I just started having hot flashes from menopause in 2003. Since then I had hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, “phlegm” in my throat and terrible constipation. All of my symptoms were quite severe. Because of the symptoms, I could not sleep well and tired easily. I could not concentrate when I was working and my life became less enjoyable. My gynecologist referred me to acupuncture for my menopause symptoms.
I came to Chi’s Acupuncture in May 2004 and started acupuncture treatment with Dr. Chi. At the beginning, I came three time per week for a little while then went down to twice a week for a few months. Besides the acupuncture, I also took Chinese herbal medicines. The needle treatment was very relaxing and it was not painful at all.
After my menopausal symptoms were getting much better (little to no hot flashes), then I came once a week for acupuncture treatment. The interesting thing is that my tennis elbow (pain in elbow), plantar fasciatis (pain in feet), and ear pain were all improved, which I did not expect. So acupuncture has cured or helped me with all of my health problems. Another thing that I really like about acupuncture is that it is so natural and has no side effects. It treats the underlying cause and makes the body rebalanced, it does not just mask the symptoms.
Now I am healthy and my life is more enjoyable again.
Post-operative failure to recoverThree weeks after abdominal adhesion surgery, I was still unable to keep any food on my stomach and had lost 13 pounds. The doctors had given me nausea and stomach function meds, but they weren’t working, and I was feeling more toxic by the day. Normally a very healthy person, I now couldn’t walk across the room without my heart pounding with the effort. My intestinal track was still half-dormant from the surgical anesthetic. In the hospital, I had developed double pneumonia, post-op anemia, electrolyte imbalance, and an anemic heart murmur. Now I didn’t want to do anything, even read. I just lay motionless on the bed. My family was alarmed, and my daughter launched an inter-net search to find a remedy. She came upon scientific studies indicating that acupuncture was effective in restoration of the gastric system after surgery and in energy reactivation. She found Dr. Chi’s name, and that how I come to acupuncture. On my own, I wouldn’t even have thought of it nor had confidence it would help me.
When I first saw Dr. Chi, I remember feeling so weak I had to support my head against the wall. She was kind, attentive, thorough and professional, and I like her immediately. The acupuncture was not painful, as I had anticipated. When I left the room, my cheeks were rosy and I felt peaceful. In the next 12 hours, my intestines “woke up” and I was making trip after trip to the bathroom. The next morning, I awoke feeling as if a fog that had separated me from the world had lifted. My brain was back and physically, I felt more like my old self, though still weak.
Dr. Chi continued to treat me twice a week and within three weeks, I was my old self again—energetic, hungry and ready for fun and work. It was as if a miracle had happened. She provided herbal supplements that worked, unlike the meds I had been taking. The absence of side effects is one the aspects I most value. I no longer feel like a toxic waste dump, but rather lighter, freer, and full of life. I thought after three weeks I was completely restored, but I have continued treatment, and I feel better and better---better then I’ve felt in several years—with focus, a quieter spirit, and energy that I don’t even remember having.
I still don’t fully understand the mechanics of acupuncture, but it makes sense to me that a culture that’s been practicing it for millennia has developed what works, and I feel so fortunate to have a top-flight experienced professional like Dr. Chi treating me. Like I said, I feel as though a miracle has happened.
P B, Ph. D.
May, 29, 2009