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Horrible Menstrual Periods


My name is Laura M.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in June, 2007 because I was suffering from horrible menstrual periods that gave me severe back pain, cramps, nausea, and sickness.  I had this problem for four years. This problem caused such awful pain in my lower back and abdomen that it made it painful to move during the first day or two of my periods.  It would sometimes be so bad that I would get physically sick.  It also made me feel fatigue, irritability, and I often lost a full night of sleep during my period. 


This made it difficult for me to do anything during my period even going to school or running an errand; basically anything other than trying to sleep or laying down. I tried medications such as naproxen, sodium pamprin, and other pain relievers to resolve this problem and sometimes the period would be a little better and then the next would be just as bad as before.


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after ten treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 85 % better. I now feel less cramping, even without pain relievers and less nausea.  I am able to be at work or play tennis during my period almost as if it were any other day of the month.


I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like: less sensitivity to the cold and less low back pain in general, not just during my period. During the treatments I felt extremely relaxed as if I was only in the room for five minutes. The Abundance clinic staff is wonderful and friendly.


I would recommend acupuncture to anyone dealing with pain, especially because of their period because it is effective without having to put chemicals or birth control hormones into your body.


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Back Pain and Menstrual Cramps


My name is Kathleen.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in June 2007 because I was suffering from right sided back pain, lower back pain, and menstrual cramps.  I had the back pain for several months. It felt like an intense tightness in my back from below my shoulder blade to my hip, like a muscle spasm that would not go away.  It made it difficult for me to sleep, to raise my arms, to perform work related activities, and to cut food on the countertop.


I tried medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen and Naproxen.  I also tried massage which temporarily lessened the tightness for about a week.   I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after 6 or 7 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 90% + better and I am able to work at home and at work with out the tightness returning.  I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my lower back pain, and menstrual cramping. 


During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed.   The clinic is great and the staff is wonderful.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone with pain because it really does help.  Thank you very much.


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Headache, PMS, & Infertility


 Abundance Acupuncture has helped me with a number of different health concerns: frequent headaches, Premenstrual Syndrome, and fertility issues.  The headaches and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders started over 9 years ago. Whenever I was stressed out I would get increased tension which would lead to a headache.  Then I would get stressed out because I had headaches, which would lead to more headaches, and it became a vicious cycle.  When I was taking birth control pills I had headache every day, but even after I got off of the pill I had headache at least twice a week.  They were worse before my period and whenever I was stressed out.


I went to the doctor and they gave me an antidepressant which worked for the first year or so and then it stopped working.  Then they tried increasing the dose for a few weeks and that didn’t help so I stopped taking it altogether. I ended up taking Advil and tried relaxation techniques and yoga.  When I started having acupuncture I was really hoping that it would work because I had tried so many other things…  Now I know that it works.


I had a wonderful response to the acupuncture treatments and I noticed improvements right away after the first treatment.  The biggest difference I saw was the relief from the tension in my neck and shoulder.  The tension used to be there all the time but, now if I feel some tension I notice it right away and I can usually relax it before it builds up.  I’m overall more relaxed than when I started treatments and because of that I don’t seem to worry about things as much as I used to.


My Premenstrual Syndrome started when I had my very first periods and I was miserable seven to ten days before each of my periods. With the treatments I noticed a number of changes in my monthly cycle. I stopped feeling nauseous when I ovulated.  I had less PMS irritability, water retention, and breast tenderness. I didn’t have the headaches, my cramping was reduced, and when I did have the cramping it was gone right away with the treatments so I didn’t need to take any medicine…which was nice.  Actually since I started with the treatments I haven’t needed any medicine at all.  Even the cold I had was alleviated by the acupuncture.


 My husband and I were trying to have a baby and we had a number of concerns about our fertility.  Through acupuncture I relaxed my body so it was more accepting to getting pregnant.  In any case it worked!  I’m pregnant! 


The clinic has a very comforting atmosphere and I felt that everyone who worked there all wanted me to get better.


Kate R.


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Insomnia, Fatigue, Pain, and Menstrual Cramps


My name is Tiffany G.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February, 2009  because I was suffering from back and shoulder pain, irregular periods with bad cramping, mood swings, bloating (all over my body), constipation, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.  For two or three years I suffered from daily headaches and constant back and shoulder pain.  Because I wasn’t sleeping well I would wake up feeling fatigued and that would lead to mood swings and irritability.  The constant bloating and constipation added to my daily distress.


These problems kept me from assisting my children and interfered with other daily activities like being able to go on long walks.  I tried physical therapy, ibuprofen which took some of the edge off the pain, and sleeping pills that only worked with high dosages.


I began to feel some improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 95% better!  I now feel energetic, well rested, and free from the back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and the bad menstrual cramps.  I am able to play tennis, walk for exercise, and play soccer with my kids.  I have also had significant improvement with the dermatitis on my face and I have lost five pounds! 


During the treatments I felt my stress being released.  They were relaxing and peaceful. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is patient, caring, and understanding.


I would recommend acupuncture to anyone of any age because it can improve anyone’s health.  When your body is functioning at a higher level it opens up a whole new world for you and everyone that you come in contact with.

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Menstrual Bleeding Issues


Starting in January of 2005, 1 started having serious problems with my menstruation cycle. I would bleed for 21 days every 28 days. So I only had 7 days of not bleeding. That is enough to make any woman cranky and hard to live with.


My OB/GYN said that I needed to have my Thyroid checked, and recommended that I visit my Family Doctor. She did not know what else to do with Thyroid so she sent me to an Endocrinologist in Madison. I went on July 8, 2005. After talking with me, he said that he felt that I was insulin resistance or another name is metabolic syndrome. He recommended not eating any bread, potato, pasta or rice. Then he sent me for a full work up of tests including an x‑ray for sinuses. My glucose and x‑ray came back fine however my triglycerides were 319 way too high and my HDL (Good Cholesterol) was 24 way too low I was to go back and see him again in September of 2005. Well the new diet and thyroid medicine did not help my cycle any at all.


 I decided with Margo's urging to call David Milbradt to see what he could do for me, During the 2 months between visits with the endocrinologist, I lost 17 pounds and my triglycerides dropped 100 points and I raised my HDL 3 points. (The endocrinologist felt I would never get my HDVs above 35) The doctor was impressed with the progress. I told him about seeing David and he agreed that would help.


After my first visit with David my cycle sent from bleeding for 21 days to just 14. After the first month my cycle dropped down to 7 days. That was better but still not where it should be so I called the OB/GYN again. I went in for more tests with them. They found a uterine polyp. Their recommendation was to have it surgically removed. Do to the fact I have a private practice, I can not just drop everything and go. So we scheduled it for the end of January 2006. Then just about 5 days before the surgery it was canceled by the doctor I did not reschedule it. I had a feeling it would resolve soon.


At that same time frame I had to have my levels checked again by the endocrinologist. This time I had lost 30 pounds and my Triglycerides were 119, HDL was 35. In March of 2006, while working on a client I felt that I passed a clot. After the massage was done I went and found that I had indeed passed something. It was the size of a peach pit, It looked like muscle fibers and was firm but squishy, dark red with a blue film. My cycle stopped when that happened. Since that day I have a menstruation cycle of 3.5 days every 56 days.


I continue to see David about every month or so for tune ups and help with cravings and crabbiness if nothing else.


Bee H., LMT       2/22/07


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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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Hypothyroidism and Female Issues


I began acupuncture in February of 2001 with the cooperation of my medical doctor.  I sought out acupuncture as a way of bringing my thyroid back into balance after being diagnosed as hypothyroid and reliant on the prescription medication, Synthroid, for about six years.


After receiving acupuncture on a very regular basis, I was completely weaned off of Synthroid by the summer of 2001.  I have twice yearly blood tests for my thyroid and it has been normal ever since.


After that experience, I had a great deal of confidence in the benefits of acupuncture and continued to go regularly for thyroid endocrine maintenance as well as a number of other ailments that have occurred over the years, such as insomnia, menstrual pain, stomach ulcer and an ovarian cyst that went away without the need for surgery.  I found acupuncture to be very effective in treating all of these problems!


Additionally, I thought the sessions were very relaxing, frequently falling asleep while the needles were in.  There was infrequent mild discomfort with the insertion of the needles, but nothing intolerable.


I am prescription medication free and feel very healthy overall.  I am grateful to David Milbradt and to acupuncture for helping me get into a state of balance.


India Aubry      June 2005


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A Natural Solution for Infertility


Josh, Lauren, & Carolyn H.

My name is Carolyn H.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2006 because my husband and I were having trouble getting pregnant.  Based on the opinions and diagnosis of Western medical doctors we were both sub-fertile.   I had fertility issues for one year before seeing Dr. Dave and intense PMS for at least the last 5 years.


Our fertility issues caused me intense frustration and sadness.  PMS sometimes lasted two whole weeks before my period and made me very irritable, bloated, and also caused breast tenderness.  I also had irregular spotting before my periods which lasted up to a week.  My doctors couldn’t explain why.  These issues caused fatigue, depression, irritability, and hopelessness.  They made it difficult for me to enjoy the company of dear friends and family members who all seemed to get pregnant without “trying”.


I tried medications such as Clomid and chiropractic.  Clomid gave me the worst PMS, accompanied by rage that I had ever felt.  Chiropractic care continues to help me with over all health but wasn’t helping infertility.   I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after three months of treatments.  My unusual spotting prior to periods stopped!  My PMS symptoms were reduced in intensity and duration.  We found out I was pregnant on December 10th and I am overjoyed!  Although all my symptoms did not get 100% better my overall health improved so greatly that with Dr. Dave’s help and herbal supplements, we got pregnant naturally.


During the treatments I felt relaxed and peaceful.  There were treatments during which I literally felt energy move from place to place. It was so interesting.   The clinic is very clean and comfortable and the staff is friendly and always willing to help.


I would recommend acupuncture to women with PMS and menstrual cycle irregularities and couples experiencing infertility.  It is a gentle effective way to harmonize how your body functions as a whole.  I would also recommend reading the book The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis which explains how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine helps infertility problems.


I feel that David Milbradt is a very conscientious practitioner who was always working on making my treatments “just right”.  Acupuncture and God’s grace allowed us to avoid invasive Western medical fertility interventions, which in themselves had less than favorable odds of working.


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Babies on My Mind


I came to Abundance Acupuncture in July of 2008 with one thing on my mind: babies. My husband and I had only been trying to get pregnant for six months or so, but I was already stressing about my age and how long we might have to wait. We are both healthy and at the time I was only 35, but the thought of my cycle starting up again month after month of trying to make a baby was starting to cause me undue anxiety. Unfortunately, I knew this was, simply put, part of the problem. I had complete faith going into it that acupuncture could help, and I just didn't want to wait a year or more to conceive. We had not tried any 'conventional' fertility assistance, because I had no interest in regulating my body on a regular basis with hormones. Yuck.
To add to our conception difficulties, my husband took a four month work leave in another state, while I remained in Wisconsin! My Master Plan was get the Baby Train all the way into the station so when my husband got back in October, we would be on our way! (I could insert any number of questionable metaphors having to do with locomotives and conception, but left them out...)
My first impression of the clinic was the friendliness of the staff - the last thing it felt like was 'clinical.' Fresh flowers brought the front area to life and my initial consultation with Dr. David was pleasant and enlightening.
We began acupuncture and then a course of Chinese herbs to, I think David put it "tonify my yin" - we were off. I noticed changes in my PMS and menstrual course from the very first: less cramping and less hyperirritability: bonus! Per David's recommendation I was taking my Basal Metabolic Temperature every morning and watching the changes in actual temperature readings on a weekly basis was entirely fascinating and inspiring. It was like seeing visual proof of the treatments at work!
When my husband got back in October (after about four months of my treatments), I ovulated a week later and bam! I felt pregnant from the get-go. Not wanting to be too cavalier about my intuition, I kept taking my temperature every morning and it only went up when my cycle was supposed to start. I had waited a solid two weeks before buying a home pregnancy test and was delighted with the results. Needles to say, we were in a family way!
Now I am eight months pregnant and my little critter is big and healthy and we look forward to meeting him in a month or so. My husband and I are entirely pleased with our Abundance Acupuncture experience.
rock and roll wooooooooooooooo!   

April G/M           June 2009

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