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Highly recommended! Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable people.
~ Roman Sher – Genbook Verified Review
My Sciatic Pain is So Much Better
When I first came to see Kim, my husband had to push me in a wheelchair, not because I was disabled but because my sciatic pain was so intense I could not walk any distance. With acupuncture I’m able to walk with my cane and my sciatic pain is so much better. I have a long way to go but I’m getting there. Blessings to your hands!
Simple, Very Effective Treatment
Alex really took the time to get to know me, and my situation, before deciding how to treat my symptoms. His treatment was simple and very effective. I would highly recommend him to anyone who isn’t getting answers/results from their Western doctor. Alex is truly one of a kind! It is clear he has had very good, specialized training.
~ Elizabeth Ford, MN – Linkedin Review
Twenty years ago, Alternative Medicine was a bit of a novelty and a finding a practitioner, in whatever medium you were hoping to participate, could be challenging and tricky. We have so many more options in this day and age, and navigating to the gems tends to be a word of mouth process. Here’s my two cents:
Personally, I have worked with numerous acupuncturists and chiropractors through the years. Kim Close has a gift. Her work is not only affective, (I’ve experienced more positive results from Kim’s technique, than any acupuncturist I’ve ever worked with.) but I’ve also learned so much about Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Kim asks her patients to be an active participant in their health, and with that in mind she not only wants to help you get better, she wants to give you the knowledge that leads you to making good choices concerning your well being. Her compassion, knowledge and passion for what she does makes it obvious her work is something special. Add to that the true touch of someone with the gift of healing, and that makes her someone special. Do yourself a favor and work with Kim.
~ Stu, Evanston
Painless Despite My Phobias About Needles
In regards to the shoulder and back pains and complaints that I had when we initially met, all pains are gone, gait has been corrected, treatment seems to have worked. It was painless despite my phobias about needles, your mannerism was very professional and reassuring. I’ve been sharing this healing experience with friends. Overall it was very positive.
~ Adrian, Chicago
Backache and Pain
After ten years of suffering from backache, my pain had reached a level 9 on a scale of one to ten with ten being the most painful. I had searched out help from physical therapists, chiropractors and yoga but had not found relief until I was referred to Apricot Grove and Alex.
Alex talked to me about my health history and made a diagnosis and after just one acupuncture session with him, my pain dropped down to a level 1! I am overjoyed to say that today I continue to see Alex and that I am virtually pain free. I can’t say enough about Apricot Grove and Alex…I have my life back because of them!
~ Anne M., 34, Chicago, grade-school teacher
I Always Leave Feeling Renewed and Wonderful
Kim is an excellent acupuncturist. I have never felt any pain during treatment. it is nothing but relaxing and invigorating at the same time. She knows how to treat a variety of ailments and I always leave feeling renewed and wonderful.
~ Maureen, Evanston
One of the greatest healing centers on the planet! The holistic approach to healing incorporating and merging the best of new & old school methods & modalities! Kim and Alex are gifted healers!
~ Michael Fine, Evanston – Genbook Verified Review
After Several Sessions, My Body Was Back to Normal
Kim understands how the whole body works together, as well as each specific area of pain. I was surprised when she worked on me, how painless acupuncture was and relaxing. Kim explained how acupuncture helps the body heal itself. I had been having sciatic nerve pain, and after several sessions, my body was back to normal. I am so thankful that I went to her for acupuncture and that I am pain free.
~ Kindra, Chicago
Incredibly Knowledgeable and Effective
I am a Chinese medicine practitioner myself and am so glad to have found Alex. He is kind, gentle, and thorough. I love that he has both raw and granular herbs available and that he prescribes custom herbs for each visit. He is definitely a gifted healer. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking to improve their wellness!
~ K.Y. Acupuncturist, Chicago – Genbook Verified Review
Empowered to Take Control of My Own Health
I am a Bikram Yoga teacher, and Kim was one of my students in Evanston. When I began to experience bouts of insomnia, I pursued Kim as an acupuncturist. She was very thorough in her approach to understanding my condition and how it related to all aspects of my life, including habits, diet, emotional state, and daily activities. She explained her analysis of my issues in a way that related the insomnia to the rest of my life, instead of as a simple problem that would be cured with a quick-fix solution. She helped me to feel empowered to take control of my own health through her suggestions for changes in diet and activities, as well as recommending herbal supplements to take. None of her suggestions were too radical or unattainable, thus I felt that I could easily incorporate them into my life. She also took the time to explain to me what she saw as the root causes of the insomnia from a Chinese medicine perspective, so that I was more educated about my body and its processes. And it worked! I did take the very specific suggestions (i.e., eat more or less of these foods, take these herbal supplements, etc.), but I feel as though the insomnia has subsided due more to the suggestions for a holistic perspective of my life and activities in general. I understand my body’s processes a bit more, so I feel empowered to deal with these problems with more certainty and confidence should they arise in the future.
~ Aviva, Evanston
My Doctor Was Surprised My Rash Cleared Without Steroids
I met Alex almost three years ago. I had bad food sensitivities, causing sleep problems. After few months of treatment I was sleeping peacefully.
After having a baby last November my food sensitivities got worse than ever. I had problems sleeping, anxiety attacks, bad mood, and extreme sensitivity to fragrances and polyester. Finally I developed a weird skin rash on my leg. I was postponing visiting Alex. My excuse was lack of time with new baby and full time Work. But when I twisted my ankle really bad I finally decided to make a commitment. So here I was. After a few weeks my ankle got better, I was sleeping better, my anxiety attacks were gone, and my skin started to clear.
The rash I had on my leg was diagnosed by biopsy as lichen planus. A dermatologist was trying to treat it with topical steroids, which made my shin crack and bleed. She could not offer me any other type of treatment. After a few weeks of herbal therapy my doctor was surprised that my rash was cleared without use of steroids.
But there were also side effects to herbal therapy – I lost 6 pounds.
I would recommend Alex to everybody, he will restore your body balance and get you on your way to a healthier you.
~ Diana Kalita, Buffalo Grove
Allows Me to Function and Live My life to My Full Potential
I had my arm traumatically amputated in a car accident 4.5 years ago and live in chronic pain; baseline 7 on the proverbial 1 – 10 scale, as I still feel my residual/phantom arm as if it was attached to my body. Kim’s unbelievable talent, dedication, thirst for knowledge, and openness to embrace ancient and modern treatment techniques in her field, helped her to customize a treatment regime that I have been receiving once to twice per week for more than 3 years and watched as her practice and abilities transform and evolve in my treatment. After treatment the pain level drops down to a 3 or 4 and gives me 3 to four hours of relief! Never static, Kim is constantly searching for different ways to tweak and improve her quality of care for me, and all of her patients. This special treatment allows me to function and live my life to my full potential. If Kim can help me with my serious issues, just think how she could help you!
~ Michael, Glenview
Skin Sensitivity and Irritation
After several months of suffering with an area of skin sensitivity near my shoulder blade, I made an appointment with Alex Dold. It was kind of a strange problem, because there was no rash or redness, and the area didn’t itch. There was just a patch of skin that was extremely sensitive to touch. If I wore anything that was too tight in that area, like a sports bra, it was actually painful. The only thing that helped was putting a bandage on the area.
After hearing the description of my symptoms, Alex decided to address the problem with both acupuncture and herbs. Amazingly, several days after the first treatment, the sensitivity was completely gone. I was thrilled. I continued to take the herbs twice a day. After a couple of weeks, the sensitive patch returned. I went back for a follow-up treatment with Alex, and then decided I should do a few more. It’s now been a couple of months with no recurrence of the sensitive patch. I am so thankful that my skin feels normal again.
~ Lora Swanson, Chicago – Yelp Review
I had flown to California for a long weekend with friends. On the day before we were to fly home, I didn’t feel well. I had a sore throat and just felt exhausted. On the flight home, I became overheated and dizzy. I even had to be transported to baggage claim in a wheelchair. I spent the next day in bed, and then developed a cough. For the next couple of days, I felt miserable and had trouble sleeping at night because I was coughing constantly.
At my morning appointment, Alex first treated me with acupuncture, and then mixed up some herbs with instructions to take them 3 times per day. I was able them 3 times that day, and again the next day. By that second day, my cough was totally gone. I couldn’t believe it happened that fast! I continued taking the herbs anyway. I went back the following week for another appointment, and told Alex that he was a miracle worker.
~ Lora Swanson, Chicago – Yelp Review
Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, and More
I have seen Kim for many years to address a variety of complaints. Back and neck pain, prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain syndrome), frozen shoulder, chronic headaches, upset stomach, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and more. She takes her time in each session to deeply understand the problem. Her’s is a holistic, personalized approach that has proven effective time and again. As a yoga teacher and bodyworker, I can also say that Kim is very skilled at using acupuncture needles to release trigger points in muscles, a most effective way to treat chronic muscle pain conditions that are not being addressed by massage, yoga or other modalities.
~ Justin, Evanston
I can’t thank you enough for my acupuncture treatments. Several months ago I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a condition of unknown origin in which even slight stimulation of the face by clothing or breezes causes sharp and often sustained pain to the face. I went to my internist and she recommended a medication that appeared to have a disturbing number of side effects. She acknowledged that acupuncture had been effective for many people with this condition and was free of side effects. We agreed that it would be a first step for me to take.
My facial pain decreased with each treatment and after about two months of weekly sessions all the symptoms disappeared. I know this condition has a habit of recurring, but I will certainly come back for more acupuncture treatments if it does.
Thanks for everything!
~ Barbara Lyons, Evanston
Headache and Migraines
I have been seeing Alex at Apricot Grove for acupuncture for the last four months with excellent results. I am now completely free of allergy medication(s) for the first time in years — even well into the terrible fall season! My migraine headaches are significantly less frequent without previously required daily prescription medication, and a painful knee problem has cleared up. I highly recommend Alex and his treatments!
~ Annette R., Evanston
Tooth Ache Treatment
I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical about trying Chinese Medicine for something that seems as structural as a tooth ache, especially since the pain caused by cold liquids had already become almost too intense to deal with. However, I partly just needed to buy some time, and, after years of dental problems, and horrible dental experiences, I was just desperate for any other option.
The mouthwash that Alex provided me had a weak bitter flavor and a surprisingly powerful after-effect of pleasurable buzzing. Remarkably, the intense pain has generally subsided, and I can even drink cold liquids again! It still remains to be seen whether this could be a real long term cure for my many dental issues, but my hopes are certainly now far higher than when I thought I was going to need a bunch of expensive and painful dental treatments!
What a remarkable difference Alex’s herbs have made in so many areas of my life!
First a little history – and full disclosure – as to how I came to be Alex’s patient. Alex is married to one of my best friends. After they moved to Chicago, I eventually came out from California for a visit. Learning more about Alex’s work, I coerced him into taking my pulse and hearing my long list of complaints. Not long after, a box of herbs arrived in the mail at my house with instructions as to how to boil them for tea. Although I’m no stranger to acupuncture, I’m new to herbal medicine, and admittedly found the whole process a bit “out there” at first. But I am thrilled with the results!
After drinking the tea for two weeks I remembered to assess my progress. The following symptoms vastly improved: night sweats, heavy periods, PMS breakouts, painful menstrual cramps, painful constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, painful abdominal cramps, excessive thirst, restless sleep, low energy. My last period was so light and pain-free that I was quite taken aback when I realized it must be the herbs. (I had been considering an invasive uteral ablation procedure with my OB/GYN that is now totally unnecessary.) And then, having been without the herbs last week while I was on vacation, I was happily stunned that resuming the herbs last night resulted in a sweat-free sleep. (Those of you who also wake up drenched/freezing will understand how happy I was to sleep through the night!)
Fortunately, Alex comes to stay with us periodically as he furthers his education. (It seems to me that Alex has an excessive thirst for knowledge – luckily for me!) When he is here he patiently takes my pulse again, listens to my dwindling list of woes, asks thoughtful questions, and determines a new herbal recipe.
By the way, I’d tried all kinds of recommendations by my regular doctor over the years – hormone patch, Citrucel, laxatives, prescription skin remedies, sleeping pills – none of them worked as effectively as these herbs. Honestly, I am surprised by the effect Alex’s herbs have made on my system and my overall health. I’ll admit I was skeptical until I tried it.
Alex has taught me that Chinese medicine is not about the individual symptoms, but about the whole body. The way I see it, my symptoms are the clues Alex uses to assess what my body needs in order to come into harmony. I’m eager to see how my over-arching struggles with chronic back pain and depression are affected as Alex progresses with me. I only wish I lived closer so I could go to him for acupuncture as well!
~ Melody Bissada, 37 -year-old writer in California
Shoulder Pain and Digestion
This is an unsolicited testimonial concerning the excellent work done by Alexander Dold. I happened to see Mr. Dold’s business sign while riding my local bus to work. I went in on a whim and a risk, and was not disappointed. My arm and shoulder had been aching for months and within five acupuncture treatments I can now sleep again without interruption. Mr. Dold has an excellent touch and is very adept at this work. I also had digestion complaints that were greatly assisted by his careful assembling of traditional Chinese herbs and barks. The Apricot Grove space is very welcoming and relaxing, and I regularly fell into a refreshing sleep during the acupuncture treatments. My great thanks go to Mr. Dold for his effective and sensitive treatments.
~ Andrew Causey, An Appreciative Evanstonian
This is a note of appreciation to you for the acupuncture treatment that I received from you this summer.
While my care has just begun, I wanted to express how impressed I’ve been with your thorough assessment of my situation before beginning my treatment. Not only were my initial problems dealt with successfully, I have every confidence that the next time I see you our progress will continue.
Although I’ve had acupuncture before and I am an advocate, I recognize a sureness and ability with your skill that gives me great confidence to continue having acupuncture treatments with you.
After my vacation, I’ll be checking in to start up again with a wellness program.
Thank you again for your expert services. Best regards,
~ Jan Schunk, 65, Evanston business owner
To Whom It May Concern,
This is a letter of recommendation to anyone interested in Chinese medicine and in particular, the practice of Mr. Alex Dold of the Apricot Grove in Evanston. I became a patient of Alex seven months ago and have become a believer in the curative potential of the Eastern approach to medicine.
My age-related problems concerned: flagging energy, sleep apnea, and sleep interruption. Over the years, these were all “treated” through various prescriptions with side effects worse than the problems. So…enter Alex. He talked to me at length about my general health, explaining that Chinese medicine does not attack a single problem but seeks to address the entire body’s well-being. He started me on an herbal combination that sounded right out of Macbeth’s three-witch broth, containing not “eye of newt, toe of frog,” but deer antler, mussel shell, honey-coated licorice, preying mantis egg sacs, magnetite, various roots, seeds and herbs. Dubiously I began the routine of boiling these ingredients and drinking the tea.
After two weeks, I began to experience a general sense of health, energy, and well-being. That’s pretty nebulous and could be attributed to any number of things. What was quantifiable was my sleep apnea and frequency of urination problems. For the first time in thirty years (no exaggeration), I have been able to sleep through the night, deeply, comfortably, and without the interruptions of going to the bathroom. This has continued for the last six months.
To allow this approach into your life, you have to have an open mind, a willingness to boil strange things, and some faith that 2000 years of Chinese medicine is not without possibility for your own general health.
~ E.H., Evanston
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