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.
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 thisNew York Times article reviewing a 2012 study about acupuncture and pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medications prescribed for anxiety can come with serious side effects and/or may not provide all the relief needed. Acupuncture can help. Click on the tip sheet below for a list of acupuncture points you can put pressure on yourself to help alleviate symptoms temporarily and more.
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
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Are you wondering if a health condition you have can be helped by acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine? Contact us for a free consult.
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.
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 ofpatients 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 manyletters and testimonials from patients thanking her for the results they have received as a result her treatments.
I used to have heart burn quite often, now I only get in every once in a while. I was also a bit unsteady on my feet and slower moving. I now feel more steady on my feet, more able to climb up on the treatment table and move to different positions for treatment faster and easier.
When I came here my complaints were lower back issues and knees – one is end stage and one is bone on bone. I also have periodic issues with my left shoulder. Jean has treated all these areas over my 5 visits. I have had relief from the aching pain in my lower back. My knees have a lot of arthritis so I can be stiff after sitting or sleeping, but now once I am up and moving, I am fine. Jean treated my left shoulder only one time and I was able to do extensive work the next day for 4-5 hours with no problems. I feel like I am getting relief in these areas with Jean’s help.
I was suffering from plantar fascitiis for a year. I was in 10/10 pain and after 4 cortisone shots and ibuprofen, I was still in 6/10 pain. I was also experiencing 8-10/10 pain in my lower back and left hip and leg. For my sinuses I was taking two Zyrtec and was doing 2 nasal rinses per day. In addition, I was experiencing a loss of smell and stress/anxiety. Now, the plantar fasciitis is gone. There is no pain and thus I no longer need ibuprofen. The pain in my lower back, left hip and leg has been reduced to a 3/10. There is no change in my loss of smell yet, but I am down to one Zyrtec and one nasal rinse per day. My stress is also better.
After the 3rd surgery on my right shoulder, I had certain spots that if you touched them, I would nearly drop to my knees and cry. I also had a large scar from the last surgery that was puffed out and red. It too was very tender to the touch. It was impossible to sleep any more than 20-30 minutes at a time before I was awoken from the pain. After the surgery and a number of acupuncture treatments I now have no tender spots. It does not matter where you push, there is no pain. Yup, no pain in any of these areas! I would recommend acupuncture to anyone with pain… it can’t hurt and likely help.
I had 7/10 pain in my right leg that is now reduced to a 5/10. I also had 5/10 pain in my left leg which is now a 4/10.
My pain level went from a 5-6 to a 0-1. Improvement started after the 4th treatment.
I have pain in my right foot and leg. I was taking medication every night for pain. Now, the pain in my foot and leg is getting better. I only have to take medication 1 or 2 nights a week for the pain.
I had arthroscopic knee surgery and I couldn’t walk for more than 10-15 minutes on a treadmill or anywhere. I was depressed and hungry all the time, probably from emotional eating. After 8-9 treatments with Jean I am doing 40 minutes on the elliptical every day, moving better and feeling better. My appetite is decreased and my weight is slowly coming down. I am able to make progress. Also, I had blood work done at my PCP and all my labs were improved and within normal limits.
I had very tense shoulder shoulder, neck and lower back muscles. Also, I have a tendency to clench my teeth so TMJ was an issue as well. The pain radiated across the head, my head and ears felt full, and I had some dizziness. Now, I am still in the process of recovering but I notice improvement in my overall health. I combine acupuncture with massage and it works great for me.
I had numbness on my right side that was severe enough to interfere with daily activities. I was also feeling fatigued, even after sleeping for 8 hours. Now, the numbness has greatly improved. Before, I would not have been able to hold a pen to write this. I am looking forward to continuing the treatment plan for even greater improvements.
When I sought treatment I was dealing with a lot of pain. Sciatica caused pain in my right leg at a 10/10 level. I also had pain in my left shoulder at a 7-8 out of 10 level. After 14 treatments the pain in my leg was reduced to 4/10. Now, I have ZERO pain! The pain in my right shoulder, after just 2 treatments, was reduced to a 3. Now, the pain is most often a 1!. I saw great results on both. Jean is wonderful!
I sought treatment with Lakeland Acupuncturist for smoking cessation, knee pain, and pregnancy-related nausea. I felt a lot of stress and was smoking 1-2 packs daily. I was also uptight, tense, and always feeling uneasy. Now, I am calmer, find it much easier to relax, and was able to go 5 days with no nicotine replacements. I have cut down my smoking to 2 cigarettes per day with very minimal anxiety. The knee pain and the nausea have completely subsided!
I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. None of the prescription or OTC medicines really helped with chronic pain due to the inflammation. Acupuncture was recommended as an alternative medicine. My hips, hands, knees and feet hurt all the time. I had maybe 4 days a month where I was pain free. After the 2nd acupuncture session I was pain free in my hips! By the 4th session my “all over” pain had reduced from 7-8 on the pain scale to a 2-3 daily. My overall vitality has improved 100%! Instead of feeling tired, drained because of the pain all day, I feel ready to tackle the day. Currently, the pain due to inflammation is very localized – left ankle and right elbow, which I anticipate will be gone in the next 2-3 sessions! I feel like ME again! Thank you Lakeland Acupuncturist!
I started to have at least weakly migraines. My stress levels were high; my glass was half empty. I was also having right shoulder and arm pain and was taking the maximum daily dose of Gabapentin. In addition, I was having aching in my breasts, low back catches and pain. My sleep was only good with Ambien, and even then, not always. Now, my migraines have decreased to occasional- only with weather or increased stress being the triggers. My stress is under better control for the most part. My shoulder pain has decreased. No more breast aching. I am actually getting tired and ready to sleep before I take the Ambien. I am getting up earlier. I just saw my hematologist and have good blood numbers. My liver numbers have improved a little and the abdominal aching I was having pretty much stopped.
Before treatment, I suffered from headaches… very sharp, focused pain that was always present. It started out mild in the morning then became progressively worse throughout the day. At times, I would have to lay down in a dark, quiet room because the pain was debilitating. After treatment, the severity of my headaches is greatly reduced. The intensity does increase throughout the week, but it is not as severe as before the treatments started. There are fewer instances where the pain is debilitating.
I had arthroscopic knee surgery and I couldn’t walk for more than 10-15 minutes on a treadmill or anywhere. I was depressed and hungry all the time, probably from emotional eating. Now, after 8-9 treatments with Jean I’m doing 40 minutes on the elliptical every day, moving better and feeling better. My appetite is decreased and my weight is slowly coming down but it’s decreasing. I am able to make progress. Also, I had blood-work done at my PCP and all my labs were improved and within normal limits.
I had very tense shoulders, neck, and lower back muscles. Plus, I have a tendency to clench my teeth so TMJ was an issue as well. The pain radiated across my head and eyes. My ears felt full and my head felt dizzy. Now, I am recovering and I notice improvement in my overall health. I combine acupuncture with massage and it works great for me.
I did not have much movement in my right foot, shoulder pain, and had tightness in my right hand. My right foot did not have much circulation and so it was always cold. Since starting acupuncture a couple of months ago with Jean Dai, my shoulder pain, right hand and the temperature in my right foot has improved.
My lower back and knees really bothered me and after just a over a month of regular treatments I feel a great deal of improvement.
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.
I had a bad cough for 8 weeks prior to receiving acupuncture. After just a few visits my cough is completely gone!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.