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The Acupuncture Newsletter
May 2009
Anna Dolopo M.T.O.M., L.Ac.

Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

23151 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 114, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

 

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide a safe, effective alternative for many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy. A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to use throughout their pregnancy and as an optional treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Planning for a Healthy Baby

Healthy parents produce healthy babies. With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for their unborn child. In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and Oriental medicine are an effective treatment for regulating menstruation and hormone levels, reducing stress and addressing any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns that a woman may have.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman. There is strong evidence to support that acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.

Here is a list of some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy:

    * Nausea and Vomiting
    * Heartburn
    * Constipation
    * Hemorrhoids
    * Edema and Swelling
    * Urinary Tract Infection
    * Pelvic Pain
    * Neck and Back Pain
    * Sciatica
    * Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    * Leg Cramps
    * Fatigue and Exhaustion
    * Insomnia
    * Anxiety and Depression

Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening. There is also an acupuncture point that has been found to turn a breech baby.

Acupuncture Postpartum

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help the transition of those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding.

Here are some of the postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

    * Fatigue
    * Postpartum Depression
    * Mastitis
    * Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
    * Post Operative Healing
    * Night Sweats

If you would like to know more how acupuncture and Oriental medicine ease discomfort and facilitate pregnancy, please call for more information. 

UB 67 for Turning Breech Babies

An acupuncture point on the small toe of the foot (Urinary Bladder 67) has been found to effectively revolve fetuses in breech presentation.

In an Italian study, 240 women at 33-35 weeks of gestation carrying a fetus in breech presentation were randomized to receive acupuncture plus moxibustion (an herb used to apply heat to an acupuncture point) or to be assigned to the observation group. At delivery, the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex (head-down) position was 53.6 % in the group treated with acupuncture while the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex position in the observation group was 36.7%.

Source: J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52

 

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In This Issue

  • Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • UB 67 for Turning Breech Babies
  • Safety of Acupuncture While Pregnant
  • Common Acupuncture Points used During Pregnancy

Safety of Acupuncture While Pregnant

 

Acupuncture is safe to use while you are pregnant; however, there are some points that can cause contractions and should NOT be needled during pregnancy or should be used with extreme caution.

Acupuncture Points to Avoid During Pregnancy

* Large Intestine 4
* Spleen 6
* Gallbladder 21
* Points on the sacrum
* Point on the lower abdomen
* Point on the low back

There are also many herbal remedies that are contraindicated during pregnancy. Always err on the side of caution with all herbs and medications while you are expecting.

Common Acupuncture Points used During Pregnancy

Zhubin (K 9) – ‘beautiful baby point’
Location: Above the medial malleolus (inner ankle bone), right below the calf muscle.
Function: Calms the mind, builds or tonifies blood.
Indication: Good for hypertension, fear, anxiety, nightmares, and mental disorders.

Zusanli (St 36)
Location: Four fingers below the knee cap, on the outer edge of the tibia.
Function: Strengthens overall constitution, builds blood and Qi, resolves edema, and harmonizes meridians that control digestive functions.
Indication: Great point for diarrhea, constipation, gastric pain and indigestion. Also helps with insomnia, edema (water retention), and increases energy level.

Neiguan (P6) – ‘morning sickness and motion sickness point’
Location: Two fingers above the inner wrist.
Function: Calms the mind, harmonizes the stomach.
Indication: This is THE point for nausea and vomiting. It is also one of the most relaxing acupuncture points and is used for both insomnia and anxiety.


 

Breech babies

May 2nd, 2012

*As of May 2012, I have turned 7 breech babies.

 

Our latest letter of gratitude:
6/25/09I am very happy to say that I would recommend Anna to everyone I know and then some. I feel that she is one of the greatest persons around that could take care of all your pain and suffering. She can change your life for the better. I know because she has changed me for the better.

I FEEL GREAT.

I have been seeing Anna for about 2 years now and have received 162 treatments thus far. I would never consider seeing any other Chinese practitioner.

Just think about what you have done to your mind and body over the years. I mean really think about. I did and if I had to do it again, I would change a lot. First of all, I would not have started smoking. Just face it. Would you change a few things if you could? I would.

The positive changes she has done for me are great. I went in for the first time to see her to see if she could take care of my hand and neck. Today my neck is great. My hand is about 95% better. The medical doctors could not do anything about my pain and tingling except to operate on my neck to fix the problem. I said, “No way.” That was the beginning with Anna.

Every time I see Anna, she asks me, “How are you doing?” and I tell her what is going on with me physically, mentally and emotionally. Then she puts her great hands and pins to work. I feel great afterwards.

I highly recommend Anna for what ever your problem is.

If you have any questions regarding Anna’s skills as a healer, please contact me through Anna. I will be more than happy to talk to you.

Sincerely,
Guy R. Webb

Please consider my services for any of your pain or smoking cessation issues.
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I am happy to announce that yesterday I treated a woman who has seen me 4 times since I have been in practice in Orange County. She first saw in me in Irvine where I practiced for 3.5 years. She saw me again in Laguna Hills where I had practiced for 3 years. She came in this week to my office in Lake Forest to turn her baby from being in a breech position at 38 weeks. The baby turned within 6 hours. This is my fifth baby turning successfully.
If your baby is breech, please come in as soon as possible. I like to see my mothers beginning at 34 weeks daily until the baby turns. This happened to be a one-time treatment. The OB was shocked, as she was ready to schedule a cephalic external version (which does come with some serious considerations).
I am not always successful, especially when I can’t get mothers to come in as often as I would like for them to. Sometimes, babies don’t want to turn and that’s just a fact that we have to deal with. My aunts and uncles were born breech in the Philippines with no health hazards. I understand that medical doctors are less concerned about delivering breech babies in the east coast and midwest and that the doctors here in the west coast are. One of my recent mothers tried acupuncture with me twice, one week apart between treatments before she saw Dr. Biter in Encinitas. I was unable to turn the baby within those two treatments.
“We saw Dr. Biter on Sunday morning. The external version was unsuccessful. He attempted it, and when baby reached a certain point he just didn’t want to turn any further! Dr. Biter felt the resistance and did not want to force baby any more than he was willing to go. Dr. Biter’s concern was that nature is telling us something, that life and our bodies are smarter than we are, and that if they are telling us no then we should listen. He’s a very wise man! :)
If you would like to try acupuncture for your breech baby, then please consider my services. If you do so, please do your best to come in as often as possible as soon as possible. This fifth baby that I’ve turned is the first baby that I was able to turn with acupuncture and moxibustion. The other four that I’ve turned were only with acupuncture.
I trust that there are midwives out there willing and able to deliver breech babies. You will not get that ability at a midwifery that is under medical supervision.) Your other option would be to have your baby delivered via C-section. I support my mothers on whatever route they choose. In the end, all that matters is the delivery of a very healthy, happy baby. Our daughter was supposed to be natural (I had no help at the time with alternative medicine), but she came out via c-section. I cried the whole time because I wanted to have her naturally, but she came out normal, healthy, happy and we have had the best five years so far!
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The functions next to the herbal formula is an EXAMPLE of what the formula may be good for. The formulas may also have other functions that I use for my patients’ healthcare needs.

BACK SUPPORT CHRONIC –any type of chronic lower back pain

Back Support HD – herniated disc

Balance Cold – infertility; menstrual disorders

Balance Heat – menopause

Calm – PMS, stress, mood swings, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness (2)

Calm Jr – ADD/ADHD; childhood convulsions -2

Calm ZZZ – chronic and constant stress

Cordyceps 3 (2) – strengthens immune system to fight against cancer; safe for long-term use

C/R Support – side effects from chemo/radiation

Dermatrol PS – psoriasis

Dissolve KS – kidney stones

Equilibrium – diabetes mellitus (CAPSULE AND POWDER) (2)

Flex CD – arthritis; fibromyalgia

Flex Heat – arthritis; gout; rheumatic disorders

Gastrodia Complex – hypertension

Gentiana Complex – hypertension; genital herpes

Gentle Lax Deficient – constipation; colon cleanser 3

GI Care – ulcers; acid reflux 3

GI Care II – traveler’s diarrhea; gastroenteritis 3

GI Care HMR – hemorrhoids (2)

GI Care UC – ulcerative colitis

GI Harmony – irritable bowel syndrome

Herbal DRX – edema; feeling of heaviness in body

Herbalite – obesity with excessive appetite

Immune +

Kidney Tonic Yang – lack of libido; low energy; “internal cold”

Kidney Tonic Yin

Knee & Ankle Acute – pain

Knee & Ankle Chronic – pain

LIU WEI DI HUANG WAN (2)

Lonicera Complex – sore throat 2

Magnolia Clear Sinus – sinusitis; allergies

Menotrol – infertility; PCOS; amenorrhea

Migatrol – migraine, cluster, tension headaches

Neuroplus – Alzheimer’s; Parkinson’s; MS; post-stroke

Notoginseng 9 – internal/external bleeding

P-Statin – benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

Peuraria Clear Sinus – sinusitis with yellow nasal discharge

Resolve AI

Resolve Lower – fibroids; benign tumors in uterus/ovaries

RESPITROL CF – cough

Respitrol Cold – common cold/flu

Respitrol Heat – heat type cold/flu

Schisandra ZZZ – anemia; insomnia

Shine – depression

Symmetry – Bell’s Palsy; facial paralysis; TMJ

Thyro-Forte – hypothyroidism

Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin (2)

Traumanex – sports injuries, broken bones/fractures, post-surgical recovery, pain

Yin Care $20

EFFECTIVE ACUPUNCTURE USING
THE DR. TAN’S BALANCE METHOD
-practiced by Anna Dolopo, Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine,
Licensed Acupuncturist

Case 1 of THE COST OF DOING ACUPUNCTURE:
Reducing the size of a knee cyst
38-year old woman presented with cyst on right knee. The location of this golf ball-sized cyst was located just inferior to the patella on the medial aspect of the knee. It hurt to kneel and it hurt to the touch. The medical doctors recommended surgery. The patient’s primary medical doctor measured the size of the cyst. Surgery was scheduled within a few weeks of medical examination by her physician.
The patient presented this medical issue to me on treatment #21 for therapy of weight loss. Treatment #21 was the first time that I had added therapy for her knee cyst. This acupuncture treatment was administered on May 11, 2009. On May 13 (treatment #22), the patient claimed that it seemed like the cyst had gotten smaller. It was still painful. On treatment #27, which was May 30, the cyst was almost 100% gone. The patient is canceling her appointment for surgery to remove the cyst.
It should also be noted that a factial cyst had also diminished during the beginning of her acupuncture therapy. The doctors also claimed that only surgery would remove the facial cyst.
Many other health issues have improved. For privacy of this patient’s case, these other details are being withheld in this case study.
From treatment #21-27, the cost of acupuncture was $350. She paid $50/session. It took 6 treatments (treatments #21-26) to reduce the size of the cyst by almost 100% from a “golf-ball size” measured by her M.D. Her M.D. stated that only surgery would remove the cyst. We have also taken away a cyst somewhere else on her body in less time. It was on treatment #27 that she stated her improvement.
This patient’s overall payments since March 2009 has been $1,550, which includes purchase of some Chinese herbs.
For a comprehensive overview of this patient’s therapy, you are welcome to call me. If you I know that you have never seen this patient at my clinic, I will share with you details of further improvement in this patient’s health.
On a side note, this patient has lost weight also. Very good prognosis since March 2009. It is May 30, 2009 at the time of this publication.
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Effective practice of Chinese medicine for the treatment of DEPRESSION
Rarely do I express how effective my method of practice is for the treatment of severe depression. Here is a testimonial that I am grateful to have received today and share with you. By request, this patient’s name is being kept anonymous.
Please, if you know of anyone dealing with depression, consider recommending that person to my practice. Is it just the acupuncture and the Chinese herbs that helped this person and everyone else I have treated successfully for depression? Perhaps. However, I do believe that my experiences in life help me in my healing center, especially when it comes to the balancing of emotions.
You can read about my life and how I have evolved emotionally on my website. Some of this information can be found under the elements and you can always call me to discuss how Chinese medicine helped transform my life profoundly.
Thank you for all of the testimonials over the past two years. I wish I had a website beginning in 1999 when I became a professional of Chinese medicine. Please keep the testimonials coming. There are many yet to be posted up. I try my best to keep up with them and that’s a good thing.
The purpose of all of the testimonials is to help US grow OUR effective practice of Chinese medicine. I am nothing without YOU, MY READERS AND MY PRACTICE MEMBERS. I took a leap of faith a long time ago that God would send me as many people as He sees fit and you just can’t imagine just how blessed I am to have YOU believe in me. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me from San Diego, numerous clinics, my home for a few months and now in Lake Forest until we’re in a larger healing center. To all of you who look past my downsized office and decide to still pay for my services, I AM SO GRATEFUL that you drive from everywhere around Southern California to see me. With every person I help, I am one step closer to achieving bigger goals. I continue to pray for wisdom, so that I can continue to help people like the one I’ve helped in the testimonial below. God bless you all.
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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 teenager 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.

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