Acupuncture Therapy Testimonials
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.
Phobias and Fear:
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
This is a letter of appreciation to Brad Hill for helping me by using acupuncture to "cure" my allergies. I came to see Brad in the spring of 2004. I have been an extreme allergy sufferer for the past ten years. I was allergic to pollen, dust, cats, dogs, trees, flowers, ragweed, etc. I came to see Brad with a runny nose and very watery eyes along with a bit of skepticism. In the past I have taken Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, homeopathic medications and allergy shots to give me relief. None of these treatments worked. I had not been able to enjoy Spring in many years. I had to stay inside for fear of allergy attacks- which would last for hours. My symptoms were constant sneezing (30 times a day), watery-burning red eyes, irritability, and exhaustion during spring and a little less severe year round. I saw Brad Hill for treatment 9 times and I am now able to stand outside-coach soccer-garden and enjoy the outdoors. I appreciate all that Brad has done to help me. I can't believe how much my life has changed and how my health had improved. Brad spent time talking with me and trying to identify things in my environment which were contributing to my suffering. I am now allergy free-and loving life. Thank You. -Pleasance
In July, 2007, I hurt my shoulder while kayaking. I went to my primary care physician in September, who referred me to a shoulder surgeon. Prior to the consult, I was required to have an MRI. I received the definitive diagnosis at the first consultation with the surgeon in early December 2007. He showed me the torn tendons on the images, explained the surgical procedure that would repair the injury. Before I knew it, I was scheduled for surgery for 12/21. One week prior to surgery, I ran into a friend who is a massage therapist, who I'd known for several years as someone who was progressive her holistic health. She encouraged me to postpone the surgery, and try acupuncture. I was reserved in my expectations but was open to an alternative to facing 2 weeks surgical recovery, 6 weeks with my arm in a sling and 4-6 months of physical therapy."
I started weekly acupuncture with Brad Hill in early January - June 2008. He shared several testimonials from other patients he has treated with similar and different concerns. I learned immediately that acupuncture not only treats the injury but the whole person and that he would help me by directing my own healing energy toward my shoulder. Not only did my shoulder begin to improve, but my energy, both physically and mentally was invigorated. Brad incorporated some Chinese Herbs specifically to aid in directing healing energy to my shoulder, which did enhance the healing and my overall sense of wellness. My ability to focus began to improve and the treatments also helped me address addiction issues that I had to cope with stress. I joined a health club and started spinning 2-3 times/week as well as strength training. I consulted with a trainer at the club to strengthen my shoulder, which resulted in my being able to kayak and do all the activities I love to do. I am now taking a Chinese herbal prescription by Brad to address some tolerance/behavior issues.
The entire acupuncture experience has been positive. I never experience any pain or fear. My life has been enhanced in many ways. I plan to continue seeing Brad at least once a month. I always feel physically and emotionally better and Brad always takes the time to learn what is currently going on with me. -Mary