MY HEALING JOURNEY
By: James D., Wood Dale, IL
My health problems began in 2008 when I was diagnosed with metatarsalgia and a neuroma in my left foot. This is a very painful condition and I desperately wanted to find a cure. One very expensive treatment called EPAT helped for a day, but the inflammation returned soon thereafter. I tried prednisone, a steroid that I discontinued after two days because of the nasty side effects I experienced.
MY SEARCH LEAD ME TO DR. ZHU – THE BEST ACUPUNCTURIST
I had also previously tried acupuncture with no success. But, for some reason, I wanted to try it again. This time, though, I did my homework and a very thorough search for the best acupuncturist in the area. That’s when I found First Health Associates and Dr. Zhu. Her credentials were very impressive so I scheduled an appointment. It was the best decision I have made for my health in a long time. Acupuncture changed my life.
On the day of my appointment, I limped in with severe pain because of the neuroma. I walked out almost pain free! I continued to see Dr. Zhu two times a week for the next three weeks. Happily I can say that the neuroma is gone and the metatarsalgia is 80% better.
But the most amazing outcome is that my overall health and state of mind improved as well! Dr. Zhu’s thorough evaluation during our first visit revealed some lifelong habits, including 40 years of heavy alcohol use, that had taken a toll on my body. I suffered from chronic inflammation throughout my body and out-of-control blood pressure.
ACUPUNCTURE OFFERS OVERALL HEALTH BENEFITS
Prior to seeing Dr. Zhu, I had stopped drinking, but the health problems lingered. Dr. Zhu’s treatments, as well as her recommendation to eat better and get regular exercise, have helped restore me back to good health. I can honestly say that after a session with Dr. Zhu, I am more relaxed and at peace than I am with any massage or pharmaceutical I’ve tried. Quite frankly, it is the best money I have ever spent. I still see her one to two times a month just for the overall health benefits acupuncture gives me. I can honestly say that acupuncture changed my life.
Dr. Zhu listens and truly cares for her patients. I have seen many doctors over the years and can appreciate a doctor who is knowledgeable and truly wants to help. Dr. Zu is one of those.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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