After years as a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. David Dai decided there was more to life than mice and rats.
"Clinical research is lots of fun. You can work with mice and rats, that's OK. But my major interest was to work with people," Dai said.
So, six years after leaving China to pursue a medical career in the United States, Dai combined his knowledge of western medicine with one of the oldest traditions of Chinese medicine and opened an acupuncture clinic.
He has spent the years since demonstrating how strategically placing needles on various points of the body can restore balance and alleviate everything from migraines to irritable bowel syndrome.
"Most people think, 'Oh, acupuncture works mostly for pain.' And, it does."
But, Dai explained, "Acupuncture is related to the philosophy of balance, yin and yang. You have white, you have black. You have day, you have night. You have highs, you have lows. Same with our bodies."
Each session starts with Dai listening to a patient's pulse and examining a patient's tongue.
"This is very important for Chinese medicine. It's like taking your temperature for a western doctor," Dai said.
Based on size, shape, color, even coating, Dai said, "The tongue can tell us whether the patient has a strong body or weak body, good circulation or bad circulation."
Those indicators help Dai decide where to place needles and what size needles to use, as well as whether to use gentle electrical impulses, heat lamps, cupping or Moxa (a tobacco-like plant that offers heat-therapy benefits when burned) to enhance the treatment.
Despite the differences from western medicine, Dai said most of his patients don't question his techniques.
"The biggest question is about insurance, since most insurances still do not cover acupuncture," Dai said.
That is changing; most insurance plans offer acupuncture-inclusive plans, but many employers decline the option to save money.
So, Dai said, he tries to keep his rates low, changing price only once in nearly 20 years.
After all, Dai said, "Whether you have money or not, you need help. And when you see the patients getting better, you feel so good."
To suggest a business for this spotlight, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUST THE FACTS
BUSINESS: Day & Day Acupuncture Clinic
ADDRESS: 7020 W. North Ave.
PHONE: (414) 476-8388
OWNER: David Dai
TYPE OF BUSINESS: acupuncture clinic
PEARLS OF WISDOM: "When you see the patients getting better, you feel so good."
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Business Spotlight: Jenny Kyle Smith hits the sweet spot after years of struggle
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: Kirchen's Car Sick Art is more art than cars
- Business Spotlight: Wauwatosa-based Irish Fest Center does more than put on a summer festival
- Business Spotlight: Sheeley Service puts the zip in your beverage of choice
- Business Spotlight: Face time is the best time for photographer Stephanie Bartz
- Dog trainer finds it's people who need aid
- Business Spotlight: Russ Drover finds beauty in the original
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: When he left the corporate world, he made new arrangements
- Business Spotlight: For Ruckus & Glee toy store in Wauwatosa, it's all about play
- Block Legal Services opens in Wauwatosa
- Business Spotlight: Guitarist Kirk Tatnall plays — and passes it along
- Business Spotlight: Seeking contact with life, Tom Gill found drumming
- Business Spotlight: Jonathon Leubner heard music calling and followed it
- Business Spotlight: Ray's takes its music, and its wine, seriously
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: From a personal quest to a rug store in Tosa
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: Bavaria, relatively new, harkens to the old world
- Business Spotlight: From 'bowling ball' to fitness trainer, Tony Becker's been there
- Business Spotlight: Incentive Gallery, without inventory, delivers the perfect thing
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: Cafe Blue takes pleasure in providing simple pleasures
- Wauwatosa Business Spotlight: Alicia Haugen, mom and designer, got into social media early