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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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Anna Dolopo, L.Ac. 

23151 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 114

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Fertility, Pregnancy, Delivery; Auto-immune disease; Polyneuropathy

September 8th, 2012

 

This is what I’m talking about!

Go Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Acupuncture!
1.  Pregnancy and Delivery

Anna..
I don’t know if you have seen my VBAC video… but I would be honored if you sent it out in an email with my testimonial! :)

Here is the link http://www.vimeo.com/6885221

To any future pregnant client of Anna,
Being a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant & Student Midwife, I knew that I would start acupuncture at the beginning of my pregnancy & throughout because of the positive effect I had seen it have on my clients. I started seeing Anna at 10 weeks of my 2nd pregnancy to help my morning sickness subside, it helped it tremendously and I felt I was able to start feeling like myself again. I was blessed enough to continue on with acupuncture treatments throughout the rest of my pregnancy every week to alleviate any discomforts of pregnancy, while strengthening my body in preparation for my birth experience. This birth experience was so important to me and I knew that if I wanted to do everything I could to make my body strong and in harmony, acupuncture had to be one of the key elements. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I started seeing Anna twice a week, and on July 22nd I received my last treatment before I gave birth to my son less than 24 hours later. I achieved a beautiful HBAC (Home Birth after a Cesarean) and gave birth to my son River in our jacuzzi in our backyard under the stars. I am truly SO grateful for Anna and the help that she provided me with! I would (& do) recommend her to EVERYONE! :)
In Love,
Lindsey Meehleis
www.ocmidwifery.com <http://www.ocmidwifery.com/>

2.  Polyneuropathy
Thank you, Anna, for greatly improving the feeling in my feet.  For the last several years I have been experiencing a constant numbness in my feet that makes walking feel clunky.  This numbness was primarily in my left foot, my right foot was considerably less severe.  This condition also aggravated my body balance.  I have always been thankful for good health, the one exception was colon cancer in 1994, and have enjoyed traveling, exercising, plenty of yard work and home maintenance.  I received 18 treatments between September 14 and October 9, 2009.  The poly neuropathy in my left foot has a 60% improvement and my right foot a 90% improvement.  I would like to thank our friend, one of your current clients, for referring me to you.  Thank you again for your personal touch and acupuncture skills that are improving health and well being for those availing themselves of your services.
Sincerely, Jim G

3.  Chronic auto-immune issues
Hi Anna,

My legs are actually better today …. especially this morning.  They don’t hurt nearly as much today

It has been 6 days since I stopped taking my hormones, so the hot flashes are increasing, which is to be expected.  I had about 4 last night and have already had several today.  When I was on the hormones, I never experienced them during the day, just one (or two) in the middle of the night.  I feel confident you can help me alleviate them.

I am really excited that after only 8 treatments, I am feeling better.  As I mentioned to you, this illness does cycle from really good to really bad.  However, I had been in a really bad cycle since the end of December.  Now, I am feeling pretty good, so I don’t think it is coincidental.  I am quite pleased with the results so far and look forward to seeing you for my 9th treatment next Tuesday.

Thanks for checking in with me.

V.M.

Fertility and Full-term Pregnancy to Delivery
(I sent this email to several patients earlier this week.)

Hello patients and friends!

You are receiving this email because you either are under my care for fertility or you might have been under my care in the past for fertility cases.  You might also be a midwife or a doula, so I am sharing this with you so that you can be updated on certain aspects of my practice.

I have 3 current patients who are pregnant.  Please let me know if you would like to speak with them regarding their health status and how acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped to regulate their menstrual cycles in order to get pregnant.  I am so grateful that they trusted in the process and allowed their bodies, minds and spirits to allow them to naturally conceive their babies.   2 of the patients were under my care.  1 of the them was under the care of a different doctor of Chinese medicine.

I inform all patients who come in for fertility reasons that if there is NO diagnosis to please give me 6-12 cycles (months) to help regulate their hormones and relax their bodies/minds/spirits to a state of complete wellness.  If there is a diagnosis from the western medical community to please give me 12-18 months to get their health at an optimum level of being.  I am extremely honest from the beginning because doing Chinese medicine with me requires great commitment when we are working to help your body conceive naturally.  As you can tell from my emails regarding PAIN or other such health issues, I can see results 90% of the time from the very first treatment.  A woman just left my office with 85% improvement in her lower back pain (just one treatment for this particular issue).  In 2007, she came in 30 times within 4 months to help her graduate from the neck/shoulder pain.  You can read her testimo nial on my website.

Her initials are LRM.

Dear Anna,

It’s hard to believe that I came to you only 4 months ago with excruciating pain in my neck, shoulder, and left arm from a pinched nerve and I am now almost back to 100%. I was in such extreme pain, I was willing to try anything beyond the western medical techniques that had already been attempted by my doctors. Following your guidance of being committed to the process and having treatments 3 times a week for the first 2 1/2 months, then going to 1 time a week, and now once every 1 1/2 weeks has proven to be the right choice. And an added benefit is that during this time, through acupuncture, I was able to discontinue HRT (hormone replacement therapy) with very little side effect!

I believe that my situation was a challenge for both of us; me as the patient and possibly you as a practitioner. I want to tell you that you amaze me with your tenacity and intuition on always knowing the right approach and treatment to provide with every one of my visits. There were times I almost gave up and if it were not for you, I very well may have.

Thank you for not giving up on me and seeing me through what has been a most difficult time in my life. I don’t know how to thank you other than to say you have a true gift and I am so very appreciative of your patience with me and honored to be one of your clients.

My Best,
LRM

She GRADUATED from her pain, which means that since 2007, she has not suffered from that pain since.  Please understand that in the treatment of many internal organ disorders, especially when we are treating gynecological/fertility issues, this “graduating” from health issues does not come as quickly.  I am a walking testament to this medicine, which is why I focused on digestive and menstrual health issues for the first 7 years of my practice beginning in 1999.  If you are serious about Chinese medicine helping to regulate your period/improve different aspects of your health, it can take several months just to start seeing improvements.  I have a patient who had been under the care of another acupuncturist in The City of Industry for the past 6 years.  For the first 5 years under his care, he treated “everything” as stated by the patient.  This patient happens to be pregnant and she no longer can make the drive to LA to see her former acupuncturist weekly.  The patient informed me that it was under the acupuncturist’s care that helped her to conceive.  She explained that from the moment she stated to him that she wanted to get pregnant, it took about a little over a year  with his treatments of Chinese medicine to conceive naturally.   This patient is in her late 30s.  I asked for her to write a testimonial regarding HIS work, so that my patients can get even a clearer understanding of what it means to become TRULY HEALTHY.  She has informed me that she is happy to write the testimonial (regarding her other acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist’s work) and that if she forgets, it’s only because of her “pregnancy brain.”  This particular patient wants for everyone to know that her previous acupuncturist informed her that when she focuses on what she NEEDS (to become extremely healthy, so that sh e has a very happy and healthy baby) as opposed to what she WANTS (having a baby NOW), her process of healing and achieving her greatest goal will happen.  She chose to not take the western medical route and focus on her health.  She is happy to speak with any of you to explain her path of becoming healthy and conceiving naturally as the course of acupuncture and Chinese herbs allowed her to be healthy.

If you are anxious to get pregnant now, I recommend finding a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility.  They are usually licensed with ABOM, American Board of Obstetric Medicine. They work with fertility specialists in the western medical field who can help you achieve pregnancy NOW.  This is not my path of practice.  Being a  mother of a 5-year old, I can completely understand the burning desire to be a mother.  As a dedicated student and practitioner of Chinese medicine, I actually hold my beliefs as a HEALER much more strongly.  My focus is NOT fertility; rather, my focus is getting my patients completely healthy where they can conceive on their own.  I educate all my female patients that our menstrual health is a direct reflection of our entire health.  If your desire is to not pay much attention to your health as much right now, but to conceive ASAP, then please seek a fertilit y specialist and work on regulating your periods later (achieving the perfect period: NO PMS, CYCLE = 28-32 DAYS, HEALTHY FLOW (not too light/heavy), BRIGHT RED BLOOD, NO CLOTS, MENSES LASTS 3-5 DAYS ONLY, NO DARK BROWN/RED COLOR, NO DIGESTIVE ISSUES, MIGRAINES OR OTHER SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR PERIOD, NO BREAST TENDERNESS, NO CRAVINGS FOR SALTY/SWEETS, NO IRRITABILITY/ANGER, ETC.).  I want to share motherhood with you.  However, if something in what I’ve shared with you makes sense about allowing your body to conceive naturally as God would have it, then that’s when you might consider the path that I take in helping women conceive: allowing you to become extremely happy and healthy before you create a baby who will be extremely happy and healthy.

Of course, I also have patients who have conceived both with fertility medication and my treatments.  I have no judgments on how women should conceive.  I support any decision you make.  If you want to change directions, I support you.  If you want to combine with western medicine, I support you.  If you decide you’d like to be like my patients who conceive on your own, I especially support you and will follow through with you every step of the way until you actually conceive naturally (ideally, 6-12 months if you have no diagnosis from a medical doctor and 12-18 months if you have a diagnosis).

Here’s some information regarding IVF and Chinese medicine:

http://blog.moveyourqi.com/?page_id=11

Lindsey Meehlis, my doula when she helped me give birth to Angilynn, and now my future midwife just delivered her baby:

http://www.youtube.com/user/linzmeehleis

I treated her throughout her pregnancy and the night before she delivered her baby River Anthony.  I have known Lindsey since I had met her at Irvine Regional Medical Center.  She was a doula teaching pregnancy classes.  I gave birth in May 2004, so I must have either met her in late 2003 or early 2004.  Since she helped me, I have never been the same.  I had Cobra insurance and Dru was laid off, so I had to say, “Goodbye,” to any ideas of a natural birth at home.  However, since Angilynn was born, I have helped COUNTLESS pregnant women avoid c-births.  (THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE REFERRALS, LINDSEY!)  I’ve also help pregnant women with various health issues.  All the while, I’ve watched Lindsey grow in her profession.  Her trust in me with pregnant woman after pregnant woman has instilled even more confidence in what I am capable of doing, pushing this medicine beyond my own limits.  Watching so many women have VBACs helped me really understand the woman’s internal power.  Watching women no longer need a c-birth because we were able to turn the baby HEAD DOWN (when they were breech) helped me appreciate acupuncture even more.  More than that, watching Lindsey’s birth video helped me understand what us women are truly capable of doing.  In the testimonial at the top of this email, you’ll find her other video regarding her experience having a VBAC.

Please watch the whole video.  If the video stops, please put it on pause for about 10 minutes and go back.  This is the same for the YouTube video.

I want to share this with you to let you know that I work with some very amazing women.   Because of Chelle Goodfriend and Lindsey Meehlis, I was capable of nursing Angilynn for over 2 years.  I WORKED FULL-TIME SINCE ANGILYNN WAS BORN.  Angilynn has never had to go on antibiotics.  She has never been medicated.  She has always been healthy.  We had a c-birth at 42 weeks and I was determined to do everything naturally from that point on.  Let it be known that I was not doing Dr. Tan’s Balance Method acupuncture at the time and I did not have any acupuncture/chiropractor friends yet in OC.  With my experiences in helping women achieve fertility, complete a full-term pregnancy (40 weeks) and give birth naturally, I truly believe that the majority of women are capable of allowing many natural aspects of our health happen more healthily  if we just trust in the process and let go of our fears.  Please take a moment to watch both videos that may inspire you on how Lindsey got pregnant naturally (with her own natural rhythm of health) and how Lindsey gave birth naturally.

Here is some information from Medscape regarding VBACs:

http://blog.moveyourqi.com/?page_id=305

Here’s another article from Medscape:

The Real Risks for Cesareans: An Expert Interview With Pamela K. Spry, BSN, MS, PhD
Cesarean section (c-section) is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. The frequency of surgical birth has increased from 4% in 1965 to about 33% today, despite World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations that a 5% to 10% rate is optimal and that a rate greater than 15% does more harm than good.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/706095?src=mp&spon=17&uac=105210EK

For pregnant women, I have helped women with:

  • placenta previa (the woman received 3 treatments in 2 weeks; she had been put on bedrest and was considered a high-risk pregnancy; she was scheduled for a c-birth on week 36; after our treatments, her cervix was cleared by an ADDITIONAL 4 cm; she was taken off bedrest and was no longer considered a high-risk pregnancy; she delivered vaginally on week 40; WE PREVENTED A C-BIRTH – I have evidence from Medscape that vaginal births deliver healthier babies than c-birth babies and that babies delivered closer to 40 weeks (or longer) have a larger brains and more developed lungs; this is why I focus on longer pregnancy terms
  • nausea/morning sickness
  • muscle tightness around the hips/lower abdomen
  • breech babies (5)
  • “induction” – 40 weeks+; in one month just a few months ago, 3 women delivered within hours of my treatment; one woman went from 0 to 5 cm within 2 hours of our treatment-we prevented her from having a C-section; one woman was a VBAC (Lindsey)
  • prevent C-births
  • speed up the recovery of C-births/births

Please let me know how I can serve you.  You can read more about my work on my website and my blog.  I would like to share with you that when I was 20, I was diagnosed with having precancerous cells in my cervix.  I was supposed to do all of the blood work and the doctors made it clear to me that it did not look good.  Since then, all of my pap smears have shown excellent results.  I used to have a period that was erratic and lasted only one day.  My periods now last 3-4 days (good in Chinese medicine, not good if not 3-5 days).  I used to be 4-5 sizes heavier.  I only had 1-2 bowel movements a week.  I was depressed.  I had hives on my thighs and upper arms.   I just received the results of a complete blood work done recently.  The representative said that I am “so healthy that they gave me a gold star next to my name.”  No precancerous cells in my body as a result from my last pap smear and all of the pap smears since I was 20.  God willing, I am completely healthy.  My periods are normal.  I have a bowel movement daily.  I am not depressed.  I have kept off almost 50 pounds since I started losing them between 94-96.  I haven’t had hives since the mid-90s.

As one of my patient’s says (I’m helping him with diabetes), “It has nothing to do with, “I hope we see results with Chinese medicine.  We’ll just do the medicine systematically (the right way) and we’ll see the results:

Hi Anna,

My results have changed from getting consistent reading of 160 to 170 in the mornings after I wake up and before I eat or drink anything to readings of 130 to 140. Although this may not seem significant I have to let you know that I have been getting the higher readings for several years, and since I started with you I have had the step down in the readings which I am very pleased with and excited about. In addition I have taken to drinking green tea as my drink of choice, either hot or cold and with no sweeteners added.

Thanks for your help, and I look forward to further improvements in all aspects of my treatment regime with you.
-N.G.

It has nothing to do with “hope.”  It’s just a matter of doing this systematically and seeing results.  This patient has seen me 7 times now.  He happens to also have gone to one of the most prestigious medical schools in the UK, but opted to go into a different profession altogether.  He’s still the “doctor” in his family due to his many years of medical training.  (I’ll be sending out a separate email that states that my other patient had a 201 blood glucose level and was diagnosed as a diabetic.  He NO LONGER IS DIABETIC.  He has been under my care since 2007.)

So that’s what I hope to share with you in my email today.  It’s not “hope” that drives me the majority of the time.  At 10 years of experience, it’s truly about doing the medicine religiously, day in and day out, living the Chinese medical path and seeing results happen time after time.  When some patients don’t see as quickly the results as other patients, it may just take more time.  The importance is seeing the results that we are achieving and really giving gratitude to those results.  Comparing our health with others is not what we should do.  It’s important to understand that we all heal along different paths in life.  I understand that some people just can’t wait to have a baby and they’ll say, “No,” to me because waiting 6-12 months is just way too long.  It’s totally okay and I’m fine with that.  I am comfortable with whatever you’re comfortable with.  That’s why I give everyone a very long speech in the very beginning of our relationship as patient/practitioner of what I expect from my treatments and what I hope you can give me.  For my patients who are on board with me for the long haul in order to allow your bodies conceive naturally, I tip my hat to you.  In Chinese medicine, ALL WOMEN should be fertile until age 49.  This is NORMAL in Chinese medicine.  When QI, BLOOD, YIN, YANG, JING are all at their optimum levels, then there is no reason why the woman cannot conceive naturally.

I am very proud of my two patients who are currently pregnant who conceived under my care.  I am also proud of my patient who conceived after 1+ years with her former acupuncturist/herbalist who is now under my care.  Andrew and I are working here and there on having a second child.  I don’t chart my ovulation and I don’t stress out about it.  If it happens, then it happens.  We’ll figure out the details later.  In the meanwhile, I have to continue walking my talk.  And yes, the next one will be a VBAC under Lindsey’s care.  I would have it no other way.  I’ve helped too many VBACs to count, so I don’t see why I can’t give birth the way I came out myself and the way God designed for us to come out into this world: through the vagina.  You might want to read the Medscape articles I posted above regarding VBAC and Cesareans.

Thank you for reading this exceptionally long email.  I am very excited for my patients and I hope to be excited with more of you.  I am constantly posting up RESULTS on my iContact emails, blog and Facebook.  These results are intended to give you hope.  Your investment IN YOURSELF is the most important investment that you can ever make.  If you need financial advisors, I’ve got two good ones for you.  As for health advisors: that would be me or a few of my friends in the field of healing.

God bless you and may peace be with you.

Anna N. Dolopo, M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
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Women’s Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help

 

The biggest threats to women’s health are often preventable. Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. Taking small steps to improve your health can make a difference.

The top health concerns affecting women and how acupuncture can help are:

Cardiovascular Disease

As the number one threat to women’s health, cardiovascular disease is not just a man’s disease. In women, the condition is responsible for about 29% of deaths, reports the CDC. Although more men die of heart disease than women, females tend to be under diagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help them once the condition is discovered. By integrating acupuncture and Oriental medicine into your heart healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as eighty percent.

Steps to prevention include managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity, reducing stress and improved sleep – all of which can be helped with acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture has been found to be particularly helpful in lowering blood pressure. By applying acupuncture needles at specific sites along the wrist, inside the forearm or in the leg, researchers have been able to stimulate the release of opiods, which decreases the heart’s activity and its need for oxygen. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure.

Cancer

There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer is effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects as well as a lowered immune system. The three most common cancers among women are breast, lung and colorectal cancer. While breast cancer is the most common cancer in women it is second in the leading cause of cancer death. Early detection screenings and recommended self examinations should be taken seriously.

Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments for its use in pain relief, reducing side effects, accelerating recovery and improving overall quality of life.

From a preventive approach Oriental medicine works to restore imbalances in the system with a variety of treatment modalities including acupuncture, herbal therapy, tui na, qi gong in addition to food, exercise and lifestyle suggestions. Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year serve to tonify the inner organ systems and correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.

Osteoporosis

Characterized by a decrease in bone mass and an increased likelihood of fractures osteoporosis is not simply a calcium deficiency. As a complex living tissue, bone is made of many different components and is influenced by many variables including the body’s use of calcium from the bone to balance pH levels in the blood. Osteoporosis threatens 44 million Americans, of which 68% are women, reports the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

“Osteoporosis is largely preventable,” says Mark. “The behaviors that women develop in their childhood, in their adolescence, and in their early adult years really play a significant role in the development of the disease.” That’s because bodies build up most of bone mass until age 30. Then new bone stops forming and the focus switches to the maintenance of old bone.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine coupled with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, have much to offer in improving the quality of life for those who suffer from bone and joint problems.

Depression

Depressive disorders affect 10%-25% of women at some point in their lives. The body’s immune system is compromised and symptoms reduce functioning, impair work performance and social relationships. Common symptoms of depressive disorders include: a decreased interest in most activities, insomnia, fatigue, and feeling empty and worthless. At its worst, hopelessness sets in and suicide becomes a desperate option for approximately 15% of people who suffer from severe depressive disorders.

Oriental medicine does not view people as a collection of segmented parts to be treated independently but rather addresses the link between the body, spirit and mind. The goal of Oriental medicine is to bring all the human systems into a healthy balance, insuring that both the mind and body feel well and when used in conjunction with psychotherapy acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients. If you suffer from depression, consider acupuncture therapy in conjunction with your treatment plan to regain peace of mind, regulate your immune system and stay healthy.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than 80 serious chronic illnesses in this category, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), about 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women. Individually, each disease appears uncommon with the exception of diabetes, thyroid disease, and lupus however as a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among American women.

Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are specifically noted for use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life.

Menopause and Gynecological Health

Gynecological conditions including Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility along with menopause are some of the most successfully treated problems by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine has long recognized that health and vitality can be sustained over a woman’s lifetime by restoring balance within the body and supporting the natural production of essential hormones.

Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and are brought on as our bodies try to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, dryness, headaches, joint pain, and weight gain. Menopause patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy weight, stabilize blood sugar, and eliminate stress, tension and anxiety or learn new techniques to cope with them to diminish the effects they have.

Oriental medicine does not recognize menopause as one particular syndrome and aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 10 women are treated each will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, different herbs and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

With support from Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine along with small changes in lifestyle and diet, menopause can be a time of a revival of vital energy and an opportunity for personal growth

To learn more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can improve your health and well being call for a consultation today!
 

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