Integrative Cancer Care, Arthritis, Allergies
I was referred to Steven Siroky by my Oncologist after my chemotherapy treatments ended. I began going to acupuncture out of pure frustration–I had a pretty serious case of “chemo-brain”. (I had never tried anything non-western before but I figured, what the heck—what I had been doing sure wasn’t working…) I was an avid reader prior to chemo treatments and afterwards had the attention span of a gnat. Couldn’t finish a page without getting distracted. After 5 weeks of acupuncture with Steven I was able to focus and read again. Actually, the best, and perhaps the most surprising payoff was that I was feeling better in general—physically and emotionally! In addition to acupuncture, Steven helped me understand how what I ate affected my well-being. His knowledge of Chinese herbs and his recommendations for using them most surely contributed to the success I experienced.
Once we had dealt with the “chemo-brain” I kept returning at least monthly for “tune-ups”. I am a high school teacher and work for CMS–frequently the issue for me was stress-related. I also have arthritis in my right hip and left knee—when these were flaring up this was our focus. Steven’s expertise and his knowledge about nutrition/diet and Chinese herbs even helped me through a couple of colds and some pretty severe allergy issues.
Steven took time to question and talk with me prior to each and every treatment—this was one way he gathered information he used to evaluate what we needed to focus on that session. He was very thorough in his evaluations prior to beginning any treatment. During treatments I was treated with kindness and compassion and often just talking with him was therapeutic. The respect and the level of privacy he showed me was remarkable. I NEVER felt rushed, quite the opposite–as if I was his only client at that time.
I truly didn’t understood how gifted Steven is at his practice until recently when I left Charlotte and moved to Boulder, Colorado. Acupuncture is super popular out here. You can find an acupuncturist on nearly every street corner. There is a school of acupuncture located in Boulder—many of those located in this area went to school there. I have tried several different practitioners and so far none of them compares. They are perfectly nice people—they just don’t seem as thorough and careful about what they are doing. Maybe they weren’t educated as thoroughly? Steven was trained at one of the top Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine schools in the country. Also, I know from our conversations that Steven is always pursuing continuing education. In any case, I simply have not found the same level of dedication and attention to detail. Details like taking the time for privacy and proper evaluation. Two of the people I tried never even took my pulse! (Steven does this in a couple of locations prior to and several times during each session to see how the treatment is progressing.) None of the three addressed nutritional concerns. Recently, I was back in Charlotte to visit family. I found myself with some pretty heinous allergy issues–I emailed Steven from Colorado to see if he could by chance work me in for a session or two. He worked me in each week that I was there. (I think one of those times it was likely his lunch hour.) It was lovely to be back in a truly professional and caring environment! (Female, 50)
Allergies & Hives
When I came to Yi-Jun I was at the brink of desperation. Traditional school medicine had clearly failed to treat my chronic allergies, which presented as full blown hay fever accompanied with hives on a daily basis. Thanks to a series of treatments with acupuncture and moxibustion my symptoms soon began to clear up. Then a few months later I arrived at Yi-Jun’s practice suffering from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating). Again the acupuncture needles came to the rescue and within a few weeks of treatment, combined with the consumption of Chinese Herbs, custom prepared to treat my condition, the symptoms were noticeably less. I would recommend to anybody who has a condition they do not feel is being treated effectively by traditional school medicine, to visit Yi-Jun for a consultation. She has such a breadth of knowledge and her specialization in a multitude of areas of alternative treatments make her a great resource to help you find a solution to a great number of ailments. (Male, 43)
Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Insomnia
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center has a very relaxing and calm environment. The practitioners are very professional. Acupuncture has helped alleviate the arthritis pain in my knees, feet, and elbows. It has also helped me sleep! (Female, 61)
Behavioral / Mood Disorder, Temper Tantrums, Anger Issues
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center is calm, clean, peaceful and inviting. Our son totally embraces therapy at The Art of Acupuncture. It has provided and fostered a calming sense of identity to our six year old. His demeanor is much more in tune with how we wish to parent. It has greatly helped to achieve calm in our home. (Male, 6)
Body Itch & Rash
Three years ago I started having a terrible itch with big red blotches all over my body. After three years of stress and embarrassment, going to seven dermatologists and two well-know hospitals, my dentist found that I was allergic to Restasis which I was taking for dry eyes. I still was left with itchy skin for taking the medication for so long. I was told it may take up to three years to be rid of my skin condition. The blotches were leaving scars. My immune system is poor because of mild lupus. After much praying for help and reading everything that might help me, I found Yi-Jun Lin. I made an appointment with her not knowing what to expect. After just one visit I felt a change in my condition. After two treatments I was cured! I am now an acupuncture believer. I deeply appreciate the time and concern Yi-Jun gave me, and the dedication she gives to career. (Female, 68)
Cervical Spine Injuries
The practitioners at The Art of Acupuncture Wellness center are very knowledgeable, professional, caring, and community-oriented. My experience with them was calming and educational.
I turned to acupuncture after 20+ years of chronic pain due to cervical spine injuries. I had a recurrence of pain from three herniated discs, numbness, degrading overall health, anemia, lack of energy, and exhaustion. I found Yi-Jun’s knowledgeable care very healing. The numbness in my arms subsided within a few sessions. Over a period of several months my overall feeling of wellness and energy significantly increased. The combination of regular acupuncture combined with Yi’Jun’s suggested Chinese herbs has resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of my day to day life. Thank you Yi-Jun! (Female, 42)
My husband and I would like to thank you for the relief you brought from the cluster headaches he was suffering with. It had been 10 long agonizing weeks before we found Steven and decided to put treatment in your hands. After one session the headaches were gone! One of our concerns, besides the daily demise of quality of life, was that a long awaited drive out west to visit family would be cancelled and we needed Help! We appreciate your time and genuine concern for the persons you treat and hope that you are greatly blessed for the help you give to those in need. (Male, 44)
Candiditis, Dizziness, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety
Since my first visit about 8 months ago to work with Yi-Jun Lin my overall quality of health has improved 110%. I came to see her after 5 years of frustrating symptoms and diagnoses. I originally began experiencing symptoms of pain in my mid-back that prevented me from playing the competitive sports I loved. Over the years the symptoms worsened and progressed into dizziness, muscle spasms, numbness, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing, abdominal bloating, severe PMS symptoms, headaches, sinus pressure without drainage, allergies, bacterial vaginitis and finally thrush. I made a commitment to myself that the myriad of over the counter and prescription drugs I had taken off and on to relieve these debilitating symptoms was not working and not good enough. I had seen my family physician, neurologist, physiatrist, ENT and rheumatologist and had X-rays, MRI’s, CAT scan’s, blood work and even a spinal tap. It was a simple visit to a local health store and a suggestion of a clerk that led me to Yi-Jun. In my first visit she took 90 minutes to sit and review all my concerns, my tests, experiences and a journal of my diet. She put me right away on a regimen of herbs, supplements and dietary considerations and I also started receiving weekly acupuncture and moxibustion treatments. Over the next few months I saw a significant improvement in all my symptoms. Turns out that Fibromyalgia wasn’t a diagnoses for me but more an excuse for not understanding how my body handled the foods I was ingesting. Yi-Jun took the time see what was really happening in my body and mind and to explain the theory in Chinese Medicine practices and approaches. Explaining where my Qi was deficient and where blocks existed in my meridians. When it was hard to understand at first but, she took the extra time and even checked in with calls and emails. I am continuing to work with her once a month now and feel almost complete myself again. I am playing sports and found new strengths in yoga and meditation. I have changed my food to fit my body’s needs and not only does it feel better but I lost 20 pounds and dropped 30 points in my cholesterol! I have found the piece of me I had new existed and had been waiting to bloom. I continuously am regaining what worry and fear took away for so many years. I owe Yi-Jun everything for helping me get my life back. (Female, 29)
Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain, Fatigue, Poor Balance, Weak Eyesight
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center is clean, comfortable, friendly, and relaxing. It is great to know my pain and well-being will be better when I leave! My pain can be controlled without narcotics. I have been a patient of Steven’s since January 2008. Every complaint I have had he has helped me with the problem. Things I never would have thought acupuncture could help. I have had acupuncture in North and South Carolina and Steven is by far the best. I pray I will never have to manage my pain without him. (Male, 80)
Chronic Pain, Migraines
I would like to take this time to thank you for all of your hard work that you have done to help heal my body. When I started coming to see you a little over a year ago, I was taking 16 pills a day and getting Botox shots every 3 months for migraines. I have not had any Botox shots in over a year now and I am down to one or two pills a day. You have helped me save money on insurance co-pays and helped my health insurance save money on treatments. Most of all you have helped me with being able to enjoy life without pain. You have given my kids their dad back. There is no way that I can thank you enough for that.
At work, most people do not know what to think now. I am able to get more done, I sign up for all the overtime that they will let me get. I used to never sign up for overtime because I never felt like it. I have been going into the paint booth and painting which is something that I enjoy doing but was not able to do before because of my pain level. Last week I was able to work 10 hours in one day and then I picked my son up from school and we went hunting until dark. I never thought I would be able to do that. I use to work 8 hours and come home, take a pain pill, and have to lay down for an hour or so before I could do anything.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone so that more people may be able to get the treatment they need. Again thank you for giving me my life back and giving my kids their dad back. (Male, 41)
I am hooked. The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center has made a huge difference in my life in just a few months. I had chronic pain in my upper hamstring – sharp, piercing pain all the time. I have had about 8 treatments and it is amazing how much better I feel. I can bend over, sit in a chair and not feel pain. My hamstrings still need to be stretched and are tight but the chronic pain is gone. I had tried massage, prolonged stretching and nothing had worked. This had been going on for almost 2 years. I have also experienced better sleep patterns, and overall just feel better. (Female, 47)
Disordered Eating, Digestive Symptoms, Emotional Well-being
Yi-Jun is an exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable practitioner in Acupuncture and in Nutrition. Her Acupuncture treatments and Nutritional counseling have provided healing, comfort and encouraged deep rest and relaxation as well. She has always been willing to answer my questions, as well as to share beneficial insights for my total well being. (Female, 60)
Dizziness & Vertigo
I am very impressed with the level of professionalism and great care given with each treatment at The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center. I was suffering from persistent vertigo that was affecting my daily activities. Through regular treatments and monitoring dietary habits, as prescribed by Yi-Jun, I was able to overcome the dizziness and discomfort. I feel that I can always rely on acupuncture for improving my overall health. (Female, 35)
I just want to take a moment to express gratitude for every bit of compassion and every piece of effort given by this staff to go forth with good intent and care for the patients. Steven, in particular has been more than a gift in helping me to heal. I’ve found hope again, something I thought I had lost. Thank you Steven. (Female, 32)
Foot Pain (Plantar Fasciitis), Fatigue, Allergy
Regular acupuncture sessions with Yi-Jun have helped address and resolve both acute and chronic health problems. I began acupuncture with her last summer when I had been suffering from plantar fasciitis for several months. I was in extreme pain and was wearing a walking cast. Cortisone injections had not healed the inflammation. After a few acupuncture sessions, though, I was able to walk without pain. Continuing with acupuncture has reduced constant pain from old knee injuries, dramatically improved my energy level and sense of well-being, healed digestive issues, improved chronic allergy and sinus problems, and addressed PMS. I feel better than I have felt in years. Yi-Jun brings intelligence and skill to her practice, and combines them with a calm and caring presence. Her treatments have improved my life significantly. (Female, 44)
Foot Pain (Morton’s Neuroma)
I have been extremely happy with the relief I have received from Yi-jun at The Art of Acupuncture Center using acupuncture to treat a condition in my foot called Morton’s Neuroma. I had tried traditional treatment through a podiatrist which provided no relief after many painful injections. I now only have on minor flare ups of a small amount of pain every couple of months whereas before I experienced constant significant pain everyday. I would recommend her treatment to anyone. (Male, 50)
Heavy & Painful Period (Dysmenorrhea), Neck, Shoulder & Back Pain, Insomnia, Depression
Yi-Jun and The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center came into my life while searching for alternative treatments for Dysmenorrhea, and pain from a pinched nerve in my back. The next step in treatment my physician had planned was a hysterectomy and neck surgery. Yi-Jun took the time and patience to find what was really going on. After the initial consultation and treatment I noticed that I felt a marked improvement. With acupuncture, moxibustion and supported by herbs within weeks I feel 100% better. My symptoms are manageable and medication is no longer necessary. She has also been able to treat my allergies, insomnia, and a lower back issue I’ve had for years as well as provide nutritional guidance. These treatments have also improved my sense of well-being, improved my energy level and I just feel more balanced. I cannot express what these treatments and meeting Yi-Jun have done for me. My future is bright. I try to educate my friends and co-workers to the benefits of acupuncture and I am blessed that my employer has added this service to our health benefits as well. (Female, 40)
Knee Pain, Arthritis, Insomnia
Yi-Jun really has been a Godsend. Earlier this year, I experienced a severe flare-up of osteoarthritis in both my knees which caused extreme swelling that would just not go away. The swelling greatly affected my activity level which greatly affected the quality of my life. And if that wasn’t enough, I was also not sleeping well, due to perimenopause, and would repeatedly wake up during the night. Needless to say, I was not having a good time with life.
Yi-Jun treated me for both issues with weekly acupuncture sessions and herbal supplements. Within a very short time, the swelling in my knees significantly decreased and I started sleeping through the night with less wakeups. I have now resumed my normal active lifestyle with knees that feel much better and I am sleeping!
Yi-Jun has given me a great, effective alternative to traditional western pharmaceuticals with her Chinese herbal supplements and acupuncture treatment. Her treatments work on correcting the issue and NOT just treating the symptoms. I will be a client of acupuncture for life.” (Female, 45)
Low Back Pain
A great experience! Since being treated by Steven Siroky, I have walked without pain for the first time since July 2007. I’ve been telling everyone what a great thing acupuncture is and how it has helped me. Thank you.(Female, 65)
Menopausal symptoms / Lower back pain
I first contacted Yi-jun when I found her on the internet in the very office that I had occupied for 7 years. Talk about karma! At the time, I was looking for an acupuncturist for my daughter’s immune system and I liked Yi-Jun so much that I later sought her out for my own menopausal symptoms and lower back pain. I was feeling pretty terrible then with headaches, nausea, sweats and, at times, intense lower back pain but did not want to start taking OTC or prescription medication. That was about a year ago and my symptoms have GREATLY subsided with acupuncture treatments and herbs. I feel like a whole person again! My son has since started seeing Yi-Jun as well.
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center provides a friendly and relaxing environment that promotes health and healing naturally. When I started acupuncture treatments, I was having one or more migraines per week. I was taking daily medicines to “prevent” migraines and also medications if I had a migraine. Today I rarely take any prescription medications and my migraines are less often and less severe! I have also overcome my fear of needles. (Female, 29)
Neck & Shoulder Pain, Herniated Disc
I was referred to Yi-Jun by a family member who had positive results with lower back pain. I suffer from a neck problem that has bothered me for years due to my career as a Dental Hygienist. After several visits I noticed a major difference. Yi-Jun is not only professional but empathic with her clients and makes them feel at ease during treatment. (Female, 45)
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center is calm, clean, peaceful and relaxing. I feel welcomed immediately when I enter the facility. For me there are 2 key areas of benefit that I’ve experienced. The first is physical, provable and nothing short of miraculous. I have suffered with psoriasis for over 30 years. I have tried ointments, creams, tanning booths, and finally, an immune system-altering medication (which I stopped after 3 treatments). After all of this, the psoriasis was so bad that it covered about 75% of my body and was continuing to spread. Another health advisor made the suggestion that I make an appointment with Yi-Jun. I didn’t think that acupuncture would help but I figured that I didn’t have anything to lose but a small investment of money and time. After a few weekly visits, I started to notice some improvement. After about 2-3 months, I was completely clear. Today, my skin looks like there was never a problem.
The other benefit I have experienced is emotional. Acupuncture gives me such a wonderful feeling of well-being that I get from nothing else. I can’t show it to you but I can tell you that the benefits are truly wide-ranging. (Female, 58)
My son was hospitalized because of a psychotic break following months of mental distress. He is now doing much better thanks to a balanced combination of prescribed medication, psychotherapy and acupuncture with Yi-Jun. Before my son’s illness, we were (and still are) a family that avoids most all western medicine and we believe her non-traditional approach is a real plus in our son’s treatment. She has been very helpful in offering her advice and wisdom about his situation and how to live his life to the fullest. We feel she really cares about her patients and we count on her perspective to help guide us through his illness. (Mother of a 23 year-old)
I was skeptical at first about acupuncture, but I had the choice to either get a cortisone shot for severe shoulder tendonitis that I had battled for 6 weeks OR try acupuncture first. I decided to try Yi-Jun out and I’m so happy that I did! After one session, my shoulder pain greatly subsided, and after the second session, my shoulder pain had completely gone away. I was able to stop taking my pain medication. Yi-Jun helped me with some other medical issues, and I’m now a regular patient. She’s currently helping me with allergy management, and I’m already seeing results after one visit specifically for this. Yi-Jun has moved from a last resort to THE first line of treatment for my medical needs. I highly recommend her for medical and acupuncture treatment. (Female, 28)
Upon entering the Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center I felt a warm, welcome feeling and an at-ease sensation. Despite trying all types of over the counter, and prescription medications my skin problems never improved. I decided to try acupuncture and I found that it provided relief and healing. I have been seeing Steven for four years now to address many of my conditions. (Female, 71)
Stress / Depression
The Art of Acupuncture Wellness Center is absolutely fantastic. As a person in the medical field, I understand the perception of acupuncture and skepticism. However, the physical responses I have experienced during my treatment cannot be explained by “mind over matter.” It is an ancient art form of medical treatment that has persisted for thousands of years for a reason – it works! While it does not cure every ailment, neither does modern western medicine. (Male, 39)