ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: MCKAY HEALING ARTS
A study released in 2016 by San Francisco-based Castlight Health company ranked Wilmington as the top city in America for opioid abuse. While it’s been a major issue for local police and healthcare providers to tackle, it’s also one McKay Healing Arts has been monitoring. According to owner Leon McKay, MATOM, LAC, acupuncture can alleviate chronic pain and addiction that have led to the opiate epidemic.
“Acupuncture is effective for most types of pain and very safe,” he explains. “We wish people would think of using acupuncture earlier instead of medication first. We could possibly act as a reducing factor for addiction.”
Acupuncture can be used for almost any type of pain—especially migraines, arthritis, neuropathy, allergies and most chronic pathology. encore readers recognize the value of these nontraditional services, as they voted McKay Healing Arts as Best Alternative Medicine.
For new patients who are curious about alternative medicine, McKay stresses how acupuncture is not painful. To add to his almost two decades of experience as a certified acupuncturist, McKay studied Shaolin Lohan Hands Qi Gong and medical Qi Gong, as well as tai chi for arthritis, all of which are taught at McKay Healing Arts.
“[Acupuncture’s] effectiveness is astounding,” he says. “It’s cost effective and it’s very safe in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist who has years of experience. Qi Gong is easily learned with meditation-like results, which improve health.”
McKay is planning to add another practitioner to his team in 2017, as well as expand Qi Gong treatments at their Wrightsville Avenue location (www.mckayacupuncture.com). —Shannon Gentry