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Onset of Shingles (Herpes Zoster)


I was already being treated at Abundance Acupuncture for problems with my back when I was diagnosed with a case of shingles. My regular doctor prescribed anti-viral medication and strong painkillers. I was very distressed as this was my second time with shingles. I was prepared for six to eight weeks of pain and a lot of missed work. My doctor told me that there was also a risk of postherpetic neuralgia, pain that can continue for weeks or even years.


I came to see David Milbradt the same day I was diagnosed and he immediately began a special acupuncture treatment called “Surrounding the Dragon”. He also prescribed some Chinese herbs to help fight the virus. Anyone who has had this disease knows how intense the pain is, yet after only one treatment, it was immediately reduced. After two more treatments, my pain was entirely gone. In addition, the shingles stopped developing.


I never took a single pain killer and was able to go on with my life without any disruption. Because the disease did not progress, it lessens my chance of post-pain later on. When I told my regular doctor about this, he was astonished.


I wish that everyone who suffers from this disease could know of the wonderful and immediate relief that can be achieved through acupuncture. My faith in David’s knowledge and skill is even greater than before.  When I came to Abundance the day I was diagnosed, I was frightened and depressed but my confidence in their care was confirmed by the results. I feel sad that so many people, especially the elderly, suffer for years when I know that help is right here at Abundance Acupuncture.


Jenny P.

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Relief from Shingles Pain on Forehead

I came to Abundance Acupuncture in August, 2018, because I was suffering from a tingling feeling sensation near and above my right eye area from having shingles near and above my right eye area in December 2016. The nerve above my right eye was damaged from the shingles, which therefore caused this problem.

I have had this problem for one in a half years. This problem was a constant annoyance all day long. The sun and heat were factors in making the problem worse.

I was prescribed a couple different medications to help with nerve pain issues, which did not help my problem. I was advised to wait for a year in a half to see if the damaged nerve area above my right eye would heal up on its own and the tingling feeling sensation would be gone, but after 18 months nothing changed.

I asked my doctor for a referral to a neurologist for help. The neurologist did not have suggestions or treatments to help with my problem.

I went back to my doctor and advised him the neurologist had nothing to help with the problem. I also advised my doctor the nerve pain medications did not help the problem. My doctor advised I could try acupuncture to see if that would help my problem. My doctor referred me to Abundance Acupuncture.

I’m so grateful that my doctor referred me to Abundance Acupuncture. I wish my doctor would have suggested acupuncture right away. I would have never thought weekly acupuncture and blood letting treatments would help my problem, but it has improved my tingling feeling sensation to almost gone.

I have also had significant improvement in another symptom of eye twitching.

The staff of Abundance Acupuncture are awesome! All the staff takes time to help and listen to you. The staff wants your condition to improve and will work with you in any way to get that accomplished. I was able to make appointments around my work schedule with no problem.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Abundance Acupuncture a ten for the service and treatments I have received. I would recommend Abundance Acupuncture for anyone trying to get help for a problem.

Respectfully submitted,
Don R.

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Relief from Lingering Shingles Pain


My name is Carol T.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture May 25, 2006 because I was suffering from shingles pain.  I had this problem for 6 weeks. I had pain in my back on the right side and around my right breast and underarm.  The pain was horrible and at times I didn’t want to leave the house.  It also caused fatigue, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability, and hopelessness.


 It made it difficult for me to travel, go shopping, hold cards in my right hand, and above all to fully enjoy my grandchildren.   I tried medications such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, a number of other medications, and chiropractic, but chiropractic seemed to make it feel worse.


I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after 10 treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.    At this point in time my condition feels 99% better. I now feel like I have my life back and I am able to enjoy my grandchildren, traveling, shopping, and playing cards again.  I have also had significant improvement in my energy level, depression, and fibromyalgia.


The clinic is very professional and has a relaxing atmosphere.  The staff is very friendly and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is suffering from shingles pain and would like to have better health.


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