Migraines and chronic daily headaches had taken complete control of my life. I could not work, and even the simplest of activities had become extremely difficult. The anxiety that plagued me as a result of the stress of feeling miserable all the time became incapacitating. I had been to various doctors including a neurologist and had been prescribed a variety of prescription drugs–all of which did little to help me and had multiple undesirable side effects. Out of desperation I decided to try acupuncture. I have been Polina Bowler’s patient for two months now and the results have been very positive. My chronic daily headaches are virtually non-existent and my migraines have lessened both in intensity and frequency. Acupuncture has helped me tremendously. I am able to start participating in my life again without fear that every action will cause a migraine. Polina Bowler is both professional and sympathetic. She treats not only the specific issue but the WHOLE PERSON. Her acupuncture treatments bring the body and mind back into balance.
–Erika, Los Angeles
I have been seeing Polina for several months for various problems. She has always delivered a positive result, but the most dramatic improvement I’ve had so far occurred this past week. I had pinched a nerve in my neck and was in excruciating pain. The injury was so severe that I began to experience flu-like symptoms and depression. Out of complete desperation, I began taking muscle relaxers and vicodin but even these strong prescriptions were not helping. Finally, I got the energy to drive to Polina’s office, and a MIRACLE happened!!! Only a few minutes after the treatment began, so much tension and trapped energy released itself, and, when the session was done, I could suddenly move my neck and 75% of the pain had disappeared!!! I couldn’t believe it! I like to say that Polina performed a miracle, but I know my improvement was due to her skill and expertise. I am very fortunate to have found her treatment and would recommend her to absolutely anyone!
–Dalia, Los Angeles
My experiences with Dr. Bowler have been overwhelmingly positive. I first came to see her after a serious lower back injury. Since I had never had acupuncture before, I had some reservations about the “needling” process, but was immediately reassured by her calm and professional manner. The office was peaceful & relaxing, the needles were applied with a very gentle touch, & my injury was treated and cured within 2 sessions. I then came to see Dr. Bowler when I was having trouble conceiving (I was in my mid-30s, had had miscarriages, and thought perhaps I wouldn’t be able to carry a child to term). She carefully reviewed my health history and then prescribed a course of vitamins, herbs – specifically combined for me – and acupuncture. I am happy to say that I have since given birth to a beautiful, abundantly healthy little boy. I can’t thank her enough! Pros: Highly skilled, Honest, Caring.
- Megan, Los Angeles
Polina is incredible. When I was 8 months pregnant I was rear ended by a car going over 60 miles per hour (and I was stopped). They had to induce my labor to get the baby out and my head, neck and knee were bad but my back was awful. When my improvement from the chiropractor plateaued and my doctors were considering back surgery I begged them if there was anything else I could try and they said acupuncture. I thought they were crazy. I never thought I’d be trying acupuncture. I was always terrified of needles but I heard from friends that you never really fully recover from back surgery and in comparison to having surgeons cut open my back and dig in, acupuncture looked great. Who knew, within about 4 weeks of going 3 times a week I could feel an improvement. I definitely do not need back surgery anymore and at about 9 weeks in I am continuing to improve. Polina is great. She has a bunch of other techniques like cupping that work really well too. I highly recommend her and the needles aren’t bad at all. You do feel them go in, but it’s not like getting a shot at the doctor’s office. They are really really thin, so thin that the needles bend when you touch them. It’s like a hair. All acupuncture is not created equal. I tried one in Beverly Hills for about 2 weeks where I did not feel the needles go in at all, but I also never saw results
- Jeya, Los Angeles
Polina Bowler is a miracle worker. I have suffered from migraine headaches for years. I have tried several medications. The headaches were for 2-4 days each month. They were so debilitating that I would usually miss work and stay in bed for a couple of days. I also have always suffered from severe menstrual cramps.I have been going to Polina for 4 months. I found my migraines and my cramps got a bit better each month. This month was phenomenal. I only had mild cramps and a dull headache. Polina’s knowledge combined with her compassion and soothing personality has made the acupuncture experience a joy. I look forward to seeing her each time. I will forever be indebted to Polina for helping me so much.
- Bridgett, Los Angeles
I first started receiving treatment from Polina Bowler in 2001 after a major car accident. While my bones had healed quickly, I was still plagued by a residual numbness in my left foot. Each night I’d feel a worrisome “pins and needles “ sensation that made sleeping difficult. Chiropractic visits weren’t helping and I didn’t know what else to do. Upon the suggestion of a family member, I sought out an acupuncturist.
I put my trust in Polina’s wisdom. I saw her once a week and took the Chinese herbs she prescribed. The turnaround on my foot problems was amazing. Within six weeks my symptoms were gone and I was feeling back to normal.
Since that time, Polina has helped me with a long list of ailments: stomachaches digestion problems, anxiety and muscle tension. I even come to her for advice for on how to placate my sugar cravings or drop 5 or ten pounds. The results speak for themselves. Polina’s soothing presence and vast knowledge make her a confident and true healer. Lying on the table for a treatment, with the smell of incense in the air and the candlelight dancing on the wall, I feel I am truly in a space where East meets West.
- Mara S., Los Angeles