Jean Busch is a believer in a holistic approach to health.

 

Kingwood acupuncturist Jean Busch wasn’t always a believer in alternative or Eastern medicine. After graduating from Humble High School, she spent 20 years practicing Western medicine as a critical-care registered nurse. In 1989, while looking for alternative solutions to her daughter’s asthma condition, Busch took a neighbor’s suggestion and took her to see an acupuncturist, and saw dramatic improvement in her condition.

“It made me a believer, and shortly after that, I began training to be an acupuncturist,” said Busch.

Acupuncture is a centuries-old Chinese method of unblocking chi, or qi, through the insertion of very fine, disposable, stainless steel needles at specific acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncturists believe the needles stimulate the body’s chi, and clear the path to send signals to the nervous and immune systems to reduce pain and resolve disease.

Busch said the needles are typically inserted and left in for 25 minutes.

“It feels like a tiny needle prick when the needle goes in. Most people actually fall asleep, or become highly relaxed during the treatment. They usually don’t want to get up off the table when the treatment is done.”

After the needles are inserted, Busch stays by the client’s side and uses “human touch technique” to help the client relax further. She said the majority of her clients find acupuncture to be helpful and rewarding and 90 percent return after their initial visit.

Clients come to her for a range of issues, including fertility or menstrual irregularity, diabetes, sinus and allergy problem, asthma issues, headaches, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, muscle and bone pain, drug and alcohol dependence, smoking cessation and weight loss. Busch said many of the clients who have come to her with fertility issues have become pregnant and that studies have shown IVF to be more effective when coupled with acupuncture.

Patience is required with alternative medicine, and acupuncture typically takes several sessions to be effective.

“Some people have immediate results, but for most people, it takes time. It doesn’t always have a dramatic effect immediately. We are working with your body’s own natural remedies to recover,” said Busch. Busch is also an advocate of Chinese herbal therapy and taking a holistic approach to health.

To be a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas, applicants are required to have graduated from an accredited school of acupuncture and passed a national board of examiners test. In the early 1990s, Busch attended the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston, earning a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine.

Busch’s office is located in Kingwood at 1525 Lakeville Drive, Suite 124. The initial one-hour acupuncture session is $100 and subsequent 45-minute sessions are $75. For more information or an appointment, call 281-358-7975.

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