Graves' disease is an immune system disorder. From the Chinese medicine point of view, it is caused by emotional pain, and blocked Qi in the liver channel. When she came to see me, I told her that if she fully followed my instructions, we could expect to see improvements in 1 ~ 2 months. Within one month, she had massive improvements,to both of our surprise, as I expected the patient to need more time to heal. Below are blood cells images to compare the difference that one month made.
Live blood cells image taken at the first treatment
Live blood cells taken after one month of treatment
I was initially diagnosed with Graves' disease in Jan 2012 by an endocrinologist after my symptoms had developed for at least 6 months. I was on a big dosage of methimazole and beta blockers to slow down my pulse. My symptoms (fast pulse, swelling in throat, fatigue, weight loss, trembling hands, depression, etc.) were controlled pretty well after 3 months of medication. However, what I didn't know back then was that my battle just started. Over the next three and half years upon my first diagnosis, I had traveled to two different states and met with 4 other endocrinologists and 3 primary care physicians. Surprisingly enough, they all had the same diagnosis and prescribed me exactly the same medication and told me exactly the same words----" your disease is genetic, you have no control over it". After experiencing 8 top notch MD's "care", my bloodwork reports came back normal many times in the last few years, but my feelings got worse and worse and new symptoms developed in spring 2014. I started to feel lower back pain and experienced stomachaches. My menses were horrible. My situation was not getting better and my suffering proceeded to 2015.
During the darkest days in my life, I was introduced to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by a dear friend of mine was is in this field since early 2014. I began seeing acupuncturists locally, and they gradually shedded new light on my issue, but the journey was not smooth. I tried 3 acupuncturists in an 18-month period, and in the meantime I started to apply a thorough lifestyle transition with their positive influence. Gladly, I was able to manage my everyday life without medication, but in-between treatments, I was still constantly overwhelmed by fatigue, shortness of breath, back pain, indigestion, and insomnia.
Then, I learned of a new clinic “EHE Clinic” that opened in Blacksburg in September 2015, and I decided to give it a shot. How worse can it be for a person who had experienced failure in treatments so many times? Within the first week, I knew this was one of the best decisions I had ever made. I could feel my energy levels starting to improve. Joy has a very pleasant and patient character, and she naturally pours out her heart to her patients. I feel very secure and am willing to open up myself, because I know she cares about my overall wellness just as much as I do. She enjoys studying each case and tries her best to facilitate healing using natural therapies rather than a practitioner who focuses only on booking more appointments. Her clinical diagnosis and acupuncture skills are way above other typically-trained acupuncturists. Few TCM doctors I knew have mastered the advanced art of pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis which are critical for treatment. This is only one portion of her secret weapons. She is also very sophisticated in applying many other natural therapies in helping patients; this includes but is not limit to moxibustion, cupping, tui-na, and cutting edge devices that naturally boost the body's immune system in fighting numerous diseases. Additionally, she coached me on diet and nutrition and ways to manage my stress level. I think you will get way more than a typical acupuncturist's office at EHE clinic. This is a place where you can count on for true healing.
In just a month, I feel my energy levels are back to normal after years of suppression. I am able to work extra hours in the afternoon without feeling drained or depleted. My constant, intense back pain quietly became replaced with occasional low intensity pain. My stomachache was also getting less frequent. I no longer struggle to fall asleep for hours at night. My period was no longer that painful. Every week I am pumped with hope and excitement knowing that fully recovery is possible. Life is not meant to be suffered through, it has to be thrived on.