I was on a book forum (of all places) where someone asked for suggestions assisting with depression. I thought of how acupuncture helped me and went to your testimonial page to share the information with others. I was shocked and amazed to see I wrote the testimonial; way back in 2009, yes 5 years ago. I am sitting here reading how my life used to be before acupuncture healed my body from depression.
5 years of no depression; I know seriously 5 years of no depressive episodes-I could not believe all this time passed. Before anyone says; I am being a Pollyanna, I have times where I am angry, sad, unhappy as I am a human being after all, however the deep dark depressive cycles not at all.
Thank you for helping me all those years ago as my health (in this area) is still going strong.
(Note: My original testimonial was dated June 2009.)
"Anna is, in all senses of the word, a true Healer. Not only are her treatments extremely effective for the physical problems I've had, emotionally I feel like a different person every time I leave as well.
I started to see Anna because I felt depressed, and I left the first treatment already feeling much better than I'd felt in a very long time. Sometimes Anna gives me a mantra to work with or something to think about on the table. Other times, it's just her wisdom and very presence that make feel better. Anna's positive outlook is contagious, and she always seems to know exactly what to tell me to focus on mentally and emotionally to feel good.
I felt so much better after about ten treatments, that I started only going in for physical problems every now and then. I hadn't gone for about two weeks, and I started to feel bad again, so I made an appointment. I literally went into her office crying, and left laughing. I could not get over the difference, and how fast it was.
Anna is such a warm person, and I also love how her daughters are sometimes at the office. They make it feel much more like a healing center, and give a community feel to the experience.
Every time anyone I know starts talking about a physical or emotional issue, I always tell them about Anna and recommend her. Her acupuncture is true medicine, and has given me health, balance and peace of mind. What more can I ask for, really? I give her my highest recommendation and feel so lucky to have found her."
Thank you thank you thank you Anna :)
Talk to you soon,
Good evening Anna
You treated me specifically for depression in 2008. In 2009, I shared with you about my serious battle and the acupuncture treatments I received. Life over the past several years experienced happy and sad times, joy and discouragement; however through all the different periods during these last few years, I did not suffer from depression--not even one time. Of course I experienced good and bad moods, times of triumph and failures; however, through all the different times in my life, my depression remains cured. Thank you for treating and curing me of depression.
Depression is not something normally shared and I rarely discuss my personal battle with family or friends. I agreed to write this hopefully assisting others who battle serious depression.
I suffered from depressive episodes for a large part of my life. The depression cycle would last from a few weeks to as long as 6 months. As a teenage I thought about the two options for my life; the first choice ends the pain of living, the second choice revolved around learning to live with the pain. Each time I thought about the choice, I chose life because I knew depression would not last forever. As an adult, I learned to recognize the first symptoms of a depressive cycle working toward not letting the depression overtake my life.
In college, my longest episode lasted over 8 months and at the time I seriously thought about different types of therapy. In the end, I choose not to pursue therapeutic treatment for two very simple reasons. The first option I understood required taking medications masking the symptoms. I wanted a cure for my depression not a pill I would take daily to change my mood. The other standard therapy of talking to a therapist never interested me because I never understood how talking about my problems would actually cure my depression. Sure we all need to vent and share feelings but telling some stranger my personal issues and expecting some “magic” words of wisdom making the depression end seemed unrealistic. Additionally, all my depressive episodes end after a time and I knew waiting long enough this current episode would also end. After college, I experienced various bouts of depression, all eventually ending.
In the summer of 2008, I experienced another bout of depression and knowing about acupuncture decided to seek treatment focused on healing not masking symptoms. Anna treated me specifically for depression, however I did not tell the entire history of my depression, just that I battled depression in the past. This probably made treating my depression more difficult for Anna. Anna treated me twice a week for several weeks; each treatment asking how I was improving. The improvement was not overnight, there was no miraculous waking up the next day and feeling totally normal. The process was slow but steady progress with each treatment I noticed a very gradual improvement. After several treatments, Anna discussed the option of taking Chinese herbs assisting the acupuncture treatments. At the end of the treatment, Anna did not insist I take the herbs instead handed me a package of information about the herbs. I read the information and noted what the herbs did; how the herbs worked and decided to take the herbs in addition to the acupuncture. The main point of the herbs was not to mask the symptoms but assist in healing my body from the causes of depression. During the next treatment, I agreed taking the herbs on top of the acupuncture and in about 2 months, the depression ended. While this might seem like a long time to some, what I know about my battle with depression and the seriousness of the battle, 2 months was comparably short.
I have not experienced any depressive symptoms in the past 10 months. Acupuncture healed the underlying causes of my depression and not only masking my symptoms. I highly recommend Anna as an acupuncturist and acupuncture as a therapy option for depression.
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