5415 W Cedar Lane #204B
Bethesda, MD 20814
Feedback from Current and Past Patients
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.
Curiosity was the reason I first decided to try acupuncture and it was results that kept me coming back for over two years. I am an Osteopathic Physician who appreciates the concept of mind, body and spirit medicine. The results that have occurred give me a great trust in Brad and his application of the therapy. I have experienced resolution of many middle-aged male aches and pains and no longer need to use Advil on a daily basis. Most importantly, I am a calmer person and don't feel like I am going to die anymore.
I have a professionally stressful life and during the past five years I have seen my marriage dissolving. The despair I felt was as if I was dying. After a few months of treatment with brad, I regained my balance of mind-body-spirit and the feelings dissipated. I am now receiving maintenance therapy and life is much richer. - Dr. J.R.
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.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Brad gave me my life back. When I came to Brad in Jan 2003, I was in desperate straits. My intense food allergies and the resulting intestinal and abdominal issues were devastating my life. I had had many conventional western tests (colonoscopy, endoscopy, RAST bloodwork allergy testing), had tried elimination diets, rotation diets and various supplements, and nothing seemed to work. I could only eat about ten foods without being completely incapacitated, I was spending hours in the bathroom, had lost a lot of weight, and felt half dead. My health concerns were affecting my quality of life, and I couldn't enjoy even the simple pleasures of life. I was exhausted and cranky and depressed and without hope.
I turned to acupuncture because I had nothing left to lose. Brad was attentive and thorough during the initial exam. Within three treatments, I noticed an easing in my symptoms; within five treatments, I was able to eat a few things that I hadn't been able to eat in a long time. It was so wonderful that I would call up family members weekly and announce what I was able to eat again! I was astounded at the change, as were they. My Dad, who is a physician, was deeply skeptical at first, but the results of acupuncture treatment were undeniable. I could eat!!!!
Brad's magic, as I began to call it, was in more than the needles. Brad raised some very basic and profound questions about my life and the choices I was making. It wasn't the food that was killing me; it was my body's reaction to it, and in a larger sense, my reaction to life. The doctors that I had seen, while competent, had never asked me to think about larger issues of my way of being in the world. For example, I was changing careers and I hated the direction I was going in. Brad helped me see new possibilities. Our talks opened up the way to a path that balances me, my family and my career in a much more fulfilling and peaceful way. The "magic," it turns out, is the combination of the Brad's needles, Brad's presence and my willingness to open up to new possibilities and consider new ways of being in the world.
I have recommended Brad to many of my friends. Brad's practice of acupuncture, on the body level, has freed me from food allergies. On the mind and spirit level, Brad has walked with me as I tried new possibilities and brought my body, mind and spirit to health. There is no greater gift. -Lisa