Testimonials for Linnea Smith Varner

As a pediatrician, I have seen first-hand the dramatic increase in stressors in teenagers' lives these days.  Kids are over-scheduled, pressured to achieve in all things at very high levels, often with no down time or skills for achieving balance in their lives.  They suffer with many physical maladies because of this, and they come to me with headaches, joint pain, fatigue, abdominal pain and reflux disease.  Much of this organic disease stems from depression and anxiety that manifest primarily as physical symptoms and school absences.  I find that traditional Western medicine does these kids a disservice.  Doctors tend to treat mental illness separately from physical illness, while Chinese medicine treats these complex intertwined systems as one.  I often find that when I see kids repeatedly for chronic pain issues that stem from the stress in their lives, they get better much faster and have more long term wellness with acupuncture than with medicines that band-aid over the underlying problems.  I have many teenaged patients that I co-manage with Linnea, and their lives are forever improved because of her care and expertise. MT, Annapolis Pediatrician
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Linnea basically saved our daughter from a lifetime of severe Migraines.  When we went to see [Linnea], we had been to multiple Neurologists and our daughter had also been hospitalized for over 2 weeks.   She missed 45 days of her Senior year in high school due to this disabling problem.  Linnea spent a long time getting to know our daughter before making any recommendations. Every time we went to see her, our daughter left the office feeling much better and was able to begin to reduce the medications she had been taking. Acupuncture became something she looked forward to.  For a 17 year old who is afraid of needles - this is truly amazing.  Linnea also gave us nutritional recommendations, and this finally put our daughter past her severe problems.  She is now a happy healthy student succeeding at the University of Maryland - with occasional headaches.  She has not missed any school this year.  We are extremely grateful for Linnea's gentle care of our daughter. God Bless You Linnea!!! GP and LP, Parents
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When my 12-year old's doctor suggested acupuncture to help treat her anxiety and related stomach pain, I was skeptical at first.  However, the experience was incredibly positive and very helpful.  Not only were her symptoms alleviated, but the treatments themselves were both relaxing and restorative.  Linnea's manner with my daughter was warm and caring and she also imparted wonderful messages about the importance of caring for yourself and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.  I would highly recommend Linnea to any parent seeking a way to help relieve their child's stress related conditions. KN, Mother
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My son has a history of migraine headaches.  In the middle of 8th grade, the migraines had become so frequent that he was waking up with them every day and unable to go to school, despite being on a daily migraine preventive prescription medication.  He was also withdrawn, depressed, having anxiety and stomach problems.  On the recommendation of his pediatrician, we sought the help of Linnea Smith-Varner for acupuncture treatment.  The results were at first subtle, but as time went on my son began to feel better.   He was able to start making the connection between the anxiety he was feeling and his physical symptoms.  Now, one year later, he is in his first year of high school and is thriving.  The frequency of his migraines has decreased significantly and his school attendance has improved.  The most noticeably difference though is that he is happy, enjoying school and having fun with friends and family.    The acupuncture treatments have had a significant impact on his ability to relieve stress, let go of anxiety and relax.  Also, Mrs. Smith-Varner’s compassion, kindness and calmness greatly contributed to my son being able to open up and talk about some of the difficulties he was having.   He is like a different person one year later.  I would highly recommend acupuncture treatment to anyone having migraines or anxiety. AB, Parent
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I first had acupuncture when I was about 7 for a sore throat. With only one needle in my arm, by afternoon my sore throat was gone. I used to be scared by the needles but now I feel quite confident it won't hurt. Now I go for any pains or if anything is troubling me to help it heal. I'm 10 and I love it! GH, Patient
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Acupuncture has always helped me to learn how to be kind to myself when going through difficult times. Acupuncture, along with Linnea's warm encouragement and insight, has always given me strength to get through periods of depression and anxiety. I have learned that acupuncture treatments are more than just about "fixing" symptoms but restoring balance at the root of the problem and understanding yourself better. I always look forward to the relaxing experience and the positive energy that I feel during my treatments at East West Healing Arts. MH, Patient
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I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to be treated by Linnea Smith Varner. Acupuncture saved my life. I was extremely ill for over a year and a half. After seeing multiple specialists and going through countless tests, western medicine could not help me. I was at the point of giving up all hope of ever regaining my health, when Linnea was recommended to me. I was shocked at the positive results I got from the treatments, both physically and mentally. I truly believe that if it were not for her and the miraculous healing power of acupuncture, I would not be here today. I have been under her care for three years now, and I am healthy, happy and so very grateful. MG, Patient
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As a music teacher and classical singer, I was devastated when I began having voice problems. Five doctors (including two otolaryngologists and voice specialists) could find no physical reasons for my inability to produce musical sounds in the middle part of my range. I dropped out of two singing groups and was ready to completely give up singing. Talk about depressed! Then during my monthly acupuncture session with Linnea, I complained of shoulder and neck pain; she treated the affected area. When I returned to my car, I tested my voice (something I did after every session…just in case!). Only this time, after a year filled with frustration and misery, I could sing! It wasn’t perfect, but each day my voice grew stronger. We have continued these monthly treatments and I am singing better than I have in my entire life! Thank you Linnea for putting the joy of singing back into my life!  LR, Patient.

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