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Relief from Menopausal Depression


My name is Shelly J.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in December 2012 because I was suffering from depression associated with menopause. This was a problem that I suffered with for many years. It came with fatigue, muscle pains, hot flashes that interrupted my sleep, and, although I no longer had my period, I had a vicious monthly cycle that left me drained and frustrated.


My depression and irritability made me feel hopeless and embarrassed. I had fewer social contacts and interacted less with my family. At times it was difficult for me function to my best ability at work.


I tried medications such as Celexa, Tramadol, Ibuprofen and physical therapy.  I even tried to find the right vitamin supplements but I only had very temporary and partial relief. 


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture and after the first two weeks my colleagues at work noticed that I was looking and feeling much better. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I now feel empowered to pursue activities beyond my daily activities without hesitating because it might aggravate my condition.  The hot flashes are not waking me up at night and my cyclical mood changes are less extreme. 

During the treatments I felt incredibly peaceful and relaxed.  The clinic is hospitable and the staff is knowledgeable and compassionate.  I would recommend acupuncture to any one because if provides far better healing than traditional therapies.

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Hot Flashes and Headaches


Hi, my name is Kathy H. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May 2008 in the hope of finding some relief from hot flashes that were making me feel miserable and robbing me of what little good sleep I was used to having.


At the age of 50 I had experienced a very easy, uneventful menopause. Fifteen months later, I was hit hard with hot flashes. A dozen or more times each day waves of heat rolled over my face and neck; I would turn brilliant red and begin to sweat—I never knew that eyelids could perspire until that time! It seemed that any bit of physical activity would trigger a flash—washing dishes in hot water, drying my hair, cleaning the house all became uncomfortable. I have always loved to cook, but standing at the stove was almost unbearable. My daily walks felt like a chore. I remember walking in winter wind chills that were below zero, hat in hand, with my jacket unzipped because I was so hot! By early spring I was dreading the heat of the coming summer.


I very definitely did not want to resort to hormone replacement therapy and instead tried treating myself with herbal remedies such as Sage and Black Cohosh. I enjoy tofu and other soy foods and made sure that I was eating some every day and I also increased my consumption of flax seeds as all these foods have a reputation for easing hot flashes. Sometimes it seemed that I had achieved some moderation of the flashes, but it never lasted long.


After several months of experimenting, I finally remembered reading that acupuncture was often very successful in treating many gynecological problems and decided to give it a try. Within the first few treatments things began to improve. The number of hot flashes diminished and their intensity cooled.  I began sleeping more soundly and for longer periods of time. I felt so much better! Within a month the hot flashes had been eliminated and I found I had more energy for all kinds of work and play. I think I am probably a more pleasant person to live with as well! An unexpected benefit of acupuncture was that the tension headaches I tended to experience with some frequency also pretty much disappeared, so I no longer reach for the ibuprofen bottle several times a week.


I have been surprised to find myself looking forward to acupuncture treatments in much the same way I look forward to a massage. The treatments are very relaxing; I often nap during a treatment and I leave the office feeling calm, but energized. The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are all very friendly, caring and respectful. I always feel that they listen to what I am saying—something that is often not the case at my “regular” doctor’s office. The clinic itself is always serene and beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and plants. The treatment rooms are comfortable and I am always encouraged to make myself at home, whether that means opening a window for a cool breeze or turning on a heat panel—or both!


I am very grateful to David Milbradt and Jonah and the rest of the staff at Abundance Acupuncture for helping me get my life back again. I do not hesitate to recommend acupuncture to everyone I know who is dealing with a health problem.


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Hot Flashes and Fatigue


My name is Lisa R.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2009 because I was suffering from PMS and related female issues, fatigue, and allergy symptoms.  I had these problems for five years and they made me feel miserable most of the time.  The allergies interfered with swimming and exercising.  I felt like I was dragging through life.  I also had difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, heat in the face, and fatigue.  At times these problems made me feel irritable and embarrassed.  It was difficult for me to facilitate a meeting at work with a hot face and the fatigue made it hard to keep up with my work and home schedules.

I tried medications such as Clariton and prescription Allergx for allergies but, the allergies continued after the medications wore off and sometimes the medications made it worse.   I tried Birth Control Pills, Estrogen, and Metformin for hormones.  I also had surgery but the symptoms returned nine months after surgery.


I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after nine treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 95 % better. I now feel more energetic and am not having hot flashes or night sweats.  I sleep more soundly and get up feeling more rested.  I am able to be more productive in my life.  


During the treatments I felt energy flowing throughout my body, changing the balance within.  The clinic is wonderful and the staff is friendly and helpful.


I would recommend acupuncture to everyone experiencing a condition that it can help because it really does work and it can make a difference in your life.  I have several friends who have found acupuncture to work for them too.  I’m glad I gave it a try.

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Night Sweats, Fatigue, and Neck Pain


My name is Margo C.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May of 2005   because I was suffering from night sweats, sleeping issues, low energy, and a limited range of motion in my neck from an automobile accident that happened in 1996.   I had the neck pain for eight years and the night sweats had interrupted by sleep for two years.  I would get up during the night soaking wet and the next morning I felt like I was completely drained.  It took every ounce of energy I had to get ready for the day ahead so I could try to function normally and then I had difficulty concentrating and staying focused throughout the day.


I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after my third treatment at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 100% better.  My energy level allows me to accomplish much more during the day and I am able to stay focused for longer periods of time.  The neck pain is 99% better and the night sweats are no longer an issue.  I have also had significant improvement with the pain I had in both knees and the shoulder pain that used to trouble me.  


During the treatments I felt relaxed and calm.  The clinic is peaceful and beautiful and the staff is always understanding and patient.  I often recommend acupuncture to anyone I know because it does work and the results are long lasting.  

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Perimenopausal Anxiety & Insomnia


It is not appropriate to discuss these issues publicly, but I hope this anonymous testimonial will give help to someone who is suffering form similar problems, and that they will also find relief through acupuncture treatments.  


 I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2009 because I was suffering from anxiety, difficulty sleeping, low energy & fatigue, memory issues, and pelvic pain when ever I had intercourse.    I had these problems for over three years and they made me feel frustrated, embarrassed, and desperate.   My anxiety made it difficult for me to attend social functions where there were large numbers of people and the sleepless nights drained my energy left me feeling fatigued and irritable.  The memory issues made me less productive at work and even interfered with my social life. 


I tried medications such as Hormone Replacement Therapy and birth control, but ended up with additional problems from constantly changing my medications.  I tried chiropractic and even surgery.  Nothing worked! 


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 70% better.  The pelvic pain is completely gone, I am sleeping better, my memory is much improved, and the anxiety is starting to get better.  I now feel like I’m starting to get my life back to normal.  During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed.  The clinic is great and the staff is wonderful.

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Menopause and Hormone Balance


Hi! My name is Rose M. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in July, 2007 for severe hot flashes and body flushing/night sweats. I was extremely tired. My first thought upon rising was: “when can I go back to bed again”. My arms felt heavy and my head felt full and foggy. Because of the night sweats I was not getting a good nights sleep. Therefore I had no energy to exercise. I gained 20 plus pounds very rapidly as a result of menopause, lack of sleep, and energy. I am usually very happy, bubbly and optimistic but now I was so irritable that I snapped at my family for the littlest things. I could no longer deal with the symptoms of menopause and my doctors no longer wanted to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) because of the side effects and lawsuits. I could not image suffering with these symptoms for the next 10 years.


I was not successful in finding herbs or products that would reduce the hot flashes and body flushing. No diet pills were helping not even the ones for added energy. At the same time my 18 years old daughter was heading off to college and had experienced several menstrual cramping since the age of 12. Our doctor would not put her on the pill or hormones unless she had a pelvic exam. I felt she should make the decision when she felt comfortable with having a pelvic exam. 12 Years old is way too young for this unnecessary procedure. I wanted to find something to help her before she went off to college. As I prayed one day about her and my health issues, I heard the word acupuncture. I remembered reading about David Milbradt and Abundance Acupuncture. Minutes later I was looking up his number. I asked Margo if she thought acupuncture could help my daughter and myself.  She assured me it would and I got in within days. Shari was very helpful explaining acupuncture and recording our symptoms.


I felt relief within the first 4 treatments. After 5 weeks the hot flashes and body flushing had been reduced by 95%. My daughter also felt a 50% reduction in cramping the next time she had her period. I used to get 1 to 3 hot flashes every hour. My faced turned bright red. I had to constantly be taking layers of clothes on and off. It was very embarrassing when at work, church or when talking to someone. I now have 1 or 2 mild hot flashes a day. My face does not turn bright red anymore. I am no longer putting on or taking off extra clothing. The body flushing/night sweats are milder and occur only a few times a day. I noticed after the second week that my head felt less full and groggy. I was sleeping better and my energy returned. I had less cravings. I feel like I am back to my happy, bubbly and optimistic self.  I can once again enjoy my life, family and those golden years! I am optimistic that I will now be able to focus on losing the weight.


I have a family history of hypothyroid, obesity, and diabetes. My father and sister have to take thyroid medicine for the rest of their lives. My grandmother was severely obese and diabetic and had to take 10 pills at every meal, some to counteract the side effects of others. Medication can have side effects worse than the original problem. Drugs treat the symptoms and not the cause of the issue. Drugs are very expensive and can be addictive and very unhealthy for the body. Acupuncture is cheaper in the long run and treats the root cause of the problem. I do not want to have to take drugs for thyroid or diabetes for the rest of my life. Think of how much those drugs add up over 20 or 30 years and what they are doing to your body.


David is a very knowledge nutritionist, herbalist, and acupuncturist. I wasted a lot of money on herbs because I didn't know enough about how to combine or use them properly. I look forward to losing the weight and being healthy again. I look forward to my treatments as they are very relaxing. Jonah usually administers my acupuncture needles and is very caring and knowledgeable too. I had tried acupuncture for a sore shoulder 10 years ago at a different clinic. They were too aggressive that I was uncomfortable and quit after 4 treatments. I feel the clinic staff is very well trained and knowledgeable about acupuncture, nutrition, herbs and the body. I am very grateful that they are affordable and available to the Beaver Dam and surrounding areas.


If you know of somebody suffering from menopausal symptoms or menstrual symptoms, please get them to call for an appointment. Acupuncture is also great for a lot of other conditions too. There is no need to suffer!!


I am very grateful and so is my family. My husband says it’s worth every dollar to have me back to my happy self! Thanks a bunch!         Rose M.


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Vaginal Dryness and Headaches


The issue of vaginal dryness is a personal problem and not usually discussed, but I hope the insight offered here will help others who are experiencing the same discomfort (pain).


I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October of 2008 because I was experiencing severe vaginal dryness. At age 51, 1 thought I was prepared for menopause ‑ hot flashes, moodiness, and irritability... With the kids out of the house and no periods to be concerned about, I thought this was the perfect time for my husband and I to have the intimate relationship we had been lacking. I was not prepared for the excruciating pain of intercourse.


We had tried all the over‑the‑counter vaginal moisturizers, jellies, and warming intimate lubricants that are out there with no success. Although I didn't want to use an HRT medication, I was coming to that conclusion.


I had gone to visit a friend and she confided that acupuncture had worked for her. I thought I would give it a try. I called Abundance Acupuncture. It took approximately 12 treatments, but during that time, the headaches and migraines I had been suffering with since I was 19 years old were gone. Normally I would have at least two migraines a month and at least four to five headaches weekly. I also stopped my allergy medication (that I had taken year round). Within the first 12 treatments, not only were my headaches 90% improved, but the hot flashes, moodiness, and irritability, everything that I thought I would have to live with for a while improved.


Since starting the Wen Jing Tang herbal supplement along with the treatments, our sex life has improved significantly. My mood is better and my attitude is better. I feel overall more at peace and healthier. Acupuncture is a holistic approach, not just the "pop a pill" attitude.


The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are professional and personable. They listen. I never feel rushed. The atmosphere and treatments are calming and relaxing. I would highly recommend Abundance Acupuncture before using HRT's or any other medication for a condition that could be healed with acupuncture.

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Relief from Severe Shoulder, Wrist & Foot Pain


My name is Audrey G.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture because I was suffering from severe shoulder, wrist and foot pain as well as menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.  I had these problems for 4 - 6 months.  They also caused me fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability, hopelessness, embarrassment and made it difficult for me to live a pain free, happy lifestyle.


 I tried medications such as over the counter pain relief, muscle relaxers, cortisone shots in my foot and had surgery on one side of my hand to resolve these problems with results of only temporary relief of pain and needing more surgery on the other side of my hand. 

I began to feel some improvements in my condition after my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 90% better.  I now feel pain free.  I am able to move about in a normal manner and I no longer need the surgery on my wrist. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like hot flashes.


The clinic is peacefully comforting and the staff is extremely caring and so very helpful.  The herbs and supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture also helped.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone suffering from anything.  It truly balances out your body and your body in turn is guided to heal itself with the proper treatment.  It’s all natural and no poison (medication) needs to enter your body.  

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