The twelve-year-old girl who came in to see Dr Julie Zhu at the Five Branches Clinic was faced with not just the challenges endured by all the other girls of her age, she had had the added stress, trauma and fear as a result of things going horribly , horribly wrong.
For many young girls, the arrival of their first menstrual period can be a bewildering and frightening experience which foists upon them a whole range of challenges and changes.
Puberty is a daunting time for any teenager, the way one’s body changes, the awkwardness, the clumsiness, the embarrassment of sexual changes and sexual awakening confuse and challenge their self image and sense of identity.
The onset of her first menstrual period had been marked by dysfunctional uterine bleeding, a gynecological condition which had thrown the poor girl and her parents pell mell into a battery of medical tests and gynecological examinations and pharmaceutical and hormonal interventions which, save to mortify and traumatize the young girl and her family, didn’t help. The doctors were stumped! Expensive scans and blood tests and examinations revealed nothing abnormal. The family was desperate, the young girl disconsolate. The ongoing blood loss had lead to anemia , with the concomitant fatigue and the emotional and psychological impact that it brings.
Dr Julie Zhu is one of the sterling team of doctors at Five Branches University clinic, bringing a wealth of knowledge from long years of experience both in China and the United States to what is rated the best acupuncture school in the bay area, teaching students and treating patients with incredibly good results.
After just a couple of sessions the bleeding had stopped, the young girl had begun to recover her strength and energy, the family had hope restored, and within two months thereafter the young patient’s menstrual cycle was normalized and she has since been completely recovered.
Ten months of this nightmare had brought her parents to seek some other approach. They came, not so much looking for or expecting answers, so much as hoping for something miraculous, anything, to help their daughter. They were not disappointed. The treatment was short, and to the point!