- East West Health Center1216 13th Ave. W
Bradenton, FL 34205941-448-0565
I had been treated with acupuncture about 25 years ago in the Boston area. I live in Florida now, and in February of 2017, I was very stressed and my fibro myalgia was causing constant pain. I thought it was time for treatment again. After acupuncture treatment with Martha Pelletier at the East West Health Center, I can happily say I am so much better now. The stress is gone…which really helps the fibro. I do not wake up in... Read more »
I have known Martha of the East/West Heath Center for five years. From the very beginning, she worked to get to know how best to naturally correct that out-of-sorts feeling I call being “all crooked.” She listens to you and literally pinpoints the problem areas. I leave with an overwhelming sense of wellness. You can, too.
If ever you find the issues of the world bogging you down, try an hour with the folks at East/West. Consider it a gift... Read more »
I called Martha because I was not satisfied with the acupuncturist I was seeing. She fit me in right away and I was immediately impressed by her knowledge and her blending of new technology with traditional treatment. In addition, she advises me on handling stress and even got me a birthday card! Her treatment has kept my disc pain well under control and I always feel better when I leave her office both physically and emotionally. She is an exceptional... Read more »
I was tired of the doctors prescribing pills and more pills with no options, so I decided to seek out acupuncture to see if I would receive any benefit at all.
I had been experiencing digestive issues.
After the very first treatment, I had a profound positive reaction. I no longer had pain, nausea and overall lethargy. The benefits of the acupuncture were amazing and I especially liked that no drugs were involved. Martha is patient, taking her time to really get to the... Read more »
“My Ship Finally Came In— But I Fell Off Of It!”
Someday that will be the name of my book; it is so true & part of my life. 4 ½ years ago, I was cooking on an ocean-going tug & barge for a crew of 7-15 men. One morning while climbing down the side of the barge, my footing slipped. I fell almost 30 feet and was impaled on the handrail of the tug, causing 7 or 8 ribs... Read more »
I want to thank you for the relaxation. With owning a new club, relaxation has been a very difficult thing for me to do. I need to find that peace that will sustain me through difficult days. I greatly appreciate your support! A big Hug!
I suffered a second trimester miscarriage in my first pregnancy. After extensive testing, my doctor could offer me no explanations as to why it had happened or what I could do to prevent a reoccurrence. After 4 months of trying to conceive without any success, I turned to eastern medicine for fertility. I was hoping that acupuncture could help me to conceive a baby and carry it to term. I set up a consultation with Martha. I felt very comfortable... Read more »
When I called the East West Health Center, my husband and I had been trying to conceive for more than one year. At age 36 I was considered of “advanced maternal age” and had spent the previous six months visiting reproductive specialists and on Clomid. My husband and I had exhausted many of the treatments available to us and were beginning to consider assisted reproduction options. After the first conversation with Ms. Kokajko, I could tell that she was not... Read more »
On March 9th 2006, I had a heart attack. For a few weeks before and after the event I was sleeping in 2½ hour increments. I told Martha about the problem and she treated me with acupuncture. That day for the first time in ages I felt normal, grounded and centered; that night I slept nine hours. I awoke totally refreshed and a well being.
Thank you Martha!
You have helped my body, sick and slowly disintegrating back to the road of homeostasis and I am so grateful. You are a very caring person-what a breath of fresh air. People like you are a rarity and you are VERY APPRECIATED!!
June 6, 2004
Everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss, without falling victim to the latest gimmicks. With so many different opinions about how to lose weight, it can be difficult to tell what will really work.
Fortunately there is a technique for weight loss that has been tested for centuries: acupuncture.
This technique is safe, sound and reliable. And, even more exciting, using acupuncture for weight loss helps you lose weight in several different ways. continue reading
A fine meal at a good restaurant has many details. It uses fresh ingredients and interesting recipes. There is a variety of foods and the presentation is pleasing.
When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it.
But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods.
You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely.
But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems.
Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations.
Sometimes just changing the food a little bit can make your child dig in.
The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means—parties.
Parties at work, parties at church, parties at school, fundraiser parties, caroling parties, Secret Santa parties…
It’s the season of so many parties that we long for a weekend night with nothing scheduled.
All the parties can lead to excess, but the biggest party of the season, New Year’s Eve, can be the topper. Many people drink so much that it can take days to feel healthy again. And even if you don’t drink to drunkenness, your extra alcohol intake in the month of December can take its toll.
I think it’s great to celebrate and enjoy the company of your loved ones, but I don’t want to see you sick. Find out how to not drink (or at least drink less) this party season. continue reading
Thanksgiving is a great meal. Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season–
…and to overeat.
All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich. When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable. We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold. We put on weight and feel lethargic.
I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your Thanksgiving meal. Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun.
Instead I suggest you just make small choices. Pick one food instead of the other. Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. continue reading
That is a good start.
TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi, or life force, affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases or its quality changes, your health is affected. The most common way to manage the flow of Qi is with acupuncture needles.
But TCM is much more than needles.
In the second part of our two-part series “More than Needles,” you will learn three ways to keep yourself healthy using Traditional Chinese Medicine principles at home. By using these techniques in your daily life, you will be in charge of your health. continue reading
How much do you really know about controlling your migraines?
New research suggests you may not know as much as you think.
According to Timothy T. Houle, Ph.D and co-author Dana P. Turner, M.S.P.H., both of the Wake Forest Baptist anesthesiology department, migraine sufferers make inaccurate conclusions about what triggers their migraines. Houle and Turner conducted a 3-month study of 9 women who suffered from migraines. They tracked the women’s hormone levels, their stress levels and the weather. The women kept daily diaries. At the end of the study, the scientists could not accurately predict which triggers would cause a migraine.
Their conclusion—most people can’t isolate the many complex variables in everyday life to accurately determine their migraine triggers.
So what can you do? Can you start eating anything you want? Do you give up managing your migraines?
Healthy eating tips for the summer are a little tricky.
Since the weather is warm, you need light, cooling foods. Juicy peaches, sweet watermelons, tomatoes hot off the vine… The right foods are easy to find. One trip through your garden or a walk through a farmer’s market and you’ll have the perfect summer meal.
But since you’re outside exercising and working in the garden, you build up an appetite. You work hard and play hard. You crave calories to keep the fire burning. Are cucumbers the first food you reach for after rototilling the garden? Probably not.
Unfortunately, many times craving calories trumps craving fresh food. You satisfy your appetite with a meal of tortilla chips and soda. Or brats and beer. Or hamburgers and ice cream.
And afterward you feel full, bloated and hot.
Fortunately there is a solution. It is possible to eat well, have energy and avoid feeling bloated.
The trick is in the timing.
With an easy tweak to your natural summer diet, you’ll feel fantastic. continue reading
Spring is a happy time. Bunnies hop about. Flowers emerge in long forgotten corners of your garden. The birds return and sing so loudly they wake you in the morning.
This is not a time to be angry.
But according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, being angry is exactly what you can expect if you don’t balance your wood element.
In TCM, spring is represented by the element wood. Wood represents birth and newness, the time for fresh ideas and new starts. Unsurprisingly, its color is green like the fresh growth of spring.
Wood governs your spine, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A wood imbalance can lead to spinal problems, poor flexibility or arthritis. Wood also governs your eyes.
But most important for your mood, wood governs your liver. Read More…
Pie. Cookies. Chocolate. Eggnog. Champagne.
The holiday season is filled with good foods. You eat and drink with your friends and loved ones to celebrate how much you care about them.
But we all know that too much of a good thing is no longer good. Too many rich foods can lead to extra pounds, digestion upsets, mood swings and a generally “yucky” feeling.
It’s all about balance.
Good, healthy holiday eating can make the difference between an enjoyable holiday season and a miserable one. The trick is to enjoy treats without overdoing them. Make a healthy holiday eating strategy and plan to enjoy the holiday celebrations without feeling bad the next day.