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March 30th, 2016
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Yelp #132+ 

 

3rd Review:

Acupuncture Experience at Elements in Harmony

 

Liz M.

Yorba Linda, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/11/2016  Updated review

150 check-ins

 

This is my third review of Anna’s amazing talents as an acupuncturist and healer.

 

I’ve been a patient of Elements in Harmony Acupuncture for over 6 years.  When I first started, I had no expectation of continuing treatment beyond a few sessions.  At the time, I had limited experience with “alternative methods” and I didn’t realize that acupuncture could help ALL issues of body, mind, and spirit.  To note, when I started seeing Anna, I was a full-time graduate student also working full-time, making a measly $32k/yr, living 40+ miles away from Laguna Hills.  My point: I was broke, it took effort and money to get to my appointments, and I was crazy stressed out constantly.

 

What have I learned?  That Anna has a talent shared by very few on this planet.  I say this as  the granddaughter of a highly-respected M.D. and as someone with exceptionally high standards.  Anna’s dedication to my health and to the health of all her patients is second to none.  She is both professional and friendly; she is relatable and open.  I give heartfelt credit to Anna for helping me through physical issues and emotional matters, as well as helping me develop into a more authentic “me.”  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Anna!

 

Here are a few things from one of my previous reviews that I suggest to any acupuncture newbie:

 

Needles.  I know, I know – you hate needles.  I do, too.  (Yes, I’m serious!)  I’m here to tell you that acupuncture doesn’t hurt.  Sure, one needle out of a hundred may sting a bit – but it’s NOTHING like getting a shot.  Injection needles are significantly larger and most of the pain is from the fluid, itself, being injected.  If you’re truthfully scared, ask Anna to let you try a single needle before you buy a session.  She’ll give you some time to try it out – she’s cool like that.

 

Community sessions. You’ll be in a large room with a handful of other people.  Soft music helps drown out any noise created by folks coming or going.  You also have the option to wear ear-buds and listen quietly to your own tunes.  Either way, be prepared to meditate or sleep for your time in treatment.  Keep in mind, this is very typical of acupuncture — it’s what you’d find in China.

 

Privacy. Many acupuncturists who offer community sessions usually don’t have a private space where you can share your medical and personal concerns.  Anna has a private office where she sees patients before treatment.  You are able to discuss your issues without other people knowing your business.

 

Cost. I’ve done research on acupuncture prices and Anna is significantly less costly than other practitioners.  She also offers deals for regular patients.  Obviously acupuncture is an investment, but it’s worth the long-term pay-off.

 

Ongoing learning. Every time I visit, Anna tells me about some new thing she’s learned.  Whether it’s from a book she’s been reading, a conference she attended, or some breakthrough in alternative medicine, Anna is a true healer – constantly evaluating her current methods and searching for further information to help those who trust her with their care.

 

If Western medicine can’t (or won’t) help, if you’re sick of being sick, or if you just want better peace of mind, give Anna a try!

 

 

Yelp #121+
Jamie S.
Laguna Hills, CA
5.0 star rating
3/9/2016
Anna is everything a health professional should be. She is passionate, thoughtful, and educated. I leave her office not only feeling relaxed, but rather empowered. I am being treated for both Multiple Sclerosis and Trigeminal Nueralgia. With random and intermittent pain daily, Anna has been a steady breath of fresh air for the last two years of being diagnosed. I am so grateful that she is in my life and a part of my healing journey. Thank you for being yourself and helping so many people reach their full potential on a daily basis. I consider Anna a friend, healer, and mentor. Thank you. You are the best!
Yelp #134+ 

CHRONIC PAIN, PRE-SURGICAL CARE, ARTHRITIS, MENOPAUSE

 

Lucy P.

Irvine, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/11/2016

 

I have been a patient of Anna Dolopo for 10 years and have always been treated with her happy pleasant disposition and very professional manner. She has helped me manage my chronic pain for my neck and lower back, so I did not myself have to take any type of pain prescriptions. She also has helped prepare me for dental surgeries and abdominal surgery and I did not have to take any narcotic pain medication due to the treatments prior to my surgery. She has also helped me manage my pain for chronic arthritis and menopause. I have gone to many different types of acupuncturists since 1979 and I find Anna and the Balance method she has trained many years for to be the most effective type.

Testimonial: 

KNEE PAIN

 

Anna is fantastic. I went in last month with weakness in my right leg. After two treatments I could put weight on that leg again. I always feel very comfortable at facility. I am so very happy I found her.

 

-JB

Yelp #138+ 

 

Prudence M.

San Juan Capistrano, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/13/2016

 

I have been coming to Anna off and on for the past two years. She is professional, friendly and always very accommodating. I have taken my husband and he also has enjoyed his experience. The one thing I would recommend is that you can’t just go once and expect a quick change.  It does take a handful of seasons to get completely rid of whatever ails you.

 

Yelp #133+

VULVODYNIA/NECK PAIN

 

Suzanne D.

Yorba Linda, CA

 

5 STARS

3/11/2016

 

I was plagued by chronic stomach pain and a horrible condition called vulvadynia AND my neck was hurt in a car crash. Despite my wide range of maladies, Anna was able to help me heal!!!!

 

She is extremely generous with her time and is full of wisdom about life! I will forever be grateful to her and her gifts!

 

Suzanne

Yelp #137+ 

NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE

 

Heather K.

Laguna Beach, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/13/2016

 

Anna has been a necessary and important healer in my quest to heal my brain. I was diagnosed in 2011 with a neurological disease that left me frightened and worried about living my life to my fullest abilities. When I go to see Anna we deal with a range of symptoms. Anywhere from essential, and non essential tremors, ataxia, as well as depression, and maximizing energy levels. Every time I go see Anna I am am met with kindness, understanding, and something that you don’t see so much anymore… CARE!. Anna is not dismissive or impatient. She has passion for what she does. That is very important to me.

 

My quality of life is improving and with Elements In Harmony on my team. I look forward to being able to play with my grandkids and be as active as I want to be. As of today my neurologist shows no sign of progression in degeneration since first MRI. I like to call her Anna “real deal” Dolopo!!!!!!

 

 

 

YELP #142+ 

Erin Y.
Long Beach, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

This review is both long in length and long overdue as I’ve been seeing Anna on-and-off since 2009, and she has had a significant positive impact on my life in our time together. She has helped me manage my stress levels and improve both my sleep and immune system, but perhaps the most significant impact she’s had on my health is in the work she’s done on my digestive system. She weaned me off Nexium over the course of 6 months, which I had been taking for 5 years for GERD (if you want to know more about this, I wrote a rather lengthy testimonial that you can find on her website). She is practically a superhero as far as I’m concerned.

Some things you should know about her, her practice, and what to expect:

In short, Anna is an amazing person. She’s kind, intelligent, compassionate, and has a wonderful outlook on life. She treats everyone with respect and truly wants to help her patients. Because she wants to help you, she needs to know more about you. Your first visit will require some paperwork, some face-time with Anna, and a few more dollars than a normal visit (because time = money, duh). She will tell you what to expect during your treatment, the type of results you should expect to see, and isn’t quick to “diagnose” you with a medical condition of any kind – she listens to you and gets to work treating your symptoms.

On the subject of time and money, Anna offers multiple appointment options to her (non-first-timer) patients. She offers day, evening, and occasionally weekend hours (which can vary with her schedule because she’s also a super mom, but it’s cool because her availability is always posted on her website). You can make an appointment with or without a consultation; the latter will save you a little time and money, but I’m partial to talking to her in private beforehand. She’s a good listener, and I find that it only helps her know more about what’s going on in my life so she can better help me. She offers package deals to ongoing patients as well, so if you decide to stick around for a while, you can save some money that way. Whether you opt for a consultation or not/package deal or not, you should typically expect to be on the table for over an hour. The price you pay is worth every penny for the amount of time you get. Anna lets your body decide when you’re done (you will know), so she never rushes you out the door. Consider it a nice time to relax, treatyoself, and take a nap (more on napping with needles in your body shortly).

The atmosphere is a community one, and she offers heated/unheated massage tables, recliners, and inversion-type chairs to meet your individual physical needs and preferences (with fuzzy blankets and hot packs to boot). Community treatments mean more available appointment times and also help keep costs down so she can treat more than one person at a time (win). Her patients respect the space and stay fairly quiet, but there is always some low-volume music to help drown out some of the ambient noise. You might think community treatments lack privacy, but when your needles are primarily only going in your distal extremities, it’s really no big deal. Yes, you read that correctly…needles typically only go from your knees to your toes, from your elbows to your fingers, and in your head. The method of acupuncture Anna practices is different from many other acupuncturists in that the needles are typically not applied locally if you’re experiencing pain. The benefits are experienced locally, however (I told you she was a superhero), as well as throughout your body (improved sleep, relaxation, immunity, etc.). I promise. Read all her reviews!

As I mentioned above, you will likely fall asleep with needles in your body. The number of needles you get depends on what ails you, but they are EXTREMELY small needles and generally don’t hurt. If you’ve never experienced acupuncture before, you will feel a quick sting when a needle is inserted that fades within a second or two, and then you no longer feel them (as long as you don’t move around). It sounds crazy, but once the needles are in, your body begins to relax and staying still is actually very easy (especially since many patients fall asleep…sometimes they snore. It happens. If you don’t like it, bring earplugs).

These are the highlights, but Anna will explain all this to you up front. She’s honest and open with her patients, and if you don’t see results, she will tell you to stop coming. Yes, you read that correctly. She doesn’t sit idly by taking your money if your time together isn’t beneficial. At one point, she and I had a chat about my anxiety levels that weren’t improving as much as she liked, and she urged me to dig deeper to find out the root of the problem before coming back. She’s truly changed my life. Please read the rest of her reviews… I hope you see that she’s incredibly skilled and trust her to help you too!

Yelp #136+ 

ATHLETIC INJURIES

 

Ken M.

Aliso Viejo, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/12/2016

 

I’ve been coming to Anna for a few years for anything ranging from a sore shoulder playing golf, back strain from yoga/work, wrist injuries from mountain biking to hamstring pulls lifting weights. I was a bit skeptical of Anna’s method at first because I was more accustomed to having needles placed on my problem areas; however, she’s proved to me time and again that it works. Like any medicine, Eastern, Western or otherwise, a positive outlook will take you a long ways in getting healed.

 

None of this would matter if Anna wasn’t as professional or personable as she is. I feel that Anna is personally vested not only in my best interests, but in the well being of others as well. And for that I am grateful and will continue to seek her expertise.

 

Yelp #135+ 

PAIN/COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

 

Mina L.

Aliso Viejo, CA

 

5 STARS

3/12/2016

 

I am so lucky to have Anna as my doctor.  I found her on Yelp while I was suffering from various pain over my body couple years ago and I have been with her ever since.  Anna is caring from the bottom of her heart and genuine to everyone.  She is highly professional, punctual and always meet me with a BIG HUG!  Her non-invasive acupuncture method heals like a miracle and often makes more than 50% of improvement in one visit.

 

She treats her patients with her whole heart and only wants the best for them.  She takes time to understand your problems and strives to find the root cause.  She not only helps me to deal with physical pain using acupuncture needles (which is really non-invasive and you often do not feel them), she also supports me emotionally throughout various stressful situations which I am extremely grateful to.  She goes extra miles for her patients because she cares and takes pride in what she does.  That is priceless.

 

I like her community room treatment environment.  You are in a room with other motivated people who only want the best for their lives, peacefully receive treatments and enjoy some rest at the same time with relaxing light background music.  The treatment beds are always clean and warm.  She covers you with soft blankets and making sure you are 100% comfortable.  Her place is my restful retreat in this busy world – a time to slow down and relax your mind & soul.

 

With all the above, she charges a minimum fee and often offers extended treatment time & discount packages for loyal customers.  I have done acupuncture in other places before and her cost is at the very reasonable lower end.

 

I would recommend Anna to anyone who are seeking Chinese style acupuncture treatments.  You will appreciate what Anna can do for you!

 

Yelp #131+ 

STRESS, FERTILITY, NATURAL LABOR, PAIN

 

Brittany B.

Santa Ana, CA

 

5 STARS

3/10/2016

 

Anna is extremely gifted acupuncturist.  She has helped me with stress, fertility, inducing labor and acute muscle pain.  I’ve been to other acupuncturist but few are as effective as Anna.

On a personal level, she is caring and considerate.  She takes her time and does her job right.  I’ve recommended Anna to family and friends.

Finally, the community acupuncture setting is comfortable and cozy.  She always has warm blankets, heated beds, heated stomach pads, or eye covers to make your treatment even better.

I highly recommend Anna and her acupuncture.

Yelp #130+ 

PREGNANCY CARE/LOWER BACK PAIN

 

Julianna W.

CAPO BEACH, CA

 

5 STARS

3/10/2016

 

Anna worked miracles on both my husband and me. My midwife highly recommended her when in my early pregnancy because of all day ‘morning sickness’ and utter exhaustion, and I continued to see her weekly to help with depression, anxiety, back pain and other  pregnancy related issues. She also helped me keep my blood pressure in check in those last weeks, so that I could go on to have the home birth I wanted. I haven’t been back in since having my baby girl, but to be honest I haven’t needed to because the back pain, anxiety and depression hasn’t come back!

After my husband saw my great results he decided to give it a try for the back pain he had struggled with for 10+ years. Needless to say, she worked her magic on him as well and after just 6 or 7 treatments his back no long hurts!

I’m actually looking forward to getting pregnant again because I know that Anna will keep me feeling good throughout.

 

 

 

Yelp #128+

PAIN FROM AIKIDO

 

Lavinia G.

Laguna Hills, CA

 

5.0 star rating

3/10/2016

 

This review is long overdue; still I will try to keep it short and simple. I have tried “traditional” acupuncture with great success but, after having several people sing her praises, I went to see Anna.

 

Her method, I think is called the Balance Method, is a little bit different because needles go only in the “extremities” so lower arms, lower legs, and head. These areas are “poked” in different ways according to your situation but, regardless of where or what it may be, you will never see needles going anywhere else.

Anna has cured a chronic pain I was dealing with for years, she helps me with pain management and various inflammations when I train a bit too much in Aikido, she has helped me numerous times with my stress…. and I have sent many of my friends to see her for no other reason that she has helped many where others have failed (including my husband!).

 

Anna cares, she always makes you feel welcome, and she makes time for you even if she has a full house. I follow her practice on Facebook for her awesome inspirational and thought-provoking videos and I would recommend even just doing that if needles aren’t quite your thing… But I am telling you, Anna is truly the best and I now only see her.

 

TIPS: Bring headphones. Whether you are in the open room or in the side room, the sessions can be quite lengthy and listening to a book or some of your own music (or book) can help… THAT SAID, you will feel as if time flies when you are there and won’t even believe it has been that long.

 

 

 

Yelp #149+

SPORTS INJURIES

 

Keevin G.

Lake Forest, CA

 

5 STARS

3/16/2016

 

My experience with Anna has been absolutely awesome. I injured my back weight training so badly that I was unable to walk.With only one treatment from Anna I was at least 80% better. I have been seeing Anna for several years since that treatment. She can usually cure my sports injuries in just one treatment!

 

 

Yelp #148+

jessica s.

Huntington Beach, CA

 

5 STARS

3/16/2016  Updated review

 

All these years later and I’m still one of Dr. Dolopo’s biggest fans!! She is kind and attentive and listens to all of my concerns before she begins treatment. My appointments with her are the highlight of my day, I always leave there feeling refreshed and renewed. I have referred countless friends and family over to her all of which have been ecstatic with their results. Love her and the service she provides me!

 

Yelp #150+ 

 

Deb B.

Los Angeles, CA

 

5 STARS

3/18/2016  Updated review

 

There’s a reason I’ve continued to see Anna Dolopo LAc for the last 10+ years (and now I even travel 1-2 hours from LA to get to her). She has always made a positive impact in my life, and my physical and emotional health. She has treated me for back pain (as a long-term result of four fractured vertebrae in a car accident), a pinched nerve (which never once returned), female issues (which sometime required her Chinese herb expertise), anxiety and so much more. I trust her entirely, and if I question whether to use traditional or nontraditional medicine, she’ll work with me to set a plan for either route. I’ve been seeing Anna for so many years and we’ve both seen life’s hurdles and miracles during that time, so beyond a healer for me, I consider her a friend. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer anyone looking for physical or emotional healing to Anna!

 

Yelp #147+ 

Anne J.
Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating

3/15/2016 Updated review
How do I explain why I get acupuncture?

Because it works. My answer really is that simple, acupuncture works.

OK walking into an office and knowing I am wiling to be stuck with needles just seems weird, I totally agree. Why go? Because it works.

You probably won’t believe me, you think what you have can’t be helped through acupuncture. I used to think the same way and learned acupuncture can help me and probably can help you as well.

I am not going to list the different issues over the years Anna at Elements in Harmony has fixed, you can read plenty of those on her website and in other Yelp reviews. I am just going to admit, it works. I know you still don’t believe me, neither did I before going to see Anna. I told her as much at my first treatment and she just smiled and said give it a try That was 7 years ago and I see Anna from time to time when one issue or another pops up in my life.

Why go to Elements in Harmony and not somewhere else? Anna is a gifted healer who understands how bodies work and how acupuncture will work on a body. I am amazed at some of the stories i hear (not from Anna) but other patients in the waiting room about how Anna used acupuncture to help a body heal.

The most common question I get asked (besides do the needles hurt) is how can I be in a room with other people. . I think of all the types of community treatments out there for dialysis or cancer treatments and realize this really is not so different, people in a room being treated. We are all there for the same reason, to get healthy and people respect each other and their space.

….about the needles; yes one or two hurts at times, Anna apologizes if the needle going in hurts (and she means it) but 98% of the time, i don’t even realize where she is putting the needle.

Don’t believe me; go give it a try yourself. If you see me there; ask what I am there for, I don’t mind sharing. smile emoticon

Simply put, acupuncture works.

 

 

Yelp #146+

Tara B.

 

Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

I have been a patient of Anna’s for 6+ Years, she has treated me for a number of different aliments. In every instance the results were OUTSTANDING, and I often wish I could make more time to spend on her table.

Anna is the best, plain and simple. I initially went to see her for my Challenging Pregnancy, she managed to alleviate my ALL DAY Sickness so I could gain some much needed weight, she managed the leg cramps, the insomnia, the stress, and best of all – I had a scheduled a C-Section which she prepared my body for – I left the hospital 1 day early and I never needed anything more than an ibuprofen on day 2. I was running up and down stairs when I got home and never had any issues at all – WHAT A GIFT to have those precious beginning moments to spend with my daughter PAIN FREE.

She has treated me for headaches, shoulder aches, and knee pain – all of these I get tremendous results and after a couple of sessions I couldn’t believe how much better I felt.

She has keep me healthy when I travel and when the rest of my family is sick; more recently I was on and off planes during the Holiday season and I went to see Anna – Before and After my traveling and I didn’t get sick.

Because I have been her patient for so long – I often forget how amazing she is. She know my Energy better than I do. She aligns me so that I function as a BETTER me. Now if anything feels wrong she is the person I visit.

The best thing about her place is that she is more than just your doctor, she is my friend. She spends almost as much time treating me as she does teaching me how I can be a better me, or how to help my daughter when she is not feeling well with homeopathic treatments.

If you’re hesitant about acupuncture, Anna and Elements in Harmony is by far the best place to go. Anna will make you feel totally comfortable and relaxed, plus you’ll walk away more knowledgeable!

YELP #145+ 

Traci L.
Huntington Beach, CA

5.0 star rating

3/15/2016

Anna is an amazing practitioner. She is very knowledgable in acupunture and overall wellness. She is extremely positive and cares deeply about your well being. I always feel good leaving her sessions. She allows you to stay and receive treatment as long as you can instead of giving you a time limit. She truly cares about your healing process and is committed to you. I recommend Anna for anyone considering acupunture. She is a gem!

 

 

Yelp #115+

Shana M.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

5.0 star rating

3/8/2016

I approached acupuncture with skepticism. I didn’t “believe” it could really work. But I found myself in a situation where I really didn’t want to use medication. I was 40 weeks pregnant and I didn’t want to be medically induced. So I went to Anna. After one session I had my child the next afternoon!……but I still didn’t “fully” believe. I mean, maybe it was a fluke?

I then developed a bad case of grinding my teeth during sleep. I had to wear an uncomfortable mouth guard, had daily headaches and jaw pain. Again, I didn’t want to use prescribed medicines to “relax” “calm down” or “sleep deeper”. I went in for 3 treatments in a one week span (an aggressive schedule for me). I slept amazingly! My anxiety reduced by 80%! I didn’t need a mouth guard! The treatments felt AMAZING – I left feeling like I was walking in bliss every time I left her treatment center! After that I was a true BELIEVER! I now use Elements in Harmony for my overall general health maintenance. I have seen Anna to help with various health issues/illnesses/injuries throughout the past 6 years. She has helped me with:

-anxiety
-low energy
-back pain/ inflammation
-flu
-digestive issues
-PMS
-insomnia
-pregnancy related issues

I also love her online scheduling system. I have a hectic life and it allows me to book the day of if I need to. She is extremely accommodating, she always works with me on last minute bookings, which is a HUGE bonus from having a Community Healing room.

Honestly, I can’t wait to go again – it just adds so much balance to my busy life – I know I’ll always leave saying “AHHHHHHHHHH”

Yelp #144+ 

Ruby N.
Corona, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

Anna helped me get through a difficult pregnancy. I was severely nauseated and vomiting, dehydrated and weak. I barely had the strength and energy to get out of bed. After 3 months of suffering my husband begged me to see Anna. I was skeptical at first, but I’m glad I made it to her office. After my first treatment I was able to eat a decent meal and held it down. After that, I started seeing Anna 1-2 times a week to control my symptoms. I felt so good that the people around me saw a big difference in my appearance. I went from this miserable pale sickly appearing person to smiling and laughing again. Thanks Anna!!!

YELP #143+ 

FOOT PAIN

Luann S.
Lake Forest, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

Anna, I’m so happy I finally got in to see you! That evening I could feel a big difference in the easing of the pain in my foot. Now I’m making a mental list of other things I want you to focus on. Things like my thyroid & adrenals so I’ll have more energy. Just knowing that you can help me with these other things thrills me. You are a treasure & I am recommending you. I’ll see you soon.

Yelp #141+ 

Gina H.
Mission Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

I went to Anna for chronic bladder infections. I was tired of the pain and all the antibiotics that I was taking 4-5 times a year which were not getting rid of the infections. Anna has treated me when I had an infection and to prevent them from happening and I have been bladder infection free for 1 year now with Anna’s help. I have received amazing results from her!! I would recommend her to family and friends!

Yelp #140+
Sara D.
Costa Mesa, CA
5.0 star rating
3/14/2016 Updated review
This is my 2nd review, I’ve been coming to Anna for over 3 years now. She worked wonders for me. I was of course skeptical at first of the benefits of acupuncture, but I got amazing results from just a few sessions. I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to have babies because I wasn’t ovulating or having periods. With only a month of a couple sessions a week, I now have regular periods every month. Now I love to go to Anna just to see her, and have a relaxing balancing nap. She helps me to relive stress, which has made my skin look better also. Any time I have a cold or feel something coming on, she fixes it right away! She is a miracle worker!
8/14/2013  Previous review Anna is a dedicated successful healer for women with hormonal imbalance issues. I suffered from having irregular periods for the past 2.5 years after I decided to go off of be birth control pill Yaz, and then BeYaz. I had tried many things such as bio identical hormone remedies etc. and nothing helped. Since I’ve been going to Anna, I was really aggressive with the acupuncture in the beginning, I’ve had 4 full periods without any of the herbal remedies she said we may have to try if my body didn’t respond to the needles, but I did! She makes the acupuncture process SO relaxing I leave there feeling so relaxed like a new woman! I trust Anna can heal any sort of issue with her expertise in Chinese medicine. I would recommend her to everyone!
 

Yelp #139+

Margaret B.
Dana Point, CA

5.0 star rating
3/14/2016

I’ve been seeing Anna since the October, 2015 for very severe menopausal hot flashes.

Almost three years ago I stopped taking Bio-identical Hormones because I had a feeling that by relying so heavily on having to always increase the dosage, my body was stopping to produce its own hormones. I tried to deal with the hot flashes myself by taking different supplements, herbs, homeopathy, etc., but it was getting worse. I was getting drenched with sweat and heat every 30-40 minutes, and then right after that I was shivering with cold. I couldn’t wear anything heavier than tank tops, jeans, and a light sweater that was constantly on and off because by that time I actually felt like there is an internal sauna inside me with additional, severe hot flashes on top of it. I couldn’t wear any makeup (even the lightest one) because everything was just melting off my face. I couldn’t wear my hair down, because even this felt too hot for me. I always had to have a fan in my purse or somewhere near me and a small spray bottle with water. The hot flashes were terribly interfering with my life. I stopped going out and was barely socializing because I was always feeling tragically uncomfortable. I just couldn’t function well anymore.
I knew I had to do something and I wanted it to be in a natural way.

So I found Anna through the Internet and my healing journey started.
After the very first treatment, I woke up in the morning without one drop of sweat on my body or the bed sheets. It was heaven!!! MY HOT FLASHES WERE REDUCED TO 50% — AFTER THE FIRST TREATMENT!!! Needles to say, I was sold. Now there is only 5% left to completion– I am extremely pleased with the results.

Anna is simply amazing. The Balance Method she has mastered is different from other acupuncture styles, and I actually love that I don’t have to undress for the treatment because this method calls for using needless in arms/ hands (from elbow down), and legs from knees down — wow!

I love coming to Anna’s clinic. It’s so peaceful there. Anna herself has a lovely and sweet disposition, always treating her patients with great care and devotion. It’s so obvious, she loves what she’s doing.

What an amazing and highly skilled Acupuncture Physician Anna is!!!
I’m so grateful and happy I found her. I only wish I’d come sooner!
Thank you Anna!

 

 

YELP #129+
Alicia Z.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
5.0 star rating
3/10/2016
Anna has always been caring, professional and positive! I had never been to an acupuncturist before going to her, and was a little nervous.  She settled my nerves and was exceptionally kind and knowledgable.  My husband and I had been trying for years to have a baby.  With Anna’s help – I’m now halfway through my first pregnancy!
 

 

Yelp #127+ 

Cindy C.
Perris, CA

5.0 star rating
3/10/2016

The best acupuncturist.

Anna is very knowledgeable, she is very caring and really wants to help people get better. Her prices are very reasonable, I did a lot of
research and looked at different counties for an acupuncture location.

I have recommended her to all my friends, family and holistic professors. She is amazing and I feel blessed God placed her in our path.

Thanks to her we will welcome our first baby.

Yelp #126+ 

Bushra S.
Ladera Ranch, CA

5.0 star rating
3/9/2016

I have been going to Anna for few months now for neck and shoulder problem and the results so far are amazing. I am extremely happy with the treatment I received so far, and the best thing I like about Anna is that she is very honest, she cares about her patients and she truly wants them to get better. When I had the consultation with her she explained to me the treatment and how many sessions I need. Anna is professional, sweet and kind, I am so glad that I found her.

 

YELP #124+
Nikole D.
Laguna Beach, CA
5.0 star rating
3/9/2016
I started seeing Anna in August 2015. I was having severe hormonal imbalances causing me to have insomnia, anxiety and depression. I would get insane sugar cravings during any kind of stress including driving to and from work. At the recommendation of a friend (whom also sees Anna), I decided to give acupuncture a try for the first time. Anna explained how hormonal imbalances are causing all these uncomfortable symptoms and with treatment she could help me feel normal again. I was not completely sold, but I thought: why not? At this point I will try anything except medication! I didn’t want to go that route. Honestly, I kinda thought acupuncture was just for headaches or body pains and not for my type of symptoms. I didn’t really believe it would work, but I gave it a try anyway. I remember leaving that first day thinking that it was totally strange to zone out on a bed for an hour while having needles in my arms, legs, ears, forehead, head and neck. They didn’t hurt or anything. Just a nice long nap. Anna was very professional and caring during our consultation and then treatment, but I still remember thinking that it just seemed like hocus pocus and that this couldn’t possibly work on my problems. So I left and didn’t think I would likely return again. At least I tried it once, right? Then in just 24 hours I got a major response. A rush of peace spread over me like a wave of endorphins and I wasn’t craving sugar or feeling emotionally overwhelmed. I had extreme confidence in myself and a sense of well being. Is this for real? How did she do that? I felt so good that I knew I had to return and make sure it was actually the acupuncture and not a fluke. Every time I walk out of there, I know in a day or two I will experience this sensational feeling. To heal the body of years of hormonal imbalance takes time. I understand that. I also know that I was fortunate to respond so quickly on the first treatment. Usually this can take a few treatments for others to see results. But you will see results.  So I am now dedicated to healing my body slowly and patiently through acupuncture. I’m sure everyone heals at a different pace, but for me this worked rather quickly. You don’t have to believe in it for it to work. Just be open to the possibility. Everything about my life has gotten better since I met Anna last year. Everyone I come across has noticed how vibrant and healthy I am now. People comment on my glowing skin and positive energy all the time. I tell them about Anna and I now have referred several friends and acquaintances to her and they report similar results. Make sure you bring your headphones! This is very relaxing for most people, so sometimes you may hear other patient’s snoring. I like to listen to meditation music or an audible book to drown out those occasional sounds. Anna literally is magic. She really is an incredible healer. Give her a chance and I know you won’t regret it! ***also she often offers monthly specials for repeat customers to make it even more affordable so u can go more frequently and continue feeling fantastic. You are worth it!
Yelp #123+
Ashlie P.
San Diego, CA
5.0 star rating
3/9/2016
Anna is amazing!! I first came to Anna with severe back pain from a car accident I was in. I had tried physical therapy and chiropractic care and neither worked. After my first treatment with her I could already feel a huge difference. A couple months later my back was pain free and stayed pain free. I am a massage therapist and I use my body a lot so it was great to be able to do my job and not feel back pain after my day was over. Six months later I fell down my stars and threw my back out and was in excruciating pain. I went to see her the next day and again felt instant relief by my second treatment I was back to normal again. I believe the second time I was able to heal so quickly was from all the previous work we had accomplished from my car accident and that I saw her first instead of going to physical therapy or chiropractic care. Anna surrounds herself with an amazing healing energy that you can feel as soon as you walk in the door. She has a passion for healing that is hard to find. If your in pain like I was then Anna is the acupuncturist YOU NEED!!!!
Yelp #122+
Sherry S.
Irvine, CA
5.0 star rating
3/9/2016
I echo most of the reviewers and Anna’s patients here in saying that Anna is a wonderful, caring, professional, and highly competent acupuncturist in the OC area. Last September I was experiencing excruciating shoulder pain that might have resulted from chronic bad posture and overextension from weight training. I was in sharp pains and could not move out of bed. I arrived at Anna’s office in tears after she squeezed me into her busy schedule due to the severity and urgency of my situation. She was able to quickly asses my conditions and began her treatment. It is important to understand that most pains, especially chronic ones, require several intensive sessions of treatment before any observable changes can happen. My pain started to become more tolerable after the second treatment. I continued treatment with Anna at a twice a week to once a week frequency, each time about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (as she graciously encouraged me to stay as long as her schedule allowed for the needles to penetrate more deeply into the points), for 8 treatments in total. During this time, because I was dealing with a severe back pain, my immune system was down and I caught a bad cold. Anna was able to integrate both treatments of shoulder pain and my horrible coughs and shortened the length of time it required for me to recover from the cold.
There are many different approaches to acupuncture, and Anna practices Dr. Tan’s method in which the practitioner does not insert needles directly into the spots of pain. Instead, the practitioner, with their understanding and appreciation of the holistic nature of the human body, utilizes needles in different parts of the body in a corresponding and balanced way. I am not a professional in acupuncture, but I am a mental health practitioner and I appreciate Anna’s approach, professionalism, and genuine care for her expertise and her patients. I also appreciate that she takes efforts to do a thorough initial consultation/assessment before starting her treatment with a new patient, as this is extremely crucial for any kind of healthcare profession to remain ethical and effective. Anna also maintains an open communication with her patients, and does not hesitate to modify her treatments based on the patient’s needs. I highly recommend Anna and encourage potential customers to give her a try, with understanding that the more severe or chronic pains will definitely take a longer time before healing becomes noticeable. No magic pills are dispensed here, and that is not what Anna is offering. What she offers is patient, consistent, and genuine care that can go a long way when needed.
Yelp #120+ 

Jackie V.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

5.0 star rating

3/9/2016

I have been going to Anna for over a year now and I consider her to be a miracle worker. I have never been to an acupuncturist before and didn’t know what to expect but from the very first treatment I had with her, I felt better. When I first met Anna, I had terrible insomnia and anxiety from trauma I had experienced two years before. Anna, with her treatments, cured my anxiety and I now sleep very well at night. I had been to many doctors who were unable to do what Anna did. She is truly an expert in the field she is in. Anna is also very professional, honest and courteous. She has also greeted me with a smile and a hug and is warm and caring to everyone she treats. She is highly professional and very skilled at what she does. She is an expert in the field of acupuncture and I would highly recommend her to anyone I meet.

Yelp #118+ 

Kristi K.
Lake Forest, CA

5.0 star rating

3/9/2016

I’m normally not an actual Yelp reviewer, but I use the reviews to base my decision on which business I choose. But I felt strongly to give my review on Anna and her acupuncture business. Anna is the best acupuncturist I’ve ever been to!! She truly cares about her patients! My husband and I came to her about 6 years ago, since we were having problems with infertility. We’ve went through the typical Western methods with drugs and other treatments and unfortunately were unsuccessful. I found Anna using Yelp and after a quick phone conversation, I felt an immediate connection with her. She was very forthcoming in our first meeting, telling me our problems were not going to be cured overnight, but with weekly treatments and dedication, we could conceive naturally. Well lo and behold, 4 months later, I was pregnant. It wasn’t an easy process, but Anna was there for us with any questions. She also helped us through the pregnancy and I never suffered any morning sickness. We now have a rambunctious 4 1/2 year old daughter! She is the love of our life. Thanks to Anna, she is truly a blessing.

5 STAR REVIEW on FacebookstarS

 

I have been treated by several other acupuncturists and Anna is by FAR the best! She is extremely thorough and truly cares about helping you graduate from your pain. I have seen her for a range of things from pregnancy related issues, back pain, and cold/flu relief. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Yelp #117+ 

Greg W.
Laguna Niguel, CA

5.0 star rating

3/9/2016

Simply put Anna Dolopo and her Elements in Harmony treatment program worked for me and cured my plantar fasciitis when neither an Orthopedist or physical therapy could. For over 25 years I was a daily runner. Several – 1/2 marathons and Hood to Coast relay race in Oregon twice. Many years ago I suffered from this very painful injury and had to stop running for about 2 years. Over time it slowly got better with the help of steroid injections and very limiter sports activities. When I was hit with plantar fasciitis again, I took the usual route of Orthopod and a dozen physical therapy treatments. Nothing helped. I could barely walk. My foot was so painful. I was in constant pain. Each morning was spent limping everywhere. I suffered for 8-9 months with no improvement.

My daughter, also a runner, suggested acupuncture.

I found Anna Dolopo via the Internet and decided “what the heck, nothing to lose.”

Within the first 4-6 treatments I was getting Relief from the constant pain in my foot.

Anna was incredibly generous with her time and expertise. Always going above and beyond what you would ever expect from a healthcare professional. Never was I rushed-actually quite the opposite. Anna had my healing as her only focus. Within 12-15 treatments my pain was eliminated. Strangely it took about 2 days after each of my sessions to feel the improvement. Each treatment brought me closer to being pain free.

Anna always gave me the BEST treatment and care.
I am now pain free thanks to Anna.

Again, Simply put, she is the best. You can trust Anna to help you.
I give very few reviews, but in this case, it’s well deserved. Anna earned my respect and gratitude.

Yelp #116+
Maral S.
Dana Point, CA
5.0 star rating
3/9/2016
Anna is an angel from God. I feel truly blessed for being her patient. She is the most caring, loving, trusting and knowledgeable person I have met in Chinese medicine. She treats each and every one of her patients with outmost care, love and respect. She treated my bipolar as well as my chronic depression and today, I am a better and healthier person because of her. I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for me. Anna ROCKS!
 

Yelp #114+

Lisa C.
Oceanside, CA

5.0 star rating

3/8/2016

I’m truly lucky to have found Anna.. A dear friend recommended her and I’m grateful I did.. I’ve had acupuncture in the past.. Anna is professional, kind and I feel fortunate to be under her care..

Yelp #113+ 

Taylor R.
Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating

3/8/2016

I recently resumed my treatments with Anna to treat hormone issues I have been having where nothing else has worked and am extremely satisfied and grateful for the treatments I have received from her.

Anna is always so sweet, professional, and in the best spirits doing everything she can to accommodate me during my treatments and make sure I am comfortable. She’s very knowledgeable on the topic of female hormones, fertility, and periods (among other things) and educated me about my specific issues and how acupuncture works, warning me that things may take time to improve as with anything else however the day after my sessions I always feel great as I go through my day – calm and less stressed than usual.

I highly recommend Anna if you’re considering acupuncture!

Yelp #112+ 

Wendy J.
Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating

3/8/2016

I have been seeing Anna for several years. She is very caring and makes sure you are as comfortable as you can be with needles sticking out of you:).

She has treated me for everything from stomach problems, yeast infections and immune boosting. My 17 year old daughter saw her recently for a year long recurrent yeast infection that nothing was curing. My daughter is deathly afraid of needles so when she agreed to see Anna I knew she was at her wits end. Not only did Anna’s one treatment cure the infection (it has been months and no recurrence) but also my daughter said she would go again.

The other thing I really like is the family vibe at her office. If you are lucky you may greeted by her sweet daughters or her even sweeter dog. It is such a warm environment that you feel more like you are visiting a friend then an acupuncture office.

Anna is actually my third acupuncturist and I plan on her being my last.

 

Yelp Review #111+

Robert P.
Aliso Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating

3/8/2016

Anna is great. I highly recommend her. She is highly motivated to help her patients. She has helped me with my aches and pains. Her positive energy is infectious!

 

 

YELP #119+

HEALING

 

Danielle A.

Newport Beach, CA

5 STARS

3/9/2016

 

I have searched high and low for alternative therapies.  Acupuncture is one of them and Elements in Harmony embraces the traditional elements of the art.  I would never go into an appointment of a new acupuncturist without an initial consult, it is mind, body and soul that connects your therapist to what you need to focus on to repair and healing of your body and mind.

 

I love there is no time limit to your appointment here, your body is done when your body is done… the more time the needles are in, the better the treatment.

 

I am so appreciative for Anna and her dedication of the art.

 

For those who are surfing reviews, remember, do check the credibility of each persons page and reviews.   It is shocking when you see how many friends a person has, how many reviews they have, how many stars they dish out to establishments  and how honest the reviews really seem verses just a place to complain.  There are many patrons that abuse yelp… make sure you are able to weed them out so you don’t miss out on something that could be great.  And this establishment is great.

Yelp #125+ 

INSOMNIA SHOULDER PAIN

 

Gina W.

Mission Viejo, CA

5.0 star rating

3/9/2016

 

I started with Anna a couple months ago with a friend’s recommendation. I had never had Acupuncture before and did not know what to expect …in fact I was objective and made no expectations. I have always had difficulty sleeping and that was my prime concern, though Anna mentioned that she could help my small rotator cuff tear also. Again I did not expect anything. I went with the recommendation of aggressive treatments twice a week and was so surprised that my sleep cycle had me waking up at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning and feeling sleepy at nine 930pm.. This was unheard of for me and I found myself having much more time to be productive. Then it occurred to me I didn’t feel my shoulder pain at night as I usually did. She was always very professional. It was always quiet. Everyone seemed to be courteous of each other. Positive experience for me …I’ll be going back.

Yelp #110+ 

 

 

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  • Buy 11 visits for $550 (Save $110)
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  • No private consultations.
  • Add $15 to any treatment if you’d like a private consultation
  • 24 hour notice is required for any appointment changes/cancellations or a treatment is deducted.
  • No treatments can be transferred to anyone else.
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Weight Loss & Addiction Recovery

June 30th, 2012

 

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The Acupuncture Newsletter
June 2012
Anna Dolopo, M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
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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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Got Art? …Motherhood…Anxiety…& More.

March 19th, 2012

Are you an ARTIST?

Post up your WORK OF ART for sale at our healing center!

 

Artists, help beautify our 1,590 square foot healing center and

consider hanging up your master pieces.

 

I will promote your work.

 

Thank you for your consideration and

please forward this email to all the artists that you know.

 

*Paintings, photography and sculptures will be considered.*

 

This is a healing center,

so please be mindful of the type of art that you sell with us.

 

We’re getting a fancy massage chair!

If you have a dollar or two to spare, please help us buy this fabulous massage chair.

 

I will keep you updated when we have it settled in our healing center.  Massages will be for sale on this chair.  $20/20 minutes.

 

 
Do you suffer from PAIN?

I can help!

Please visit our patients’ testimonials.

I have a 90% success rate in helping people GRADUATE from pain with the POWERS of Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Acupuncture.

 
 
Do you have ANXIETY?

For almost two years, I was experiencing panic attacks. Not every day, and never for more than an hour or two at a time, but my stress level would build to a point that I would not be functional. I would feel closed in, and just shut down emotionally. I really didn’t need much of anything to set it off, either – sometimes just the fear that I was going to have a panic attack caused one! Previous to this, I had always been a strong, calm person, someone able to handle anything thrown my way, so this was a big change for me.

 

I came to Anna for treatment of other issues, but I did mention this problem to her in our first conversation and in the initial paperwork. Anna treated this issue through acupuncture, of course, but she also talked to me about it, and would give me “homework” exercises – basically different thoughts and phrases to repeat to myself at home that would help with the process. The amount of genuine care and concern that she has always given me through the treatments or through a conversation or email is what sets her apart. Anna is not only a skilled acupuncturist, she is a warm and caring person that truly wants to help all of her patients to be free of pain, both physical and emotional.

 

Now, almost 9 months after starting treatments, I can’t believe the difference. It was a gradual progression, and I can’t say that I never feel stress anymore – I am human after all! But I don’t have that same “closed in” feeling, and I am able to work through it. I haven’t had a panic attack in over 2 months, and when I do experience stress, I don’t feel overwhelmed by it. Before I started my acupuncture treatments, I had tried meditation, anti-anxiety pills, even taking a leave of absence from work to alleviate the panic attacks – nothing helped. But now, through my acupuncture treatments, I feel like my old self again. I know that everyone is different, but I couldn’t be happier with my results. I highly recommend acupuncture treatments.

-V.

 

 
1 of our 51+ Yelp Reviews

Liz M.
Long Beach, CA
Rating: 5 Star as of 1/19/2012

Update – 1/19/2012

 

“This update has been a long time in the making. I have been a patient at Elements in Harmony for well over 2 years. When I started seeing Anna, acupuncture was not a part of my long-term plan. I had hoped to be in and out in a few sessions and figured that I would stop seeing her when my anxiety was gone. My life has been completely changed and I can’t imagine giving it up. With my anxiety gone (yes, completely), I continue to see major (although sometimes subtle) positive improvements in my body, my mind, and in my life.

 

Anna is a wiz with physical issues like dry skin, insomnia, digestion problems, joint pain, allergies, and headaches (the list goes on). She’s done wonders for my immune system. In fact, I can’t remember the last cold I had. And, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, I no longer suffer the emotional and physical effects of PMS. (Goodbye cramps and hormonal roller-coaster!) Stress has less and less effect on me. Anna has also reduced my compulsive thinking dramatically. I have virtually no road-rage and find myself a much more peaceful, clearheaded, and focused person.

Here are a few things an acupuncture newbie might have questions about:

 

Needles. I know, I know – you hate needles. I do, too. (Yes, I’m serious!) I’m here to tell you that acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Sure, one needle out of a hundred may sting a bit – but it’s NOTHING like getting a shot. Injection needles are significantly larger and most of the pain is from the fluid, itself, being injected. If you’re truthfully scared, ask Anna to let you try a single needle before you buy a session. She’ll give you some time to try it out – she’s cool like that.

 

Community sessions. Most people will opt for “community sessions” because they’re less expensive than private-room sessions. You’ll be in a large room with a few other people. Soft music helps drown out any noise created by folks coming or going. You also have the option to wear ear-buds and listen, quietly, to your own tunes. Either way, be prepared to meditate or sleep for your time in treatment.

 

Privacy. Many acupuncturists who offer community sessions usually don’t have a private space where you can share your medical and personal concerns. Anna has a private office where she sees patients before treatment. You are able to discuss your issues without other people knowing your business.

 

Cost. I’ve done research on acupuncture prices and Anna is significantly less costly than other practitioners. She also offers deals for regular patients. Obviously acupuncture is an investment, but it’s worth the long-term pay-off.

 

Ongoing learning. Every time I visit, Anna tells me about some new thing she’s learned. Whether it’s from a book she’s been reading, a conference she attended, or some breakthrough in alternative medicine, Anna is a true healer – constantly evaluating her current methods and searching for further information to help those who trust her with their care.

 

Oh, and by the way, at the time that I’m posting this, Anna has nearly 50 Yelp reviews. You’ll want to make sure to go through the 40 ‘filtered’ reviews of people praising her healing. You can find a nearly-invisible link to them at the bottom of this list of reviews.

 

If Western medicine can’t (or won’t) help, if you’re sick of being sick, or if you just want better peace of mind, give Anna a try!

 

 
PCOS & Fertility
After many years of drastic measures of avoiding pregnancy, my husband and I decided, it’s time to start our family, let’s just stop all birth control and if it happens, it happens. Fast forward a few too many years and we still weren’t expecting.

I decided we both needed to be tested for infertility problems. After many doctor appointments and a lot of blood work, it was determined that I was the problem. I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrom). Basically, I wasn’t ovulating due to a hormonal imbalance. I underwent a few treatments with fertility drugs and also an IUI, with no success. At that point, I was devestated. Not to mention broke and tired of being treated like “just another patient.” We decided to take a break from the Western approach and have a carefree summer.

 

As summer was coming to an end, the baby bug came right back to me. I knew I didn’t want to go back to the regular doctor, so I decided to find an acupuncturist. I’ve had success in the past with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, so I thought, what the heck, it can’t hurt, let’s try that approach instead. After scouring the internet, I found an acupuncturist that was local and her website had a testimonial from another patient she treated with PCOS. That’s when I called Anna to arrange my first appointment.

 

I first spoke with Anna over the phone, she was very thorough, giving me her expectations and how long treatments may take considering my history. Of course, I was thinking to myself, ugh, I hope it doesn’t take another year or two to see results, since I wanted to get pregnant years ago. I wanted to be pregnant NOW and I wasn’t getting any younger!!! She told me up front, that we’re getting YOU healthy first and when it’s the right time, the things you want WILL happen.

 

I can’t thank Anna enough. After following her guidance and was diligent with my treatments, I’m now expecting a baby girl in September. I owe it all to Anna and I believe in her work and treatments. Even though she has a bustling, busy health center, she always has time to chat with you and she makes you feel comfortable. I believe the time she spends with each of her patients, contribute to the power of her medicine and the healing ability. The more you open up to her, the more she can help you achieve your health goals.

 

Even after I achieved pregnancy, I continued with my treatments. I believe my pregancy has been problem-free and I will have a strong healthy baby due to Anna’s help.

 

I would definitely refer Anna to any of my family, friends or co-workers in need of an alternate route to healthy living. I think she’s the best at what she does and takes pride in her work.

 

Excited soon-to-be-mommy,
Kristi K.

 
 

So you want to be a MAMA?

 

I can help you get pregnant NATURALLY.

 

 

I’ve been a mom now since May 2004.  Many of my patients have met my beautiful and radiant Angilynn.  She’s the apple of my eye and I take great pride in her.  There’s also Anais, my sparkling bundle of joy who is 20 months old.  (That’s just over a year and a half for you non-parents who hate it when people with kids give months for ages.)

 

I love being a mother and I wish for many others with the right reasons to become parents.  As overpopulated as we are in this world, I still believe that for the ones who have more love to make this world a better place, you have the right to feel as fulfilled as my husband and I do.

 

Andrew and I planned our family and they came about the time we wanted them.  I was 30 when Angilynn was born.  I was 28 years old when I got married.  The timing for us was RIGHT.  I started working on my health at age 20 with the POWERS of Chinese medicine.  This means that I started acupuncture at age 20 and I was devoutly on herbs for a minimum of 2 years to regulate my period; to regulate my life.  You read it right, it took me 10 years to get my health PERFECT.  Actually, 99% of that work was the first two years.  Some of my YouTube videos and blog articles will reveal just a few of some personal changes that happened from 1994-1996 with the POWERS of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  I received acupuncture 2+ times a week and I was on 2-4 formulas a month, depending on my cycle and how stressed I was as a Chinese medical student.

 

The acupuncture and the herbs regulated my health.  Chinese medicine regulated and optimized my life.

 

I lost 48 pounds (I went from a size 8 to a size 2).  My periods became PERFECT.  My hives went away.  I was no longer crying at the drop of a hat.  My emotions were under control.  (I was depressed and easily anxious.)  My appetite became normal.  (I was addicted to food – more like I had an abnormally disturbing relationship with food.)  I stopped having chocolate and sweet cravings.  (I was addicted to sugar.)  I started having normal bowel movements daily.  (I used to have 1-2 painful bowel movements a week.)   My weak ankle since a bicycle accident at age 7 got stronger and I stopped spraining it every so often. I had a horrible immune system growing up given that I had an ear/nose/throat specialist for most of my childhood.  I snored horribly and I grew up chronically congested, not being able to say my own name, Anna, without sounding like “Adda.”  My own father called me a horse every night at dinner because I did not have the ability to chew my food with my mouth closed.  I was not able to breathe comfortably through my severely congested nose.  There were other things that improved DRAMATICALLY, but I forgot many of them at this point (it has been 18 years since I became a patient).

 

It was a great deal of commitment to focus on my health for many years, but I did it because I was determined to be a healthy adult.  Fortunately for me, those years of commitment to healing continues to pay dividends.  When it came time to have healthy, happy babies, it was a non-issue.  This is what I bring to the table as a Chinese medical practitioner who works personally with couples wanting to raise a family.

 

I started working with patients in 1999.  When women came to me wanting to become mamas, I took whatever kind of patient who walked through my door.  It didn’t matter to me if they were trying to get pregnant naturally or with fertility doctors.  I did that until 2007.  Since then I’ve limited my practice to patients who want to get pregnant naturally, making few exceptions.  As of March 2012, I’ve taken my last patient who wants to get pregnant without only Chinese medicine.  I respect women who want to work with their fertility doctors, but my heart can’t take it anymore.  I’m not the right one for them and I would prefer referring women investing in thousands of dollars to work with a highly skilled acupuncturist who specializes in fertility and works closely with a fertility medical group.  In my practice now, I’m dedicated only to women whose hearts, minds and souls can fully practice Chinese medicine in order to get pregnant and if somehow I can’t help them get pregnant in the time realistically “promised,” then I will responsibly recommend the next step.

 

I love babies.  We’re overpopulated on this planet, but I still love babies.  What I love about babies is that they’re cute and fun.  They’re also a whole lot of work. Which is why:

 

I love parents who want to responsibly have babies.  I want a planet of healthy, happy babies.  Every mama and papa that I work with, I get to know them in a very intimate way in my practice.  I want to know what makes them tick.  I want to know if their reason to receive Chinese medicine is for them to BECOME HEALTHY, so that they can naturally CREATE A HEALTHY, HAPPY BABY.

 

I’m a purist by many standards when it comes to the practice of Chinese medicine.  It’s very easy to understand Chinese medicine, if you’re healthy and whole in body, mind and spirit, you’re going to get pregnant naturally.  This goes for the man and the woman.  Let’s start with the spirt and the mind.  If a person get angered easily, cries easily, gets emotional easily, finds themselves anxious easily, prone to mood swings, etc., it’s probably likely that from a Chinese medical perspective, something is off with that person in one of the “5 phases” (organ systems), thus causing them to not have stable emotions.  This is a key element that anyone trying to get pregnant and is having a difficult time to do so naturally on their own must understand.  If this is you and you are constantly crying in the car or you get pissed off at some minute issue or you get startled easily or there’s just some emotion that is predominant in your entire being other than CALMNESS, then we’ve got some work to do with both acupuncture and Chinese herbs to get you emotionally stable.  This is one reason why IN MY PRACTICE I understand why a woman and her partner can’t get pregnant naturally.

 

The body follows the mind, the mind follows the spirit.

 

If the mind and spirit are not calm and relaxed most of the time and a woman is having a hard time conceiving, then the emotions are a good place for me to start.

 

It would be ideal to do BOTH acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  The woman should be on herbs from at least 2 months into treatment.  Sometimes I like to see what 5-10 treatments without herbs will do just to see how a woman will respond to my work with just acupuncture.  Sometimes acupuncture is all it takes.  95% of the time, herbs will be needed for better effectiveness because “we need to treat substance with substance.”  Substance in this case means herbs.  Acupuncture treats the energetic field of the body.  Acupuncture is NOT substance.  In other words, I use acupuncture to affect the Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang of a woman, but to BETTER affect the Blood, Yin and Yang of a woman, I can do it better with herbal formulas. (I am purposefully not explaining in full detail the concepts of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang in this article for simplicity sake.)

 

In most cases, women’s emotional health is directly linked to our menstrual health.  If a woman’s menses are not PERFECT, I’m going to want to make it perfect with acupuncture, but mostly, with Chinese herbal formulas.  This is a perfect cycle and is nothing short of what I strive for with every woman:

 

1.  28-32 day cycles

2.  3-5 day periods

3.  NO premenstrual changes (no migraines, no back pain, no breast tenderness, no spotting, no cramping, no mood swings, no depression, no acne, no cravings, NOTHING)

4.  bright red blood for 3-5 days ONLY (no brown, no dark red, no pink, no purple, no black)

5.  NO clots

 

That’s it.  There should be a seamless stream of positive energy from end of one cycle to the beginning of the next. This is my homework.  This is what I expect of my work with every woman.  This makes a very complicated situation into a very simple situation.

 

What I need:

the woman to do exactly what I advise if they want exactly what their stated goals are in their initial paperwork.

 

Does it work?

90% of the time.

 

When does it not work?

There are women who work too hard.  Their commutes are too long. They’re sitting too long. They’re standing too  long.  Their responsibilities in life are too strong on the energy of their “kidneys.”  They’re exerting too much energy into life.  Life is literally sucking the kidney energy out of them. The kidney energy is vital to proper menstrual health (as well as the “spleen, liver and heart”), but in my practice, I need the energy of the kidneys as preserved as possible.

 

There are other reasons why there are “inexplicable infertility.”  I’m not God and I don’t have complete control over a woman’s health.  In difficult situations, I wish that I could see the woman 3 times a week for a year and put her on raw herbal formulas (the ones that I used to take) and have her cook it 45 minutes-1.5 hours a day.  It’s work and a lot of financial investment, but it’s worth it.

 

For a minimum of 80% of my practice of women who want to get pregnant naturally, 1-3 times a week of acupuncture plus the potent Chinese herbal formulas in capsule/powder form in my practice are good enough.

 

How long does a woman have to see me?

1. 6-12 cycles if there is no western medical diagnosis and the woman seems to have almost a regular cycle.  Basically, her gynecologist thinks that she should be pregnant within a year if she were to try on her own.

 

2.  12-18 cycles if there is a western medical diagnosis such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, fibroids, etc.).

 

3.  2-3 years if there is a history of long-term birth control use or fertility medications (IUI, IVF, etc.).

 

It sounds like a long time and a lot of commitment, doesn’t it?  Well, it is and I’m privileged to NOT specialize in fertility and still have 4-6 pregnant moms a year on average and have the freedom to pick and choose my patients who want to get pregnant.  It’s TREMENDOUS work to help a woman get pregnant whether I’m able to do it in 1 month or a couple of years.  I put my heart and soul into this medicine and believe me, I put my heart and soul into every couple who wants to get pregnant and are willing to walk their journey with me.  I’m not into helping EVERY couple get pregnant just because they want to have a baby.  It’s not about quantity in my practice.  It’s about quality. Babies are work.  They’re a ton of work just when they’re happy, healthy and whole.  As a parent and as a professional acupuncturist, I am focused on helping adults have strong, healthy and happy lives.

 

I accept couples who want to get healthy naturally, knowing that they will likely have a full-term, healthy and happy pregnancy.

 
 
 

Anna N. Dolopo, L.Ac.

In practice since 1999.

 
 

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