Yelp #79+: THYROID; Testimonial: DEPRESSION

June 17th, 2014


Testimonial & Yelp #79+
Yelp #79+



Isaiah L.
Tustin, CA
5.0 star rating

Anna has been the answer to so many of my problems! I originally found her after having my son, when he was about 10 months old. The sides of my neck (Sternocleidomastoid) and the front of my neck (thyroid area) were sore and tender in a way I have never experienced before. I went to the doctor and had my thyroid tested. I didn’t have any of the “typical” thyroid problems, but she said my levels were “off” for one thing that was tested. The doctor made it seem very scary and like I had a disease. I was to wait awhile to come back and have another blood test. I was in the middle of weaning my son from breastfeeding, and thought this might be why my thyroid levels were “off” since the thyroid is what controls hormones. The doctor said there was no correlation, which I thought was strange. So in the meantime, I searched for alternative paths and found Anna. She was like a breath of fresh air. She listened to everything I said very carefully and told me that our bodies are in flux all the time, and that she thought the weaning from breastfeeding played a part in it. It’s all connected. She made me feel normal and like it wasn’t something she couldn’t fix.

During my first treatment, I literally had to open my eyes and look around because I felt like someone had their hand on my throat and was pressing it. Of course there was nobody there, but that’s how powerful it was. Afterward, Anna told me it was all the energy being drawn there. The needles were strategically placed around my feet, ankles, and wrists to draw the energy up to my throat/ neck area. When I got off the table, my sore neck was virtually gone! That night, I slept more soundly than I had in longer than I could remember. I decided to buy a package and continue to go since it made me feel so good. After about 8 treatments, I had a blood test for my thyroid and everything was totally normal! I continue to go to Anna every now and then if something else comes up, like a sore back or for basically anything. I always look forward to my treatments. Anna = HOPE.





Hi Anna,

I was on a book forum (of all places) where someone asked for suggestions assisting with depression. I thought of how acupuncture helped me and went to your testimonial page to share the information with others. I was shocked and amazed to see I wrote the testimonial; way back in 2009, yes 5 years ago. I am sitting here reading how my life used to be before acupuncture healed my body from depression.

5 years of no depression; I know seriously 5 years of no depressive episodes-I could not believe all this time passed. Before anyone says; I am being a Pollyanna, I have times where I am angry, sad, unhappy as I am a human being after all, however the deep dark depressive cycles not at all.

Thank you for helping me all those years ago as my health (in this area) is still going strong.

My original testimonial is below.

June 2009

Depression is not something normally shared and I rarely discuss my personal battle with family or friends. I agreed to write this hopefully assisting others who battle serious depression.

I suffered from depressive episodes for a large part of my life. The depression cycle would last from a few weeks to as long as 6 months. As a teenage I thought about the two options for my life; the first choice ends the pain of living, the second choice revolved around learning to live with the pain. Each time I thought about the choice, I chose life because I knew depression would not last forever. As an adult, I learned to recognize the first symptoms of a depressive cycle working toward not letting the depression overtake my life.

In college, my longest episode lasted over 8 months and at the time I seriously thought about different types of therapy. In the end, I choose not to pursue therapeutic treatment for two very simple reasons. The first option I understood required taking medications masking the symptoms. I wanted a cure for my depression not a pill I would take daily to change my mood. The other standard therapy of talking to a therapist never interested me because I never understood how talking about my problems would actually cure my depression. Sure we all need to vent and share feelings but telling some stranger my personal issues and expecting some “magic†words of wisdom making the depression end seemed unrealistic. Additionally, all my depressive episodes end after a time and I knew waiting long enough this current episode would also end. After college, I experienced various bouts of depression, all eventually ending.

In the summer of 2008, I experienced another bout of depression and knowing about acupuncture decided to seek treatment focused on healing not masking symptoms. Anna treated me specifically for depression, however I did not tell the entire history of my depression, just that I battled depression in the past. This probably made treating my depression more difficult for Anna. Anna treated me twice a week for several weeks; each treatment asking how I was improving. The improvement was not overnight, there was no miraculous waking up the next day and feeling totally normal. The process was slow but steady progress with each treatment I noticed a very gradual improvement. After several treatments, Anna discussed the option of taking Chinese herbs assisting the acupuncture treatments. At the end of the treatment, Anna did not insist I take the herbs instead handed me a package of information about the herbs. I read the information and noted what the herbs did; how the herbs worked and decided to take the herbs in addition to the acupuncture. The main point of the herbs was not to mask the symptoms but assist in healing my body from the causes of depression. During the next treatment, I agreed taking the herbs on top of the acupuncture and in about 2 months, the depression ended. While this might seem like a long time to some, what I know about my battle with depression and the seriousness of the battle, 2 months was comparably short.

I have not experienced any depressive symptoms in the past 10 months. Acupuncture healed the underlying causes of my depression and not only masking my symptoms. I highly recommend Anna as an acupuncturist and acupuncture as a therapy option for depression.


Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
23151 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 114
Laguna Hills, CA 92653



Congratulations to Angilynn Dolopo for being awarded her YELLOW belt under

Prof. Juliano Prado!


Angilynn has been training BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU since 2010.


If it’s important to you, you will find a way.

If it’s not, you will find an excuse.



Yelp #76: SEVERE PAIN/fibromyalgia/unable to walk

June 17th, 2014


Yelp Review 76+MoveYourQi


Yelp Review #76+
Jenn S.
Mission Viejo, CA
5.0 star rating

I’m not quite sure what has taken me so long to write this. Probably the fact that I don’t usually write reviews. But this acupuncturist pretty much saved my life so how could I not write about it? I came to her during a time when my health and wellbeing were spiraling out of control. My back pain levels were off the charts, I wasn’t sleeping, I could only walk with either a wheelchair or walker, and many systems in my body had just shut down from the continued stress. I also suffered from severe fibromyalgia. Every doctor I’d been to had made me even worse than I already was. I was afraid I’d never walk again. I came to Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs as a last resort. I already felt at ease during my first appointment because of Anna’s kindness, positive attitude and expertise. In only 3 weeks, I saw improvements for some issues most doctors had just given up on. And in only a couple months, I was walking unassisted. I soon found more and more symptoms improving or disappearing as I continued my treatments. Anna is gifted. She gave me my life back. She’s unlike any other acupuncturist I had tried. I highly, highly recommend her!


Hard work pays off!

On Saturday, Angilynn was awarded her yellow belt under 4-Stripe Black Belt, Professor Juliano Prado, after 4 years of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



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June 22, 2014 marks my 15th year as a licensed acupuncturist.  This is how I make my living and I LOVE EVERY MOMENT I HELP PEOPLE WITH THE POWERS OF CHINESE MEDICINE.  Look who’s laughing now.

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Elements in Harmony is where the general public can try acupuncture for the first time and see positive and long-term results.


Here at Elements in Harmony, we work to raise the bar in the field of Chinese medicine. The body, mind and spirit are not meant to be stagnant and neither is the practice of Chinese medicine.


Our definition of a successful Chinese medical practice is creating a center where everyone’s spirit feels liberated, the mind nurtured and the body calm. When one feels whole and connected, there is no room for stagnation; hence, there is no space for spiritual, mental or physical pain.


Classical Chinese medicine is art and medicine.


Our mission is to help the public realize that there is help in conjunction to allopathic medicine or as a pure medical modality on its own. We respect our patients’ healthcare decisions and we know that everyone has a choice when it comes to deciding how they want to achieve their goals.


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