I decided to give acupuncture a try for the first time following a diagnosis for a very rare autoimmune disease whose treatment had been causing negative side effects for quite some time. I was exhausted most of the time despite sleeping, on average, between 10-12 hours each night, sometimes more. I already take a significant amount of prescription medicines and did not want to resort to more medication. I’d researched acupuncture a bit prior to my first visit with Tom, but I still appreciated the time Tom spent explaining acupuncture to me and how it might help. He spent a lot of time evaluating my needs and answering my questions. After my initial consultation visit, Tom and I agreed that I wanted to see improvement on the quantity and quality of sleep, as well as energy levels and lucidity upon waking. Weekly gym visits were something that had slowly gone by the wayside during the treatment of my disease since each gym visit left me feeling exhausted. I barely had enough energy to make it through a work day and most nights I headed straight home after work. My energy levels were one of the first areas that I began to see improvement on after acupuncture. After about 2 weeks of sessions with Tom, I noticed that I was able to work out fairly intensely at the gym and still have energy to go about my normal daily activities. In fact, exercise now gave me a boost in energy, which was something I had not experienced in the 18 months since my diagnosis. I now work out about 2-3 times at the gym, in addition to playing soccer, each week. It took a little longer to experience significant results in my sleep cycle, but after about 3 weeks of sessions, I was sleeping between 8-9 hours a night. After about 6 weeks of acupuncture sessions, I went to slept one night and forgot to set my alarm. The next morning, however, I woke up automatically after exactly 8 hours of sleep! I still made it to work on time, I was able to focus at work and I exercised that evening – all on only 8 hours of sleep! This is something I could not have dreamed of doing less than two months prior! I’m now well rested each day and I have enough energy to walk my dog or go for a run with my husband – many of daily activities that I enjoy so much, but did not have the energy to do earlier this year. I’m glad that I decided to give acupuncture a try because it has improved my standard of living so much.