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Acupuncture &
Herbal Medicine

At Lakeland Acupuncturist we help you restore your health and vitality through the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is proven to remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative abilities, and strengthen the immune system. 

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Conditions Treated

Pain

Pain affects 116 million Americans  according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and almost 1/3 of these people experience chronic back pain. Drugs to treat pain are highly addictive and carry uncomfortable side effects. Surgeries can be risky, costly and sometimes have little impact on the pain.

Acupuncture can help. Regular treatments impact pain receptors in the brain and decreases muscle tension around stressed tissues. Pain reduction is often immediate and pain resolution is often achieved after a series of regular treatments.

Read more here about the largest study performed to date regarding the use of acupuncture to relieve pain and this New York Times article reviewing a 2012 study about acupuncture and pain.

Arthritis

About 27 million Americans suffer from pains of arthritis. Joint and muscle pain in areas like the spine, hips, and fingers makes this issue one of the major causes of disability  in adults.

Acupuncture can help. A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed a 40% decrease in pain and improvement of joint function from baseline after only 14 weeks of treatments.

Headaches

Over 50 million people experience some form of severe headaches at some point in their lives. A minor headache, let alone a more severe one can lead to to lost valuable time out of partaking in life. Drugs may work quickly and temporarily, however they do not address the root cause(s) and when used for long periods of time can produce unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help. It addresses the multitude of factors that contribute to headaches including body constitution, hormone imbalances, emotional health, excessive stress, and/or physical trauma. Regular treatments can reduce the severity and frequency and many times eliminate them completely.

Insomnia

It is estimated 32 million people in the U.S. suffer some form of insomnia- whether it is difficulty falling or staying asleep. As the body’s need to heal and recuperate is during sleep, disturbances can have a major impact on health. 

Oxygen-enriched blood flow increases with acupuncture and so the muscular and nervous systems are calmed preparing the body for sleep. Chinese herbs can also treat disturbances that prevent restful sleep such as breathing and digestive issues.

Click here to read more about how acupuncture helps improve sleep and the research supporting it.

Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture can be used to reduce the side effects of withdrawal and cravings experienced when quitting smoking. A study here published in the American Journal of Public Health reported that when ear acupuncture was combined with smoking cessation education, patients were more likely to stay smoke free post treatment (than just education alone).

The ear acupuncture used for smoking cessation is called the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) or the 5 Needle Protocol combined with other points selected according to your body unique needs.

If you are ready to quit smoking, consider acupuncture. It is recommended that patients receive at least two treatments a week to help with anxiety, cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal. Nutritional and herbal supplements can also be prescribed to help you along. After you quit, acupuncture can be reduced to maintenance treatments.

Stress

Over time stress takes a toll on our bodies. When threatened, the sympathetic nervous system is designed to activate, causing the heart rate to quicken and blood to flow to the extremities while shutting down other important functions like digestion. In addition, the adrenals secrete cortisol and over time high levels of cortisol will impact metabolism, increase blood pressure and inflammation and suppress the immune system.

Acupuncture can help by increasing blood circulation and oxygen in the tissues while decreasing cortisol and releasing natural painkillers and feel-good endorphins. Heart rate and blood pressure are lowered and muscles relax- leaving the body feeling less stressed. Review a study conducted in 2015 by Georgetown University Medical Center and published in The Journal of Endocrinology.

 

 

Neuropathy

Fatigue

Anxiety

Depression

Varicose Veins

Pediatrics

Erika uses a variety of treatment modalities when working with children and/or babies. She is specially trained in pediatric Tui Na, which is an effective bodywork technique for reducing symptoms in young children such as:

  • Digestive disorders- constipation, diarrhea and stomach pains
  • Immune challenges- common cold, chronic earaches
  • Neurological challenges- ADHD, migraine headaches, epilepsy

Erika also uses a cold laser as well as acupressure with children to stimulate the prescribed acupuncture points, which is a non-invasive and gentle technique.

Certain kids can do well with acupuncture needles as well, and each situation is handled individually and with sensitivity and fun!

Menopause

Chemotherapy

Neurological

parkinsons

dizziness

stroke recovery

epilepsy

Asthma

Colds & Flu

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects about 3-6% of the population globally- that is an estimated 200-400 million people worldwide and affects more women than men. Symptoms include fatigue, stiffness, aches and pains, muscle tenderness, sleep disturbances and digestive issues. A study conducted in 2010 suggests that acupuncture treatment is effective in relieving pain and discomfort that are symptoms of this disorder and also helps to address the underlying causes of the condition by restoring the balance to the body.

PMS

Pregnancy

Fertility

Of the approximately 62 million American women of reproductive age in 2002, 1.2 million (2%), had an infertility-related medical appointment within the previous year, and 10% had an infertility-related medical visit at some point in the past. A 2007 study found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. Women receiving acupuncture reported less stress, pain, nausea and stress after egg collection procedures compared to conventional analgesia. A 2008 study concluded acupuncture was effective as an adjunct therapy to IVF to aid in relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for improved rates of embryo implantation.

Addictions

Digestive Disorders/IBS

Digestive disorders can cause abdominal pain, gas/bloating, constipation/diarrhea and/or acid reflux/indigestion.  Chronic symptoms can lead to more serious diagnoses like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). An estimated 10–15% of adults in North America suffer from IBS , and it is associated with a significant reduction in health related quality of life. IBS is one of the most common reasons for work and school absenteeism. Acupuncture along with nutritional guidance and/or recommendations can help address the symptoms related to these conditions as demonstrated by this study conducted in 2012.

Weight Loss

According to the National Institutes of Health, 66% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to for having healthy blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also instrumental for preventing diseases related to weight- including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. Using acupuncture along with wellness coaching is a unique and cutting edge approach to permanent weight loss. 

Acupuncture is great for those interested in losing weight. First, it reduces cortisol, a hormone known for promoting weight gain (see this study that shows how acupuncture reduces cortisol levels). It also increases production of endorphins- a hormone related to the sensation of relaxation— improving stress management. Acupuncture helps you get out of pain and gain energy, so you can be more active in physical activities and exercise. In addition it helps reduce cravings for sugar and junk food and helps improve digestion and rebalances organ systems that govern metabolism.

Facial Rejuvenation

Acupuncture can be used for cosmetic purposes, also called an “acupuncture face-lift.” Combined with a healthy lifestyle, acupuncture is a non-invasive way to nourish the skin creating smoother, softer and hydrated skin. It is useful for avoiding side effects that can result from more costly and risky procedures like drug therapies and/or surgery.

The use of small needles on the face can boost collagen production and increase general circulation of blood and lymph to the face, improving the complexion. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture can be helpful to improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, puffy eyes, age spots and sagging skin. In addition to facial needles and a facial massage, a full acupuncture treatment is also received based on the patient’s unique constitution. This helps to boost overall health, so beauty can be realized from the inside-out. Often improvements in sleep, energy, digestion and stress management can be a “side-effect” of these facial rejuvenation treatments! 

Allergies

Chronic allergies creates physical symptoms such as sneezing congestion, sinus infections, hives, swelling, and itching or redness of the skin. It also creates emotional symptoms as many chronic allergy sufferers experience moodiness and/or depression as a result of aggravating symptoms. Many allergy medications also come with unwanted side effects like fatigue and low libido.

Acupuncture can help. Combined with herbal therapy, acupuncture improves the function of the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells in the body. Acupuncture can help alleviate sinus congestion and pressure as well, giving patients immediate relief.

PTSD

Many veterans suffer from PTSD.  The Veterans Administration (VA) reports that as many as 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have it.  Common war traumas include having been shot at, having seen someone shot or having seen death, but another cause of PTSD in veterans is military sexual trauma (MST).  According to the VA, 23% of women in the military report sexual assault.

Patients who receive acupuncture for PTSD report stress reduction, improved mental clarity, improved energy, enhanced performance, better sleep, fewer bad dreams and headaches, less anxiety and depression, reduced anger and pain, improved general health and better relationships.

and more…

Are you wondering if a health condition you have can be helped by acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine? Contact us for a free consult.

810-512-2957

info@lakelandacupuncturist.com

Meet Our Practitioners

Erika Schultz Dipl. OM, LAc, RAc, ACN

Erika Schultz Dipl. OM, LAc, RAc, ACN

Erika Schultz is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and a certified Applied Clinical Nutritionist (ACN).

Erika holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine  and advanced certifications in clinical nutrition through Texas Chiropractic College and Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies from Central Michigan University and a 200+ hour Hatha (Roots) Yoga Certification from Vital Yoga.

Erika’s passion for integrative medicine began at a very young age, with two parents who took a practical and critical perspective on healthcare when she began experiencing her own personal health crisis at the age of twelve. For years she managed the symptoms of her condition fairly successfully via preventative measures and medication. Over time, however, she began to see the impacts of stress, diet, and the pharmaceutical drug on her body.

A chronic foot condition led her to discover the healing benefits of acupuncture and then a few years later, encouraged by her twin sister and brother who are also healthcare providers, she was introduced to Nutrition Response Testing™. As a client she began to see immediate results- in energy level, weight loss, and overall vitality and quickly knew she had to share this system with her clients. She is passionate about helping them restore their own health by uncovering and addressing root causes and revealing the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

 

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Erika Schultz Dipl. OM, LAc, RAc, ACN

Founder, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist
Jean Dai, Dipl. Ac, RAc

Jean Dai, Dipl. Ac, RAc

Jean Dai’s interest in acupuncture began in 1990 when she enrolled in the First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TUTCM), one of the top 10 universities that specialize in Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In addition to a busy career in chemical engineering and being a single working mother at the time, she was able to successfully complete the coursework necessary to obtain a Certificate of Acupuncture in October of 1994.

After graduation, she practiced acupuncture with Dr. Hu Guang, a renowned acupuncturist at the Tianjin Hexi Hospital. Later, she immigrated to the United States to join her husband and reunite her family, and eventually became a registered Acupuncturist through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Since then, she has treated thousands of  patients with soft tissue injury disorders, various chronic pain syndromes, depression as well as other medical and gynecological symptoms. She is also very experienced in Cupping and Chinese therapeutic Tui Na massage. Jean has received many  letters and testimonials from patients thanking her for the results they have received as a result her treatments.

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Jean Dai, Dipl. Ac, RAc

Associate Acupuncturist
Now Hiring!

Now Hiring!

North Ann Arbor acupuncture practice seeks part-time associate to work in thriving acupuncture practice in bedroom community.

Busy 30 plus year chiropractic practice just steps away and regularly referring. Clients coming from Ann Arbor, Brighton, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Dexter and Saline.

Associate- Lakeland Acupuncturist

-competitive commission (both services and herb sales)

-2.5 days/week 

-see 12-14 patients/day 

-All supplies, equipment and linens provided

Please contact erika@paramountwell.com to apply or for more information.

 

 

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Associate Acupuncturist

What Our Patients Say About Us

Last night I had only one “episode” and it was short and much less intense. And, for the first time since all of the issues started, I was able to sleep part of the night on my right side! So pleased!!! And looking forward to more success with this painful issue! I can’t thank you enough!!

I had vague abdominal pains, chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain. I was under a lot of stress and had challenging family issues occur.

Now my abdominal pain has completely resolved and the neck and shoulder pain is improving. I am able to cope with stress more effectively and handle holidays successfully.

-CN Pinckney

I had a bad cough for 8 weeks prior to receiving acupuncture. After just a few visits my cough is completely gone!

-SM Pinckney

I had poor circulation, low energy, knee pain, back pain and high stress with constant ear ringing.

After just a month of regular treatments my circulation is improving, my energy is much higher. My back pain is gone, my knees are much better and I am managing stress better.

 

-BH Pinckney

I had left arm and shoulder pain for years and a constant nose drip. After just a few treatments my pain is gone and the nose drip is already not as bad!

-RS Pinckney

I was tired and hurting all the time. I could not stand up straight and walking was very difficult. My right leg was cramping on a regular basis. My hands were numb and non-functional to a major degree.

After just five sessions my leg is cramping far less. I am standing straighter and having more freedom of movement and walking. The feeling in my hands is slowly returning and some mobility is coming back in the fingers.

-MM Pinckney

I was rating my pain as a 9-10  on the pain scale. After just three sessions and less than two weeks of treatment, my pain is down to a 3-4!

DS Brighton

I had lots of pain in my right foot- it was painful just to walk and I was tired a lot. I also had some hip and shoulder pain on the right side of my body and I was very stressed.

Now I can walk without pain, I wake feeling alert and rested and my hip and shoulder pain are almost completely gone. I feel like I am handling stress easier and my mood is better throughout the day.

-GD Pinckney

I was stressed to the maximum. I was a mess when I started at Lakeland Acupuncturist!

The first session gave me noticeable improvements  in only an hour. Over the course of the past couple of months and just six treatments, I have regained  balance. My stress levels are much lower. I look forward to each session because it give me an hour of relaxation with no cell phones, laptops or other distractions.

-TF Ann Arbor

I had high stress and was smoking 1-2 packs per day when I became pregnant. I was unable to quit with nicotine patches and gum and was experiencing nausea, knee pain and tense/uneasy feelings.

Now I am calm and am able to go 5 days with no nicotine replacements. I have cut down to 2 cigarettes per day with minimal anxiety, no knee or nausea and it is now easier for me to relax!

 

-Anonymous

My pain was so bad I was headed towards using a wheelchair. Within just a few weeks of regular treatments I am so much better that I am not even using my cane.

-Anonymous

My initial visit my pain was between 8-10 on a 10 scale. I can now say I am at a 2-3, this is a huge change. I am able to manage my day without taking medications which I relied upon for 1-2 years. My goal is to be completely medication free and I am almost there!

-TR Pinckney

I had vague abdominal pains, chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain. I was under a lot of stress and had challenging family issues occur.

Now the abdominal pains have resolved. My neck and shoulder pains are improving and I am able to cope with the stress of major holidays successfully.

-CN Ann Arbor

My hands were painful- about 5-6 on a 10 scale. I was smoking 7-10 cigarettes a day and my energy was very low. My allergies were very bad with a constant runny nose and sneezing.

Now, my hands are about a 2-3/10 and I am smoking less than 3-4 cigarettes a day. My energy and allergies are much improved.

-KR Pinckney

I had high blood pressure, palpitations, neck and shoulder pain, hip pain and lower back pain, and feelings of doom and gloom often.

Now, my blood pressure is better, my palpitations, neck and hip pain are gone and the low back pain is better. The feelings of doom and gloom are gone and I feel more upbeat, optimistic and happy!

-IR Pinckney

My pain levels were above 6 (out of 10) and were constant event with medication. Within 3 sessions I am now to a level of zero pain and with herbs the beginning of a sinus/cold has improved and drainage  has stopped.

-TR Pinckney

My feet and knees were in terrible pain and now they feel good. My back is always very sore and my neck and left arm were in pain.

Now my pain is reducing with the acupuncture and herb connection. I feel like I am on my way to getting better. I have less pain and am feeling better overall.

-MC Pinckney

Prior to my first visit, I was having terrible pain with my sciatic nerve and chronic lower back and knee pain. I had to wear compression braces on my knees and could not make it through the grocery store because the pain in my sciatic nerve would get so bad.

[After just four treatments], I have not had to wear knee braces even though the weather is getting colder. I am pain free most days lately, and not only can I make it through the grocery store, I have been walking a one mile loop on a trail on my property.

-TO Dexter

My foot was in pain all of the time. Even while sitting or laying down. Walking was painful, but dancing was sometimes unbearable (and this is my profession). There was sometimes a shooting, throbbing pain, but always pain. (Just a few weeks into treatment) and I am now sometimes pain free. It hurts when I am dancing sometimes but now I can even walk without pain. I am feeling better, more energy and more productive. The pain I do have is bearable compared to what it was.

-GD Brighton

I had a numbness in my leg for years and my physician said there was not anything that could be done for it. I also had trouble sleeping and would be up every few hours to use the bathroom. I was constantly tired and had no energy. I also had lower back problems and even used a cane to get up and walk sometimes. Acupuncture has significantly reduced all of my symptoms. The numbness in my leg is gone.

-PG Pinckney

My blood pressure was up, I had varicose veins that were very painful and my sleep was very poor. Thank you, Erika, I am so happy I met you- you are the best- because now my blood pressure is good, the veins look so much better, the pain is gone and my sleeping is so much better. All systems are excellent. Thank you.

-KN Bloomfield Hills

I started seeing Erika for acupuncture for back and hip issues which I’ve had chronically for 8 months, it has helped  alleviate pain and has gotten me great results! But I also noticed I was struggling around that time with recovery, physical and mentally from training 4-5 times a week, stress from working a full time job and just the normal things from everyday life. I found acupuncture helped and helps me tremendously in my recovery in both aspects and I’ve become hooked. Acupuncture has become a great routine to help me live a more comfortable & relaxed lifestyle. I HIGHLY recommend seeing Erika for the experience!!

-ML Dexter

My leg ached from hip to shins. It was difficult to keep walking. When I walked my gait was off and in constant pain. Sleeping was difficult because of the pain in my legs. It was hard to find a comfortable position. The constant pain made me irritable. The pain in my legs has subsided to almost nothing. By the end of the day the pain will be in 2 maybe 3 spots but does not radiate down the leg. Walking is much easier and doing 2-3 miles is comfortable. Sleeping is easier to fall and stay asleep. I am not in constant pain anymore which improves my attitude.

-RH Howell

Erika is a fantastic practitioner that takes a holistic approach to your overall health. She uses a focused, instinctive technique, that, in my experience, is unmatched.This, in combination with her knowledge about nutrition, will put you on the path to wellness. Erika radiates an energy that is healing and encouraging, and my overall experience was better than getting a massage!

-TN San Francisco

Erika is a highly intuitive acupuncturist who also has a wealth of training and knowledge. I have visited numerous acupuncturists for my personal healing process, and my experience with Erika was that she honed right into the source of my problem and helped the energy to be released and dissipate.

-KL Austin

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810-512-2957