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Acupuncture feels like a reset button

My doctor recommended acupuncture to me and told me it would be “life-changing.” I had been facing several mysterious health issues, such as dizziness, shortness of breath and intense acid reflux. My doctors weren’t able to figure out what was going on, so I listened to my doctor and decided to give acupuncture a try.

The first time I had acupuncture, I had an emotional release that I had never expected. Acupuncture feels like a re-set button for my mind and body, and it complements my Western medicine practices. I now have a deeper mind-body connection that allows me to figure out what’s going on quickly, and if needed, I can use my essential oils or breathing techniques right away. Amy’s expertise with essential oils has also been a great benefit to me. I have purchased my own collection and use them for all different purposes. For example, when I get bug bites or skin irritation, I instantly break out my lavender roll-on and it provides instant relief.  Now, I don’t go anywhere without my glass bottle of essential oil-infused water!

I felt instantly comfortable with Amy. Upon my initial appointment, I had to fill in a complete health survey that made me very reflective about what was going on in my body. When you put all of that down on paper, you can feel very vulnerable. Amy is like a therapist with the way she handles your worries and assesses your issues. I initially was apprehensive about having the needles in my body, but Amy took it slow and asked if I wanted breaks in between applications, but the more she went, the easier it became. By the end of the treatment, I didn’t even feel them going in. In fact, anytime a family member, friend, or co-worker mentions a chronic condition, I recommend acupuncture and refer them to Amy.

Another aspect of working with Amy is the interest she has in each of her clients. I’ve received emails from Amy between appointments with articles she’s stumbled on that are relevant to my treatment, advice for health management, and recommendations for essential oil practices. Everybody likes feeling like their health practitioners care about them, and the fact that she not only cares, but keeps in touch between appointments demonstrates her passion for the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Most of all, I like Amy as a person and a health practitioner. I find her kind, interesting, funny, knowledgeable, and genuine.

The most surprising aspect of my experience with acupuncture is how much of a believer I’ve become. I was initially a skeptic because acupuncture seemed really fringe to me. The matter-of-fact way Amy has explained my treatments made it accessible. Now that it’s a regular part of my life, I don’t know what I did without it. I feel that my overall well-being has improved, with Amy coaching me along the way. I’ve been very detailed about every symptom I’ve had, and Amy considers my health plan every time. When I described tightness in my neck muscles, she suggested we try gua sha, which provided more relief in five minutes than an hour’s worth of massage. Amy is always considering how best she can heal others—I never thought I’d be so excited to get more needles put in my face!” Sammi E

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