“I turned to acupuncture on the suggestion of The Chicago Women’s Health Center, who had been treating me for chronic yeast infections. After taking antibiotics for a case of bacterial vaginosis, I began getting yeast infections approximately every 6 weeks. I would go to doctors who would treat the yeast infections with medication. The infections would go away only to return a few weeks later. I also during this period starting getting cytolitic vaginitis, which is an overgrowth of the “good” bacteria in the vagina– so essentially my body had completely lost its ability to regulate its balance of healthy and non-healthy bacteria, swinging back and forth between too much and too little. Obviously, this experience, which lasted for nearly a year beginning with the bacterial vaginosis, was totally horrible. I was always itchy. It started interfering with my sex life and my relationship with my partner. I became self-conscious about my body during sex. I remember crying on numerous occasions about the cycle I was in, so frustrated that the medicine that doctors gave me seemed only to perpetuate the problem. Traditional Chinese medicine was the only thing that I could find that solved my problem. I had a raging yeast infection on the day of my first treatment with Ginger, and Ginger’s treatments cleared up that infection and I have been without a yeast infection or any other vaginal infection for the 7 months since. With her acupuncture, herbs, and alterations in my diet, Ginger has led me out of the nightmare I was in. I was truly skeptical about T.C.M. before this experience, but I am completely convinced. Not only did her treatment solve my yeast problem, my overall health has improved significantly since I started seeing her. I have an immune deficiency, and as such have fallen ill with every cold and flu in sight all my life. I got one cold this entire season! Truly unprecedented for me, someone who is used to ending up at the doctor’s office at least once a year with a serious illness. She has also helped with other problems as they have arisen, such as anxiety, sleep problems, coldness, and digestion. And, she is such a pleasure to spend time with and to know: always cheerful, extremely committed to my treatment and concerned about my well-being, easy to contact and attentive, patient and a good communicator, understanding and kind–every attribute a person could hope for in a care-giver, and, dare I say, a friend. I heartily recommend Ginger to anyone seeking compassionate, effective, and holistic healing for their ailments.”
I have worked with many health care providers over the course of my life and cannot speak highly enough of Ginger Weinzierl. She is a thoughtful and compassionate care provider whose warm demeanor and lightheartedness put me immediately at ease; she is kind and curious–a generous and careful listener. Ginger gently nudges me toward health, recognizing that the pursuit of well-being is a collaborative endeavor that cannot be rushed or forced; she skillfully facilitates the changes I wish to see in my life and in my health. She has a very gentle and powerful needle technique, and responds with great sensitivity to any & all feedback. I always leave her office feeling calm and energized.
I originally came to acupuncture some years ago to wean myself from anti-depressants; while they helped me to continue functioning at a time of great stress, I knew that I needed to be able to access my feelings from a place of clarity & awareness if I wished to resolve the underlying issues that created my depression in the first place. I saw a number of clinical interns at PCOM over the course of two years, uncovering my emotions around some old experiences and learning to perceive my bodymind in a different way than I ever had before. I learned a new language for describing symptoms & sensations, and began breaking down some of my own barriers to wellness.
Fast forward three years: I am now a first term student of acupuncture myself, and have been coming for weekly treatments with Ginger to help resolve persistent digestive problems & sleep difficulty. In the few short weeks I’ve been seeing her, I have experienced subtle but profound change. My digestion is regulating, I greet the day well rested, and I feel a deep, pervasive calm that has been conspicuously absent for a great, long while. I finally feel that I am reaching, with Ginger’s help, the resolution of those old patterns I’ve been fighting for years. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone seeking to improve their own health
~ Melea Britt Alexander
In January of 2011, I arrived for my first acupuncture appointment at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. I thought I would address relief of some stress, when the focus shifted to my depression and obesity struggles.
Over the past 4 years I had gained almost 70 pounds. The weight gain caused me to be critical of myself and many other negative mindsets. I often struggled with falling asleep and consequently found having energy the next day at work was becoming increasingly difficult. I had tried nearly every known diet, sometimes with success, but never with hoped for longevity.
When I met Ginger, she immediately made me feel hopeful that I could accomplish my goal for optimal health. With my acupuncture treatments, Ginger has helped me feel rested and full of energy. She has taught me Eastern ways of eating to help my digestion work more efficiently. With each weekly visit Ginger’s questions would carefully guide which treatment would best serve my needs. Sometimes it would address my physical well-being and at other times my emotional health. I truly appreciate all of the time she has taken to get to know me as her patient. Also, her caring has been demonstrated by follow up contact between treatments to be sure I am on track and feeling well.
Another aspect of working with Ginger is the Chinese herb formulas she designs for me personally. She takes the time for creating an appropriate formula each week to support my acupuncture treatments, and the goals I have for optimum health.
During this time, I have successfully quit smoking and have lost 20 pounds. I continue to work towards my goals! I look forward to my time with Ginger and the work we will continue to do together.
Two years ago I experienced an unexpected end to a relationship that caused me to suffer from depression. I found myself without appetite to eat, lack of desire to interact with family and friends and lack of motivation to perform every day activities. Not only was my mental health affected, but I saw my physical health decline once I found it difficult to eat and was loosing weight.
I knew that I needed to do something, otherwise I was going to “loose” myself. I have never been one for taking medications, but due to what I thought was a significant state of sadness and depression, I contemplated anti-depressants. Fortunately, I met Ginger and found another avenue of treatment with acupuncture and herbs that has worked wonders and has kept me on the right path without medications!
Ginger intently listened to me as I divulged some of the personal details of my experience that had brought me to such a low. She expressed great concern and stated that she could most definitely help me and that I not take anti-depressants. Due to Ginger’s passion and strong belief in the power of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I felt I could put my life in to her hands and trust that she could pull me out of this hole.
Shortly after we spoke, Ginger was able to get me in for an acupuncture session. After this session, I felt a better sense of calmness and peace and was actually slightly hungry! The next day, albeit small, I was eating, 3 meals!! I was amazed! Over the course of the next few months, Ginger treated me and was able to pull me out of my depression and guide me towards alternative options for better mental and physical health!
If it weren’t for Ginger’s great passion and strong belief in acupuncture and her genuine care for people and their overall health, I would not be where I am today – happy, healthy and back to “normal”. I truly believe acupuncture is for everyone and I know that Ginger is the acupuncturist that takes to heart your need to be well again and not only puts you that on that path, but guides and supports you as if you are her family member or close friend!
I had been struggling with constipation for about 6 years and had tried EVERYTHING! I never wanted to take or rely on laxatives so I tried almost every fiber supplement under the sun, prunes, teas, and more. Sometimes my symptoms would dissipate for a little while, but my constipation would always come back in a few days. It is a truly miserable feeling.
I had always heard that acupuncture is a cure for just about anything and had always thought about giving it a try. However, it always seemed to be a financial stretch. Then a colleague of mine told me she went to the Pacific College for treatment and always found an intern whom she loved. I figured I’d finally give it a try.
I went to my first session and tried getting another appointment with that intern (who was also good), but couldn’t, and I’m so glad it didn’t work out because the next appointment was with Ginger. I IMMEDIATELY felt comfortable in her presence. She has such a positive energy about her (I know it may sound cheesy, but it’s true!). Along with my constipation, my hands and feet are always cold and from that first appointment with Ginger, not only was she focused on my constipation, but she always made sure my hands/feet were warm – with a heat lamp in the room every single time I arrived! Ginger is one of the most personable people I have ever met – she knew I could get a little jumpy when putting in the needles (no need to be jumpy, but it’s just my nature), but she always made me feel comfortable and at ease – it truly shows that Ginger genuinely cares about my well-being, health, and life.
So, I am no longer constipated (I still can’t believe it!)! I always looked forward to my treatments with Ginger as it not only became a session of acupuncturist/patient, but a session of letting go and seeing a friend. I will miss my sessions with Ginger and know that anyone who goes to her, will feel the same way!