clients experience skin rashes, pangs of pain in the tumor area, or other reactions. Again, this appears to be typical with the Bengston Energy Healing Method® and seems to indicate that healing is underway

Are you recommending that I use the Bengston Energy Healing Method® instead of getting chemo or radiation treatments?

Neither Dr. Bengston nor those who practice his methods are medical physicians. We make no diagnoses, we do not counsel people on the course of their treatment, and we make no recommendations regarding treatment options. Again, we strongly advise individuals to seek medical professional advice as appropriate before making any health decisions.

Why does this method appear to help some people and not others?

It has been the clinical experience of Dr. Bengston as well as the therapists he has trained that this method appears to work best with individuals who have not had chemotherapy or radiation treatments. The Bengston Energy Healing Method® appears to hyper-stimulate the immune system to achieve results. One hypothesis is that chemo and radiation may significantly compromise or “kill” the immune response, rendering The Bengston Energy Healing Method® less effective or completely ineffective in individuals who have had those types of treatment, even many years prior. Clinical experience also indicates that patients who do “image cycling,” a form of generating energy developed by Dr. Bengston, during their treatment programs have better outcomes. Instructions for image cycling are provided when treatment begins.

What is “charged cotton”?

Depending on the type of cancer and location of tumors, or certain other health challenges, charged cotton appears to support the progress of therapy. Dr. Bengston discovered that cotton can be “charged” with this particular energy, and that applying charged cotton to the tumor site appears to draw some level of disease energy out of the body and at the same time continuing the Bengston energy as treatment. If charged cotton is recommended in your particular therapy, it will be provided and you will be given instructions on how to use it.

Does Dr. Bengston work on clients himself?

He no longer does, as he has now dedicated his time and efforts to research and to teaching the Bengston Energy Healing Method®.

Can I do the Bengston Energy Healing Method® on myself?

Unfortunately not. It appears that, like most forms of energy medicine, the Bengston Energy Healing Method® must be performed by someone trained to do the therapy.

How can I schedule an appointment(s)?

Call the Acupuncture Center of SW MI at 269-353-4833. The fee is $90 for each session.  We recommend for most people to schedule four session and we will then reassess. For distance healing appointments we will take payment at the time you schedule your appointments. Also:

1.     We do not need any medical records, but we require a detailed description of your most recent diagnosis.

2.     If you are not receiving the therapy in person, we need your full name, address and a recent photo of you (JPEG), all of which you can email to us.

3.     We also ask that, within 48 hours after a treatment, you email us and let us know how you are feeling. If you want to share what you experienced during the treatment, we are happy to hear about that. But it is more important for you to describe any physical, mental and emotional changes, however subtle they may be, during the days following the treatment.

4.     After we have completed your first set of sessions, we will assess your response to the treatments. If there are no changes whatsoever, this may not be a suitable therapy for you at this time. If any changes occur, you are encouraged to continue with more sessions.

We request that communication during the course of therapy, including updates, questions and responses, be via email so that we can track and save data and other documentation in writing. However, consultations by phone are available at any time by appointment. The fee is $90 an hour in any increment you wish to schedule.

Trinfinity8 FAQ

How is the Trinfinity8 different from a Rife Generator, or any other frequency generator, for that matter?

The frequencies generated on a Rife deliver a single frequency or sequence of frequencies that target a particular organ, symptom or parasite, for example. They may or may not be the exact frequencies needed for each individual.

In contrast, Trinfinity8 delivers information to the body in the form of mathematical codes. It does not target disease states or individual organs. It supports cellular and system functions by delivering information to the body to support the body’s own healing process. Trinfinity8 streams millions of codes in an algorithmic format, rather than a single-frequency format.

Frequency generators do not have the audio and visual components which further enhance T8’s binary coding by infusing the body’s sensory functions with self-healing information.

What can I expect?

Individual results will vary, everyone will experience different results. One could compare it to meditation. They may not be able to explain what it is doing for them, but they know it is doing good. Some may notice a shift after one session, some after five, some after ten. It really depends on where someone is in their healing process (physical, emotional/mental, spiritual). We have found intention to be very powerful in the process. If one is open to receiving healing in whatever form it takes, one may experience more noticeable results.

The Trinfinity8 is a tool for aligning with one’s divinity, for awakening to one’s highest potential.

Some may feel that physically the progress of degeneration has been slowed. That a greater degree of vitality and quality of life has been restored. Many users report experiencing enhanced pleasant mental and emotional states. Everyone has a different experience.

The degree to which you can achieve any health goal will be determined by how fully one:

embraces the new energy they are feeling
mentally and emotionally focus on the positive and what they are grateful for 
keep their body hydrated daily
embrace positive changes in diet, exercise and sound nutrition
If you look in the mirror every day and say, I don’t see any changes, that can work against the progress your system is making. Negative affirmations, emotions and environment can have a strong negative influence on the system. 
It is suggested that you listen to your body and easily move in the new direction you desire for your life with enthusiasm, hope, gratitude, and love for yourself.

You are giving yourself a marvelous gift with your Trinfinity8 sessions — whether you own your own unit, go to a spa or health center for sessions. Feel the changes and be glad. You will see results in time. Embrace the gift of your healing and change with your heart and mind.

Will the T8 interfere with my medications?

No, there is nothing in the program that will interact with your medications. Since you are under a doctor’s supervision, you regularly report any changes in how you are feeling, so the doctor will adjust dosages accordingly, if your particular condition does change.

Do I have to continuously view the fractals on the monitor?

No. If you prefer to close your eyes that is fine. You can meditate if you like. In fact, you could fall asleep while it is running and still receive the energy through the crystals. The fractals work with the algorithmic codes and amplifies the information coming through to the user. The codes continue to work on you whether you watch the fractal animations or not.

Can I use the Trinfinity8 technology to do long-distance remote sessions?

Yes. Many of our practitioners and users send rejuvenation sessions effectively to loved ones and friends around the globe. As a Trifinity8 owner you will be instructed and shown how to do this simple procedure.

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