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Weight Loss & Addiction Recovery

June 30th, 2012

 

Qi Mail™
The Acupuncture Newsletter
June 2012
Anna Dolopo, M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
23151 Verdugo Drive, Suite 114
moveyourQi.com
949-305-1703

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

 

In Oriental medicine the root of excess weight is an imbalance within the body caused by malfunctioning of the spleen and liver organ systems. Acupuncture points, foods and herbs selected to assist with weight loss can directly influence the Qi of the spleen and liver systems and treat the imbalances that have caused weight gain.

The spleen is responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, ensuring that the food we eat is transformed into Qi, the vital substance of life. Disharmony of the spleen will result in symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool and a feeling of heaviness.

The liver’s job is to keep the flow of your body’s Qi, blood and emotions running smoothly. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly, which, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly. One result can be a decrease in your metabolism. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been shown to have positive effects on the functioning of the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. Treatment can help with food cravings and metabolism. These functions all help energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.

Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist you with your weight management goals and help you to live a long, healthy life!

 

A Total Health Program

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine address the issues of over-eating and low metabolism with effective tools to control appetite and increase energy. Energy imbalances are corrected and the digestive and elimination processes are improved so that there is a physical shift in the body to naturally have more energy and desire less food.

By addressing both the physiological and psychological aspects of weight loss, acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide a comprehensive therapy for weight issues that promotes better digestion, balances emotions, reduces appetite, improves metabolism and eliminates food cravings.

Each treatment is customized to the needs of the individual patient. Acupuncture points on the body are chosen for overall well being with the objective of increasing circulation of the blood and Qi (stimulating the metabolism) and calming the nervous system. Treatments can include a combination of auricular (ear) and body acupuncture, ear tacks or pellets to leave on between treatments, herbs and supplements, abdominal massage, breathing exercises, and food and lifestyle recommendations.

In addition to treating the root of the imbalance within the body, different acupuncture points may be used for each treatment as different symptoms arise. For instance, if you are experiencing a desire to overeat related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) one week, then that can be addressed at that week’s appointment.

The herbs and foods that are chosen during a weight loss treatment are for promoting healthy digestion, energizing the body, augmenting Qi, and improving elimination of water, toxins and waste products. Acupuncture points on the abdomen can help improve digestion. They can also help with food absorption and the movement of food through the intestines.

Deep breathing with visualization can also strengthen will power and be used as a tool to curb hunger and cravings. Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone, but special herbs, healing foods and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are powerful tools for healthy weight loss, by itself or as a supportive treatment in conjunction with other weight management programs.

 

Overcome Addiction with Acupuncture

Acupuncture has turned a growing number of cigarette cravers into permanent ex-smokers. In fact, researchers say that acupuncture is a promising treatment for all types of addiction from cigarettes to heroin.

In one study, a team from Yale University successfully used auricular (ear) acupuncture to treat cocaine addiction. Results showed that 54.8 percent of participants tested cocaine-free during the final week of treatment, compared to 23.5 percent and 9.1 percent in the two control groups. Those who completed acupuncture treatment also had longer periods of sustained abstinence compared to participants in the control groups.

Acupuncture treatments for addiction recovery focus on jitters, cravings, irritability, and restlessness; symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.

The Will Power Connection

Is there a body/mind connection to will power? According to the principles of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine there is. Will power, or “Zhi,” is said to reside in the kidneys and the state of the Kidney Qi directly correlates to the fortitude of our will power.

In Oriental medicine there is a protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi, or defensive energy. Nourishing Qi can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress and can aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. Recharging your battery and regeneration of vital energy, Qi, will help you live, look and feel your best!

Is there an addiction you are working to overcome? Contact us to see how Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you!

 

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In This Issue

  • Acupuncture for Weight Loss
  • A Total Health Program
  • Overcome Addiction with Acupuncture
  • Walk for Focus
  • Seven Addiction Recovery Tips

Walk for Focus

 

One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring).

An acupuncture point on the sole of the foot, this is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. Stimulation of this energizing point can promote clarity of the mind and stabilize emotions, helping you to focus on your goals.

How To Stimulate Yongquan

While Walking:
Let your heel tap the ground gently and feel your weight transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen. Keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely.

By Tapping:
Use your fists to strike your Yongquan about 100 times on each foot.

By Rolling:
Gently roll a tennis ball under your foot while relaxing on the couch.

Seven Addiction Recovery Tips

1. Exercise more. Exercise can reduce your stress and help you relax.

2. Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices to neutralize and clear the blood and to fortify blood sugar.

3. Carrots, celery, leafy green salads and citrus fruits promote body alkalinity and decrease cravings.

4. Avoid junk food, sugar and coffee. They can upset blood sugar levels and increase blood acidity which can aggravate withdrawal symptoms.

5. Lobelia tea or green tea can be sipped daily during the detox period to keep tissues flooded with elements that discourage cravings. Lobelia is traditionally used to rid the body of a strong toxin such as a snake bite.

6. Drink water. Research shows that dryness causes cravings. Sip water frequently throughout the day.

7. Practice deep breathing exercises to increase body oxygen and keep calm.

 

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Jason D.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
5.0 star rating
11/20/2011

I have never written a review before on Yelp, but my experience had to be shared.  I can’t say enough about Anna and the wonderful job she does.  I have had numerous treatments with an acupuncturist and all have been quite successful.  However, the balance method Anna uses is like nothing I have ever experienced before.  I have already been to 5 treatments, but I noticed results almost immediately.  Anna takes the time to explain exactly what is going on and makes you feel very at ease.  She is warm and friendly and creates a very happy environment from the moment you walk in the door.  You instantly feel that she cares about you and graduating you from your pain.

I just took my wife for her very first acupuncture visit ever and she had a wonderful experience as well.  We are so blessed to have found Anna.  She is a gem and she definitely has an amazing gift for healing.

 


S.C.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
5.0 star rating
12/6/2011

I’m a believer in acupuncture, but have been too afraid to try it myself.  However, I had a fall about a year ago, which resulted in broken bones and an eventual need for surgery to repair my rotator cuff.  The healing has not been going well, and I’ve been in a lot of pain.  This has also caused my migraines to increase, and I’ve developed RSD.   Reaching the point of being willing to try anything, but not wanting to depend on stronger drugs, and on the recommendation of my Physical Therapist, I went to see Anna.  She talked with me first, explaining her technique and what I could expect, answered all my questions, and made me feel at ease.  Honestly, I was surprised at how easy it was.  And I felt improvement after my first visit!  I didn’t tell my therapist I had seen Anna, I wanted to see if she noticed anything.  She did!  Then I knew it wasn’t “all in my head”, there really was slight improvement in my range of motion and the pain was different.  I’m going to continue seeing her, and I recommend her to anyone who wishes to feel better.

 


Harriet B.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
5.0 star rating
4/7/2012

Anna is a pure soul with a passion for healing, and that is exactly what she does at Elements in Harmony.  She has helped me with so many issues including allergies, vertigo, physical pain, swelling, autoimmune and carb cravings.

I was actually looking for a chiropractor back in 2008 when I first met Anna and felt an instant connection with her.  She has helped me physically, emotionally and spiritually and has been a huge blessing in my life.  Thank you Anna for all that you have given me…

 


Adam A.
Mission Viejo, CA
Rating: 5 Star as of 4/18/2012

Seriously! Anna is a freak of nature! She just has a way of making things feel better. Period. I have bone spurs in my back that were causing me sleepless nights. After a few visits with Anna, my back was feeling 80%-90% better. She also increased mobility in my left shoulder by apparently making the 15 year old scar tissue from an old basketball injury practically disappear. Can you admit that you have road rage? Anna makes the Mr. Hyde in me stay within me when I’m on the road. What can I say? I’d go see Anna for just about anything and have sent several friends to see her for their ailments too. She just fixes things! I heard she gets women pregnant all the time as well. I don’t think I’ll be needing that though. Bottom line – Anna gets the job done and she’s just cool to talk to. Anna also has the coolest dog on the planet to go along with her awesome family. If you see Anna because of this review, I’m sure you won’t leave her office hating me. Seriously!


E.A.
5.0 star rating
4/20/2012

I’ve used Anna several times for acupuncture.  I had migraine headaches and occasional arm and wrist pain from using the computer too much and Anna’s treatments took care of it all.  Anna is a phenomenal acupuncturist and takes time to listen to you and understand your pain and symptoms.  It’s best to sign up for several treatments as you can’t expect everything to go away with just one treatment (just like a gym membership, you can’t expect phenomenal results after one workout).  My insurance covered her services so definitely worth checking to see if you’re covered.

 

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Here’s a letter from a new patient that I recently treated:

 

Hi Anna,
I am pleased to be under your care.  I enjoyed meeting with you and learning more about your practice.

Admittedly, I was open, but skeptical.  After the first needle went in, that changed forever.  It felt like an electrical shock that ran from my finger tips all the way up to my right shoulder.  I jumped like someone had hit me with those paddles they use to restart a persons heart.  I know you felt me jump too.  It may not have been as dramatic for you, but it was a real experience for me.

I had some difficulty relaxing. That is something I want to work on, but once the needles were all in, I had no discomfort and I found resting on the table very  peaceful.  I thought about all of the things in my life that I am grateful for and all of the many blessings that I have and continue to receive.  It was very pleasant.

While I was lying there, I felt the incredible urge to smile.   When we left, I felt almost euphorically happy.  Not like a high, just an overwhelming sense of well being and peace.  I went to bed very happy and I did feel surrounded with positive energy.  My pain level/discomfort level is 0 today.  Yep, ZERO!

Thank you for your gift of healing and for sharing it with me.

 

 

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Herbs in stock as of April 20, 2012

The functions next to the herbal formula are EXAMPLES of what the formula may be good for.  The formulas may also have other functions that I use for my patients’ healthcare needs.  You must be a CURRENT ACUPUNCTURE PATIENT TO RECEIVE HERBS.  A proper Chinese medical examination, diagnosis and treatment protocol are required for me to prescribe and dispense herbal formulas.  All formulas are given with quality control.  Modern formulas are dispensed with western/eastern medical explanations.

 

*All bottles with capsules are $40/bottle unless they are indicated that they are on sale.  Powdered formulas are $50/bottles.

Adrenoplex – premature aging; patients who are burned out; diminished sexual and physical functions  $33-sale  (2)

 

Back Support Chronic  $26 (2) sale

Back Support HD $26  sale

Blossom  1, 2, 3, 4 – $35 capsules sale , $40 powder

 

C/R Support – side effects from chemo/radiation $40 capsules

Cordyceps 3 [     Chronic immune deficiency -$40  (2)

[      Chronic fatigue syndrome

[      Sexual/reproductive dysfunction

[      Respiratory dysfunction

[      Chronic trachitis

[      Allergic rhinitis

[      Kidney impairment

[      Tinnitus

[      Arrhythmia

[      Hyperlipidemia

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Enhances energy and increases the basal metabolism

[      Increases sperm count and sperm motility

[      Improves kidney and ear function

[      Prevents and treats respiratory disorders

[      Prevents and treats elevated cholesterol levels

[      Prevents and treats cardiovascular disorders, such as arrhythmia and high blood pressure

[      Stimulates the immune system to fight against cancer

 

Calm Jr. -$32

Calm ZZZ – chronic and constant stress $30 (capsules)

Circulation (SJ)

Corydalin [      Various kinds of headaches (according to western medicine): sinus, orbital, tension or migraine headaches  $35 capsule (2)

 

Dang Gui Shao Yao Wan

 

Dermatrol (HZ) – [      Shingles (herpes zoster)

[      Shingles with skin lesions and nerve pain

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Antiviral effect to shorten the duration and suppress the severity of shingles

[      Analgesic effect to relieve pain

[      Anti-inflammatory effect to reduce inflammation

Dermatrol PS $35 (2)

[      Psoriasis

[      Dermatological disorders with lesions, blisters or severe itching of the skin

[      Acne with pus and redness

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Suppresses proliferation of the psoriatic cells

[      Reduces tissue inflammation

[      General action to relieve dermatological disorders such as rash, itching and eczema
Dissolve GS –  gallbladder and bile duct inflammation; gallstones; severe sharp epigastric pain

Dissolve KS – kidney stones

Equilibrium – diabetes mellitus (POWDER & capsules 2)

 

Flex GT – gout
Gentiana Complex $29

Gentle Lax Deficient – constipation; colon cleanser (2)
GI Care – ulcers; acid reflux $29 sale

GI Care HMR – hemorrhoids (2)

GI Care UC – ulcerative colitis
GI Harmony – irritable bowel syndrome

GI Tonic 2
Herbal ABX – sale for $27 (2)

 

Herbal DRX – edema; feeling of heaviness in body

Herbal ENT $30 2[      All excess conditions presenting with fire, heat, damp-heat, or toxic heat

[      Conditions with red tongue, yellow or greasy yellow tongue coating or forceful, rapid pulse

[      This combination is used as an adjunct formula to clear heat

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Antibacterial effects

[      Antiviral effects

[      Antifungal effects

[      Broad spectrum antibiotic functions

Herbalite – obesity with excess appetite; constant craving for food; weight gain  (POWDER, capsules 2) on sale $25 capsule, $30 powder
Immune +  capsule $33

Weak or compromised immune system

[      Frequent bacterial or viral infections, such as common colds and/or influenza

[      Prolonged recovery period from bacterial or viral infections

[      Cancer patients with weakened immune systems from radiation or chemotherapy treatment

[      HIV/AIDS patients with weakened immune systems 7

[      Individuals with no significant complaints, but desire to enhance their immunity

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Enhances the immune system: increases white blood cell count

[      Anticancer activity: inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Use as an immune supportive therapy for patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy.

[      Inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria

[      Boosts energy and vitality

 

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan $31

Liver DTX – liver damage with high levels of SGPT and SGOT, hepatitis, liver cirrhosis; addiction: detoxifies liver during alcohol, drug or smoking cessation (2)

Lonicera Complex –$31

[      Bacterial infections: bronchitis, pneumonia

[      Mild throat infections: sore throat

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Herbal antibiotic: treats both viral and bacterial infections

[      Antiviral properties: reduces the severity and duration of viral infections

[      Antibacterial properties: reduces the severity and duration of bacterial infections

[      Enhances the immune system

 

Magnolia Clear Sinus [      Sinusitis and/or rhinitis $31 sale

[      Sinus pain and headache

[      Seasonal allergies, especially in the winter and spring

[      General nasal problems, such as stuffy nose, sneezing, loss of smell, clear watery nasal discharge, etc.

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Constricts the vessels in the nasal mucosa to treat sinusitis and rhinitis

[      Reduces nasal mucous secretions

[      Desensitizes the patients from allergens to prevent seasonal allergies

Menotrol – infertility, amenorrhea, PCOS due to blood stasis and coldness

Mense Ease

Migatrol – [      Migraine headache: acute and chronic

[      Tension headache: acute and chronic

[      Cluster headache: acute and chronic

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Analgesic action to relieve pain

[      Anti-inflammatory influence to reduce inflammation

[      Treats various types of headaches

 

Neck and Shoulder (chronic) on sale $26 (2)

Notoginseng 9 $36 sale (2)

Nourish powder $40

 

Peuraria Clear Sinus $25 sale (2)
Polygonum 14 – hair loss; premature graying $25 (2)

P-Statin (2)

 

Resolve AI – inflammation/infection with swelling
Resolve Lower – fibroids; benign tumors in uterus/ovaries

Respitrol CF $25 (2)

[      Cough with associated symptoms such as sputum, chest congestion, wheezing and dyspnea

[      Cough from acute conditions, such as common cold, influenza and lung infection

[      Chronic cough induced by various conditions, such as infection, drugs, smoking and others

[      Cough in tuberculosis or cancer of the lung

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

[      Antitussive effect to suppress cough

[      Expectorant effect to eliminate phlegm and reduce congestion

[      Bronchodilating effect to relieve wheezing and dyspnea

[      Antibiotic effect to treat cough with infection

Respitrol Cold $30

 

Schisandra ZZZ $30

Shine – depression $31 (2) sale

Thyrodex – Grave’s Disease; hyperthyroidism
Thyro-Forte – hypothyroidism 2
Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin

V-Statin $33

Venus $35

Vital Essence $30

Vitality $30

Yin Care – $20

 

 

Have a TREMENDOUS DAY!

 

I wish you GREATNESS,

Anna

Anna Dolopo, L.Ac.
23151 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 114 

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

office: 949.305.1703

cell: 619.341.4341