Everyone experiences addiction in one way or another in a lifetime. My started early in life and ended after a series of acupuncture treatments. Simply stated I craved sugar, all types of sugar and food with a high sugar content tasted the best. Chocolate and peanut butter, cookie and candy tasted great and I craved these foods daily. I remember the conversation I had with you about my addictions and you said there was a treatment for addiction. Since acupuncture had fixed another health issue I decided to give it a try The first few times not much seemed to change but then over the course of several weeks I noticed my cravings for sugar were decreasing. I tried to go "cold turkey" only to binge on sugar a few days later and had to see you several times because my stomach was very upset from eating the junk food. Amazing to me still is how a few needles relieved the pain from my indulgences. You got me back on track and over the course of a few months I gave up sugar almost totally. I stopped eating any form of candy, cake, cookies, and items with a high sugar content that is not natural. As I got off the addiction cycle, fruit started tasting sweet and other foods of all types started having flavors I had never noticed before. You gave me a very specific treatment over the course of a lot of treatments; it was several months and I will leave it at that. If someone wants to know what the treatment was truly intended for that you used on me; then they can ask you.
For those who are struggling with food addictions I understand and sympathize. This is a tough battle but one you do not have to face alone. Family and friends are important in supporting your decision to fight food addictions. Work with an acupuncturist who understands addictions and can help you through the withdrawal and the cravings. Understand you can accomplish this fight but it will take time.
Don't focus on what you are giving up but focus on the fact you are getting healthy. In the race of life; it is a marathon not a sprint you are traveling and each day is one step closer to your goal.
Sugar cravings free
Anna has completely changed my life for the better.
Last year was not my year. In January 2008, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis, which also caused severe jaundice. While the fever and jaundice disappeared relatively quickly, I remained fatigued for months and my immune system was shot. Over the next year and a half, I would be constantly sick with either a cold or the flu. At 26 years of age, my doctor told me that I would be feeling the effects of mono for years to come. She offered no advice as to how to remain well – illness was simply something I would have to ‘live with.’
At the same time, my normal vaginal discharge morphed into a yogurt-like consistency. This change happened over the course of 2 days, so I was immediately aware of the problem. My doctor dismissed my claims, concluding that it was a temporary issue that would go away on its own. I did research, made changes, tried every naturopathic remedy I came across, but discovered no relief. After being referred to an OB/GYN, I still found no empathy or solution. Last month (October 2009), my physician suggested that I go on anti-depressants so I would stop thinking about this problem, since it ‘doesn’t affect [me].’ Needless to say, I refused her pharmaceuticals.
To add insult to injury, on October 31, 2008, a careless driver plowed into my car at a stop sign, leaving me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While EMDR (a specialized type of psychotherapy) alleviated the acute symptoms, I developed generalized anxiety. My life as a graduate student and full-time employee was, to say the least, negatively affected. The smallest of changes would create chaos: I couldn’t work on my thesis, I would periodically (and without reason) break out in tears at my desk, and household chores became torturous. Visiting the gym was out of the question. Friends noted that I wasn’t myself and family wondered why I wasn’t visiting with the same regularity. Psychotherapy helped, but it didn’t cut it. My therapist suggested I try acupuncture to move my energy around. The results have been life changing.
In just four sessions, my anxiety was greatly reduced. Having just finished my tenth session, I am happy to report that I am 90% better. I’m now able to get through my days, work on my thesis, and still have the mental fortitude to walk my dog in the evening. (Mojo, especially, thanks you for this, Anna!) My entire office has been sick with the flu this season, but I haven’t had so much as a cough. My immune system seems to be functional again. We’re still working on the abnormal discharge, but I have no doubt that Anna, if anyone, will be able to rid me of this awful affliction.
What is, perhaps, the most remarkable thing about Anna is her attitude. She refuses to let her patients live with problems that cause them pain – either emotionally or physically. She has never dismissed my concerns or told me I would simply have to ‘live with’ something. Her premise is that one’s mind, as well as body, must be healthy to be whole. So, while I went to her with three major quandaries, we’re also looking at other on-going issues I’ve endured. From tendonitis to sadness from a breakup, Anna continues to help me find the ‘me’ that has been missing for so long. I have energy I haven’t had in years, dedication I lost on All Hallows Eve, and peace of mind that I will be 100% one day soon. She has even helped reduce my addiction to food – I consume significantly less at every meal and have fewer compulsions to eat. Her intuitive talent with needles, generosity of heart, and ability to connect will not soon be forgotten.
I came to you about 7-8 weeks ago because I just wanted to feel better than I had back then. I had some problems. My left hand seem to go to sleep and now it's about 65% better.
Now here is a real plus for me. You had asked me if I smoked and I said, "Yes." You asked if I wanted to quit. And I said, "Yes." During this time that I have been seeing you, which is about 3-4 times a week, I have gone from 2 packs a day to now 2-3 cigarettes a day. I would say that is super, super great! I have smoked for over 50 years. You have done more for me on smoking that anybody else. For those who are reading this, I am 65 years old.
I believe people have put themselves where they are today by doing the wrong things. Those issues cannot be fixed over night or with a magic pill.
My eating habits were okay before I came to you, but because of you, I am eating better now and feeling so much better, too.
I began asking questions since the day I met you. You are providing the answers. One only has to listen to the answers and decide. What you provide is your knowledge and all the years of acupuncture and everything else you have learned over the years. I tell people about what you can provide and I recommend your services to them.
When I get to the point that I don't have to come anymore, it would be great. I don't know right now when that will be because when I come in, it is so relaxing and I feel great. You are kind, considerate, sincere, caring, understanding and willing to do what it take to make people feel better physically and strengthen their self-esteem. You give that extra mile and more. I feel I will be a long time practice member under your care, even if it's just 3-4 times a month.
God Bless You,
- Guy R. Webb
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