Low Back Pain
I have been dealing with inflammatory issues in my body for over seven years and it was contributing to all kinds of health issues including pain and discomfort from arthritis, restless leg syndrome and sciatica.
Western medicine jerked me around for five years and accomplishing nothing. However, in a matter of four months under Mark’s care, my pain level went from a six to a two and my energy level went from a low of about five to an eight (on a scale of 1-10).
My mind is more clear and focused and the swelling/inflammation is less frequent. I haven’t felt this good in two years and plan to continue working with Mark as long as I can.
Mark, I just want to thank you – since I’ve started my visits with you, I feel like a completely different person which is a good thing. I came to you because I was exhausted, achy and completely out of sorts. After three visits, I have more energy, I’m completely relaxed and I also lost weight without even trying. I have not felt this good in years.
I also shot the best golf game since I’ve started playing 12 years ago – I will be taking you on tour with me. Thank you again and I look forward to our next visit.
Really. Mark, what you did was amazing!
Your treatment was more effective than anything anyone suggested/did to me or gave me in pill form since last Monday. Don’t know why I didn’t come see you first. (Glad I finally came to my senses though.)
Neck & Back pain. Chronic cough.
Mark is a caring and tenacious practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. I have often thought that it would be great if some of the “western” doctors I have dealt with had the tenacity and drive to help that Mark has. You know he is on your side and will not stop until you are feeling much better.
Additionally, he is able to address long term issues (in my case, back and neck stiffness) and completely alleviate them – I feel better than I have in many years.
I HIGHLY recommend Mark.
I have been seeing Mark every week for over several years now for acupuncture treatments, during my time with Mark, the symptoms from the Rheumatoid Arthritis I’ve had for over twenty years have diminished greatly.
The changes I’ve seen within myself have been nothing short of amazing, my pain levels are very low compared to years ago, my mood has improved leaving me feeling less stressed and more peaceful, my energy levels have increased significantly as well.
Mark feels that the body is responsible for healing itself, and that he and I together are working towards accomplishing the same goal, which is to keep R.A. at bay, and maintain the level of success I’ve had thus far.
Depression, General Pain, Asthma.
I have been a patient and student of Mark’s for the last 6 years and I highly, highly recommend his wise and expert technique. I write “student’ as Mark Gutkin is supremely knowledgeable in all things relating to Eastern/Chinese nutrition, health, wound care and of course herbal remedies. He has given me books to read, poultices that our family has used on ligament and bone injuries and we frequently have discussions before and after treatment that have given me an in-depth understanding of natural ways to heal my body (and that of our family).
I call his needles “magic”! He is my go-to therapist for everything: Bone and muscle aches and injuries; asthma issues; hormonal issues; depression and mental health issues. Over the years i have ascertained that Mark’s “magic needles’ can resolve all issues that deal with the above.
Thank you and bless you Mark for being …you!
It is with my deepest gratitude that I write. It was on a freezing day last January when I arrived in such poor condition at your door. The warmth of your hand and in your eyes was a perfect welcome. I was in such a depressed state and you quickly diagnosed how much of a toll my body and spirit had taken from recent tragic events. I was in deep emotional pain, so sad and angry over the loss of my spouse and two family members. I was getting lost and becoming despondent and you helped rescue me. You were honest when we had to have difficult conversations and I always knew your intention was pure. Even when I felt you were pushing me too hard, you made me comfortable enough to share my feelings and you respected my wishes.
Your high intellect allows you to diagnose quickly and your recall is incredible. You offer so many helpful suggestions about diet or better ways of treating the body, mind and soul. It was a blessing for me to have found you and, I am feeling so much better physically and emotionally because of your excellent care. My anger has passed, my emotions are less erratic and I am in a much better place for having met you. You are a great healer and friend and I will be forever grateful.
As you know I have already made multiple referrals and you have helped many of my friends and I will continue to sing your praise.
With my most heartfelt appreciation.
General Anxiety Disorder
Mark is a dedicated and devoted practitioner. I initially went to see him for a myriad of disruptive symptoms leading my m.d. to suggest I go on medication for hypothyroidism. A combination of his treatments, along with what feels like an endless supply of useful lifestyle information (from breathing techniques to dietary suggestions) has made me feel like I’m back in my real body again (without introducing any new medications!) With 2 toddlers at home I was desperate to feel like myself again and I remain very grateful that I found him. Can’t recommend highly enough
I consider myself open to new ideas, but also a bit of a skeptic. So when Mark Gutkin first felt my pulses and examined my tongue I thought, ‘OK this is hokey.’
Little did I know!
With such a seemingly simple exam Mark created a schematic of how to treat ME. With confidence, professionalism and precision he began his work. Within minutes after he finished placing the needles and stepped out of the room I was transported to a blissful state of being.
Since working with Mark my ability to cope with a high stress career and young family has become a success. My desires have been better realized and I’ve been more confident in reaching my full potential.
Mark’s practice is more than just lying down and being “stuck with needles.” He is a true Urban Medicine Man and Healer.
Knee pain, GI
Mark is kind and compassionate as well as careful and meticulous. He answers every question thoroughly and listens carefully to what I have to say. He has the keen ability to restore balance and stimulate the body to heal itself.
Without a doubt…, Dr. Mark has been truly a blessing. I left the hospital on New Year’s Eve with a cat scan, a bag of pain meds, and not a clue of what to do to stop the pain. For the last several weeks I look forward to twice a week treatments of acupuncture and counseling…some of his recommendations I have heard from my mom…sit up straight, don’t eat that and exercise. But the difference is…after every treatment, I feel relief, improvement, hope and appreciation. God bless you Dr. Mark.
Stress, Post-op pain, Hormonal
Thank you Mark! Acupuncture is an amazing alternative to traditional medicine. I have seen Mark for stress relief, surgery pain management, and moderating body temperature along with other things. I always, always call him as opposed to a traditional doctor (which I am not opposed to but I think there is a careful balance to be achieved). Acupuncture has changed my life!
Not incidentally, today marks the end of week two of solid and refreshing sleep. My energy levels have been restored. My daughter said on Saturday, “I’ve got my Dad back!” I am sincerely grateful to you.
Stress and anxiety
I went to Mark to see if he could help with the stress and anxiety I was feeling. I have never been to an acupuncturist and was, quite frankly, a little skeptical. I also don’t love needles. He calmly assured me that they wouldn’t hurt, and he was right. The first half of the treatment I didn’t feel much, then he came back in, shifted a few things and I was overcome with an immediate sense of clarity, awareness and general sense of invigoration. I felt surprised because I wasn’t expecting to feel anything. We spoke about it after the treatment ended and he gently explained that this is the energy being shifted. I have felt calmer and less anxious and am looking forward to another visit.
Acute Low Back Pain
When I threw out my lower back, Mark came to my home to treat me. It was far more than your average acupuncture treatment. He diagnosed what got me there, advised me on healing and preventative habits including diet changes and more. He made time to treat me outside of regular business hours for an additional 2 sessions after which I was back to 100%. I’m a big fan, and now, a loyal customer.
Mark is compassionate, gentle, friendly, professional, intuitive and expert in his care of people as a whole being. He will not simply treat a symptom but support the entire system to improve well being.
Muscle Cramps/ Charlie horse
Mark, it is that time of year when many of us reflect on our blessings and with the size of my wonderful family I have many. But when reflecting on my daughter yesterday I could not help but remember a conversation I had with you at her house several years ago.
I had suffered with cramps for years and originally my physician prescribed quinine. But it came to a point where I dreaded going to bed for I knew I would spend the better part of the night standing by the bed trying desperately (and painfully) to “stretch” the cramps away.
We were at a party when I met you and I did not feel comfortable in that venue sharing the depth of my despair. You matter of factly asked that I email you a list of the prescriptions and suggested a dosage [of another remedy]. Within 24 hours my cramps were (and remain) gone!
Bottom line, Mark, I realize now that you literally saved my life! A person can only go so many days substituting sustaining sleep for horrific pain and little to no serious sleep at all.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help.