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M. G. S.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is an incurable genetic disease which runs in our family and has already robbed my cousin and my brother of their vision.  I myself developed the proverbial black hole in my one (dry) eye a year ago, wondering every morning if my remaining (wet) eye would still function that day.  Dr. Vadim Dekhtiar’s acupuncture treatment for AMD was my last hope to postpone the inevitable.  I have had good success with acupuncture in the past and was already aware of experimental AMD treatments which, of course, require very special training and expertise. Coming to this area, I heard of Dr. Vadim’s reputation and was sure that he would not want to compromise it by offering questionable interventions.  The treatment I got was a very intensive course lasting about a month, to be repeated periodically in the future.  For me, having no idea what my response was going to be, it was a tremendous investment physically, financially and emotionally, but about halfway into it, I was beginning to notice a slight overall improvement and was anxious to follow up on it during the next appointment with my retinal specialist.  And indeed, the exam confirmed that my condition was stable, not requiring injections, and showing a slight improvement in vision.  If I had known a year ago, perhaps the formation of the black hole could have been delayed! 

Thank you, Dr. Vadim, and I will be seeing you again for the next installment.

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Magdalena Dudek RN, BSN

Operating Room Staff Educator


For someone that has suffered from migraine headaches for most of my life, acupuncture has been very beneficial. I was very skeptical about trying it but after many years of different pharmaceutical therapies without major relief I have decided to give it a go. It was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Dr Dekhtyar  treats your whole body and not just a specific ailment. He helped me develop a much healthier eating habits and how to manage my stress levels. He is very compassionate and genuinely cares about the wellbeing of his patients. It feels.  If you’re on the fence about trying acupuncture, think no further and just give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Boris P.

Age-related Macular Degeneration

The problems with my vision started 15 years ago when I was first diagnosed with Open-Angle Glaucoma. About 5 years ago my vision dropped dramatically. It when my doctor told me that I developed Age-related Macular Degeneration. I was given a course of injections directly to my eyes, but it didn’t help. My vision continued to deteriorate, especially my right eye. I couldn’t read and even drive my car. I started looking for an alternative treatment and found Dr. Dekhtyar at Life Balance Clinic. After my first acupuncture course I noticed that began seeing better. I have less “dead” zones on my right eye. It is still not perfect, but it is a big difference from how it was before Acunova treatment started. My Retina Doctor skipped doing shots in both eyes because he did not see any  blood. And my eye pressure now is normal: OD 13, OS 10. Thank you!

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Jill P. 

Migraine. Anxiety.

I have been seeing Dr. Dekhtyar for a couple of months now, and he has completely transformed my life. I initially came to him for migraine headaches, anxiety, and hip pain, and I am so much better in all these areas and am on lower prescription medications now too. He consults with you each visit, really listens, and combines acupuncture and massage which leave you in a state of bliss afterwards. His treatments are very thorough, his calming manner is soothing, and his fees are very reasonable. As a nurse practitioner myself, I would highly recommend Dr. Dekhtyar as an excellent provider.

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Natalya Puzan 

Macular Degeneration (Wet OS and Dry OD)

Thank you for introducing a new alternative treatment for my eyes. It helped more than the shots I took for my macular degeneration. I am planning to continue this acupuncture treatment. The shots from the retinal doctor I used to go to were done directly in my eyes and still helped less than the acupuncture which wasn't. Thanks so much!

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Joyce McCarthy 

Legs numbness, tingling, pain

I started seeing Dr. Dekhtyar because I had numbness, tingling, burning sensation and pain in my toes, feet and legs which kept me up most of the night. Dr. Dekhtyar has reduced the pain and discomfort in my legs and feet considerably. He starts by getting to the root cause of your problem. He’s very professional and concentrates on helping you lead a healthier lifestyle. He’s focuses on your health issues by informing you as to how important a nutritional diet is the key to leading a more balanced life. I travel a good distance to see him it’s worth it to me. I’m actually sleeping at night and feeling much better. 


Thank you!

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Difficult Glaucoma Case

In doing research on Complimentary treatments for hard to control high eye pressures from glaucoma, I found information about an acupuncture protocol called AcuNova which has been widely used in Europe for the last 20 years. I decided to try it.

There are not many practitioners of AcuNova in the USA, so I was fortunate to find Dr Vadim Dekhtyar at the Life Balance Clinic. I started the treatment protocol which is not painful and there has been some improvement in my condition.

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Michael M. 

Stargardt's disease


Approximately 15 years ago, I noticed an issue with my vision.  For the first several years I did very little to address this issue as I was able to function normally in my day-to-day life.  I then began to notice a slow deterioration in my vision.  It became more difficult to play sports, see far distances and see at night or in dimly lit restaurants.  I then decided to get tested by eye specialists.  After extensive testing, I was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease with two mutations in the ABCA4 gene.  I have been fortunate to have a very slow proregression however I wanted to be proactive and do whatever I could to restore my vision or slow the progression even more.  Since there are no solutions for treating or curing my condition using western medicine, I turned to eastern medicine and found Dr. Dekhtyar. Under Dr. Dekhtyar's acupuncture program, I was treated twice a day, 4 times a week for 2.5 weeks. During my first session, Dr. Dekhtyar tested my vision using various eye charts and color tests. At the end of the program, Dr. Dekhtyar re-tested my vision. I was able to read the eye charts better and I was able to successfully identify shapes in the color tests.  This was very exciting as I was not successful in any of the color tests prior to treatment.  Also, since my treatment I am more comfortable driving at night and have noticed some subtle improvements in my distance vision.  I understand that this is not a cure but it has been very encouraging to see these improvements even if they are temporary. I will continue my treatment bi-annually with Dr. Dekhtyar in hopes of further improving my vision. In the meantime Dr. Dekhtyar has provided me with suggestions on diet and exercise designed to help with my eye and overall health.

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Deana Stanton

"Dr. V. Dekhtyar has changed my life! He began treating me for stress related neck and back pain. However, as our treatments evolved, he is now coaching me on stress management as well. I love how Dr. Dekhtyar takes a holistic approach to healing; understanding that finding and addressing the root cause of an issue is often the best method for treatment and prevention.


Also, sometimes I go for my regular treatment and have a cold, or sore throat, or sinus headache and he is able to treat that very successfully as well.


Not only have I learned so much from Dr. Dekhtyar, but he has brought me back to optimal health."

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Rick Bednarz

Retinitis Pigmentosa

I'm a healthy 60 year old male with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). For decades I have done endless research on my eye condition, keeping up on any info that can help myself & my family. As this isn't a cure, it's a treatment that has helped me with my vision. Because of this treatment, I've picked up some peripheral vision that I have lost over the years. Although RP still affects me, Dr Dekhtyar treatments has given me a better life. During my endless research I've learned he is one of a couple doctors that offer this treatment but by far is the most reasonable in cost, and added bonus! I highly recommend using Dr Dekhtyar, hopefully you will also benefit from his work as I have.

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Debra Disbrow

"I have been seeing Dr. Dekhtyar on and off for about a year. I first went to see him for plantar fasciitis which was so painful I pretty much had to stop everything that involved needing to walk. He not only cured that but went on to treat arthritis in my thumbs, pain in my knee, inability to fall asleep and sleep through the night and anxiety. We are currently working on back pain.

Unlike most acupuncturists, he has multiple modalities with which to treat patients which in part explains the "one stop" shopping for care. He is compassionate, has integrity and is genuinely concerned about improving his patients' quality of life. If you have an ailment of any kind, either emotional or physical, I would recommend seeing Dr. Dekhtyar. You will be very happy you did!"

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Marnie Beilin

​"Amazing experience. Extremely knowledgeable and intuitive doctor. He really knows his stuff and is super nice and easy to talk to, he's very helpful beyond what is necessary! I'd recommend him to my best friend!"

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Veerle Roelandts

"I had a very nice experience with Dr Dekhtyar. He’s successfully been treating my lower back pain. I like the fact that he uses acupuncture along with other techniques like electrical impulses, cupping and/or deep tissue massage. He also pursues a wholistic approach, which includes exercises, diet, etc...The whole experience has improved my health and measurably reduced my pain and need for meds."

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Alex Kushnir

"I can recommend this office for all people who believe in alternative medicine."

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“My health became so much better! The pain in my leg that constantly bothered me completely disappeared. I became more patient and calm. One month of treatment is like a real miracle.”

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“The “Life in Balance” program is a unique program that helped me to look at myself from the inside and understand what my body really needs.”

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“This program restored the hope that I could live without pain.”

Sleeping Disoder case, Life Balance Clinic

Kajal Patel

Sleeping Disoder case

I was desperate for solutions for my longstanding sleep problems and after trying out various OTC medications and proper sleep hygiene, I decided to give acupuncture a try. It may take some time to work but if you are consistent with your acupuncture treatments, you will feel the difference. I am very happy with my experience for insomnia treatment with Dr. Dekhtyar's treatments and can't thank him enough for the restful sleep I finally have back.

Menopause case, Life Balance Clinic, Glenview, IL


Menopause case

"I came here desperate for something to help with my hot flashes and night sweats. I had them for eight years. After the acupuncture was completed (and even before), I no longer experienced them. I was hesitant because of the "needles", but found that any initial discomfort went away after a few seconds. I'm grateful and would recommend Dr. Dekhtyar to anyone who suffers from hot flashes."

Rotator Cuff case, Life Balance Clinic, Glenview, IL


Rotator Cuff case

"I came to Doctor Dekhtyar with a torn rotator cuff. I was in a lot of pain and had limited range of motion in my shoulder. I had already tried two months of physical therapy and I had two cortisone shots but I was still in a tremendous amount of pain. I had difficulty sleeping and was becoming depressed from sleep deprivation and chronic pain. Then I met Dr. Dekhtyar. His compassion and kindness gave me hope that I found someone who could help me. He was confident that I would see good results from acupuncture. He was right. I noticed small improvements after a couple of treatments. After 18 treatments I had full movement in my shoulder without pain. I highly recommend Dr. Dekhtyar for pain associated with a torn rotator cuff  and  frozen shoulder."

Headache case, Life Balance Clinic, Glenview, IL

K. S.

Headache case

"My name is K.S. I am 16 years old and I had headaches every day for 3-4 years. I was taking Advil every day to make it hurt less. My mom found Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar who helped a lot. I had acupuncture three times a week and now I don't have headaches like I did before. The acupuncture also helps me with stress and it's a great way for me to just relax. It also doesn't hurt".

Back pain acupuncture clinic, Glenview, IL


Back Pain case

"I have been having back pain for about four years. I have done medication, physical therapy, and have seen a chiropractor, but nothing seemed to relieve my pain until I came here and had acupuncture. My pain being relieved everyday with every visit. On my first visit I was really suspicious if acupuncture worked. I worried it would hurt too much and that it might not help me. Now with experience it is completely worth it. Acupuncture does not hurt, sometimes I don’t even feel the needles. Dr. Dekhtyar is very knowledgeable and experienced in what he does. He can feel where the problems are even without you saying anything. The atmosphere is very calm and comforting which helps a lot. So if you are tired of not being able to relieve any of your symptoms with the other medical means, I then recommend acupuncture. It is truly the best treatment that I have gone through. Its worth everything.

Sincerely grateful."

Quit smoking case, Life balance clinic, Glenveiw, IL


Quit smoking case

"Quitting to smoke is priceless and very easy with Dr. D's help. It is a pleasure too. Everyone who wants to quit smoking should try it. It is a pleasure. To good health."

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Leo P.

High Blood Pressure, Overweght case

"I think that it’s really wonderful that we have a doctor like Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar. His high professionalism, intelligence, and empathy, but most importantly his individual approach to me and my problems helped quickly find the solutions to my problems that interfered with my everyday life. I came to him with high blood pressure, overweight, and with eating disorders. During my treatment course I learned a lot. With the help of hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and with a proper diet my blood pressure became normal, I learn to control my hunger, and eat right. Without much effort I lost 6 kg (13.2 lbs.) It was like a miracle. The most important thing is that the doctor does what he promised.
Once again, thank you, doctor, very much. Good luck."

Life Balance Clinic, Glenview, IL


"Trully the best treatment that I have gone through. Its worth everything.

Sincerely greatfull."

Life Balance Clinic, Carpal Tunnel case, Glenview, IL

Martin Higa

Carpal Tunnel case

"Currently, I am seeing Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar, Licensed Acupuncturist. In the past, I have been to several sports medicine Doctors for shoulder flexibility with joint and neck tightness issues, which are being caused by my carpal tunnel pain. This led to many visits to Chiropractors for adjustments and weekly massage therapies. While there are benefits to the non-invasive procedures that the Chiropractors use, they produce only temporal relief (1-2 days following the massage therapy). I do prefer the longer lasting relief/pain management brought on by having Acupuncture treatments.

While these treatments do take longer to have, its effects felt, it is a much better solution for me because, when the pain from the carpal tunnel subsides, my neck and shoulder tension also goes way down along with it.

I would rather have a weekly Acupuncture treatment over weekly adjustment and massage therapy (which lasts only for a few days worth of relief)."