What Some Patients Have to Say...

I am 51 years old and underwent a surgical procedure resulting in surgical menopause. After 2 1/2 years of HRT with a gradual decrease in dosage, I stopped taking Premarin.  Three days later menopause began for me with a vengeance. Intense mood swings, hot flashes, sweating, inability to concentrate and insomnia.  My gynecologist suggested Effexor and my primary ordered Ambien.

I hadn't slept through the night for nine months. The hot flashes were literally controlling my life. I was surfing the web and tried Acupuncture out of desperation.

Since my first treatment I have slept every night. I still get feelings of warmth but the hot flashes are gone. The quality of my life has improved 98% with Acupuncture and it gives me an overall sense of well-being.

MaryEllen, Thank you.


I went in to see MaryEllen because I had been having muscle spasms for over two years due to whiplash symptoms (rear ended in a car accident two and 1/2 years ago).  I had tried everything, from chiropractors and all kinds of massage therapy, bought every ergonomic product for back pain and still no relief.  I needed to try something new and did not know if acupuncture therapy was for me.  It wasn't until I read something online that compared acupuncture treatment as a rebooting of the body.  To reboot is to restart a computer and reload its operating system.  I am a 35 year-old female who thought that I was never going to get back the mobility that I once had in my wrist and arms.  I sit in front of a computer all day long and I needed something that would help with my overall recovery plan.  In addition to lots of exercise and rest, I feel that acupuncture has really changed my life.  Thus, when I feel that my body is out of whack and the vulnerable parts (back, arm) feel out of sync, I go in for a system rebooting. - M. G.


After an old back injury flared up to an excruciating degree, I was even unable to attend a yoga class without pain.  Sitting was painful, standing was painful.  My sleep was interrupted several times a night to shift positions, and I was turning into a walking zombie with extreme fatigue as a constant state of being.  

I spent fall of 2007 receiving weekly massage, which was helpful in the short term, but gave no lasting effects.  Physical therapy was out of the question.  I heard about Mary Ellen on New Year's Day 2008, and I started acupuncture with her soon thereafter.  With weekly visits, by April I was ready for physical therapy -- without constant pain, and without doing further damage.  Continuing acupuncture throughout the physical therapy enabled me to really progress, and I am now able to maintain my own exercise routine with minimal discomfort.  Acupuncture has made a dramatic change in my life.