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I experienced erratic periods for over a year and was told that this was because I was perimenopausal.

This condition was followed by incessant and excessive bleeding which was caused by an estrogen dominance.

I was prescribed a synthetic hormone pill by my doctor but when I read the potential side effects I was unwilling to take it. I was also diagnosed with an underactive thyroid condition (hypothyroid) and I was not willing to take medication for this condition either because I knew once I started the medication, I would have to be on it for life. Being a firm believer in the body’s natural ability to heal itself under the right conditions, I researched these ailments on the web and in books and tried various natural methods to heal myself. I applied natural progesterone cream; I attempted to slow down my fast-paced lifestyle, improved my diet and added various supplements such as dulse, kelp, brewer’s yeast, and evening primrose oil.

However, after several weeks, I still continued to bleed and although I was very concerned about my condition, I was not deterred in my desire to fix these problems naturally, and I made the decision to try acupuncture as I had read about the health benefits of this ancient Chinese practice and had recently attended one of Yuri’s seminars.

My first visit consisted of two hours in which Yuri asked detailed questions about my health, examined my tongue, my skin and then took my pulse in each wrist for several minutes. He asked if I was anemic and then he told me that my heart, lungs, pancreas and liver were out of balance. I was quite shocked at this news as apart from my recent health problems, I thought I was in pretty good shape, health-wise. I got my blood work checked and discovered that I had significant anemia, and that my thyroid had become even more underactive (from 5.05 to 6.06). I was starting to feel the effects of these two conditions. I was more tired, had shortness of breath, felt a little light-headed at times, and experienced heart palpations during the night when I tried to get to sleep. I also noticed that my complexion had become very pale.

During my next visit, Yuri prescribed some Chinese herbs for my hormone imbalance, and he scheduled my acupuncture visits once per week (which also included moxa treatments). He also gave me some supplements and nutritional advice for my anemic condition and told me how the acupuncture would also nourish my blood.The acupuncture treatments felt wonderful. They were very therapeutic and usually relaxed my body as well as my mind.

After only 3 or 4 weeks, my hormones began to stabilize and my heavy bleeding subsided completely. I started having acupuncture twice per week and after my eighth session, I decided to get my blood work checked as I was feeling much better and more like my old self again. I was thrilled with the results as I was no longer anemic, and my thyroid condition had improved dramatically, from a reading of 6.06 to 4.34! I was really surprised as I had not expected my thyroid condition to improve so quickly! I now feel very confident that it will continue to improve and begin to function normally again as I complete my first cycle of 12 acupuncture sessions and herbal supplements.

I feel that the combination of my lifestyle changes, acupuncture treatments and herbal supplements dramatically improved my health problems as well as my overall health and I decided to share my story in the hope that it might encourage someone else to explore the natural and holistic methods of healing.

Additionally, acupuncture has helped to heal some very deep-seated resentment and anger issues that resurfaced recently due to a loss of a family member.I was able to completely let go of these negative emotions during my acupuncture treatments. I experienced an array of emotions, starting with my resentment and anger, followed by sadness and feelings of deep regret and ending with feelings of complete joy. It was truly an amazing transformation for me to go from complete sadness to utter joy and peace during one of my treatments. I hadn’t expected this outcome and it was one of the most powerful experiences in my life as my whole outlook on this situation changed from being negative to positive!

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