Mari Stecker :: Acupuncture


Along with Dr. Edelberg, Mari Stecker is one of the three original co-founders of American WholeHealth which became WholeHealth Chicago in 1999. After graduating from the Midwest College for the Study of Oriental Medicine, she was one of the first recipients of licensure in acupuncture in the State of Illinois. Mari received National Board Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as well as hospital training in China. She has completed postgraduate studies in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.


According to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, traditional Chinese medicine has been proven to successfully treat a broad range of acute and chronic medical conditions. This has created a professional partnership between acupuncturists and the conventional medical community as physicians refer an increasing number of patients for treatment. Among the numerous diseases and disorders helped using acupuncture are:

  • Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine and Tension Headaches
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  • Low Back Pain/Sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel
  • Food/Seasonal Allergies (NAET allergy elimination technique)
  • Endometriosis, Menopause, PMS, Menstrual Disorders, Infertility
  • Colds and Flu, TMJ, Asthma

Let Mari’s expertise and experience support and guide you on your personal Healing Path.


The diagnostic process in traditional Chinese medicine involves classical procedures of observation, listening, and questioning. It also includes testing the quality of pulses, appearance of the tongue, and sensitivity of body parts.

Once your condition has been evaluated in terms of traditional Chinese medicine, Mari will review your specific concerns and develop a treatment plan. This may include acupuncture, remedial massage, cupping, herbal medicine, and nutrition/dietary interventions.

The duration of each session is one hour. Depending on the condition you may need one or two visits per week. You will be regularly re-evaluated to determine the total number of treatments needed.


Tuesday through Saturday


“I have immersed myself in the world of traditional Chinese medicine for almost twenty years, and continue to study and teach every day. But the real joy from all this is when I hear, ‘Hey, Mari, I think I’m finally feeling better!'”

Here’s my video


Our Practitioners

We have assembled a outstanding group of practitioners at WholeHealth Chicago, men and women who are leaders in their fields of expertise. Each practitioner has many years of experience and is dedicated to the integrative healthcare model at our center.

Join our Newsletter

Get advice and recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes from The Triple Whammy Food Plan, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!


Our Services

At WholeHealth Chicago we provide our patients with access to providers who use an integrative medicine/functional medicine model. Functional medicine is a real paradigm shift in the practice of health care. Instead of the traditional disease-centered focus of conventional medicine, functional medicine practitioners apply a patient-centered approach that addresses the whole person–not simply isolated symptoms.

The Knowledge Base


Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Join our Newsletter

Get advice and recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes from The Triple Whammy Food Plan, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!



Monthly Mindfulness Group
Sessions will include mindfulness meditations, guided visualizations, gentle yoga movements, walking meditations, journaling, and other stress reduction exercises.

Beginning September 14th, and following first Monday’s each month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

$25/month or purchase 6 months for $125

Presented by Bill Epperly, Ph.D and Renee Zambo   More>>

Weight Loss Class the Qigong Way

Sunday, November 1
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Non-traditional weight loss techniques.

How would you like to lose weight and keep it off?  No gimmicks, honest!  Learn unique, non-traditional ancient Chinese techniques to help increase your metabolism and supports weight loss.

Contact Samson Wong at for more information and to register.


Recent Health Tips

  • Harvard Economists Warn (And So Do I): Beware Of Cowboy Doctors!

    Harvard Economists Warn (And So Do I): Beware Of Cowboy Doctors!

    At some time in your life you’ll be faced with the very painful decision-making processes discussed in today’s Health Tip. Most likely it will involve an aged relative, but because death and dying are so random, you might be making similar decisions about your life …Read More »
  • Make $112,500,000 In Your Bathtub!

    Make $112,500,000 In Your Bathtub!

    There’s a lot you can do with your bathtub besides soaking or playing with your duck collection. Edelberg family legend holds that during Prohibition, a granduncle of mine made gin. You yourself, with a little effort, could raise turtles or tilapia. But if you were …Read More »

Light Boxes on Sale During October


If the dark days of winter make you feel down and sluggish, or if you start to crave more carbs, gain weight, and exercise less, you may have SAD or one of its variations. More>>