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66+ Yelp Review: Natural birth; Another Labor & Delivery testimonial

June 26th, 2013

 

 
Anna Dolopo, L.Ac.
 
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66+ Yelp Review

K T.
5 Stars
Irvine, CA
6/24/2013

Look no further, Anna is who you want to go to for acupuncture. Not only is she an expert at her craft, but she genuinely wants to help you “graduate” from your pain/issue. It is clear helping people is not only her passion, but her gift.

I had suffered from tendonitis in the past and where time off of work, physical, and occupational therapy failed me, acupuncture worked quickly and permanently. The practitioners however, didn’t leave such a great impression. So when my husband and I decided we wanted to start a family, I knew that I wanted to do acupuncture but didn’t know who to trust with such a sensitive issue.

A good friend recommended Anna. She received regular treatments and got pregnant fairly quickly although her doctor had told her she wasn’t ovulating and recommended fertility treatments. She emphasized Anna’s sincere desire to help and recommended I go to her website and read the case studies and watch the videos. I couldn’t believe the wealth of information on the website and how comprehensive her work was! This convinced me to give Anna a try.

At the time I was 34 and by western standards on the brink of “high risk.” After my initial consultation Anna had put all of my fears to rest. I was actually excited about the journey to motherhood instead of fearful. I began regular treatments 2-3 times a week and looked forward to each one. I had never felt better in my life. I was sleeping better and had great energy. Long story short, I became pregnant after trying for 1 month!

Soon after, morning sickness hit. I suffered from severe nausea and again looked to Anna for relief. I continued my regular treatments and the symptoms subsided to a manageable level. As my pregnancy progressed she treated me for the typical issues: fatigue, back pain, heartburn, etc. At 9 months, I got a severe cold and acupuncture again came to my rescue as I couldn’t take any medication. Just one week later, my baby came! Labor was fairly easy and I healed very quickly as Anna said I would. Acupuncture kept me in great shape both physically and mentally.

I have since recommended Anna to numerous people and endorse her work completely. In fact, she is the first person I will go to with a medical issue. I don’t entirely understand how acupuncture works, but it DOES WORK! Give her a try. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

LABOR AND DELIVERY

 

I was recently pregnant with fraternal twins and my doctors told me on a Friday that I would need to be induced the following Wednesday, the day I would reach 37 weeks. This was a precautionary move, as we had all just learned that I had cholestasis, a somewhat rare liver disease that appears only during pregnancy. My goal from the beginning of my pregnancy was to deliver vaginally, which my doctors thankfully supported. I also planned to get an epidural, but really wanted to avoid other interventions and medications, such as Pitocin. I knew that induction would involve Pitocin to get my labor started, and from what I had read and heard, this often creates intense contractions and sometimes leads to emergency cesarean births. I had been meditating and visualizing about my delivery for months, and induction was certainly not part of the “plan.”  My husband and I immediately started researching ways to “self-induce,” and we decided to try it all!  After over two months of bed rest, it felt incredible to get out and walk. I drank raspberry leaf tea, ate pineapple, had intercourse, got a reflexology massage, and bounced on a birthing ball, but nothing happened. The days passed and we started to get nervous. I’d always wanted to try acupuncture, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. I had heard that it could induce labor, so I was eager to try it. Courtney from OC Midwifery referred me to Anna Dolopo, and I called her Tuesday morning. (Talk about ‘down to the wire’! This was the day before my scheduled induction.) Although she was booked all day, Anna carved out time at 5 pm on Tuesday afternoon to come in and give me a treatment. Her office was welcoming and comfortable and Anna was very warm and professional. I immediately felt at ease, and her confidence in the effectiveness of her treatments made me feel even more confident that this would work. We all had a good feeling about it. Anna was admittedly assertive in her approach, since we didn’t have much time. After she strategically placed the needles, I reclined in a comfy chair and let them do their magic. I remember feeling light and weightless at one point and I was drifting off with a floating, half-asleep feeling. At the end of the treatment, Anna removed the needles and my husband and I headed home. We climbed into bed that night, hospital bags packed, resigning ourselves to the fact that we’d just go through with the induction in the morning, and at midnight my water broke! We checked into the hospital at 1:30 am, and after laboring on my own for four hours and eventually getting an epidural, I successfully gave birth vaginally to our beautiful baby boy and girl at 11:11 and 11:15 the following morning. We are confident that Anna’s acupuncture work lead to this happy ending of our birth story. Thank you Anna!

 
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Oncology Support

October 23rd, 2012
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October 2012
Anna Dolopo, M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
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Acupuncture for Integrative Oncology Support

 

There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer can be effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects in addition to a lowered immune system. Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments addressing many of the symptoms and side effects that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.

How Does Acupuncture Help?

According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that govern a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by stimulating physical responses in these areas, acupuncture positively affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body’s natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released.

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health care and is particularly useful in providing pain relief, reducing the impact of side effects, accelerating recovery and improving overall quality of life.

Areas where acupuncture has provided the most help include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry Mouth, Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
  • Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue
  • Pain Management
  • Increasing White Blood Cell Count
  • Relieving Nausea and Vomiting

    The strongest evidence of the beneficial effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on its use for relieving nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery and morning sickness.

    Boosting the Immune System

    Human studies on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response, including increasing the number of white blood cells.

    Improving Pain Management

    In clinical studies, acupuncture reduced the pain levels for some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to reduce their doses.

    To learn more about how acupuncture can safely and effectively be incorporated into an oncology treatment plan call for a consultation today.
     

    Endorsement of Acupuncture for Cancer Treatment

    Acupuncture continues to receive enthusiastic testimonials from patients and health care professionals alike. Prominent names in U.S. society and the medical community have attested to the efficacy of acupuncture as a supportive therapy for oncology treatment.

  • Dr. Oz has said that acupuncture is helpful for reducing the side effects of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation including pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes and dry mouth.
  • When singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer, she underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiation. During these treatments she also received acupuncture and drank herbal teas.
  • Former First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, gave generously to help open the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The center includes acupuncture as an option for the patients.
  • Many people are finding out that, although the treatments necessary to defeat cancer can be traumatizing and debilitating, they can get some relief through acupuncture. 

    Clinical Trials Indicate Acupuncture Provides Relief

    The American Cancer Society has reported that half of all men and a third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Although there are many forms of cancer, all forms of the disease begin with abnormal cells that grow out of control.

    Unlike other illnesses that are eradicated by the body’s natural defense system, cancer needs to be treated with powerful medical interventions. Unfortunately, most of the current cancer treatments available have some debilitating side effects. This is where acupuncture can provide real help, by decreasing many of the side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments.

    Clinical trials have examined the effects of acupuncture on cancer and the symptoms caused by cancer treatment, including weight loss, cough, chest pain, fever, anxiety, depression, night sweats, hot flashes, dry mouth, speech problems and fluid retention in the arms or legs. Studies have shown that, for many patients, treatment with acupuncture either relieves symptoms or keeps them from getting worse.

    Relieves Pain and Stiffness during Hormone Therapy

    In 2010, The Journal of Clinical Oncology published the results of a small study that concluded that acupuncture helped relieve pain and stiffness in breast cancer patients who were simultaneously being treated with hormone therapies.

    Minimizes Dry Mouth

    In 2009, the medical journal Head and Neck reported the results of a pilot study done at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The subjects were people suffering from head and neck cancer. The authors concluded, “This pilot study demonstrates that acupuncture can improve the subjective symptoms of dry mouth in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia as early as two weeks after starting treatment, and the benefits can remain at least one month after treatment ends,” Dr. Mark Chambers told Reuters Health.

    Reduces Pain and Shoulder Dysfunction

    In 2008, Dr. David Pfister, chief of the head and neck medical oncology service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago. He reported that patients found significant reductions in both dry mouth and pain and shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection with the help of acupuncture. “Although further studies are needed, this does support the potential role of acupuncture,” said Pfister.

    Reduces Hot Flashes

    In 2011 A Yale University/University of Pittsburgh study of women with hot flashes brought on by conventional breast cancer treatment found that women who received acupuncture had a 30 percent reduction in hot flashes.

    Call today to learn how acupuncture can augment an oncology treatment plan!

     

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    In This Issue

    • Acupuncture for Integrative Oncology Support
    • Endorsement of Acupuncture for Cancer Treatment
    • Clinical Trials Indicate Acupuncture Provides Relief
    • Cancer Prevention in Every Aisle

    Cancer Prevention in Every Aisle

     

    Nearly everything in the produce aisle can help you prevent cancer, but there are items throughout the supermarket that can protect your health and the health of your family.

    Produce Aisle Picks

    Cantaloupe – A great source of carotenoids, plant chemicals that act as antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

    Kale and Cabbage – Cruciferous vegetables are widely considered to be one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Included in this family of vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy. Cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamins, fiber, and potent anti-cancer phytochemicals.

    According to the American Institute for Cancer, there is solid evidence that links cruciferous vegetables and protection against cancer. Studies have shown that this vegetable group has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells for tumors in the breast, uterine lining, lung, colon, liver and cervix. Studies that track the diets of people over time have found that diets high in cruciferous vegetables are linked to lower rates of prostate cancer among men.

    It is recommended that we eat 3-5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week. It’s best to eat these veggies raw or only lightly steamed so they retain their cancer fighting phytochemicals.

    Freezer Aisle Pick

    Edamame (soybeans) – These cancer-fighting beans contain phytoestrogens, that may help prevent estrogen-driven cancers by binding to estrogen receptors. They are also good for the men of the household since evidence suggests the isoflavones found in soy products may help fight prostate cancer.

    Cereal Aisle Pick

    Whole Grains – Oats have the highest proportion of soluble fiber of any grain. Fiber is rich in antioxidants, helps fight colon cancer, and the phenolic compounds in whole grains may help reduce the risk of certain gastrointestinal cancers. Pick cereals high in folate, fiber and/or flaxseed.

    Beverage Aisle Picks

    Orange Juice – This favorite breakfast beverage is a powerful source of folate which has been linked to lowered risk for gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers.

    Green Tea – Lower in caffeine than coffee, it is rich in antioxidants that can help prevent prostate cancer and possibly bladder cancer.

    Pomegranate Juice – Extremely antioxidant-rich, this juice helps prevent colon and prostate cancer.

    Soy Milk – Made from soy beans, soy milk works the same way as edamame to fight cancer.

    Household Aisle Picks

    Sunscreen ? Lather on the SPF each and every time you go out in the sun to block exposure to ultraviolet rays.

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    Pregnancy and Childbirth

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    Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

     

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

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

    Planning for a Healthy Baby

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

    Acupuncture during Pregnancy

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

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

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

    Acupuncture for Childbirth

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

    Acupuncture Postpartum

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

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

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

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

    UB 67 for Turning Breech Babies

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

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

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

     

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    Cancer

    February 21st, 2012

    Cancer

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    June 2009
    Anna Dolopo M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
    Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
    23151 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 114, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 

    http://moveyourQi.com
    949-305-1703

    Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment

     

    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. 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 quality of life.

    What Acupuncture is used for during Cancer Treatment

    Acupuncture provides a total approach to health care for people with cancer. It can be used to address many of the concerns that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.

    According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body’s natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released.

    Areas that acupuncture has shown the most promise include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry Mouth, Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
  • Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue
  • Pain Management
  • Increasing White Blood Cell Count
  • Nausea and Vomiting

    The strongest evidence of the effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials on the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery, and morning sickness. It appears to be more effective in preventing vomiting than in reducing nausea.

    Other symptoms caused by cancer treatment

    Clinical trials are studying the effects of acupuncture on cancer and symptoms caused by cancer treatment, including weight loss, cough, chest pain, fever, anxiety, depression, night sweats, hot flashes, dry mouth, speech problems, and fluid in the arms or legs. Studies have shown that, for many patients, treatment with acupuncture either relieves symptoms or keeps them from getting worse.

    Boosting the Immune System

    Human studies on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response, including increasing the number of white blood cells.

    Pain Management

    In clinical studies, acupuncture reduced the amount of pain in some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses.

    Acupuncture is also very useful for support if you are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy. Because chemotherapy and radiation therapy weaken the body’s immune system, a strict clean needle method must be used when acupuncture treatment is given to cancer patients.

    To learn more about how acupuncture can safely and effectively be incorporated into care for people with cancer, please call for a consultation today.

    Source: National Cancer Institute. www.cancer.org

    New Lung Cancer Guidelines Include Acupuncture

     

    Acupuncture is now officially recommended for lung cancer patients experiencing fatigue, dyspnea, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, pain, nausea and vomiting.

    Evidence-based guidelines published by the American College of Chest Physicians recommend acupuncture for lung cancer patients experiencing fatigue, dyspnea, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or to soothe symptoms of pain or nausea and vomiting.

    The new edition of these standard guidelines represents the first time complementary and integrative medicine has been addressed in the prevention and treatment of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, causing more fatalities than the next four most common types of cancer combined.

    The new guidelines were developed and reviewed by 100 multidisciplinary panel members and have been endorsed by the American Association for Bronchology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, Oncology Nurses Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the World Association of Bronchology.

    Source: Chest, September 2007

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