Chemotherapy Symptoms Alleviated

When I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, post surgical results dictated a regiment of chemotherapy and radiation.  After searching on-line for information about my particular treatment, I discovered that acupuncture was endorsed by some of the leading cancer center institutes, including Duke University, Mayo Clinic, and Sloan-Kettering, for reducing many chemotherapy side effects.  I then researched the Asheville area for acupuncturists who treated cancer and chemotherapy side effects.  It did not take long for me to find a good one and enlist with the  Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine practice.  With a scientific background, I was impressed with Dr. Bartlett’s resource website entry with studies, articles and useful blogs.  Her website and phone interview convinced me that this alternative medicine approach was a must try.

The treatments were amazing, both individualized and effective.  I combined them with prescribed vitamins, healthy dietary changes, exercise and meditation.  Dr. Bartlett also supported and continuously offered valuable advice in all these areas.
I believe that acupuncture helped to reduce many or perhaps even to eliminate some chemotherapy after effects. After the first chemotherapy cocktail, I experienced many of the common uncomfortable side effects. I also suffered from chronic headaches. After one session, my headache was gone. In fact, while being treated, the headache retreated.

Dr. Bartlett’s acupuncture treatments focused on lessening these side effects and I believe helped to alleviate the common symptoms of nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, restless sleep, muscle pain, chronic rhinitis or drippy nose, poor appetite, and peripheral neuropathy. As a result, most of the remaining post-chemotherapy side effects were minimal or absent, or towards the end of accumulative treatments, were good relative to other outcomes. Even though after each chemo session, as predicted, my energy level would continuously diminish, I believe that acupuncture helped me to feel better and to effectively get on with my life.

After reading studies and testimonials and after my own experience with the excellent treatment protocol of acupuncturist Dr. Bartlett, I believe that acupuncture is an important approach to helping the body’s ability to fight cancer and to help restore the normal cells targeted for destruction by the potent chemotherapy.

G. A.

Long Term Patient

I have been a patient of Dr. Bartlett’s for more that 5 years.  During that time she has treated me for several running-related injuries.  As an avid runner I have experimented with all types of treatments for tendonitis, primarily Achilles and Plantar Facaitis.  Once I accepted that I was injured (hard for a runner to do) and recognized that self-help treatments were not sufficient, I first sought the counsel of main stream medical practitioners.  None were successful and I contacted Kath for appointment.  The resulting visits to her office have been professional, informative and SUCCESSFUL!  Specifically, Dr. Bartlett has listened patiently, addressed my concerns and recommended treatments.  I was impressed with her grasp of sports injuries and her methodologies, while foreign to some appear based on sound research and practice.

One a more personal side, Dr. Bartlett is candid, professional and sincere, traits important to someone in the medical field.  I do not hesitate to recommend her to my running buddies or anyone wanting a different approach to healing the body.

Ron Terry
Jus’ Running, Asheville, NC

Cyst Disappears

Hi Dr. Bartlett,
I had an appointment with Dr LeBlanc yesterday and a<strong> follow-up ultrasound and the cyst on my right ovary is gone</strong>, in addition, the small fibroid in my uterus is a little smaller. . . I appreciate your time and care.


Mary B.

Sprained Ankle Recovery

This physical therapist came to me with a sprained ankle, due to a fall 2 weeks prior. She was experiencing stabbing pain and sharp twinges with movement.  Two days after the fall she received a treatment from a first year acupuncturist, crano-somatic therapy, & therapeutic exercise for strength and range of motion, providing some improvement. However, she was still using an ankle wrap and was limping due to the pain, level 4-5 (1-10 scale). I gave her 1 treatment for the ankle and a mild, stress induced headache. Both improved after the treatment, and she was able to walk with minimal to no pain. 10 days later she emailed me:
Hi Dr. Bartlett . . . Just want to thank you again for the acupuncture treatment. My ankle was better that night and contined to improve over the next couple of days (which I attribute to the treatment).Now it’s almost back to normal! My headache was completely gone the next day.

Here’s a video of her treatment  

Lisa Mc Wherter, PT

Emotional Health

Thank you for your help. I believe the acupuncture and herbs helped get me back on track to better health. At least I feel I’m in a better place to handle my emotions from these most recent blows: loss of job and my beloved, long time friend . . . my cat . . . Thanks again for your help in getting me to a better place to be able to handle these curves.

Gwynne Sylva
Sylva, NC

Avoided Surgery

. . . prior to seeking acupuncture and liniment regime, traditional doctors insisted surgery was the only way I could see relief from the back pain. Thus far, I have avoided that plan of treatment.

Rita Davis-Rice

Quick Pain Relief

Thank you for all you’ve done for my pain. I really appreciate you and your amazing wealth of knowledge in your profession. Pain level is about a 1 or 2 (1-10 scale) [after 2 treatments] . I’m doing much better and plan on going to Mexico on Saturday. Yeah! . . . I’ll surely be seeing you again and recommending you to my friends! I’ll want to get more of that liniment from you soon, too. I love it!

Meg Reilley

Shingles Pain Eliminated

I came to see Dr. Bartlett at Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine with some rather significant health issues as well as suffering severe pain from a bout of the Shingles. Dr. Bartlett’s ability as an Acupuncturist is truly amazing. The shingles pain was virtually eliminated immediately during the first minutes of the first treatment. Though some of the pain crept back over the course of the day, subsequent visits were able to relieve the pain for good as well as address the underlying nerve inflammation caused by the shingles virus.

Further Dr. Bartlett was able to put together a mix of Chinese Herbs, which I took over the course of the next several weeks, which helped tremendously in the strengthening and revitalizing of my immune system. This was my first visit ever to an Acupuncturist. It was only because others had recommended her so highly that I even tried it… I’m certainly glad I did! Dr. Bartlett’s professionalism, skill and caring demeanor have played a major role in returning me to pain free good health. Oh, and for you first timers, don’t be afraid of those little-ole needles… they’re so tiny that you can barely even see them – which means that you can barely even feel them.

Tim Barry

Recovered With Herbs

. . . I had flu-like symptoms that you totally lifted away. And as my fever tried to come back, the raw herbs helped me to completely recover. I had a great first experience with acupuncture. . . Thank you for making me feel better. I’ll see you in the future.


Your Spirit is a Powerful Contributor to the Field of Health Care

Hi Dr. Bartlett,

. . . You have a lot of caring in you … and thus a lot of healing. . . . My sense is that your style of communication and work is collaborative and nourishing to the community.

. . . I admire the spirit with which you come to your work and the humility and courage that you have in openly engaging the pathway and the people you find along your pathway.

. . . I can verify that I feel your spirit is a powerful contributor to the field of health care in America.

Emmanuel Segmen, General Manager,
Asia Natural Herbs, San Francisco, CA Anatomy & Human Physiology Professor, Merritt College, Oakland, CA

Inspiration and Encouragement

Hi Dr. Bartlett,
. . . I can’t tell you the number of acupuncturists who mention that you offered them inspiration or encouragement over the years. . .

Catherine Browne, MH, LAc

Healthy Glow

Hey Dr. Bartlett,
I have had several people tell me how good I look this morning.
Specifically that I have such a healthy glow, questions about have
I been tanning, etc. I told the ones who commented that I have been having acupuncture and apparently it has my stagnated blood moving around.

Thanks for your help!

Marsha G. Webb
Data Base Manager

Now Walking

I began seeing Dr. Bartlett in July, 2010. I was barely able to walk up the stairs. I now walk upstairs effortlessly! [since September, 2010: 2 months later] Dr. Bartlett has made an enormous difference in the quality of my life. Even though I am not presently able to find work as a psychotherapist, I won’t give this woman up !!!

Nicole Dollmann, LCSW
Weaverville, NC

Happier and Healthier

Thanks Dr. Bartlett!
Thanks so much for helping me. I’m making so many life changes at once. You’re the core at ensuring that I can handle it all and come out on the other side happier and healthier. I trust in all of your expertise and think you’re a pretty cool chick on top of all that!

. . . I think you’re awesome and don’t mind telling the world 🙂

Karen Stryker

Dr. Bartlett Opened My Eyes to Eastern Medicine and its Incredible Results

I have had the privilege of Dr. Bartlett’s friendship since 1997 when she moved to San Diego to attend the PCOM. Since that time I have watched her study, absorb, and truly live all things holistic. Medical expertise seems to come easily to Dr. Bartlett — even early in her career, she quickly and successfully treated every ailment I brought to her with holistic remedies… without exception. Dr. Bartlett opened my eyes to Eastern medicine and the incredible results I could achieve with holistic treatment. Dr. Bartlett now has a wide range of experiences as a health care provider, and many years of study and research to guide her. She is a caring and honest individual who really does make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Kimberly Rotter
San Diego, CA

Success with an Herbal Formula

This is from a colleague who contacted me about an acute stomach flu, desperately looking for help:

I got suddenly & violently ill last night – I’m doing much better today. My husband has a final exam in 4 days so I don’t want to pass this on to him.

Her main symptoms were simultaneous vomiting & diarrhea (sudden turmoil disorder) “Several hours of misery followed” + severe chills and burning pain in the stomach, esophagus and throat. I recommended an herbal formula she might have on hand.

🙂 I think you may be our hero. I found my bottle of the sudden turmoil formula you suggested. When my husband started feeling an odd stomach pressure last night we gave him a dose. he said things settled significantly. I won’t be sure that he’s in the clear until tomorrow with no vomiting, but I’ve got my fingers crossed and am feeling optimistic.
Thank you again.

. . . The week could’ve been a LOT worse. My husband only ever had one bout of diarrhea, no vomiting at all was pretty much fine. He managed to skip the hours of misery that I went through. & when I finally got to take my dose of the herbs, it immediately got rid on the awful bouts of heartburn & most of the lingering nausea I’d been having since the vomiting . . . that’s far better than the godawful sick we’d had before the herbs.

Karoline Gostl
Licensed Acupuncturist

Passion and Skill

I’ve known Dr. Bartlett for 29 years, have lived with her on both U.S. coasts, and have followed her through various career and life stages. Whatever endeavor she undertakes, Dr. Bartlett does so with a great deal of passion and skill. After a very successful career in costume design, she embarked on a mission to teach, write about, and practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine, becoming an expert in her field and a highly successful acupuncturist in private practice. Dr. Bartlett brings a great deal of compassion, honesty and humor to everything she does. I am proud of and enjoy our longstanding friendship.

Suz Sachs Lipman
Mill Valley, CA

Asking the Tough Questions

Thank you for sending this out and for your continuing contributions and input to this [PCOM] alumni email group. I really think that you are an asset to this profession and this group by your asking the tough questions, being involved and adding to conversations where you can. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your level of commitment and connectedness…you really raise the bar!

Sandra Dougherty, MS, LAc

Steady Progress

Dear Dr. Bartlett,
When you spoke to our High Vista Women’s Club and had one of your patients tell of her success with acupuncture, as well as demonstrating the small, painless needles you use, I knew there was hope for my medical problems. Heartburn, bloating, inner ear sensitivity (particularly to wind and cold weather) and ear aches, and lower back pain all beleaguered me.
With your patience, as you questioned me regarding these ailments, you mixed herbs for me to co-ordinate with my acupuncture sessions. My personal formula was upgraded as my needs changed. My progress, and thus my daily state of mind, improved steadily, and now I am on a maintenance schedule.
Thank You for being a caring, knowledgeable professional. I will continue to pass you name on to friends and acquaintances who could also benefit from your fine services. You have made my “quality of life” exciting and pleasurable.

. . How I treasured my time with you in your office! It was my “release” time!

Marian Huck

Needed in the Medical Profession

Dear Kath,

I have a spiritual background and my intuition is that you have an excellent orientation as a health practitioner. Your priority of wanting to do whatever you can to help in people’s healing and take out extra time to do so, is uncommon, in my experience. In other words, you are a selfless person, looking to assist others first. This is exactly the disposition that is needed in the medical profession and one that supports healing in general.

Gordon Katzman
Santa Rosa, CA

Back Pain Subsides

This patient came to see me after he fell and sprained his lower back during a visit to Asheville from Michigan. He was concerned about sitting in the car for the 2 day drive back. I gave him 2 acupuncture treatments before he left.

Hi Dr. Bartlett,

We made it home yesterday afternoon. We drove approx. 8 hours on Sunday and 5 hours on Monday. And, considering how I felt last week before I saw you, it really went quite well. I think the combination of acupuncture treatments, plus the heated seats in my car, really improved my back. Thanks very much for your help…I’m not sure I could have made it home without the treatments.

This patient also suffered burning pain in his stomach for 2 months prior to seeing me. The pain was constant, despite taking the drug his doctor prescribed. I gave him a Chinese herbal formula and the next day the stomach pain was gone. Five days later he added in his email:

I have finished the Chinese herbs as of this morning. I really think they helped my stomach as well, since I haven’t needed to take any Famotidine since starting the herbs.

Jan D., Muskegon
Muskegon, MI


I was treated by Dr. Bartlett for an extended illness that had put me out of work for 1.5 yrs. Prior, I had been seen by Infectious Disease, Oncology, Pulmonology, Ortho and General Practitioners. In one month, Dr. Bartlett managed to get me back on my feet, literally, and back to work, where I continue to be at this time. I would recommend her as an excellent practitioner, based not on my knowledge of Chinese Medicine, but simply on my own personal results.

I remember in the beginning… when I was pretty skeptical…. and then when my conditions improved I felt as though I had found an answer… to all of the problems that the docs hadn’t been able to fix!

C. Surrett, RN

A Knowledgeable Resource

I know Dr. Bartlett through a professional online resource for acupuncturists. I have observed that Dr. Bartlett has very good clinical orientation toward patient care and has helped many other acupuncturists with thoughtful ideas for consideration. I would recommend her as both clinician and knowledgeable resource on natural healthcare.

Michael W. Bowser, DC, LAc

Complete Attention and Care

I am delighted to have found Dr. Bartlett as my acupuncturist and herbalist. While I have worked with other acupuncturist/herbalists in the past, as well as many other alternative care practitioners, I found Dr. Bartlett to be truly exceptional. She is thorough, she listens very well and she is clearly an expert Chinese Medicine Doctor. She has a rather “take charge” sort of approach, in a direct way that lets you know that she is offering something substantial and well thought out, while at the same time listening and adjusting for new information that I have offered session by session. I have felt totally cared for, as though no stone was to be left unturned. I have observed that she integrates well the seemingly divergent pieces of my various symptoms, which speaks to both her intensive training and her dedication to people. More than once in the course of my treatment Dr. Bartlett has offered me a particular protocol only to return with “one more idea” or procedure that makes a difference. This has let me know that she is not on auto-pilot, simply doing what she has become accustomed to, but rather that she is really thinking about me as an individual and continuously learning and growing. I would recommend her to my nearest and dearest.

Thanks for making me “all better” (nearly). It’s such a huge contribution to actually be able to be well naturally. Your contribution allows me to make mine, so we have mutual gratitude.

Paula C. Sellars, Vice President

Relief for Eyes

Hi Dr. Bartlett,
Just wanted to reiterate how delighted I am to have met you. I feel so confident in your abilities that I know we will get the results we seek. It was inspiring to spend time with you.

After just two doses of the herbal formula, I can see a change in both my eyes, and the way that I feel in general. My eye is less red and almost without pain, and I feel more energized and more positive. Some of this may be because I am so relieved to have found you!!

Thank you and all the best!

Maureen McManus, Licensed Acupuncturist