Before & After Clinic Case Studies

Blog posts in: Before & After Clinic Case Studies

The blogs here represent a random sampling of typical cases that I treat every day. Perhaps you’ll find similarities between yourself and some of my patients?

This month, I’ve had the joy to work with a western medical specialist, who decided to specialize in gastroenterology because of her own lifelong digestive struggles. This is a story of someone who in only one month of acupuncture went from having painful digestive problems her whole life, to being often free from symptoms. The results of her treatment have contributed to the growing bridge between western and alternative health care providers who are seeing...

If you’re reading this post then you likely not only know what PCOS is, but you have it. Your symptoms might include those I most typically see in my patients: no or very irregular periods no or infrequent signs of ovulation trouble losing weight increased male pattern hair growth infertility acne Many PCOS patients also have hypothyroidism, but discussing that is beyond the scope of this blog, so perhaps I’ll write about that in another...

I’ll never forget when I first started studying infertility. Learning the incredible intelligence of the body where everything works together in perfectly coordinating unison, like an orchestra, just confirmed not only everything I believe about the body’s wisdom, but all the reasons I love doing what I do. The entire reproductive cycle, down to which hormones do what, which then triggers the next process, is simply amazing. But for whatever reason, learning about the simplest...

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on my website, I LOVE treating migraines. To regularly see patients go from having a debilitating, life-stopping condition, to being symptom free without medications, is so satisfying for both myself and my patients. Today, a patient whom I’ve been seeing for migraines just reached the transition phase from coming in regularly, to backing down to a “maintenance mode” treatment schedule. I figured I’d write up her case and share it since...

Anxiety is one of the most common things I treat here in the acupuncture clinic.Recently I posted a blog about the new study that gives us a clue as to how acupuncture is helping with stress, by regulating our stress hormones in the brain, blocking the HPA pathway to ward off heightened tension. On the heels of that report, this week I am going to share a real world story of a current patient who...

Since I just had two fertility patients this week give birth to bouncing little perfectly healthy babies, I thought I’d share a write-up of what the treatment process looked like for them both. Their cases were about as opposite as they come on the scale of both difficulty, as well as time to conceive & live birth. So I thought outlining the two cases would give people a perfect — and realistic — look at...

Most new Lyme diagnoses are communicated to me through tears. It’s a condition that in my experience, terrifies people more than any other diagnosis out there, with few exceptions. The reasons are understandable as the symptoms can devastate lives, leaving people a fragment of what they once were. For this reason, it’s one of the conditions I continue to grow more and more passionate about treating, since I see such great results with Chinese medicine...

In Chinese medicine, there’s no such thing as a “menopause” treatment. There are no acupuncture points or herbs for hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, or brain fog. What there ARE acupuncture points and herbs for are all the various underlying reasons for those symptoms. Unique patient, unique menopause treatment The entire basis of Chinese medicine rests on analyzing each patient as an individual. Unfortunately, in modern times – in an effort to standardize the medicine...

Is Lyme as scary as we think? The short answer is: if we’re looking at it through the conventional method of constantly thinking we need to KILL the pathogen, then yes. I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve seen women come in for acupuncture with a Lyme diagnosis, having already been through several rounds of antibiotics and yet they still feel that they’ve never gotten their lives back. On top of...

If you’ve been struggling with periods that just won’t seem to end, or they’re just so heavy that they leave you exhausted and depleted, Chinese medicine can probably help. When women call saying they’re “hemorrhaging”, I tell them they need to get to western care immediately! It’s also good for women of any age to visit their gynecologist for a western diagnosis to rule out issues like massive fibroids that are too large for Chinese...

Since one of my acupuncture specialties is Women’s Health, a common issue that brings women in is endometriosis. If you’re suffering from severe menstrual cramps, have unexplainable abdominal pain that tends to worsen around your period, causes pain with intercourse, and/or affects your urinary or bowel functions, you may have endometriosis.  The good news is, we can help! This quiz can asses your likelihood of an endometriosis diagnosis. However, this entire post applies to any...

Today’s success story is about a case that has actually been one of my most difficult migraine cases ever. I chose to write about it anyway, even though the treatment process was filled with challenges, so people could see that successful treatment doesn’t always look how we expect it will look. And also to help people understand that sometimes we need to stay the course in order to get results. The patient happily agreed to...

Every so often, I like to share case studies from the clinic to not only give people a better idea of how acupuncture works, but also what they can expect from their treatments. Most people are surprised by all that acupuncture can treat, since mostly people hear only about its effectiveness for pain. Below are case outlines of 2 patients that I am currently treating; one using acupuncture for headaches, the other using acupuncture for...

We’re in the middle of winter, and that means in my acupuncture clinic I am commonly treating issues which have to do with the kidneys and bladder, the two organs associated with the Water Element, according to Chinese Medicine. Those issues can be obvious, such as frequent or difficult urination; or they can be mysterious to the non-Chinese Medicine practitioner, such as: headaches in the occipital region of the head feelings of deep and intractable...

One of the most common issues I treat in my acupuncture clinic is fatigue, and the conglomeration of symptoms that commonly go along with it. Because we are currently in fall season, and the energy is waning everywhere around us, I thought I’d focus my success stories of this week around fatigue, since more and more people are coming in for treatment at this time of year for this issue, and see me throughout the...