At Turning Point Bodymind Wellness, an integrated healing practice based in Vancouver, B.C., where your mental health is treated with a non-pathologizing and holistic approach.
Here are some stories shared by people who experienced depression, anxiety, chronic stress disorders, and other conditions and were helped by our integrated healing approach.
Read their stories and prepare to be inspired.
I can’t express how much I learned from your example of loving acceptance. You told me , again and again, with and without words, that I am acceptable, struggles and all. And finally I started to believe it.
I wish I knew how to adequately express my gratitude for you. My words feel wholly insufficient, but they will have to do. When we first started working together over two and a half years ago, I was desperate for help and yet terrified to accept any. Your support and influence has been nothing less than transformative for me. You helped me feel safe when I thought I’d never be safe again. You showed me the incredible power of mindfulness and how to use it as a tool and a refuge . You taught me how to accept things I considered unacceptable; you demonstrated unfailing acceptance of me and my struggles. I can’t express how much I learned from your example of loving acceptance. You told me, again and again, with and without words, that I am acceptable, struggles and all. And finally I started to believe it. Your guidance is invaluable. I am endlessly grateful, as is my family.
— S. M.
Dr. Judy connected my constant stomach issues with an underlining anxiety that I had been experiencing since childhood.
Dr. Judy has made a profound impact on my overall health. I found out about Dr. Judy through a recommendation from a co-worker. From the initial consultation it was clear that Dr. Judy was interested in a holistic health approach and the result has been a drastic improvement in my health and quality of life.
I had been experiencing upset stomach and tension in my back, neck and shoulders for years. All of the other doctors I had seen had only focused on my stomach symptoms and had never asked me about my mental health. I have been on multiple kinds of ineffective medication, had stomach scopes and scans, been on elimination diets, allergy testing, etc. and nothing was improving my symptoms. I had spent years with stomach aches and daily vomiting. Dr. Judy connected my constant stomach issues with an underlining anxiety that I had been experiencing since childhood. Dr. Judy determined that my body processes stress and anxiety through my upset stomach. Once that connection was established, I have been able to find relief from the constant upset stomach and daily vomiting. I no longer take any medication for my stomach issues and have learned techniques to manage my anxiety. My sessions with Dr. Judy have greatly improved my quality of life and I would recommend her services to anyone.
— A. R.
My depressive mood gradually disappeared and at the end of the treatment I felt really well!!
The reasons why I decided to go to Turning Point were poor sleep and depression. I had been previously diagnosed with major depression and treated with antidepressants, but depression emerged again a few months after I finished the treatment. Thus, I wanted to try an alternative. Just a couple of sessions with Dr. Judy were enough for me to start sleeping better. As a result, I began feeling more energetic, in a better mood, and more concentrated at work. During the three-month treatment with acupuncture and herbs, Dr. Judy taught me some tricks to help my Qi flows better. My depressive mood gradually disappeared and at the end of the treatment I felt really well!! Dr. Judy always paid attention and observed how I progressed, demonstrating interest for her patients. In addition, she kindly answered all my questions during our sessions, taking the time required for that. I am very happy I decided to go to her clinic, and I strongly recommend it!
…through Dr. Zhu’s guidance, I realized that being anxious and stressed about having anxiety makes it much worse, and that the best way to recover from anxiety is to accept it…
I have been dealing with anxiety and stress for the past 3 years, and have tried multiple treatment options (counseling, psychologist, self regulation therapy), and nothing worked. I decided to explore traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and landed on Dr. Zhu’s website. I was immediately impressed with the number of positive testimonials I saw. When I first starting see Dr. Zhu, I experienced constant anxiety and really felt it physically (stomach cramps, increased bowel movements and dizziness). On a mental level, I was having a hard time dealing with the fact that I had anxiety, which caused more stress and more anxiety, further exasperating my physical symptoms.
After 3 months of receiving regular acupuncture treatments from Dr. Zhu, I’m happy to report that almost all my physical symptoms have dramatically improved. Coupling acupuncture with Dr. Zhu’s keen insight and understanding into how anxiety works and how the mind works, I’m also feeling much more confident in dealing and managing my anxiety. My major breakthrough came when I started feeling better physically, and through Dr. Zhu’s guidance, realized that being anxious and stressed about having anxiety makes it much worse, and that the best way to recover from anxiety is to accept it and not dwell it.
I will continue my treatments with Dr. Zhu as I truly feel she is a gifted healer of the body and mind, and when it comes to anxiety, recovery needs to happen with both the body and the mind.
— J. N.
With the help of acupuncture, I have experienced several break through where I totally accepted where I was and depression lifted. I felt deep sense of peace and ease.
I experienced a severe depression 10 months ago and I was suicidal. It was the 5th time that I had depression and I really felt that I had enough and didn’t want to live. I felt like a zombie, not really living. I have been taking Lithium, antidepressants, Clonozepam, Zopiclone. I was also taking Metformin because my blood sugar was high. All the medications didn’t help me for the first 4 months.
From a friend of mine who had the same problem, I learned that acupuncture could be a good treatment. So I did some research online to find a good acupuncturist for treating that. From talking with Dr. Judy, I found that she was the right person to help me so I started my treatments. After 6th or 7th session I felt a positive shift in me that made me motivated to continue the treatment. Dr. Judy was like my only friend and I was sharing all those illusions I was seeing during the treatments and she was helping me without judging me. She is a very kind and compassionate person, and very knowledgeable. Once she gets my pulse she exactly knows what part of my body needs more attention which always surprises me. When I first started the treatment, I used to feel very cold in my tummy. Especially when I had a lot of negative thoughts, I felt very bad in my body. I felt as if there was a big hole in my abdomen. I didn’t have any appetite and felt very low in energy. Now I no longer feel that big hole and my energy is much stronger. I have my appetite back as well.
Besides acupuncture, Dr. Judy’s treatment also includes teaching me how to be more present in the moment which has the great power as the book called “Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle talks about. She always reminded me to surrender to what is whenever I struggle with the negative thoughts that surrounded me. In my experience, the power of the present moment and the true consciousness often dissolves the problematic illusions.
Dr. Judy also gave me tapping exercises which helped me to connect with my body and become free from negative thoughts. She often encouraged me to look at bright side of life rather than the dark side. She taught me meditation and she also gave me good herbs that helped me to become stronger and healthier.
During this process, I experienced many ups and downs and Dr. Judy has always been there to support me. With the help of acupuncture, I have experienced several break through where I totally accepted where I was and depression lifted. I knew that even though I will still feel low moods in the future, I will not be severely depressed. I felt deep sense of peace and ease.
Now I feel much better. I have stopped taking Clonozepam and Zopiclone. In recent check up, my doctor told me that my blood sugar level is normal and I can stop Metformin. I will go back to work in about a month. I feel a little uncertain but I am very hopeful. Thanks to Dr. Judy, I have learned many skills to deal with stress and prevent depression. I know that negative thoughts will still come up, but I am more able to deal with them. I now know that they are not me and they are not reality, they are just thoughts and they no longer have the power over me.
— S. M.
After less than a month acupuncture treatment, I feel like I’ve been given my life back — I haven’t felt this good in years!
I came to see Dr. Judy Zhu for menopausal syndrome. I was exhausted, sleep deprived, extremely anxious, had frequent hot flashes during day and night and felt overall stressed out. After less than a month acupuncture treatment, I feel like I’ve been given my life back — I haven’t felt this good in years! The hot flashes are completely gone; I don’t even get warm at night. The anxiety is gone and I feel much more balanced. I noticed that I handle stressful situations much better too. Dr. Judy Zhu is knowledgeable, warm and compassionate. She displays a peaceful, gentle aura and was very supportive with my needs.
I have recommended her service of several of my friends who are also experiencing menopausal symptoms.
— E. R.
After a single session, the residual symptoms of my depression seemed to correct themselves virtually overnight.
I had an acupuncture session with Dr. Judy Zhu for some residual symptoms of my depression. At the time, I was no longer suffering any major depression symptoms, but I continued to sleep poorly one or two nights out of 10 and my energy levels fluctuated accordingly. After a single session with her, these residual symptoms seemed to correct themselves virtually overnight. I seem to “quieten down” much more naturally at bed time now and have not experienced any significant problems with insomnia in the 5 months since I saw Dr. Judy.
— H. K.
I have noticed remarkable results for my improved health.
I came to see Dr. Judy for several chronic health issues and had been under a lot of stress. After a year’s treatment, I have noticed remarkable results for my improved health. I experienced a general improvement of energy level, a better ability to cope with stress, and improved concentration. As someone at 60, I can work 6-10 hours continuously without feeling tired. My breathing improved remarkably and my need to use of anti-asthmatic inhaler substantially decreased. The chronic shoulder pain disappeared. The treatment also helped to cut down smoking and craving for sweets, which helped me to achieve a more balanced life.
Dr. Zhu gave me tactics that I can now use when life gets difficult without going back into old destructive patterns.
I first entered Dr. Zhu office as a somewhat obsessive bordering neurotic person with a perpetual “broken heart”. I was convinced this was my natural state of being, as it has been my thought pattern for as long as I could remember. And still, I committed to attend my appointments, as well as the “homework” that were given to me by Dr. Zhu. The changes were incremental. But the transformation did happen. Physical changes were the most obvious. All my life, I had really cold hands and extremely irregular periods. For the past few months, I also had irregular sleeping pattern, most often waking up in the middle of the night for a few hours. Within months of working with Dr. Zhu, my hands warmed up and are now most often than not warm. Shockingly, for the first time since they first appeared, my periods have been on the dot regular for the past three months. I am now able to sleep through the night.
The emotional changes were subtler and more incremental to come, but are very deep. I used to respond to specific situations with panic, anxiety and depression. Depression and anxiety were a reflex it seemed, an automatic response leaving me with little choice but being miserable. When those same situations are arising nowadays, when “my buttons are pushed”, I am able to CHOOSE to react with anxiety or equanimity. While I still get sad or frustrated (I am still human after all), I can now react to outside situations in a more mature, calm way.
And I think this is where TCM has been so beneficial. Releasing old tensions, energy blocks if you wish, to allow me to think and act from a calmer state. Dr. Zhu gave me tactics that I can now use when life gets difficult without going back into old destructive patterns.
— S. P.
…the effect of the acupuncture outside of the actual treatment soon became apparent, as my feelings of anxiety became less severe and more manageable.
Before I started treatment with Dr. Judy Zhu, I suffered from significant anxiety, guilt and fear. I have had those feelings my entire life. I had also recently ended my marriage. I am a busy lawyer and felt I had insufficient time to give to work, family or myself. I often felt overwhelmed, angry, sad and depressed. My feelings also manifested in breathing difficulties. I began seeing Dr. Zhu twice weekly for several weeks and then once per week for several months. I very much looked forward to and enjoyed the acupuncture sessions with Dr. Zhu — having the actual acupuncture session was so completely relaxing, I felt I was floating in another world each time. However, the effect of the acupuncture outside of the actual treatment soon became apparent, as my feelings of anxiety became less severe and more manageable. My breathing issues also improved. Time management also became easier. Overall, I feel significantly better than I did when I first started treatment with Dr. Zhu. I feel much more emotionally stable and resilient. I am able to better recover from events that trigger my negative emotional states. In addition to the acupuncture treatments, Dr. Zhu also imparted the most remarkable insights to me about life and living. She shone a light on a path so that it could be seen by me. She is a most wise and enlightened person and I feel very thankful she came into my life. I am moving out of the city now and so our paths diverge. I will miss her but will carry the benefit of her treatment with me as I continue on my path in life.
She treated me as a whole person, rather than just someone with certain “disorder”…After seeing Judy for a few months, the progress is more than what I expected…
I have regularly been attending acupuncture/Chinese Medicine treatments with Judy Zhu since her arrival at the Wellness Centre (December 2008/January 2009). From the beginning, I found her to be an extremely thorough practitioner, who wasn’t just interested in knowing about specific “symptoms” but wanted a clear picture of my overall physical, mental and emotional health. She treated me as a whole person, rather than just someone with certain “disorders”. As a low income person with disabilities, I have become accustomed to being disappointed, in particular with “mainstream” medicine. Approaches and treatments that may have been effective have usually been too costly (one reason I am grateful for the sliding scale offered by the Wellness Centre). Before starting treatment with Judy, I wasn’t doing very well. I suffered from chronic low-level depression, as well as chronic anxiety. I also had various aches and pains in my knee, back and elbow. On an emotional level, I had recently experienced the sudden and tragic death of my girlfriend. I had been on a fairly high dose of anti-depressant medications which, quite frankly, never seemed to work all that well. I had also stopped exercising and eating properly, so I wasn’t in very good physical shape.
After seeing Judy for only a few months, the progress has been more than I ever expected. The benefits I’ve received are a general lessening of my anxiety symptoms. I would recommend Judy to anybody interested in working on their physical and mental “symptoms”, as well as those who want to improve their general health.
The only side effect you get is telling yourself “why did I not try acupuncture earlier?”
Having read the testimonials from Dr. Zhu’s website of people who had depression and anxiety and been helped by acupuncture gave me hope. I felt wonderful changes in my health after only a few weeks of treatments. My appetite improved, I sleep better and felt a positive outlook in life again after a relapse in my depression. Dr. Zhu also healed the back spasms on my neck, shoulders, arms, lower back which I have been dealing with for months. I no longer get affected when I get negative behaviour/comments from other people. The all natural pillow which Dr. Zhu’s advised for me to use also helped.
Dr. Zhu’s very understanding. She listens to your problems and concerns. She could even tell which area/parts of your body needs healing even if you don’t tell her, amazing! This is not because she is a fortune teller, but because she uses the TCM system of diagnosing health problems. A decrease in the anti-depressant medications I was taking had to be done as well. Just like how she described it at first, you feel like you’re in a cocoon waiting to come out before the healing process begins. Then slowly you will feel like a butterfly slowly emerging out of the cocoon. Until finally you feel totally free, able to spread your wings and fly free to experience life and what it means to be alive again. You no longer feel trapped in the sad, gloomy mood of depression and anxiety. Like a cocoon, depression is not something you can just shake off. You have to accept it, wait, work with the process and time will help you heal. The key is to help yourself. This entails working with Dr. Zhu. You have to listen and apply the plan of care she puts together. Right now we are working towards decreasing my medications. I hope to be off of them soon! I highly recommend depression sufferers to give acupuncture a try. The only side effect you get is telling yourself “why did I not try acupuncture earlier?”
I would like to say that if you are considering Dr. Zhu as your acupuncture doctor and helper with healing issues of anxiety or depression, you could not have come to a more qualified person here in Vancouver.
I came to Dr. Zhu for her to help me with my withdrawal from SSRIs and general anxiety disorder. The symptoms I was experiencing during the summer were mild to severe panic attacks, heart palpitations, night sweats and digestion issues. I was taking Paxil CR 20mg for 10 weeks when on the 22nd of October at midnight experienced a very severe reaction to this drug and understood that I needed to withdraw from this drug as quickly as possible and find a healthy alternative way to dealing with my anxiety issues.
During my withdrawal from Paxil I’ve experienced many severe withdrawal symptoms. Severe panic attacks, diarrhea, insomnia, tinnitus, heart palpitations, chest pains, bronchitis, sinusitis, sciatica, muscle tightness, fatigue, tingling of hands and feet, burning sensation, difficulty in breathing, sleep apnea, adrenal exhaustion.
During these past six months Dr. Zhu and I have worked out a strategy using acupuncture treatments, meditation, exercise and diet to help deal with these withdrawal symptoms one by one.
As well as being a very well qualified acupuncturist, Dr. Zhu is extremely open-minded to many spiritual issues and subjects, which allowed us to touch upon subjects and issues that can’t normally be talked about with doctors of physicians. This makes Dr. Zhu unique amongst many health practitioners. It allows her and her patients to have access to an avenue of healing that goes beyond acupuncture. It is with this in mind that I feel that Dr. Zhu is a doctor and healer in a more traditional sense, in the sense that you treat the whole person not just the symptoms. I believe a profound influence of her family and upbringing and given Dr. Zhu strong sense of duty and compassion towards our fellow human beings. Working with people who suffer day in and day our is not an easy task and demands particular kind of fortitude to do this day in and day out.
I believe Dr. Zhu has taught me many skills that I have yet not perfected and am working on in order to become more centered and grounded. Her emphasis on tuning in the “true Qi” is one of the most important techniques I have learned so far. I find that each of the acupuncture session varied from being relaxing to intense. I feel that each session is a learning process that I am learning a new language. This new language has helped me deal with panic attacks and anxiety in more healthy way.
Healing these issues without use of SSRIs or other synthetic drugs takes time, dedication, discipline, patience and unlimited compassion towards oneself. Dr. Zhu is extremely observant of her patients even when they walk into the office door making a joke or two, like a true doctor, understands every subtle nuance of either well-being or malaise of her patients.
In closing, I would like to say that if you are considering Dr. Zhu as your doctor and helper with healing issues of anxiety of depression, you could not have come to a more qualified person here in Vancouver. I believe her exceptional talents and skills to be a great asset to our society and community. You’ll find that Dr. Zhu is attentive, a good listener, receptive, open-minded, intelligent and skilled. These I believe are the prerequisites for anyone who wishes to be a doctor or healer for people. Coming here and asking Dr. Zhu to be your doctor will be the best choice you have ever made.
— John M.
I noticed significant improvement after a few sessions.
Having experienced an emotional slump for a number of years, I happened upon a local newspaper article about the use of acupuncture to treatment depression.
Open minded, though slightly skeptical, I made an appointment with Dr. Judy. After she assessed me and subsequently clearly laid out my treatment plan based on her findings, I began acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment. I noticed significant improvement after a few sessions. Dr. Judy also has taught me very useful points to tap which helped me to manage my mood and thoughts. I only wish that I had met Dr. Judy sooner. I continue to improve, feel good and tell my friends and colleagues to consider looking into TCM.
Thank you Dr. Judy
— K. V
The treatment sessions have allowed me to relax more, be more confident in myself to the extent where I began a search for a job and got the job.
Before I began seeing Dr. Zhu in December, I was just beginning to make positive changes in my life. I was depressed, had low energy, lacked motivation and did not deal with stress very well. I was taking many anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications and was desperate to reduce the high dosages.
Over the past month and a half, I have had twice-weekly sessions with Dr. Zhu. The treatment sessions have allowed me to relax more, and be more confident in myself to the extent where I began a search for a job and started work the second of the January. I have decreased my medications to a minimum level and have a much more positive attitude. I began exercising, eating properly, and taking better care of myself which has resulted in losing weight.
I am more able to deal with my feelings.
When I first started to see Dr. Judy, I felt very depressed and empty. But after only a few months, I started to feel stronger physically and mentally. Acupuncture has helped me a lot with my depression and I have gained more self-confidence. Dr. Judy also helped me with my digestive problems. Her advices about my diet helped me to eat better. Also, I became more aware of my feelings and I am more able to deal with these feelings.
My mental and emotional symptoms mainly that of confusion and of ‘analysis paralysis’ have greatly lessened over the past few months since I saw Dr. Judy… Life is not as overwhelming and is just handled with more ease.
I found Dr. Judy’s expertise in depression to be extremely helpful to me. With her firm compassion, we explored together the causation of my many physical symptoms. From her explanation, I came to a fuller understanding of my depressive state. Dr. Judy explained in simplified layman’s language that cut through the complexity of my confusion. Consequently following her few suggestions, I gained even more insight and became more empowered as to the role that I could play in my own health issues.
Thanks to her abilities as an effective healer, I now enjoy more energy. Many of the physical symptoms, such as restlessness, night sweats, fatigue and insomnia have changed for the better. More importantly, my mental and emotional symptoms mainly that of confusion and of “analysis paralysis” have greatly lessened over the past few months since I saw Dr. Judy. Life is not as overwhelming and is just handled with more ease, with the insights gained. As a result, I am healthier, happier and definitely calmer.
Thank you Dr. Judy for your patience and many thoughtful actions towards my wellness.
After two months acupuncture treatments, my mood stabilized and I could focus better on doing things.
I came to Dr. Judy for my depression. I had suicidal thoughts and didn’t feel like doing anything. My financial situation suffered because of my depression and I feared that I would not be able to support myself. After two months acupuncture treatments, my mood stabilized and I could focus better on doing things. Now, I am writing my first book. Thanks, Dr. Judy for helping me find the “prosperity point”.
I came to see Dr. Judy Zhu for help during a bout of depression and anxiety. After about 5 sessions, I noticed a dramatic, sudden change in my mood, energy level, and outlook on life.
I was at the point where I needed to try something different, and decided that, at the worst, it could do no harm. After about 5 sessions, I noticed a dramatic, sudden change in my mood, energy level, and outlook on life. I have never experienced anything like it. After that, I was able to handle difficult situations, such as the end of a relationship; something that would normally have sent me into another depression. I was able to remain motivated in other aspects of my life and find a reason to smile, even when bad things were happening.
It is such a comfort for me to know that if things ever feel hopeless again, there is an effective treatment available. Dr. Zhu has a wonderful warm, calming energy about her, and I will continue to encourage others to enjoy the benefits that I have experienced as a patient of hers.
— Christine D.
Now, my life has more meanings, and more love and I finally accept myself.
It was an amazing awakening for me when during our treatment, Judy Zhu pointed out for me that I held the belief that life was a struggle and I was the victim. Right away many things clicked in my mind. After that I started to love and care for myself more. Since then, many positive changes have happened in my life and I have found out the reason why I am here and the real purpose of my life. Now, my life has more meanings, and more love and I finally accept myself.Life is a gift and I honor it.
Thank you Judy for your help which made such a big change in my life.
God bless you always
Acupuncture treatment is a lovely experience that has helped me to feel my own power of healing. I feel more connected now with myself and I will continue growing in my path.. Thanks, Dr. Judy for helping me connect with the intention that transforms my life.
— A. J
I immediately felt a sense of security in Dr. Judy’s ability of healing.
Dr. Judy Zhu has treated me for depression and other physical conditions. I immediately felt a sense of security in her healing abilities. Her compassionate nature allows me to express my concerns and to get to the underlying problems. Through a broad range of treatments, she has enabled me to better understand the connection between my mind and body, and to work toward achieving balance. She has greatly helped me to improve my physical and emotional health in only a short while.
— J. G
By this time I had come to feel that my visits to Dr. Zhu were like coming to a peaceful sanctuary. Judy has a very sensitive and compassionate manner. These traits are combined with a lot of knowledge and a sincere desire to help her patients by showing them how to help themselves.
I first came to Dr. Zhu about one year ago. I had been having quite serious digestive problems for months. These were compounded by the initial medication that my GP had given me. I had lost over 20 pounds in the previous four weeks and I was having a very difficult time sleeping and had been given anxiety medication to take nightly. I felt very much out of control.
After my first visit with Dr. Zhu, I felt that I was at least starting on the right track. I had been having a terrible burning taste in my mouth and none of the doctors or specialists that I had seen had any explanation for it. Dr. Zhu immediately explained it to me in terms of TCM. I also vividly remember how I could not for the life of me, breathe into my lower stomach, I was so tense in my upper chest, yet during my first acupuncture treatment I found that I could breathe deeply. I started acupuncture treatments twice weekly. After a month or so I found that I would sleep much better on the nights that I had treatment and that I was starting to digest food much more easily. I was also starting to realize that my digestive problems were a reflection of some deeper problems that I had carried with me over many years. The burning taste was still with me, but not throughout the whole day.
Dr. Zhu suggested that we do some “mind/body counselling”. It’s quite a common cliché to “listen to your body”, but I now realize that I really had no idea how to do that. I was unsure where this counselling might lead to but thought I’d give it a try. By this time I had come to feel that my visits to Dr. Zhu were like coming to a peaceful sanctuary. Judy has a very sensitive and compassionate manner. The4se traits are combined with a lot of knowledge and a sincere desire to help her patients by showing them how to help themselves. Over time, as we did the mind/body counselling, I started to realize how out of balance I had been. Judy offered many very insightful comments that hit home with me. I started to see how I had been using (or trying to use) my mind to dominate my body and how I had been ignoring what my body was trying to show me. I truly feel that I gained a new appreciation of how to feel whole again and to recognize how past practices and beliefs had brought me to the state of sickness I had been. This process took some months and at times I was quite conflicted about how to proceed. I am so very thankful to Judy for the caring way she saw me through those difficulties. I know that the combination of acupuncture and counselling were key in helping me heal. It’s now a year later, and I’m continuing with acupuncture once a month. My digestion is great and I’m sleeping very well at night without any medication. The best change is the new awareness that I have about my body and my health. I’m very grateful to Judy for all her help.
I have come to realization that it is much more than acupuncture that Judy offers, She has helped me become aware of some of my self-defeating habits.
I came to Judy’s practice on a referral from a co-worker. I was looking for a second opinion and an alternative way to help my body remedy thyroid malfunction. As I began to learn more about the way our body and mind function and their connectedness, i started to enjoy my acupuncture sessions with Judy more and more. I have come to realization that it is much more than acupuncture that Judy offers. She has helped me become aware of some of my self-defeating habits. At the same time by introducing meditation and breathing into my homework, and as I started to embrace and practice those, I have found myself feeling better, looking better and having more energy. I find working with Judy very interesting. She is very wise, calm, centered and inspiring. i am really glad that our paths have crossed and would highly recommend her services.
diagnosed with 3 sleep disorders… now able to sleep with only one waking for 6 hours.
I went to see Dr. Judy after being diagnosed with 3 sleep disorders, after first checking with my sleep disorder specialist to see if it would interfere with his treatment. He advised that acupuncture helps with sleep disorders.
After 12 weeks of treatment by Dr. Judy, I have progressed from needing 2 to 3 hour naps in the afternoons and wanting to go to bed at 6:30pm, then having sporadic sleep — usually being awake from about 1:00am to 4:00am — to staying up until 9:30pm-10:30pm and sleeping, with only one waking, for approximately 6 hours.
My energy is greatly improved and my overall health and feeling of well-being has also greatly improved. I am especially grateful to her for teaching me to meditate — I find it so very useful.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have improved my energy and sleep. My muscles feel much better.
For many years I had problems with thyroid gland and anemia, for which I take prescribed medicine. My energy level was so low, at times it was hard even to get out of the bed. I started to have sleep problems due to stress and worrying. Also my neck and back muscles were so tense that I started to have cramps in my neck. It was tense neck muscles that finally brought me to Dr. Judy.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have improved my energy and sleep. My muscles feel much better. Dr. Judy helped me to understand that returning to body and mind harmony is a process that requires my participation, and how my constant worrying and keeping all problems inside affected my body and sleep. And I am working on it. Thank you Dr. Judy.
I am now happy to report that after 3 months treatment, my thyroid level has gone down to 2.65 and is within normal range now.
I started treatment with Dr. Judy Zhu in June 2008. My thyroid level was 6.79 and was over the maximum normal level of 5.00, which is considered a sign of hypothyroidism, or low producing thyroid. I started treatments with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I am now happy to report that after 3 months treatment, my thyroid level has gone down to 2.65 and is within normal range now.
I would recommend treatments with Judy Zhu to anyone who wishes to help their bodies heal quicker and function better. Thank you Judy!
The insomnia disappeared, my energy level has increased…
In September 2007 after an intense business trip I started experiencing tremors in my hands. This used to happen especially while I was holding a glass or handwriting and was made worse by the fact that when I was conscious of the problem it would get worse. I thought that it was related to other symptoms that I have had for some time like insomnia and fatigue. I decided I had to do something immediately but I did not know what as I could not leave my job to rest and did not want to take drugs. It was then that my girlfriend booked the first appointment with Judy. I did not know what to expect as I was not familiar with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in general. Three months later I think the holistic approach that she proposed was exactly what was suitable for my problem which, know I see it clearly, was made by a physical and a psychological components. The treatment started being effective almost immediately (2-3 sessions of acupuncture) and the improvement has been continuous ever since. The insomnia disappeared, my energy level has increased and tremor episodes are really rare. Probably the most interesting aspect of this experience is the fact that the therapy is conceived as a practice of self-healing and in this way it left me an empowering feeling and a knowledge that will be very useful also in the future.
— D.R., Financial Manager
I was skeptical… now it’s been years of symptom-free living.
I was skeptical and felt there were only limited applications of holistic medicine until two different people described their stories and how it cured them permanently. I had been suffering from allergies for several years before meeting Judy. The allergies had made some of my favourite activities much less enjoyable — golfing and hiking. Within about 2 months of acupuncture treatment, I noticed an improvement in my allergies and environmental sensitivity. In fact, it’s been years of symptom free living and it has been done without drugs or conventional western medicine. There has been no negative side effects, but a few positive ones. More recently, Judy has been helping me discover my personal meaning and purpose to life. With her coaching, I have made changes to improve the alignment of my life to what I value the most. Judy is helping me create a happy, satisfying personal existence.
When I consulted Dr. Zhu I new nothing about acupuncture except that it involved getting needles stuck in the body. It wasn’t a thought I relished, plus I had some skepticism that such a technique could benefit me in any way.
However, I was desperate and willing to try almost anything to be rid of an ongoing health problem that was seriously bothering my quality of life. My problem — a nocturnal leg cramp in my right thigh.. Night after night, I awoke to a very painful cramp that I would then spend up to two hours walking off. Needless to say, tired as I was, it was difficult to sleep after such an interruption, not to mention psychological dread of the next awakening. A normally energetic and upbeat person, this nuisance situation was turning me into a worn out grouch.
I was, and am still, convinced that the condition was the aftermath of a herniated disc in my lower right back. I got the disc under control without need for surgical intervention or drug therapy. Instead, I had worked very hard at an appropriate combination of rest and exercise. And, I was willing to put the same effort into what was becoming an even more debilitating problem. I consulted doctors, I had x-rays, I tried various therapies, I examined every possible culprit in my diet, but still the condition persisted. It seemed to me no coincidence that my cramps were in direct line to that site, and peculiar since nocturnal cramps usually occur in the calf area. Nobody really seemed to care to examine this link for a possible cure. I began to feel that without a causal diagnosis I would never be rid of the problem.
Then, I came to see Judy Zhu. She listened intently to all I said. She probed with questions of her own. For the first time in over a year, I felt believed, acknowledged and confident that I was in good hands.
Judy very much lived up to my expectations. Her calm, competent manner allayed all my fears about the treatment itself, and within two sessions, the improvement was such that I began to sleep through entire nights. From the start, Judy told me we would be working together to get me better. With each successive session, it became evident that she was totally tuned into every quirk and change in my body. She communicated her findings to me and coached me on how to help myself. And, it worked. Over the past year, I have progressed from getting a night’s sleep to sleeping like a baby. I feel like my life and energy has been given back to me. Now, I look on my once monthly sessions as a safety valve that nothing similar will take hold of my life again.
Besides Judy’s incredible skill at acupuncture, she listens and analyzes better than any medical practitioner that has ever crossed my path. And, unlike so many, she treats the whole person, not just the condition. I have absolute faith in her and recommend her wholeheartedly as an exceptional healer.
— Lin B.
Dr. Judy Zhu encouraged me to overcome my shyness and open up my own practice so that I could utilize my gifts as a healer.
Dr. Judy Zhu is the healer that I trust and go to when I need emotional or physical healing. I have recommended Judy to many of my own clients and friends, because I deeply trust her intuitive skills and strong educational and traditional Chinese Medicine background. I know that I can count on Judy to give me a specific type of healing. She has helped me overcome many boundaries to healing, when I needed her the most. I am very thankful for her support and healing.