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Acupuncture Relieves Anxiety and Eases Symptoms

October 2, 2013
Kurt Lyles is a retired social worker who spent his career in child protection and child and adult mental health. He's married to a social worker, and together they have a blended family of five children and 12 grandchildren.

In 2006, Kurt had a bump removed from the back of his neck. It turned out to be melanoma. He underwent several rounds of treatment and two recurrences before trying acupuncture in 2013 to help ease his symptoms and side effects.

"I applaud St. Luke's MSTI for supporting integrative medicine," Kurt said. "It's been a great help in relieving my anxiety and physical symptoms."

Those symptoms include painful muscles in his neck, where the melanoma was removed. They also include anxiety and fear of recurrence. "When you go through life, you make choices based on knowing if it doesn't work out you have more chances," Kurt said. "Well, now you don't know if you have more chances, and that not knowing makes you anxious and fearful. Acupuncture helped."

The effects are subtle, Kurt said. He was getting acupuncture every week with acupuncturist Alan Shaw; now he's down to every other week, and his anxiety lessened so much that he went on a cruise vacation to Panama with his wife. "Before acupuncture I wouldn't have signed on for the cruise," he says. "I wouldn't have bought a pair of new shoes."

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