I struggled with infertility for four years. For three of these years, I endured several rounds of failed IVF procedures, after which, I decided to seek the help of an acupuncturist specializing in infertility. I had nowhere else to turn and the stress of failure and disappointment consumed me. Prior to my sixth implantation, I received several weeks of acupuncture treatments from Pia. She came recommended to me. Acupuncture, combined with Western medicine, proved fruitful. My last attempt to conceive a child worked! I now have a beautiful son, whom I adore! Acupuncture helped me to stay in the moment and to be calm. It was a positive experience filled with relaxation and hope. Pia is a caring, well-educated acupuncturist that will listen and cater to your needs. I wish I had started acupuncture sooner, as it truly does help decrease the stress and anxiety that accompanies infertility and invasive fertility treatments/procedures. Not only do I recommend acupuncture but I recommend Pia, as she is specialized and understanding. Working with her will only help you in your journey towards starting or adding to your family. I was blessed. Thank you Pia.
Jessica W. – Wareham, MA
Constipation and Elevated Liver Enzymes:
After ten years of on again/off again constipation, I was diagnosed with a tortuous colon and slow motility. The doctor’s best recommendation was to take 6-8 scoops of Metamucil a day and two scoops of miralax. This became such a burden that I was depressed about my life style. I decided to try an alternative approach and did some research, which is when I learned about Pia. After only three days of taking some targeted and carefully formulated Chinese herb drink I was having twice daily bowel movements and within five days I was completely off of miralax and Metamucil. This is a kind of miracle to me. I have felt like a new human being and no longer dread the sense of bloating and interminable fullness. I always suspected there was a more in depth answer to my intestinal issues but no western doctors connected any other body systems to these symptoms. Pia looks at the whole body and the interrelationship of all systems. I am so encouraged and grateful.
Another Testimony: This time it is even more important.
After getting three reports of elevated enzymes, and having every blood test in the world, I was scheduled to visit a hematologist. Not one western doctor could suggest anything I could do other than no alcohol and no fatty foods. But those changes did not change the enzyme levels. I asked Pia for a diet to nurture my liver, and for some Chinese herbs to support me. After three weeks of a gentle cleanse and consistent herbs my blood work came back normal. My physician said “I don’t know what you are doing, but keep it up!”. Yay Pia!!!!!
Robin M. -Washington DC
Herniated Disc and Nerve Damage:
I started seeing Pia with what I believed and later was confirmed as a herniated disc and nerve damage. I had:
Extreme pain: lower back, complete length of right – leg, buttock, ankle, and foot.
Right leg had a numbing sensation (as if I had sat on it and it went to sleep).
Both feet felt like needles constantly pricking, right foot being the worst.
Right thigh and Calf, severe muscle spasms and tightening.
After the first acupuncture session:
- Back pain significantly minimized
- Right leg numbness decreased (where I could actually sleep at night).
- Left foot no longer had tingling, prickling.
After several sessions:
-NO lower back pain (the disc is unquestionably still herniated).
-After two sessions with electrical stimulation on the thigh and calf:
- Almost no spasms, and the VERY small, limited one was minor.
After the one session relating to the left foot there has been NO recurrence of symptoms.
-Michael D. (Sandwich, MA)
Early in the summer of 2011, I developed severe tendonitis in my left Achilles heel. As a long time runner-I had been running 4 miles 5-6 days a week for the last 35 years- I thought that my running days may be over. The orthopedic doctor prescribed physical therapy and I did that for about 8 weeks. While there was improvement and I got to a more tolerable level of pain, I was still limping, still in pain, and unable to walk fast for any distance, let alone run. The second visit to the doctor resulted in his advising of my choices: an operation or immobilization for several weeks, neither a good one in my opinion. The physical therapist recommended the acupuncture and specifically, Pia Mezzacappa. I am glad she did because, although I had 5 sessions with Pia, the improvement after just one, was dramatic. I, like others, had heard about acupuncture, but like many, it was a mystery to me. But I felt I was out of options so why not give it a try, what was there to lose? Like I say, it was quite the opposite-huge gain! Pia explained exactly what she was going to do and outlined what she thought the result would be. The setting is relaxing as is her manner as well. She is a good listener and patient. She has terrific credentials which you can read about. After three sessions, I was basically pain free. I was no longer limping. I could not run, but could walk fast and use stationery exercise equipment. There was some residual feeling after exercising, not quite pain, more like annoyance. And now, with my five pack of sessions complete, I am virtually pain free. I am walking every other day, for up to an hour and doing other exercise. I envision running again soon, maybe a month, maybe three, but I am convinced that I will be back to it at some point thanks to Pia. Even if for some reason that does not happen, I am grateful to be free of pain, and it is because of Pia and her acupuncture talents that I am. One more thing that is important to point out. My first appointment with Pia was December 7 and my final session was January 11! So, in about a month, I went from being semi desperate to virtually pain free, thanks to Pia and her treatment. Anyone that goes from pain to pain free knows that their mood improves and I am very happy right now! Thank you, Pia!!
Update to recent testimonial: As noted, I finished my treatment with Pia on Jan. 11. On Jan. 18, I jogged (albeit slowly) for about 2 miles with no residual pain, truly amazing to me.
Paul E. Larkin, East Sandwich, MA
“My troublesome and embarrasing problem of spontaneous sweating brought me to Pia. I had tried western medecine’s tests and suggestions with no success (not even the cause could be isolated). Within two short weeks, Pia’s prescription of Chinese herbs had significantly slowed the sweating, and two months later, my symptoms were and still remain completely gone. Thank you, Pia! In addition to curing me, your focus, understanding and attention were truly encouraging and rewarding.”
Jack D., Medford, MA
Diverticulitis, Sinusitis, Anxiety:
I wish I had gone to Pia YEARS AGO! She is truly a caring practitioner who wants the best for her patients. I had my first appointment with Pia over a year ago after being tired and having no energy. I was drinking lots of caffeine to get through the day. Also, for years I have dealt with diverticulitis and chronic sinusitis and have been on antibiotics a few times a year to treat both of them as well as other medications. She spent a lot of time asking me about my life. Pia asked what else I wanted to work on and what were my goals. She asked if I was anxious and I agreed.
Well, after my first acupuncture treatment, I felt the most relaxed I have ever been! Things that made me anxious, didn’t make me anxious. There was a feeling of peace that I just enjoyed. The herbs she prescribed and modified as needed helped me more than the medicine my doctors were prescribing. Also, my energy level dramatically increased and I stopped drinking caffeine. In the year that I was seeing her, I didn’t need the one month of antibiotics for my sinus infection that I needed every year.
In addition to helping me, she also helped my son, who was diagnosed with ADHD and has 2 hours of tutoring a week. His pediatrician had recommended medication, but I was scared of the side effects after hearing stories from other parents. So, I brought him for an appointment with Pia. Pia met with him over the summer and suggested a change in his diet. After doing this change, I saw a HUGE improvement in his ability to focus. In September, his tutor saw the improvement as well and asked what we were doing to help him because she couldn’t believe the change in him.
During the year that I saw her, I was laid off from my job and had to deal with some stressful family medical situations. My visits to Pia during this time not only relaxed me, but helped me to stay positive and focused. I’m happy to say that after years of being on medicine, I am medicine free for my diverticulitis and chronic sinusitis. I am also training for my first 5k and looking forward to going back to school to start my second profession.
I highly recommend Pia and truly wish that I had gone to her years ago.
Cheryl S. – Wareham, MA
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
“I came to Pia six months after my doctor diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and placed me on daily medication. After yet another check-up when he told me to just keep taking my pills even though I didn’t have any noticeable improvement in my condition, I decided to take my health into my own hands. Within three to four months of treatment, I was off my medication and had vast improvements with my symptoms.
I really appreciate Pia’s whole body approach to health. We discussed everything from sleep changes to stress to diet as well as my specific hormonal issues. And, while I consider myself to have a healthy lifestyle, Pia helped me to see areas where I could improve and adapt for my own particular health needs. The result is better rest and more energy, in addition to an alleviation of my PCOS symptoms. From my first visit I felt that Pia was passionate about my health – especially in my desire to regulate my condition so I could start a family. I continue to improve under her care and would recommend her to anyone – especially women with fertility or hormonal concerns.”
–Suzanne C., Cambridge, MA
A Testimonial To All Who Are Interested in Receiving Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment from Pia Mezzacappa: My Name in Vin Cerasuolo and I have suffered from fibromyalgia for about four years. Before I went to Pia, my health was in a downward spiral. I probably could do three hours of useful activity a day and spent about half of my waking day in bed. I was on prescribed medicines from my MD and taking the supplements that the research studies show to be promising. These medicines had some benefits to the pain, but my fatigue had no real relief, and these medicines were causing weight gain and sexual health side effects. Another acupuncturist thought I might benefit from getting herbal treatments with Pia. I was skeptical but gave it a try. Pia was a good listener, I never felt awkward talking to her, even about sensitive health issues. When I was done talking she asked insightful questions and gave great advice: for example, I had tried going gluten free but it didn’t seem to work for me; Pia suggested going totally grain free and my pain was immediately reduced. Within a week I was sitting on the floor playing games with my kids, something I hadn’t been able to do for years. While I had not lost weight on her diet I DID stop gaining with far less craving than I had before her help. Pia’s herbal treatments were also very helpful. Soon my sleep was better, my extremities – which had always been cold – were warm and comfortable, my sexual health was greatly improved and I slowly gained more energy. I would strongly recommend Pia’s treatments to any fibromyalgia patient or any man in need of men’s health herbal treatments.
Vincent Cerasuolo, Medford MA
Stress and Allergies:
I was referred to Pia or acupuncture as alternate therapy to reduce stress. Pia not only relived my overall stress level using acupuncture, she was able to develop a natural remedy for my allergies. As a result of Pia’s personalized and tailored treatments, I have been able to eliminate both allergy medication and shots. I would gladly recommend anyone to Pia. It’s rare these days to receive the level of personalized service Pia provided to me as her client.
Will A. Cambridge, MA