A patient I had previously treated for back pain came to see me a couple of weeks ago. It had been more than three years since her last visit where she had reported feeling great. Since I had not seen her for quite a while, I had assumed no news is good news. Not the case.

At the time of her first visit back, she told me she was having horrible hot flashes and sweating (making her hair curl), constant stomach pain, diarrhea, (six times a day for six years). In addition, she was extremely anxious, not sleeping well, and quite frankly, sick and tired of being sick and tired.

This patient reported she had forgotten how well she felt after her last experience with acupuncture. When her stomach pain became overwhelming she did the right thing by going to her medical doctor to try and figure out what the problem could be. She went through all the possible medical tests at their disposal to find that there was no Western understanding of her stomach pain. After numerous attempts at finding the cause, she remembered the last time she felt better. She couldn’t believe she had actually forgotten.

But that’s really ok. Because you do want to rule out anything serious. Western medicine is the best in the world for diagnostics. Once everything serious had been ruled out (ie cancer, especially since she is a three time cancer survivor) it made smart sense for her to come and try acupuncture again.

It was clear to me that her stomach pain was directly affected and exacerbated by her anxiety. In Chinese medicine there is a direct link between liver channel issues and digestive issues. (There is no real equivalent in Western medicine, so doctors usually prescribe anti-depressants). So I treated her anxiety issues which was in part causing her epigastric pain. That is called treating the root to treat the branch (symptom). In addition, I treated the symptom which alleviated her diarrhea and part of the root problem. She has been diarrhea free for 2 weeks and has had her stomach pain reduced by almost 50%.

I asked her if she would be willing to share her story with you. She sent me the following almost immediately as she has been so pleased with her progress.

I am a very lucky lady! After 6 years of severe, unexplainable stomach pains, 6 doctors, 6 endoscopies and colonoscopies, too many pills to list and no one else to see to find a solution, I sought out the Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic as a desperate attempt to get help for this severe pain. I had used the Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic for back pain 3 years earlier and knew that they not only listened, was caring and compassionate, they had completely relieved my back pain. They listened yet again, asked many questions and started to work their magic. We are in our second week of treatment and the pain has already started to subside. For the first time in 6 years, I feel good. Not only is my stomach pain much better, everything feels better. My anxiety has lessoned, my back feels great, my mind is clear and my physical health seems to be much better. Had I not gone to 6 doctors with no relief, I wouldn’t have believed that they could help me this fast. The most amazing part is that everything feels better. There is nothing more important than health and this is exactly Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic’s philosophy. The better I feel, the happier they feel for me. They truly care and want to help. They are so positive, so reassuring, so compassionate and the best part, it’s painless! I actually like those little needles now. I have learned that they are my friend! I am forever grateful to have found the Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic and I will continue to go twice a week until I feel that the pain is completely gone. When this happens, I will continue to go back for maintenance forever! Life and my health is so much better because of Acupuncture & Nutrition Clinic! I am a lucky lady! ~Dana~

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