Acupuncture is available at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine in partnership with Michigan Acupuncture Studio, West Bloomfield Michigan’s premier acupuncture studio for pain, stress, anxiety, depression, digestion issues, allergies, PMS, menopause, fertility, hormonal imbalance and more.
Dana Ruben, L.Ac.
Dana Ruben, L.Ac., MSTOM. Dipl.OM, is the founder and owner of Michigan Acupuncture Studio. Dana has a Masters of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine and she treats all types of medical problems with natural approaches for the body and mind. Using traditional and natural approaches such as acupuncture, cupping, herbal remedies, moxa, gua sha and tui na, Dana’s patients have reported remarkable improvements in just a few visits.
How does acupuncture work?
At Michigan Acupuncture Studio, located inside of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan, acupuncture is used for a variety of health conditions.
Disease arises when the body is out of balance. Acupuncture works by bringing the body back into an energetically balanced state. The acupuncture points are located along channels or pathways throughout the entire body. The needles are inserted along those pathways in specific locations to match the Chinese medical diagnosis to open up the flow of blood so that healing can take place.
Patient treatments are individualized and guided by the root cause of the disease. Not everyone gets the same treatment for the same disease. Chinese medicine looks at the person as a whole, rather than focusing on the pathogen or disease. Dana’s diagnosis is based on the pattern she gathers from the intake. She takes all health systems into account and treats each patient with a holistic approach.
What is the acupuncture process and what are the needles like?
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been practiced for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is the process of inserting sterile, flexible, hair thin needles into the body at various depths. The needles are very fine, ranging from .12mm to .35mm in diameter and ranging in length from 8mm to 7cm and are one-time use needles. The points are placed in specific spots along the body to alter physiological functions to create an internal homeostatic balance meant to correct medical problems ranging from back pain, emotional problems, hormonal imbalances, allergies and more.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The only feeling of pain is sometimes felt during the insertion phase of the process. The feeling of needle insertion varies from person to person. Some people do not feel the needles at all, while others may feel something similar to a mosquito bite. The feeling lasts for one second and then quickly dissipates. After the needles are inserted, the patient may feel the “de qi” sensation. This sensation is described as dull, achy, heavy, or buzzing. Most patients fall asleep on the table as they experience the treatment. It is normal to feel very relaxed or enter into a state of zen. Some people describe it as having hit the “reset button” on their body.
What to expect with acupuncture:
Initial appointment is 75-90 minutes:
Intake: 30-45 minutes
Needles insertion: 5-8 minutes
Patient rests with needles in: 15-30 minutes
Follow up treatments:
Intake: 5-15 minutes
Relax with needles in: 30-45 minutes
In addition to acupuncture, Dana also offers herbal remedies, cupping, moxa, tui na and gua sha.
Herbal Remedies/Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a complementary therapeutic modality to acupuncture. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are used in a synergistic way to heal the body. Herbal medicine is an in-depth study of naturally occurring substances found all around us. The formulas are derived from plants, fruits and flowers. The herbs are combined with other herbs to create an individualized formula and are utilized as internal medicine to bring the body into a more balanced state.
Cupping is a popular treatment, which applies plastic or glass cups onto the body via suction. This vacuum pulls skin and muscle tissue to break the capillaries at the surface of the skin to cause the body to increase blood circulation to that area. The more blood flow to the area, the more oxygen that travels with it. This benefits muscle tissue and heals the area quickly. This technique is commonly utilized for muscle and joint pain, detox, digestive complaints, and the common cold. Cupping can also be used for a variety of other internal conditions.
Cupping produces circular “bruise” like marks on the skin due to the suction. The color of the mark ranges from light pink to deep purple, depending on the amount of imbalance from circulation. This technique is usually painless and the marks will fade within the week.
Moxa (or Moxibustion)
Moxa is a Chinese medicine modality. It is used to enhance the acupuncture treatment by burning dried mugwort (moxa) on specific acupuncture needles. Moxa is used to warm the body, reinforce the acupuncture point functions, stimulate the immune system and stimulate the immune system in addition to other internal systems (digestive, respiratory, gynecological, etc.)
Moxa is used commonly for pain, respiratory problems, digestive issues like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome,) constipation, and is a great treatment for menstrual cramps. Research shows it increases red and white blood cell count.
The term tui na (pronounced “twee naw”), which literally means “pinch and pull,” refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutic massage and body work techniques. Tui na is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. Tui na is used in conjunction with the other Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques described above and is not offered as a stand-alone treatment.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called coining, spooning or scraping. gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally bring blood to just below the skin’s surface. Research has shown that gua sha creates an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting response.
Michigan Acupuncture Studio is conveniently located in Oakland County, serving cities of West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Livionia, Novi, Northville, Southfield, Birmingham, and is easily accessible from all major highways, serving the cities of Downriver and Detroit.
If you would like to make an appointment with Michigan Acupuncture Studio, please call 248-926-9216 or 248-470-0155. Michigan Acupuncture Studio is located inside of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine at 2300 Haggerty Road, Suite 1190, West Bloomfield, Michigan.