5415 W Cedar Lane #204B
Bethesda, MD 20814
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This section is designed to illustrate the scope and effectiveness of acupuncture therapy practiced by Brad Hill. We offer a collection of success stories organized by category. You may read all testimonials by selecting the “All Testimonials” category or read the testimonials by selecting their respective categories.
Remember, because every patient is unique, individual outcomes may vary and these testimonials should not be read as a guarantee.
My oldest child, Freddy, has suffered terribly from asthma and allergies for most of his life. What the doctors believed was chronic croup as infant, was then diagnosed as asthma, and by age 4, Freddy was placed on daily medications to control his asthmatic episodes. We maintained for 4 years on a cocktail of medications, increasing types and dosages of medicine in the Fall and Spring, when Freddy’s symptoms were the worst. On the whole, his symptoms remained well controlled, but at least once or twice a year, he required some emergency medical intervention.
During a family trip to Jamaica in the Spring when Freddy was 8, Freddy had the worst asthma attack of his life, which terrified us all, and resulted in him being placed on 11 different medications. In a consultation with his doctors, I asked about what else I could be doing to help Freddy, and inquired as to the side effects of the medications. I was assured that the medicines were safe, and that the best way to help Freddy was to keep him on those medications to prevent any further episodes. I was told he would most likely remain on some kind of allergy prescription for the rest of his life.
Freddy has always been a wonderful and very bright child, whose manner is calm and reserved. As he grew, however, he had become increasingly irritable, especially in the mornings, and he was generally lethargic. He did not want to play with friends after school. He never wanted to do any activity that required running. In general, he did not like to be outside. I believed that he had a quirky personality, that was often melancholy and inflexible.
After the asthma attack in Jamaica, I began to look into alternative therapies to treat allergies and asthma, and through word of mouth, (and I believe, God’s guidance) I came to find Brad Hill. When Freddy began seeing Brad, he was taking 8 daily medications, with 3 additional back up medicines as needed. Although his major asthma attack had been 5 months prior, the doctors were still unable to get his respiratory rates back to their previous baseline. After the first appointment with Brad, in the car on the ride home, Freddy yelled, “My chest…it feels up! I just want to run!” And so began our practice of Freddy running down the long driveway after his appointment---and me ( shocked at what I was seeing) following behind in the car.
Within 10 weeks of treatment with Brad ( a treatment that consisted of acupuncture and Chinese herbs), Freddy had been weaned from his medications ENTIRELY. He took absolutely nothing to control his asthma symptoms, and his doctors could not explain why his Pulmonary Function Tests were NORMAL.
As a mother, I was struck by the overwhelming change in Freddy’s personality. My sedentary child, was running to the bus stop in the morning, and asking to ride his bike the second he got off the bus in the afternoons. In the mornings he was sweet and happy. The child I had thought was quirky and inflexible was no longer there. Freddy talked about how much he hated his asthma medicine, and it made him feel like he was going to “explode” inside. At our Thanksgiving table, when we each shared what we were grateful for that year, Freddy said, “Brad.”
Now a year later, Freddy has made it through 2 of his worst allergy seasons without ANY medicine at all. The cats who used to cause his eyes to swell shut, he can now hold without incident. His asthma doctors say that his respiratory tests look like those of a child who has never had asthma. Our once weekly visits at the allergists have become a once a year check up.
It is my firm belief, that Brad’s intervention with Freddy changed his life, and the life of our entire family. Freddy is a different child, who is well and happy. As a mother, I no longer carry the constant fear of somehow being without his medicine when it is needed. I no longer pack an entire pharmacy with me for even a short weekend trip. I am overwhelmed with gratitude because I feel like Freddy is finally comfortable and free to be who he is supposed to be. For 8 years, between the symptoms and the medication side effects, I am not sure Freddy ever felt well…And now he does!
When I asked Freddy what he would tell other kids about acupuncture he said, “Tell them it doesn’t hurt. It is actually pretty fun. It is relaxing. And it will make them feel SOOOOOO much better.”
I am eternally grateful to Brad for what he has done for Freddy. As a mother, I will never be able to thank him enough.
As a professional in the health-care field, I thought that taking medications for my acid reflux was the answer. But when the medications were making me ill, I had to find an alternative and Acupuncture seemed my best option. When I met Brad, I found him to be very approachable, compassionate, and understanding of all of my problems. Since my first treatment, I have been free of acid reflux and have achieved good health in other problem areas. Brad's Acupuncture seemed to be right on target for me and I was always happy to see him.
Brad Hill has been a God-send to my overall health, in particular my Acid Reflux and Fibromyalgia. He was right away a most gracious, compassionate, and personable guy who seemed to understand me beyond the words that I said. I was lucky to have found him.
Brad stands above most practitioners in the alternative health field. He is very intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate all with a smile and a kind word. My health has greatly improved with his treatments, and it's always a pleasure to receive a treatment. I'd recommend him to anyone for diagnosis and treatment without the use of drugs or surgery.
Brad cured my Acid Reflux in just a few treatments, all with a smile and kind words that were exactly what I needed to hear. He is very perceptive, intuitive and kind and was able to help me with other health problems in a non-invasive, feel-good way. -Anonymous
Acupuncture from Brad Hill cured my irrational fear of the power of water. Since buying a boat 4 years ago, I have not been able to enjoy it, until this summer. It used to be that every time I got onto the boat, I knew that my 2 children, my husband, and I were going to die, and no one could convince me otherwise. I'm a very cerebral person; I can almost always reason myself out of (and into) anything. This unreasonable terror got worse every summer, until I just stopped going with my family on the boat. This was unacceptable to me... we live on the coast of Maine, for crying out loud! I finally accepted that I needed someone else's help with overcoming this debilitating emotion.
I first tried 10 months (boating off-season) of polarity therapy and had only positive expectations that following summer. The first day out, on semi-choppy water, I totally panicked. I was so angry with myself for failing at this. This experience proved to me, without a doubt, that my issue was not a matter of "mind over matter;" I had started the season with 100% confidence that polarity therapy had erased my terror. My failure was shocking to me.
I then tried 10 months of acupuncture from Brad Hill the following off-season, because it couldn't hurt. And when I stepped onto our boat this summer, I was NOT filled with confidence. Why should I trust acupuncture, after I trusted polarity therapy, and had no success? But I had to get on the boat, because we had guests. It was a particularly choppy day. I assumed my position: shotgun, white-knuckling the dashboard, and holding my breath. I refrained from donning my lifejacket, which I usually do, so I wouldn't scare our guests. After about 2 minutes, I realized I wasn't holding my breath, and that I wasn't feeling like we were all going to die, as I was completely prepared to feel. I found this very curious. I thought about the situation. I looked around, a bit surprised. I let go of the dashboard. I did not panic. I took a really deep breath (usually totally impossible for me on the boat), and still did not panic. We bounced to our destination, and I was ecstatic!
Although I did not enjoy myself on the bumpy ride, I DID NOT FEEL LIKE I WAS GOING TO DIE. I knew that the acupuncture treatments had worked on a very deep level, in a very subtle and powerful way, to get me over my hump. The rest of my recovery will involve baby-stepping my way to total comfort and ultimately, joy. - Anonymous