Digestive Treatment

My name is Vera Moshkevich. I visited Root and Branch for the free 15-min consultation with you on July 2 2009. My concern was with the multiple problems with digestion. You listened to me, checked the pulse and tongue, and gave me advice of the Agni Sara breath, staying off of dairy and too much of raw vegetables. For the past two weeks, I diligently adhered to this routine. The result is amazing! – I do not experience any problems I complained about during my visit. I have simply forgotten about the issue; no symptoms, no discomfort – none. I have to knock on wood here. I can hardly believe that only two weeks ago I was not looking forward to any meal for the fear of the symptoms appearing right after.

I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for such an effective and prompt help ( & FREE in the 15 min in office consultation) in resolving the digestive condition I was suffering from for years; also to let you know that being a yoga teacher I brought my students’ attention to the fact of the Agni Sara breath cycle and let them know about the existence of the Root and Branch practice and my incredible experience there.

With a deep appreciation and best wishes!

-Vera Moshkevich

I was referred to Geoffrey DePaula at Root and Branch Oriental Medicine by The Mind Body Institute In Brookline, Ma. I was hopeful to become more balanced with my digestion and menstrual cycle which changed dramatically while participating in a 6 month long hike along the Appalachian Trail. I hadn’t tried acupuncture previously but was extremely open to healing naturally and peacefully. I received acupuncture once a week for approximately one year. I committed to this process because Geoffrey came highly recommended and I was ready to invest in my health and make significant improvements. I began feeling changes in my body immediately through acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs. Not only did my body heal but I learned an infinite amount of information about Chinese Medicine which has always intrigued me. Im a huge proponent of acupuncture and Chinese herbs and constantly recommend this treatment to friends, family members and clients who are stuck in their health. I also believe that healing takes time and it’s a natural, slow process.

When I first came to Root and Branch I was practicing Interior Design and still continue to consult with clients. I most recently graduated from a program which I received a certification in health counseling. I’m hopeful that my experience of acupuncture and learning about more holistic ways of eating will help future clients. I thank Geoffrey and Eileen for establishing a wonderful business and and have always appreciated their expertise, professionalism and passion for their careers.


I contacted Eileen and Geoff because I was dealing with stress-related symptoms such as high blood pressure, sleeplessness, exhaustion, weight gain, hot flashes and mood swings. After evaluating my medical history and examining me, Dr Geoff DePaula felt I was suffering from candidiasis, which is an imbalance of yeast in my system as a result of taking too many antibiotics, birth control pills, and prednisone to combat allergies. He suggested I read the “Body Ecology Diet” written by Donna Gates to help people with digestive problems, those who are overweight, have candidiasis, or who want to improve their immulogical system. Although I was reluctant to go on this diet as it seemed so restrictive, I decided I would give it a try.

My program began as follows: Dr. DePaula gave me weekly acupuncture treatments, prescribed Chinese herbs, educated me on the value of meditation and yoga nidra (yogic “sleep”), and suggested I do moxa treatments at home while simultaneously (and very importantly) changing what I eat. He also suggested I buy organic meat from a local farmer, and when ready, buy raw milk from a local dairy, which I will do when my system has healed somewhat.

The results have been amazing! Not only do I feel better, but I lost 15 lbs!, have more energy, am sleeping better, have fewer mood swings, am meditating daily, and managing stress much more efficiently. My sugar cravings have decreased, which means I am much less likely to end up with diabetes and heart disease, which runs on both sides of my family. It has only been about six weeks since I started the treatments, but I began seeing results in the first or second week.

I am turning 50 years old this year, but am much more optimistic about slowing down the aging process, improving my relationships, and living a much happier lifestyle.

I would highly recommend Eileen and Geoff to anyone suffering from any kind of physical or emotional problem because they take a very comprehensive approach to their patients’ conditions. No other professional in the health care industry looks at the connection of physical and emotional ailments, nor do they have correlated solutions to heal current symptoms and prevent the onslaught of new diseases. When I first met with Dr. DePaula, I was on a sabbatical from a position in the high-tech field, which was often a highly stressful position. Although I was not able to retire from working forever, I am much more knowledgeable in areas of health, nutrition and relaxation so now that I am back to work, I feel much more in control of my life. I have since brought my children to some of the Root and Branch workshops / treatments. It has truly been a life-changing experience!


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