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Depression, Acid Reflux, & Weight Loss

My name is Margot Z.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2008 because I was suffering from depression and pain in my low back and hip. The depression had been going on for 23 years and made me feel miserable.  My energy was low, I was easily overwhelmed, had difficulty sleeping, was irritable, and I felt hopeless.  Depression made it difficult for me to socialize, exercise or be active, and I missed days from work because I felt so fatigued.  Everything was more difficult. The low back pain had bothered me for 10 years and at times it reduced my mobility so severely that I was unable to go anywhere or do anything.

I tried medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitor antidepressants, and SSRI antidepressants which caused me to gain a lot of weight.  The antidepressants also made it difficult to focus my mind and caused problems with my memory.  I got some temporary relief from the hip and back pain with chiropractic and physical therapy, but the pain came back again.   

I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. In February, after a month of treatments, I felt good enough to start reducing my antidepressant medications. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I have stopped taking all of my antidepressants and I now feel good again.  I get up and get going everyday and have been able to start living my life again.  I feel more comfortable around other people and I am not missing work anymore.  I am even able to work 60 hour weeks again.

I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my acid reflux and irregular bowel movements.  I have not had any migraines since I started treatments and have even lost 30 pounds!  I stopped taking birth control pills (to control my migraines), stopped needing to take allergy medicine, and

have not taken any Tylenol for pain. 



It's three years later and Margot has changed so much that we asked if we could take another picture.  Since she has felt well enough to exercise she has been working out on a regular schedule. Go Margot!


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Restless Legs, Arthritis, Acid Reflux. & Asthma

My name is Connie S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April, 2008 with numerous health concerns from a sore shoulder to restless legs to arthritic pain to acid reflux to asthma to pneumonia. 

As you might expect, the problems I had sapped my energy, often caused me to be irritable with my loved ones, and sometimes made me feel hopeless with little chance of regaining any degree of health.

Well, I am happy to tell you that some of my symptoms were relieved within the first two weeks of treatments.  As time went on, each and every symptom has been eliminated or greatly improved.

When I learned of the dangers of the medication that I was on for acid reflux, I decided to discontinue the Nexium.  Needless to say, thing got worse before they got better. But they did get much, much better! The kindness, caring, and expertise of the staff saw me through the down times and the good times.

I believe that due to the acupuncture treatments and the herbal supplements my body is in a much better state.  I have learned much about how to attain and maintain better health.  I thank God for leading me to Abundance Acupuncture!

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Hip and Low Back Pain

My name is Thomas A. Eilbes.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April of 2008 because I was suffering from hip and low back pain, low energy at the end of the day, and anxiety.  I had these problems for two years.  The continuous pain was a constant distraction and by the end of the day I was usually exhausted and had very little energy left for anything.  It also made it difficult for me to sleep, caused fatigue, and made me feel more irritable.  It was not easy for me to carry on routine and regular work or social activities.

I tried medications such as Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) to resolve this problem and I had some relief, but I did not want to take medications everyday; I was cautioned about the side effects of bleeding in the stomach.  I began to feel some improvements in my condition after about six treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 60 to 70% better. I now feel a lot less pain in the lower back and hips and I am able to do regular and routine work without significant discomfort.

I have had significant improvement in other symptoms like belching and acid reflux.  Im just feeling better in general, and have a lot more energy later in the day. 

During the treatments I felt relaxed and comfortable. The clinic is clean and the staff is friendly and very willing to work with scheduling difficulties.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because of the improvements I have had in my Health.  

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Knee Pain and Swelling in the Legs

I first heard about David Milbradt through a woman from the University of Wisconsin Medical center who knew and had seen David and she told me, "This man saved my life!" He happened to be in Beaver Dam, which was really weird. I thought for sure he would be way on the outskirts of Madison. I came to his office for an Oriental Exam, but I work till 5:00 PM in Middleton, so he had me talk to Margo, his receptionist, to see what we could set up for an appointment. She got me in at 6:00 PM.

I stopped at a gas station on the way and tripped on a rise in the pavement and fell. My knees hurt so bad I thought I was going to die. I was coming in the first place because of pain in the knees. I could hardly walk up steps anymore. I told David about my fall and he pressed on two pressure points and had me stand up and I said, "Wow! He said, "I like that word." I have been saying a lot of wows since I have been coming to his office. I used to have some terrible problems with swelling in my legs. I did one of the cleanses that David recommended and the swelling is completely gone. The swelling had been so bad that I had gone to see a medical doctor who stripped the veins in my legs but I still had swelling in my legs even a year afterwards. It didn't take care of it.

I've seen David for less than a year and the swelling is gone. The pain in my knees is not completely gone, but I can walk up and down my steps. As a matter of fact I run up my steps now at work because I think that's what I should do to keep them more active. And that's only a small piece. I have a whole list of issues that he has helped me with. I started getting acid reflux when I was pregnant with my two girls and I had it for a long time. I found that it was better when I took coral calcium, but if I didn't take it the acid reflux was back, just like that. David did a couple needle points and I haven't had it since.

I used to be a smoker and I don't have the lung problems that I used to have. My nose used to run whenever I ate and I don't have that anymore either. I used to bite my tongue daily. I didn't know why. When David did the Oriental Exam he said, "Your tongue is really swollen and with treatment even that has gone away.

The first time his name was brought up I remember telling my neighbor, "No way! Needles aren't for me." Now that I can see the other side of the story and what it can do, it's really amazing. If you go for treatment you will end up saying "Wow! That's really weird!" Because you have dealt with pain or a health issue for so long and he will do a few needle points and you will go home and all of a sudden you notice it is not happening anymore.

It's not painful. That was my biggest fear ... needles. On one of my first treatments David put in a needle and it sent a trigger down to my ankle. It felt like it was stuck and kind of hurt. I said something to David and he did something to my wrist and the pain moved out of the wrist. It didn't go completely away and when he asked if I was O.K. I told him no.  It was now stuck in my foot so he pressed on a finger and the pain went away. It doesn't make sense but it works.

The needles don't hurt, but sometimes it feels like electricity, good electricity. It's always been good because I feel so much better when I wake up. I actually take a nap during the treatment and it's wonderful! It's definitely a positive experience.

Charlotte Holtan

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Foot Pain, Daily Headaches, and More

My name is Sue H., when I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2012, I was suffering from multiple health problems: severe foot pain, daily headaches, acid reflux, constant sinus congestion, a series of sinus infections, and frequently recurring colds & flues.

The foot pain was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis.   It started in my heel, then radiated into the arch and ankle making it hard to walk without a limp.  The pain was worse if I was on my feet for any longer than two hours, and at night it would wake me up with a throbbing ache.  It was hard to work a 4 hour shift at the assisted living facility much less a 6-8 hour day.  When I worked 6 hours I could hardly walk the rest of the day and the day after I had to sit with ice off and on.  Finding more things to do while sitting became a way of life.  I had recently been doing more walking for exercise and it was very depressing to stop being active because of the pain.

I tried wearing foot gear at night but, it irritated other parts of my foot.   Injections in the foot did not work for me, and the prescription strength Ibuprofen (Piroxicam) aggravated my acid reflux problem.  After 9 months of physical therapy I felt hopeless, fatigued by the disrupted sleep, and tired of going to the therapy sessions.

My doctor was considering surgery as a last resort, but I tried acupuncture instead. Now, after three months of treatments at Abundance Acupuncture, my condition feels 90% better.  There is only a minimal amount of discomfort in my heel and arch, I am able to work a full 6-8 hour shift on my feet and then continue on to do other activities like gardening and walking later in the day.  I can even run around with my grandchildren. I have also had significant improvement in my other symptoms.   I no longer have daily headaches or acid reflux.  My chest congestion has cleared, allergies are a thing of the past, and sinus issues are minimal.  The pains in my upper back, shoulder, elbow, and knee are gone.   

Herbs and Supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture helped with my allergies, head colds, sinus infections, and stomach problems.  An herbal foot soak helped calm the itching I was having all over my body.  Even a yeast infection didnt last long due to the foot soak and acupuncture.

During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed.  The staff was very good about keeping me thoroughly informed and comfortable during treatments.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it allowed my body to heal without adding more medications.  David Milbradt and Shari Friedrichs gradually helped eliminate the medications which increased my symptoms and health problems.  I was never pressured to stop taking any of the meds I was on. When I decided to go off some of the drugs, acupuncture helped make the transition possible so that my body could heal without them.  I am very pleased with the outcome having better health without drugs.  Since I started acupuncture I have also learned about acupressure which I can do myself.  I find that it is very helpful for simple everyday aches and pains.

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