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"Several years after having been hit from behind on my bicycle by a vehicle travelling approximately 55-60 mph, I continued to have severe abdominal pain and discomfort. Michael Young treated me using injection therapy and the results were immediate. After a few sessions I experienced a significant and long-lasting release in overall tension, stress, pain and discomfort. Thanks to Michael Young's incredible talent and devotion to healing, I have been able to continue on to a full recovery. Forever grateful." — BRUCE
"Approximately 21 years ago I found Michael in Boulder and later followed him to Longmont. Whenever I am in deep trouble with my asthma, lungs, and various other problems Michael is the only person I know who can "bring me back to life." I have gone to him wheezing, coughing, and practically suffocating, and he has "worked his magic" on me, until I was no longer weezing or coughing at all, I could breathe freely. There is no limit to the knowledge, skill, perserverance, compassion, and kindness that Michael has shown me. I totally trust him and think the world of him." — ASTRID
"It is my pleasure to recommend Dr. M. Young. In short, I was mid finals week and my back went out. I was in agony, very worried that I had seriously injured myself, and not able to function, not even to sleep. Dr. Young's treatments (two) sorted my back out completely. Needless to say, this was a tremendous physical and mental relief. Thank you for being so competent. Best wishes to you." — JANE
Michael Young is a highly versatile and profound healer with amazing compassion. His knowledge is wide and deep which makes him a great diagnostician with many tools at his disposal. He also has a multitude of professional colleagues who have gained his trust over time. When he feels you need a team approach or specialized help he will refer you to one of them. Michael is the best of the best and I'd recommend his services for any injury or health problem you may have.
Recently I developed mysterious upper back pain. My chiropractor treated me with an activator for six weeks twice a week to no avail. During this time I could not be upright for more than 40 minutes due to chronic pain; the rest of the time I was flat on my back. My dear chiropractor could not say why I was not responding to treatment and we were at an impasse. I was feeling desperate.
My husband said, "It's time to visit Michael Young." Michael is no stranger to me. Over the years he has helped me through a number of crises such as a West Nile Viral paralysis, a rotator cuff tear, knee pain and hypo-thyroidism. But I didn't think of him as a chiropractor. He is not a chiropractor yet he addressed my chiropractic problem with Tui Na and deep- tissue massage techniques. I felt wonderful after just one session! I was able to do all the food prep for the holidays and enjoy it. That really is amazing after 6 six weeks of not being able to get around." — KATE
"I went to Michael for the first time when I was experiencing a pain crisis. I found his web site while researching injection therapy, and was so impressed by his extensive education and experience, that I felt there was a chance that he could help me when so many others could not. He really listened to what I described and after examining me and seeing first hand a pain episode, he told me what he thought was the problem. He recommended injection therapy, acupuncture, and shiatsu and after several treatments I have found relief that I feared I never would. I can’t image where I would be today if I hadn't found relief with his help. Thank you Michael!" — KRISTEN
"His treatments helped me to break my addiction to purging. I had big psycho emotional releases that occurred after each treatment. It really made a big difference in improving my symptoms. I feel very lucky to have found him as my acupuncturist!!!" — T.Y.
"I had active Crohn's Disease for about 6 years when I first saw Michael. At that time, my flares were very severe and I had given up going to my M.D. because I knew he would put me back on steroid. I was tired of this routine and tolerated having to go to the bathroom about 30+ times a day, half was bloody. Needless to say, I rarely go out due to my condition. A friend found out about this and strongly recommended Michael to me and told me to call him. Michael talked to me on the phone and urged me to see my doctor. He said that the longer I waited the more damage the disease would cause. He said he would help me get off the steroid but I needed to see my MD. With such a logical encouragement, I braved myself to see an alternative medical practitioner who is Michael.
My first visit was lengthy. Michael did his usual regimen for my case. He told me he needed to see me for 8 weekly sessions and we would go from there. For me, I just wanted to get help, any help besides steroid. Frankly, I had no expectations either way. Interestingly, after my first session, my bathroom trips went down to only 5 that evening and throughout the nigh. The next day, it went down to 3 for the whole day. By the end of my first acupuncture session week, I almost had a normal bathroom habit. It was the most normal I could remember from 6 years ago! I finished my 8 weeks of acupuncture session as Michael had suggested. Then I graduated to every other week of treatment. After about a year of this, I graduated to about once a month treatment. I would hit a plateau from time to time but I was improving. Sometimes, I would go backwards and have flareups. Nothing was as severe as what I had before receiving treatment from Michael. All this time, I continue to see my regular M.D. for Crohn's care. After about 2 years of consistent acupuncture treatment, my M.D. declared my Crohn was in remission.
Today, I am in remission for 4 years and counting. I continue to see Michael infrequently for maintenance." — LIZ
I came to Michael Young to help my Crohn's disease, fatigue, tired brain and repeating tendon/muscle pulls from running. Michael Young's Shiatsu he performs with his treatments is wonderful and a thorough treatment in and of itself even before he places any needles. His needling technique is very gentle, but the effects are powerful. He has an extensive and broad base of knowledge in both eastern and western medicine, internal and muscular treatments. This carries over into his ability to use functional supplements to support my conditions. The combination of his unique and powerful supplements have been key to my wonderful results. My Crohn's is better than it has been in decades, my muscles and tendons are repairing and less prone to pulling. My energy and brain are functioning better than ever. I am very grateful to have found Michael and his very effective treatments and extremely broad and thorough knowledge base! — TAMARA
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
My history with Michael is long. I have been his client for over 8 years. My health concerns are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia. Today, according to many, I am one of the highest functioning Fibromyalgia sufferers around, and I have to believe that it is due to Michael's care.
I have seen many acupuncturists over the years while in pursuit of better health, but none are Michael's equal. Michael brings many assets to the table and in my estimation, his broad experience, pursuit of excellence and his genuine desire to assist his clients to a healthier life, set him apart from his peers.
Michael has treated many of my family as well as many of my friends. Without exception, he brings the same high quality of care to each of them.
Over the last two years I have minimized my treatments and must report that I have regressed during this time. While I realize my health issues are not curable, I testify that when I avail myself to a consistent treatment plan with Michael my life is much more symptom free; I have less body pain, fewer "immune issues", less depression and better digestion. The people that I have referred to Michael have a variety of ailments and issues, and he has helped all of them. — CINDY PALMER
CHRONIC PAIN / SCIATICA
"I started seeing Michael for my chronic pain and sciatica and had some relief with the acupuncture and various other treatment methods used. For me though the final link in the chain of me truly healing, in my opinion, was the adding of Sarapin injections. With the Sarapin the pain, that starts in my low back and radiates down my leg, is greatly reduced and I have a slightly larger range of motion in my leg as well. The Sarapin is almost like a magic bullet for me, the relief is fast acting and last anywhere from 4 to 7 days. The length of time the injection lasts I'm finding depends on different things from the weather to my own activity level and even my moods.
We started with 15-ml injections a week and I am now down to receiving a 10ml injection of Sarapin on a weekly basis. I am extremly pleased with how the Sarapin injections are working for me. Thank you so much Michael." – JERRY
"I came to see Michael Young because of a 15 year addiction to Clonazepam (Klonipin). I had been prescribed this drug because of insomnia and hot flashes. Unfortunately, I did not know it was addictive until I tried to quit eight years ago. I had been to three M.D.s with no success. None of the doctors I went to seemed to understand that something had happened to my brain from the dependence and that I had lost the ability to sleep. It wasn't simply a matter of ease off the drug and you'll be fine. Easing off of the drug meant not sleeping and not sleeping caused a slew of other problems.
Michael prescribed an approach which involved many different treatments. Between acupuncture, Shiatsu/Tui na, nutritional counseling and a drug called PharmaGabba, I have finally broken free of this addiction and am able to sleep. I have been free of Clonazepam for five weeks at this point and I am sleeping well. Thank you Michael." – ELAINE
CLOSED HEAD INJURY
"After suffering my sixth concussion in a car accident I found myself being passed from one healthcare provider to another labeled as too complicated an injury or non-recognition of the injury because it didn't' fit into the limited scope of medical diagnostics. Through a mutual friend I became aware of Michael Young's practice. Michael's holistic approach as well as his wide knowledge of therapies was more beneficial than any prescribed therapies I had previously attempted. Michael's perspective towards my injuries and the subsequent treatments gave me my first glimmer of hope that I might improve. Michael's wide and up-to-date knowledge of available therapies also introduced me to additional therapies and therapists that complemented Michael's treatments improving not only symptoms left to me through multiple brain injuries but chronic suffering I had been experiencing through other injuries. My faith and trust in Michael's care is such that he has successfully treated my wife and children. I believe Michael's ability to understand, intuit and treat ailments is rare and well found by all who he encounters." — STEVE
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"I came to Michael to find some insight to my digestive problems. Michael took a different approach than I was used to at the time, he treated me as a person. He worked with my on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level in order to fully understand and heal. He gave me great home work to do on my own so I could take charge of my own healing. Michael knew about and had answers for every thing I asked him, including the most resent techniques. I started to notice results after a few sessions, and with in a month of seeing Michael, I was feeling better than I had in years. The best part about working with Michael was the time he took to explain things and answer all of my questions. I never felt rushed or on a time clock. I continued to see Michael for maintenance work until I moved out of state, and make it a point to get a session when ever I'm in town. Thanks Michael." — JEFF (Singapore)
"After many years of digestive pain, I feel a sense of relief. Michael offered his expert techniques and knowledge in treating me, and helped me understand what I could do to help myself. A month later my digestion remains relatively pain-free and normal after only 2 sessions. Thanks so much for your insight and guidance. Thanks again!" — SUSAN
"After years of going to doctors with bowel and digestive problems I was able to find Michael. He took the time to really listen to me, understanding my body didn't feel right. After just the 1st session I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, I found Michael had the insight of what was really going on with me! After just a few sessions I felt better than I had in years. Through Michael's knowledge and wisdom I now have a better understanding of my body and the ways to help heal it. With every session I gain more wisdom into healing my body as a whole, not just certain parts. I am forever grateful." —EILEEN
FATIGUE AND MIGRAINES
"Michael Young is a highly skilled acupuncturist and healer who helped me tremendously with fatigue and migraines. I highly recommend him. He listens closely to clients and addresses needs on many levels." — ELANA
"I was extremely tired for several months. The onset had been insidious so there was usually a reasonable excuse, holiday stress, working too hard etc., and it wasn't until I lost interest in doing what I love and almost gave it up, because I just didn't have the energy, that I admitted how really tired I was and had been for quite awhile. I went to see Michael and on the 2nd treatment he suggested taking my temperature 3 times a day and getting my thyroid tested. It was amazing, within days of taking supplements he suggested and continued treatments with Michael my energy is coming back. My depression is lifted and I have hope and energy to pursue future goals and smile more.
I feel very confident in Michael, his knowledge is so comprehensive, his treatments are truly what acupuncture is all about, addressing imbalance on many levels, so he treated not only the fatigue, but has also helped me get more clarity and push away the clouds from past trauma. My life is better because of Michael's skill and kindness and I am grateful. Thank you." — CARLITA
"Michael has been my acupuncturist for almost 10 years, and has helped me safely through many health crises. He is a wonderful healer and a very caring person. I would not hesitate to recommend his work." — MOLLY
"While incontinence is a subject often broached with a little embarrassment, Michael has saved me from that fate. After years of usually minor but inconvenient experiences of incontinenece, with some minor diet changes and 4 treatments from Michael, there is none. Yeah! Thanks!" — SALLY MAE
When I first became a client of Michael's I was struggling with insomnia, endometriosis, acne, chronic muscle soreness and high stress. I started to get relief of my symptoms immediately under his care. A few months after seeing Michael I injured myself in an accident where after emergency x-rays were taken revealed I had separated my shoulder. It was very painful and again I received regular treatment from Michael. During my courses of treatment I found much relief from the injection therapy of homeopathic remedies that not only eased my pain but I believe aided my recovery more quickly. I believe if this treatment was not available to me at the time I really needed it I would still be suffering from pain and reduced range of motion in my shoulder. Because I am a yoga instructor and very aware of my body, the care I choose is usually alternative medicine therapies that I pay for out of pocket. This being the case I am very thankful that my Acupuncturist can treat me with injection therapy when it is necessary. I am thankful for all the tools my healthcare provides for me and am forever in debt to the freedoms we have in this country. Thank you, — EMMA B.
"I was just about to throw in the towel on my goal to run the Bolder Boulder under 50 minutes because my left calf and hamstring were so messed up it was impossible to train. Running up and down hills was especially painful. My wife suggested I visit Michael. After a few treatments, I was able to run three or four times per week. I achieved my goal completing the Bolder Boulder in less than 50 minutes. My first sub-50 10k in thirty years." — JAMES
LOW BACK PAIN
"In late 2006 I strained my lower back. I already had a history of low back surgery from a herniated disc in 2004. After a 90-minute session with Michael, I walked out of his office with appreciably less pain, and in a couple of days I was pain-free again. In addition, he gave me a refresher on some core strength exercises for my back." — JASON
“For the last five years my lower back and hips have always hurt to some degree. I have seen two acupuncturists and three chiropractors always having some temporary relief but no long term relief. Michael changed that. Combine his effective treatments with the time he took to analyze root causes of my injury and I am in a good place. Of all the providers I have seen, Michael was the only one to take the time to explain to me how my injured muscles work. He showed me diagrams of those muscles. He showed me possible movements of those muscles that were causing my injury and stretches and exercise to address the issue head on all with the goal of preventing re-injury and not having to see him frequently. I can’t recommend Michael enough! I am thankful that I happened across him. Finally a way out of pain that I had chalked up to and resigned myself to as fact of getting older.” — MARTY
"Having suffered from a severe neck and shoulder injury for over 15 years, I had come to believe that I would always be in pain. The area around my lower neck had become numb and I was pretty exhausted from the pain. I started working with Michael and I have had a significant improvement due to Michael's treatment. He recommended a 3 week treatment of injections, cupping, and EMS (electrical muscle stimulation). For the first time, I am experiencing pain-free days. I feel like I have lost 10 pounds of pressure off of my back from the cupping. I have noticed that my back also is relaxed and not always tight and clenched. I feel so fortunate to have met Michael, his compassion and knowledge is very rare. I have recommended him to several friends with chronic injuries." — COLLEEN
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"... Since those 2 treatments and subsequent surgery (which may really have helped push the "reset" button), I hadn't had any panic attacks - aside from one a week ago when my life got pretty stressful. So I wanted to let you know that I appreciated your help & support - and your marvelous technique! I'd love to come in for another tune-up soon." — MONICA (email excerpt, used with permission)
PERNICIOUS ANEMIA, plus other Conditions
"I first consulted with Michael because I was experiencing numbness and loss of function in my left leg. I had just undergone high-dose radiation treatment for prostate cancer, and was concerned the therapy had compromised my lower spine. I spoke with the oncologist, and we pretty much eliminated that possibility, as the area of treatment was nowhere near the location of the spine associated with the leg nerves. I saw my chiropractor, but I was in fine alignment, and did not find relief. Then, in a short conversation with Michael, he expressed it might be good to approach it as nerve entrapment and aggressively treat the potential trigger points in my hip and thigh.
Using a combined approach including massage, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and injections, within weeks I was again able to “walk on my heels”, which is an excellent way to determine health of leg/nerve function.
During the sessions that were focused on my leg, we spoke about many other aspects of my overall health, including sleep issues, alcohol abuse, stress management, recovery of my prostate health, and anxiety. Although my leg is completely back to 100%, I continue to see Michael on a regular basis because he has been so effective in helping reduce my stress level, calming my cravings, and just getting centered in general. My approach to life is more thoughtful now, and I have learned to better recognize it when I’m feeling overwhelmed and am more able to control my behavior in response to stressful stimulus than I have been for years.
In general, I find Michael highly intelligent, very experienced, and full of myriad ideas of ways in which to approach various physical and mental health issues. He asks lots of questions, offers many different healing methods, and is consummately concerned with his patient’s well being, healing, and overall betterment.
My thanks to Michael for his excellent care. I recommend him without reservation." — BRANDON
"Michael Young has a incredible gift of healing. I have great trust in his skills. He has a multitude of knowledge in assessing the problem and suggesting what type of therapy being it acupuncture, injection therapy, or EMS (electrical muscle stimulation).
I went to see Michael in December 2010, for severe Plantar Fasciitis. I was unable to walk unless I had shoes on I could not even walk with socks on. This had been going on since February 2010. He started out with some injection therapy then EMS with acupuncture and massage on my calves. In the 3rd week of treatment I began to feel the pain starting to subside. As I said this was severe plantar fasciitis. A few more treatments and I was able to walk without shoes and socks and put all weight on my foot. I am now able to walk without pain. I am very grateful to his gift and to him sharing that with us all. Blessings." — CAROL
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS, CHEST COLD
" I have consulted Dr. Michael Young on several occasions. I have always been very impressed with his attention to detail, patience, kindness and level of caring. On one occasion, I went to see him suffering a chest cold, feeling quite ill. Dr. Young treated me and by the time I Ieft the office, the cold was gone. I also saw him for post-traumatic stress syndrome and the multitude of psychosomatic symptoms that accompany it. The acupuncture treatment was effective in treating both the insomnia and anxiety." — CARMEN
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS / SHOULDER PAIN
I first arrived at Michael's office with an extremely painful flare up of an old shoulder injury that had bothered me on and off over twenty-five years in spite of medical treatment and physical therapy. I couldn't use the arm and had numbness in my hand and fingers. I was also experiencing the flash backs, recurring bad dreams, anxiety, emotional lability, and insomnia of post-traumatic stress. After months of Michael's sensitive and caring treatment, including body work, acupuncture, supplements, and herbs, I now have the use of my shoulder, arm, and hand and am back to doing the things I love to do. I no longer wake with my fists clenched, the flash backs and dreams have stopped, and I sleep peacefully through the night. Traumatic stress no longer controls my life. I think Michael Young is an extraordinary healer, intelligent, compassionate, and thoroughly nice, he's the first place I'll turn for future care." — ANNE
SCIATICA - "Piriformis Syndrome"
"After a year of expensive medical tests, MRIs, CTs, a lumbar biopsy, neurological function tests, blood tests, and exams by every medical department at Kaiser, they were still unable to explain the excruciating pain I experienced from my hip down to my foot. The pain was not caused by a sudden trauma - I had no fall or injury but it came on gradually until I was unable to sit anymore in front of the computer or drive my car. Sitting became almost impossible. I was referred to Michael Young by my psychiatrist who thought Michael might be able to help me.
After the first exam he said, "I believe this is piriformis syndrome." Imagine, in all my other visits I had never heard the term mentioned by any of the so-called "expert" doctors. Michael has been treating me now for about 3 weeks and the pain has been greatly reduced. I have great faith in his skills and expertise and feel that he has literally saved my life. Without his treatment I had no hope of ever discovering the cause of the pain, let alone being treated successfully for it. I am most grateful." — JEAN
"The condition which I received treatment was a pinched sciatica. I had extreme pain in my right hip. The muscles were cramped and extremely tight and painful to touch. The pain extended down my leg. I went to the chiropractor and had one treatment and then left town for a month.
On my return I went to the chiropractor immediately and had three treatments at fid day intervals. There was no improvement from the treatments so I went to my doctor. He ordered a MRI and the results of that showed nothing in the hip. My doctor sent me to an orthopedic doctor and he suspected pinched sciatica and did x-rays of my lower back. The x-ray supported the doctor's diagnosis and physical therapy was ordered. After one month of PT, at the rate of one appointment per week, ice, extra strength Tylenol, and Ibuprofen, I became concerned at not showing any improvement. Most of the time I was either laying down or sitting and I was no longer able to exercise, stretch, or ride my stationary bicycle. I could only walk about ½ blocks without stopping for rest and relief from the pain.
I was planning a road trip in six weeks and knew I would not be able to tolerate if I didn't do something different. I decided to go back to my chiropractor for a consultation. He told me there was nothing he could do to help me but there was an acupuncturist in Longmont that he had sent other patients to and all of them had improved beyond their hope. I made an appointment for a consultation with Michael and researched him on the internet. After reading his biography I was excited and hopeful to go for my first appointment.
My first treatment went well. Michael talked to me for 45 minutes and showed me pictures that were identical to the pain I was experiencing. My first treatment gave me hope that I would be pain free and able to play golf again. I felt 50% better after my first treatment of deep tissue massage, Traumeel injections, and acupuncture. What a relief! After one month of treatments Michael had me ready for my two week road trip and I played golf five times. Upon my return I made a maintenance appointment with Michael and he was pleased at my progress while I had been out of town. It has been three months since my maintenance appointment and two weeks ago I decided to have another maintenance appointment. Everything was still good. At present I am doing a lot of stretching and working to keep my muscles relaxed. I am also riding my stationary bike and can walk as much as I like. Thanks to you Michael, I am back playing golf and getting my body back in shape also. — ROD
SEQUELAE OF PARAPLEGIA
"Michael has given me support in so many ways, I can only speak the highest praise to his work as an acupuncturist. He helped me improve digestive function, helped to relieve pain and spasm in my lumbar and legs, helped bring me out of depressive slumps, improved circulation throughout my body, helped with my sleeping and energy patterns. I also received great benefit from his work with homotoxicology treatments. I only wish he were here in my new location, not States away! Thank you Michael!" — AVS ROD
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SEVERE KNEE AND LOWER BACK PAIN
"Michael Young was a life saver! For months I had been suffering with sporadic but truly excruciating knee and lower back pain in the middle of the night and while driving my car. I had already gone through multiple chiropractors as well as a thorough P.T. course at a rehab center to no avail. During my first visit with Michael he immediately discovered that I had extremely tight hamstring and hip flexors muscles. He explained that this can be a common condition for people who sit a lot at their jobs, like I do at my computer. Through a combination of Shiatsu and injection therapy, Michael gave me some relief immediately and with 3 or so follow-up visits the relief was permanent. I now can prevent this from reoccurring by doing stretching exercises he gave me and on rare occasion, a followup session. I am very thankful that I found Michael Young." — MICHAEL
"In the summer of 2007, I injured myself while working in the yard. I sought the help of a physical therapist, an orthopedic surgeon and a personal trainer, all of whom helped me incrementally. I was tolerating pain all the time, which was affecting my mood and outlook. I could no longer sleep on my right side and I awoke each day with tremendous soreness in my upper shoulder. At the suggestion of a friend, I sought the help of Michael Young. I was told that if any body worker or acupuncturist could assist me, it would be Michael.
Michael's understanding of the nervous system, muscles and joints make him an expert at analyzing the problem and establishing the treatment. Michael took the time to explain the problem to me and discuss his treatment plan. After just two treatments (total 3-1/2 hours), I am greatly improved. I no longer live with pain and I no longer awaken sore in the morning.
I have returned to my normal active lifestyle. I will eagerly seek Michael's care again should the need arise. If you are suffering from traumatic pain, I highly suggest you see what Michael can do for you! — POLLY
"I am pleased to have this opportunity to provide this notice of support and endorsement for Michael Young's expertise, insight and results as a certified Acupuncturist and Healer.
I came to know Michael and his practice via a mutual friend. I would not have considered investigating the use of acupuncture without this strong recommendation and the proof of performance that she has evidenced. With that said, I took 50 plus years of ailments and recent injuries to meet with Michael.
Michael was thorough in both his evaluation and his communication back to me with regards of his ability to help. He offered up that in a few sessions we would both know if acupuncture would work for me and if it did not, then we would mutually agree to discontinue our treatment program.
Michael amazed me he first day with his diagnostic skills and while the methods he employed were foreign to me, they were none the less, very accurate and effective. To say the least, Michael's treatments made an immediate impact on my range of motion and reduction of pain I was experiencing. The following sessions did no less than the first and I have improved with each visit. As with most thing I have experienced, concerning my body and mind, each time one issue was resolved, it revealed another. While this might have been a concern in my previous attempts at better health, with Michael, it was understood that it was a process. This was a very easy concept to endorse because of my experience and progress.
Michael Young continues to see me as we look for ways to improve my health and life. He remains committed to my improvement and gently guides me into areas and treatment options that I would not have considered two short years ago, and he does this with my complete confidence!
just celebrated my 56th birthday and have to confess that I am in the best condition of my last twenty-five years. Michael is a big part of the reason for this.
I encourage anyone that is suffering to sit and talk with Michael and evaluate what his gifts and knowledge can do for them. I can simply say that our time will not be wasted, and that you will be better for it. Sincerely and with the greatest respect — DAVE MULLEN
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SKIN & EYE SWELLING / ERUPTIONS
"When I feel like my life is a bit short of gratitude, all I need is to bring up the image of Michael Young L.Ac., and I feel deep gratitude. My lifestyle has me presenting in front of groups of people ranging from youth groups, college students and corporate clients. This is work I have done for 15 years and more. For a majority of that time I have presented in a compromised condition, a condition that a least makes me uncomfortable and at its worst makes feel ashamed.
This is my story: 15 years ago I came down with a mystery illness. What I kept describing it as was: “I had something living in my body. It would go dormant for six months or so out of a year and then it would wake with a vengeance, when it was awake it would attack different parts of my body”. My skin would blister, crack and bleed or my eyes would swell and weep. I found myself wearing long sleeves and eyeglasses when I went to teach and present, just to cover up the disfigurement. I did this to avoid the comments like: "Man what is wrong with your eyes?" or "that’s just wrong" . I spent nearly $6,000 out-of-pocket seeking out skin specialist and allergists. After biopsies and microscope studies, one Montana dermatologist offered to write a paper on my disorder and name it after me. That is one accolade I wasn’t interested in having.
Next, I sought out allergists of repute who would all do the same dance: "Oh yea, that’s an allergic response". I would summarily be tested for allergies and the doctors would look at the results and say: "Wow, you’re not allergic to anything". Great! So what is this cracked skin and swollen eyes"? They would say that’s an allergic reaction. Me: “What am I allergic to?” Them: “Nothing we can find”. So what is this cracking and swelling?
And the search went on and on and on. I was at a loss, my life quality was compromised, I didn’t know where to turn. Years passed and I went faithfully seeking out well-respected doctors and they all said the same thing: “There is nothing extraneous living in your body, what you are having is an allergic response” and we would repeat the same dance I had undergone a half a dozen times previously.
Finally I went to see Michael Young L.Ac. He took one look and said: “you look like you have a bacteria living in your gut. It probably gets worse in the spring and summer because you are compromised by allergies”. This description was exactly what my intuition said and all western allopathic doctors scoffed at! Within 1-1/2 months of stringent herbal treatment my skin condition went away. At one point I stopped my treatment because of a lack of persistence and follow-through on my part. Michael looked at me and said: "It looks like you stopped your treatment, if you want to get better you will need to do this 6-week regime and follow it through to the end in order for it to work." I did and last summer was the first summer in 15 years that I hadn't had these mystery eruptions and this summer is the second year in 15 that I have been symptom free. I feel cured. Every time I present in front of a group of people I offer up a silent prayer to Michael. He is an extremely well-educated consummate professional who is also a gifted healer (in my experience the two don’t always go hand-in-hand). I am grateful to this day that our paths have crossed. I recommend him frequently and do so without hesitation." — CHRIS B.
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SPINE - HERNIATED DISKS
"I have stenosis in my cervical spine from C3 through T1. In October, my disc between C7 and T1 herniated. The structural damage was so severe, surgery was the only option. However, Michael was able to provide the relief necessary for me to remain off Narcotics and allow me to function during the 3 months of diagnosis and scheduling surgeries. He took great interest in my case. He was able to alter his therapy to match my progress through the treatments." — STEVE
STOP SMOKING CIGARETTES
"Dear Michael, I wanted to thank you for seeing me and treating me about my smoking. I had been on Chantix® for 4 months. It is usually a 3-month process, but I couldn't get down to 1 or none a day. I was in despair and had spent $150 per month on medication which tells you to also keep smoking ($200 per months). So, I had smoked a pack and a half a day. I have smoked for 33 years. I like a lot about smoking. I enjoyed the process, the inhaling, blowing smoke (no pun) and what I felt it did for me mentally. I felt focused, calmed and insightful when I smoked.
There are other reasons I believed I smoked as well, but they are neither here nor there because in the end I was still severely addicted. I was down to 5 cigarettes a day for 3 weeks and was in despair because I could not stop that last 5. The pins you put in my ear were a life saver. I guess literally really. I had needle sensitivity, but not really in the ears. Plus, I've had my ears pierced and it's not even to that degree. You told me afterwards to immediatly go and light up a cigarette and let you know how it tasted. Not only did I not really want one, which was odd and amazing, but it tasted metallic and dirt-like at the same time. I took three puffs and put it out and let you know what it tasted like. I then drove home and threw out a full pack, less that one cigarette. I have not smoked since.
I wish I had done this months before. I would not have had the feelings of despair or impending failure. I would have quit sooner. I would have saved hundreds of dollars, literally. I have told a lot of people about the ear pins and what you did for me, but fortunately they don't smoke. Thank you again." — STACY
"Michael IS AMAZING!! I have been going to him on and off for the past 2 years. I sought out an acupuncturist because of health related issues due to stress. Michael has an abundance of wisdom about Eastern Medicine, but he also is well rounded in other healing modalities as well. His home/office is warm and comfortable. I always look forward to my sessions, as I feel so much better after treatments. I feel Michael has made a positive, healing difference in my life and would recommend him to anyone who wants to feel better!!!!" — LIZ
"After having my1st child my stomach was left with several stretch marks. They covered the front of my stomach from the navel down, as well as on my sides. I tried rubbing different kinds of oils, coco butter and many other remedies that are supposed to help but nothing seemed to change them. I looked around for a while and even went into a few plastic surgeons and estheticians offices; where I was told there was a laser that didn’t always help and was very pricey or a prescription ointment but I could not use while I was breast feeding (Dr. said not to worry because it didn’t have good results anyway.) Finally, I found out about Michael Young and his injection therapy for cosmetic improvement. The very first time I tried it my stretch marks had faded or decreased in thickness by about half. Every session decreased the stretch marks considerably more! I am about to go to Hawaii with my 9 month old and husband and I am so excited! I am no longer self-conscience about my stretch marks. I am grateful, amazed and more than happy with the results. I would recommend cosmetic injections with confidence to anyone looking for great cosmetic results!" — K.D.
"I can't say enough good things about Michael. I struggled for 3 years with severe tendonitis in both elbows. I tried cortisone shots, physical therapy, resting the area, I tried everything. Finally I was recommended to Michael and what a difference. It wasn't just that I felt immediately better and of course I was liking that. I was by no means well but much better. The pain level was dramatically reduced. While I did have to incorporate some behavior modification to allow the elbows some time to heal I felt better right away. I saw Michael every 7-10 days for 3 months than every 3-4 weeks than every couple of months. During this time Michael was every attentive to my bodies needs and to the fact that I wasn't responding to treatment the way I should be. His intuitive sense about what the right thing to do is what changed everything for me. In the first 3 months of seeing Michael he noticed that I wasn't responding as he thought I should be Michael recommended I see a homeopath as well as a bioenergy feedback specialist. I dragged my feet a bit and my healing stalled. Michael persisted in reminding me I should see these other people. Finally I did and Michael's intuition about what may be hindering my healing was right on. With the added information from these other healers I can say that I am well on my way to being healed. My elbows have returned to a healthy state and I am pain free. Thank you Michael none of this would have been possible with out your great hands and hands on therapy." — JB
TMJ (Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome)
"One month ago I started seeing Michael for TMJ. I was having excruciating pain in my jaw that spread to my ears and neck. It hurt to talk and chew food. Michael has given me 6 treatments and I am feeling incredibly much better! Now the only time my jaw hurts is sometimes when I yawn. The treatment that Michael gave me provided the much-needed relief for my pain. Before seeing Michael I was getting afraid that I would have to live with the pain, that I would not find relief. I had been to my chiropractor several times and had massages, all to no avail. So, thank you, Michael! I very much appreciate the treatment I received from him! Thanks." — DONNA
UNDIAGONSED VAGINAL PAIN
For the past three years, I have lived with chronic inexplicable vaginal pain. It started during a sexual relationship, but has continued long after the end of the union. It was excruciating pain lasting twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. None of the doctors could offer me any help. I have had every test run and they all came back negative (except for HPV). A year ago I sought out Michael Young for acupuncture. He came highly recommended for “weird” issues. He has several theories as to what might be causing the issue – including an auto-immune component. Regardless of knowing or understanding the cause, his treatments seem to be helping. The pain isn’t gone, but it is greatly reduced and every episode seems to be further apart. What I appreciate most about Michael is his continued drive to find the answers and to help. Whatever he is interested in, he studies and researches to the fullest extent. Having an ailment like this has been extremely painful both emotionally and physically. I thought I would feel embarrassed or scared going to a male practitioner and talking about my female issues, but I have found Michael to be incredibly compassionate, constructive, and professional. I am grateful for his expertise and care. I highly recommend him. – SALLY W.
"There are two major conditions I went through that Michael was instrumental in my recovering from. The first was a prolonged period of no energy and persistent ill feeling, often with days of inability to function at all. I had worked with a medical doctor to no avail before working with Michael. With his body work, and acupuncture and homeopathic treatments I was gradually restored to full health.
The second condition occurred a few years later. I was experiencing a temporary and periodic paralysis that would occur a couple of times a day that lasted a couple of hours. Hospital treatment, neurologist and virologist specialists were unable to diagnose or help in recovering. Again with Michael's treatments over a period of a few months the episodes stopped and I have had no reoccurrence in the last three years. My health has remained strong since then with periodic maintenance visits with Michael. I highly recommend him for any condition." — CHUCK
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ZOLOFT - GETTING OFF ZOLOFT
"After many attempts to get off the antidepressant, Zoloft, I was having horrible side effects, and I was worried that I would have to stay on this medication forever. I was desperate to find a safe, natural way to treat my anxiety, stress and situational depression. I was simply amazed that after only 5 weekly acupuncture appointments with Michael, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from me. I am completely off of Zoloft and I am feeling better every day. My family has also noticed that I am more calm and less anxious. I no longer have emotional outbursts and feel my stress level, depression and anxiety are much more controlled. Michael has a true gift for treating all of these issues. Every week I look forward to my visits. I feel an overwhelming sense of calmness after each session, that leave me feeling strong enough to deal with the stress of my day to day life. I feel blessed have found Michael. He will listen, take notes, ask questions and always find new ways to help. I would highly recommend anyone to go and see him. He has changed my life and I am forever grateful." — SUSAN