I came to acupuncture
in desperation. It wasn't that I was opposed
to acupuncture, I just didn't know it could help
ME. Last April, I realized I just wasn't healing
properly - I'd had a sore throat for two months,
but I was also trying to heal from a car accident,
some other medical issues and depression. I was
sick, I was in pain, and I was very, very sad.
I was so anxious, I didn't know if I could stay
there for the treatment!
Thus began a transformation
I can still scarcely believe.
But every day I check
to see if all the changes are real, and they are.
Two days after the first
session, I realized that a big, three-inch ugly
raised scar I had been wearing for three years
had diminished drastically. Shocked, I kept checking,
thinking it was all a dream. I eventually had
my husband confirm that indeed, the scar was smaller,
much smaller! Even near GONE in some places. He
shared my amazement. That visual, tangible "proof"
propelled me forward with my treatments, but there
were other changes too which I couldn't ignore.
As a matter of fact, going
to acupuncture became an adventure! Within
a few weeks, I no longer needed my anxiety medicine.
My depression lifted. My cold went away. My
energy grew to new levels. I even overcame a life
long phobia (something around which I organized
my entire existence for 35 years) - something
I never thought I'd be free of.
A year into it now, I
recognize that acupuncture led me to a better
quality of life - better than I ever could
have imagined for myself prior to starting treatment.
I went in to "heal better" and I did.
Oh, how I did.
My thanks to Kim for listening
and guiding me. My thanks to CAMA for making
it available to me - a broke graduate student.
All-encompassing, life-long thanks...
I had heard from a friend
of mine about the benefits of acupuncture.
It was hard to actually
take the step of scheduling an appointment
with an accupuncturist, though, because I was
concerned about safety, sanitariness and the "strangeness"
of the idea of someone sticking needles into me.
Finally, I met Elise
Rivers of CAMA at a Mt. Airy fund raising
event, and her professional yet warm manner
convinced me to try it.
That was about four months
Now I'm a regular at
CAMA. My disc-related sciatica is much better
and I think of acupuncture as one of the lower
back maintenance routines that I depend on to
manage this chronic condition.
I've seen three different
CAMA accupuncturists and would highly recommend
all three. This is a very professional group.
The facility is quiet
and spotlessly clean. I'm really glad to have
found a place that is so committed to their
professional practice that they've found a
way to offer services at a truly affordable sliding
rate...this lets me have acupuncture treatments
every week for my back and other issues that come
and go. Really a great health maintenance resource...
Linda F. --Chestnut
Hill, March 2012
I've been shouting my recommendation
of CAMA from the rooftops.
The impact of acupuncture
on my life has been profound.
THANK YOU for CAMA -
the affordable pricing is what is allowing me
to experience it.
I've been shouting my recommendation
of CAMA from the rooftops. The impact of acupuncture
on my life has been profound. THANK YOU for CAMA
- the affordable pricing is what is allowing me
to experience it.
My name is Betty Hudnell
and I have acupuncture sessions on Tuesday evenings
with Eloise. I would like to tell you about
the success I have had so far. I have only
had 2 sessions but I feel so much better.
I have arthritis in
several places but my knees are the worst.
Walking is difficult and painful. After my
second session I was able to walk 3 blocks to
the bus stop. The weather was really bad on
that day so I had to stand for an hour waiting
for a bus that never came. I was able to walk
back home with only a minimal amount of pain.
I have not been able to walk that far without
stopping to rest since June.
The acupuncture has also
been very successful relieving the stress in my
body caused by the pain from arthritis.
I am really excited about
my treatments and look forward to my next one.
I would like to thank you and Eloise for being
I decided to get acupuncture
treatments at CAMA once a week in the hope
that they would alleviate symptoms associated
to rheumatoid arthritis.
Two of the worst symptoms
that I was suffering were pain in the inflamed
joints of my hands and low fever every evening
at sunset. I was also always tired and afraid.
From the first treatment,
with Elise Rivers, the fevers disappeared completely.
Today, two months later, I have regained my
strength and, taking no treatment other than acupuncture,
I feel a general sense of well being that allows
me to feel confident about the future.
I am immensely grateful
to the staff of CAMA for the service they provide.
The cost is affordable allowing me to have weekly
treatments. CAMA is an extraordinary gift to me
and to the community.
CAMA was such a gift! I have been getting
acupuncture for 10 years - and have always had
a positive experience - CAMA is no exception.
The staff is wonderful, the space is gorgeous
and healing, and the on-line scheduler to make
or change appointments is incredibly convenient.
I also very much appreciated
the phone call I received from Elise when I
first began with CAMA to see how I was doing
and how the acupuncture was going. My acupuncturist
at CAMA, Kim, is deft in her craft, healing in
her sessions and wonderfully supportive. CAMA
is not only a place for healing, but a true community
which supports and cares for its clients.
I will continue to go to CAMA for my health needs,
and highly recommend it to anyone who is either
frustrated with their Western care, is tired of
chronic pain, or who just needs a good tune up.
that I have had for more than forty years
has been greatly reduced by the acupuncture treatments
I get from Elise.
I'm now able to do many
things much more comfortably than I have for years;
I especially love being able to go for a walk
without feeling tied up in knots.
And to think that I get
these great results from going to a quiet, friendly
place where I lie on a table to receive needles
I scarcely feel, get warmed by a heat lamp, and
drift off to sleep listening to music. Community
Acupuncture of Mt. Airy, you're the greatest!
acupuncture in the past, but it does not compare
to comfort I feel or the care I receive at
Mt. Airy Acupuncture Clinic.
All of my life I have been
afraid of needles and I thought going to acupuncture
would help me "conquer my fear" and
it has, for the most part.
My hand still sweat a little
bit when I arrive, but as soon as I lie down on
the table an immediate sense of tranquility
descends upon me.
In the hubbub of daily life
many physical or emotional ailments arise, but
Pam always helps me work through it.
Just recently as Spring
has sprung and allergy season gets into full force
I agreed to get a needle in a scary place: my
eyeball! It's not half as bad as you think, your
eye is closed and the point is supposed to clear
out the sinus in the corner of your eye, so all
of the itchy eye irritants get released. Because
of this one point I don't go crazy itching my
eyes anymore. I love this place and would recommend
it to everyone I know.
-CC of Mt Airy
Yes, I believe. I did not at first.
My knee pains from the broken
prosthesis (the knee caps plastic or titanium)
were no longer in place but wandering around after
I fell a few times. I did not want to take medicines
for the pain (so often you hear about serious
side affects after using them for a while. I had
a close call once).
I was not ready for surgery
to replace the prosthesis. I thought I'd try
acupuncture but how could needles solve my
pain that were at the times interfering with how
I walked and where and what I was willing to do?
Well, now at 80 years of age, I believe.
My knees are no longer a real issue. I've
gone on to getting help with other arthritic pains
(hands now), to help with my over active bladder,
calm my anxiety and feeling of stress, etc.
I've been coming for acupuncture sometimes at
first weekly, then bi-weekly, monthly, as needed.
YES, I BELIEVE.
Since I expect to live
to be at least 100, I have made a personal
commitment to myself to make acupuncture part
of my regular health care so that I can enjoy
a good quality -I work three days a week, do volunteer
work as for example teaching cooking to children
in an afterschool program and as treasurer of
my alumni group at University of Pennsylvania.
So you see I have no time to sit in a rocking
chair dozing off. I must maintain my active life
THANK YOU, CAMA
constant, lingering pain from two herniated discs
which prevented me from doing simple, everyday
chores, and after much reading and educating myself,
I decided to try acupuncture.
My experience after five
sessions leads me to describe this alternative
treatment for pain as clean, neat, and uncomplicated
with no unpleasant side affects. I don't know
what makes it work or maybe it's mind over matter,
but it is one of the most positive experiences
I could seek to relieve my pain.
OF "MAGIC WANDS": AN ACUPUNCTURE &
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-induced distress
and desperation led me to acupuncture. I had endured
years of IBS symptoms (bloating, constipation,
infrequent but serious abdominal pain, and general
gastrointestinal distress). Four years ago after
an emergency room visit for severe abdominal pain
and projectile vomiting, I sought follow up care
from a gastroenterologist. After an endoscopy
and a barium enema showed no physical problems,
I received an IBS diagnosis. My treatment options
were few. I could take prescription medication,
an option to which I was adamantly opposed; or
I could experiment with flaxseed oil. The flaxseed
oil helped a bit, but did not rid me of my symptoms.
So I tolerated my symptoms and relied on charcoal
tablets for my more severe IBS flare ups.
In May 2008, after an especially
painful bout of major bloating (my relatively
flat abdomen looked like I was five months pregnant),
constipation and abdominal discomfort that lasted
a week, a friend recommended that I try acupuncture.
Specifically, she suggested Elise Rivers at CAMA.
When later that same week my massage therapist
(to whom I had also complained about my IBS symptoms)
also highly recommended that I seek acupuncture
treatment from Elise, I considered that an auspicious
sign and made an appointment.
Although I was apprehensive about the needles,
the prospect of being IBS-symptom free trumped
my concerns about a little needle discomfort.
During my first session, Elise took a fairly comprehensive
medical history. I was surprised to have her ask
me about my other troublesome symptoms like mental
and physical sluggishness, frequent urination,
painful periods. Like my IBS, I had tolerated
all of these for so long, that I just accepted
them as normal. Elise noted that by Chinese medicine
standards, my Qi imbalance was due to too much
dampness. She established a course of treatment
involving acupuncture and moxabustion. She was
optimistic that acupuncture could help and encouraged
me to be patient. The initial plan was 10 weekly
Well, no one is more elated
than I about how right Elise was to be optimistic!
It's important to note that the results were not
immediate. Elise rightly cautioned me to release
my Western mind's hope for a quick fix and reminded
me that after living with IBS for so long, it
was unrealistic to expect my symptoms to disappear
overnight. Within a few treatments though, I noticed
that my IBS flare ups were not as severe and certainly
not as long-lasting as they had been before I
began acupuncture. After 12 or so treatments,
the results were dramatically positive. I started
seeing Elise biweekly for subsequent treatments
and we're about to see how I will fare with monthly
treatments. Oh the joy! I have had no major bloating
or constipation in six months; the moxa (which
I use daily) works like a charm to keep my digestive
flowing; my energy level
is fantastic with much of that sluggishness gone;
and my periods sneak up on me with no major cramping
and few of the troublesome PMS-symptoms that I
used to endure with regularity prior to acupuncture.
As for those needles
Well, I'm nowhere near as apprehensive about them
as I was when I first started acupuncture. Each
session is different. Sometimes, I feel a little
prick; other times a sting; other times nothing;
and then there are those times when the sensation
is sharper and not as comfortable. The good news
though is that within seconds the discomfort is
gone. I welcome a few seconds of minor discomfort
(I can't even call it pain, really) because I
know that the "magic wands" (Elise's
lovely term for the needles) are working their
energetic magic to rid me of my IBS-symptoms and
leave me feeling balanced and healthy. Acupuncture
in general, and Elise at Moon River Acupuncture
in particular, are now a regular and integral
part of my health regimen. Thus, I enthusiastically
and without reservation recommend that fellow
IBS-sufferers give acupuncture a try; those magic
wands can work wonders!
of New Parent
I wanted to write to you
to tell you what an amazing experience I have
had at Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy in the
last few months. As you might remember, I originally
started going to Pam because my husband and I
had been trying to conceive for almost a year
and couldn't get pregnant. We ran into the most
difficulty when my period stopped for 6 months.
In September, after an extensive evaluation that
included an ultrasound, my GYN told me that I
had polycystic ovaries and would need to start
on fertility drugs if we still wanted to conceive
and my period did not return naturally. If it
was possible to avoid the drug route, I didn't
want to go through what I had seen a number of
my friends go through - the crazy hormone fluctuations,
the physical disruption that fertility drugs bring
to a body, the awful side effects, and the frequent
doctor appointments - so my husband and I decided
it would be a good idea to try acupuncture and
do an herbal consult at CAMA.
Though I am quite afraid of needles, I felt comfortable
with Pam immediately. She was very responsive
to my needs as a client, honoring my sensitivity
to needles and consistently remembering so much
about me - what difficulties and symptoms I had
been having, how she had chosen to treat me in
past weeks, what had worked and what hadn't worked,
even how my pulse changed over the course of time.
After just a little over a month of acupuncture
and herbs, my period returned naturally in the
beginning of November. In the beginning of December,
I went away on a trip, and before I left Pam told
me that it would take 3 or 4 more months to get
me "regular" before we could start working
on the fertility aspect. I didn't mind because
I already felt the benefits of acupuncture. My
body felt better and more balanced, and I was,
on the whole, more relaxed and thoughtful about
this journey towards parenthood. A few weeks into
my trip, though, I found out that I was pregnant!
It was so exciting to send an email to Pam to
give her the good news, and her response reminded
me that this clinic truly positions the client
and the acupuncturist as partners in healing.
Now I am almost 12 weeks pregnant and continuing
to come to the clinic once a week to help the
pregnancy go well. I am so happy to have the clinic,
since we would not have been able to afford such
extensive quality, convenient acupuncture treatment
So I want to thank you for providing this service
to the community. I have already recommended it
to everyone I know! You're welcome to share my
story and recommendation with anyone, but this
is mostly about thanking you and the other acupuncturists
Notes of Appreciation Received over the Years
So glad I found you! K.D.
Since I moved to Philadelphia
to become a student three years ago, I had wanted
to do what I consider to be 'authentic healthcare',
namely, acupuncture -- which I had great experiences
with up in Massachusetts. The usual cost of seeing
a practitioner, however, made acupuncture prohibitive
to me on my student budget. After I graduated
last Spring, I noticed the sign for the Community
Acupuncture of Mt. Airy in a store front window
one day while walking up Germantown Ave. Then
in November I caught 'the bad flu'. With all respect
to what Western medicine does well, after struggling
for two months, I was very debilitated. Balancing
and strengthening the system are some of acupuncture's
strengths and I knew that to heal completely I
would need this level of care. The CAMA clinic
offers clients a friendly, healing environment.
Its affordability has allowed me to receive weekly
treatments-which permit acupuncture to be at its
best as a support to healing. I believe that low
cost holistic clinics, which I am familiar with
from Massachusetts, are the actual cutting edge
of healthcare. I always feel that I have made
a good investment in my own life when I participate
in holistic care. I highly recommend them. Thank
you! HT March 2010
Thank you for your kindness,
compassion and total professionalism. You left
a powerful influence on me with your gentleness.
You have restored my faith in my future which
was pretty dull. B.D. June 2005
After constant, lingering
pain from two herniated discs which prevented
me from doing simple, everyday chores, and after
much reading and educating myself, I decided to
try acupuncture. My experience after five sessions
leads me to describe this alternative treatment
for pain as clean, neat and uncomplicated with
no unpleasant side effects. I don't know what
makes it work or maybe it's mind over matter,
but it is one of the most positive experiences
I could seek to relieve my pain. L.J. October
Thank you so much for your
marvelous awareness and your tools! D.L. March
Your concern and compassion
around my chronic pain are deeply felt and appreciated.
D.R. August 2006
Thank you so much for your
kindness, your caring, your devotion to the healing
process, and your love. You are truly wonderful.
You make my pain easier to bear. J.H. April 2007
Thank you so much for my
visit today. I felt so cared for and taken care
of-such a contrast with all the doctor visits
I've been going to lately. A.L. May 2007
I want you to know how much
I appreciate all you've been doing for me. You
are such a gifted healer and a kind and compassionate
soul. L.R. September 2007
Thank you for your extraordinary
work, your patience and compassion. K.F. September
I am so grateful to have
found you. You are a gifted healer. S.Z. December
Coming to the clinic has
helped me quite a lot, emotionally, physically
and mentally. I honestly can not imagine not having
found out about your clinic. So thank you or being
so wonderful and giving in so many ways. Your
work and kindness is very much appreciated. J.H.