More evidence—affordable acupuncture matters

I asked a patient if she had anything she wanted to share on the CAN blog -- here's what she wrote.

Fifteen years ago at the age of 52 years, I was told that my kidney function would not sustain me for another five years. I had been studying to be a nurse practitioner in Oregon at the time of this diagnosis. The cause of my renal insufficiency was a drug I was given in my thirties for depression when my first marriage dissolved and I was raising our two children alone. The drug was a heavy metal, lithium.

For the past fifteen years I have been doing acupuncture and taking Chinese herbs. I learned all I could about integrative therapies and became a healing coach

( www.carlapriest.com) . Usually the acupuncture treatments were received monthly until this year when I found Diana Di Gioia a the Community Acupuncture clinic in West Dennis, MA

I now am able to afford to get acupuncture weekly and my nephrologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has been impressed by my ability to keep my kidney function stable. I am still considered at stage four, one step away from the dreaded “end-stage”. My husband and I have been worked up for a kidney transplant. He is a preliminary match. At this time we have been told we do not have to go on the waiting list for a transplant because I am doing so well.

I am able to continue with my practice and am writing a book about healing. (www.rejoiceregardless.com)  I am optimistic about getting my book published and living to see my six grandchildren grow. My life is full and joyful.

Rather than sit in a recliner for dialysis and take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of my life, I sit in a recliner weekly and receive acupuncture.

With great gratitude and love,

Carla Priest R.N., M.S.N.

This story was posted on June 23 2009 by Diana.

Comments

  • June 24 2009 at 1:26 AM
    Lisafer writes:

    thank you for sharing this, Carla and Diana

    One of my patients has severe idiopathic kidney disease—she was told in 2004 that she would probably be on dialysis in 2 years. She gets treated every week and has credited the acupuncture with being able to stay off dialysis. Her kidney function stayed steady at about 10% for five years. Just recently it has slipped below 8% so she will probably start dialysis soon—but her doctor tells her all the time that she can’t figure out how she could hold out so long, or why she seems to feel so good with such low function. I’ll tell her your story.

    THIS IS WHY ACUPUNCTURE NEEDS TO BE CHEAP AND ACCESSIBLE, FOLKS—BECAUSE IT DOES LITTLE THINGS LIKE PRESERVE ORGAN FUNCTION. (even when your acupuncturist is only “treating stress”!)

     

    “You know how people always say there’s a reasonable explanation for things like this? Well, there isn’t.” Daniel Pinkwater, The Neddiad

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  • June 24 2009 at 8:51 AM
    Guest writes:

    Carla, thank you!

    I have a patient who got renal damage from chemotherapy for breast cancer 7 yrs ago.  She has gotten acu regularly (formerly monthly now every two weeks) for 4 yrs.  She told me her creatinine has gone down 0.1 point per year in the last 4 years and the only thing she is doing differently is the acupuncture.  smile

     I’m so glad you are doing so well.  As an RN, I know all the misery you are avoiding by avoiding hemodialysis and transplant. 

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