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Sugar Cravings – Testimonial

September 23rd, 2015
ADDICTION
Hi Anna,
Everyone experiences addiction in one way or another in a lifetime. My started early in life and ended after a series of acupuncture treatments. Simply stated I craved sugar, all types of sugar and food with a high sugar content tasted the best. Chocolate and peanut butter, cookie and candy tasted great and I craved these foods daily. I remember the conversation I had with you about my addictions and you said there was a treatment for addiction. Since acupuncture had fixed another health issue I decided to give it a try The first few times not much seemed to change but then over the course of several weeks I noticed my cravings for sugar were decreasing. I tried to go “cold turkey” only to binge on sugar a few days later and had to see you several times because my stomach was very upset from eating the junk food. Amazing to me still is how a few needles relieved the pain from my indulgences. You got me back on track and over the course of a few months I gave up sugar almost totally. I stopped eating any form of candy, cake, cookies, and items with a high sugar content that is not natural. As I got off the addiction cycle, fruit started tasting sweet and other foods of all types started having flavors I had never noticed before. You gave me a very specific treatment over the course of a lot of treatments; it was several months and I will leave it at that. If someone wants to know what the treatment was truly intended for that you used on me; then they can ask you.
For those who are struggling with food addictions I understand and sympathize. This is a tough battle but one you do not have to face alone. Family and friends are important in supporting your decision to fight food addictions. Work with an acupuncturist who understands addictions and can help you through the withdrawal and the cravings. Understand you can accomplish this fight but it will take time.
Don’t focus on what you are giving up but focus on the fact you are getting healthy. In the race of life; it is a marathon not a sprint you are traveling and each day is one step closer to your goal.
From
Sugar cravings free

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YouTube #29: Jaundice, Yelp #61+, Weightloss, Fitness, Nutrition & More!

September 18th, 2012

 

 

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YouTube #29:

Jaundice, Slow healing liver, Itching, Difficulty Sleeping

 

 

Liver disease caused by Anabolic steroids

MDs gave him 1+ year to heal.

Treated 5 times by ME.  After 4th treatment:

Itching 100% improved.

Sleeping 100% improved.

Jaundice 95% improved.

Bilirubin level decreased from 45 to 30 to 10 from 1st to the 4th treatment (it should be under a 1).  According to the email from patient’s parents below, his liver is HEALTHY after a total of 5 treatments.  The doctors gave the 16-year old patient a very poor prognosis, stating that this slow-healing part of the liver would take 1+ year to heal (with medications).  I initially asked for 6-9 months (claiming that I hope to decrease healing time from 25-50%;  I obviously underestimated Dr. Tan’s Balance method because it took me a TOTAL OF 5 TREATMENTS to earn this letter).  Doctors absolutely don’t believe that the acupuncture had anything to do with the improvement during the 2.5 weeks the patient was under my care.  If you would like a personal update, the parents clearly stated below that they are willing to speak for my work.

 

Anna,

Thank you for the follow up.

“B” is doing extremely well.

His liver finally hit the number for him to

be declared “healthy.”
He is playing football and enjoying his

junior year in high school.

As a family, we are happy to write a
testimonial on your website.
Please just let us know how to do it.
We are also happy to
refer you to anybody that will listen.
We can never thank you enough for
helping B in his recovery.

Sincerely,

Mr. & Mrs. “J”

This is the reason why I chose to be a “quack doctor” in 1994.  History clearly shows that evolution (philosophy, arts, medicine, science, religion, law, human rights, etc.) usually happened when a person ran a different direction and went against status quo despite all criticism and hurdles.  Remember, the world used to be “flat;” medical doctors not too long ago believed that “a gentleman’s hands are never dirty,” thus they never believed in washing their hands after handling a corpse and then delivering a baby (causing a high percentage of mothers dying); women used to not be able to vote in America; people of color had zero rights in America; a renegade a couple of thousands of years ago created a whole new testament in the Bible; a young Joan of Arc (burned at the stake at age 19) followed a mission that probably would earn her a place in a psyche ward by today’s standards; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a fabulous dream; and the list goes on.   It is my privilege to practice a medicine that the pioneers in the 1970s paved my way in California.  This quickly-gained and, hopefully, long-term success story is one gift that I give to the field of Chinese medicine with a very humble heart.  I honestly thought it would take me a minimum of 3 months to start seeing profound improvement like this.

 

Thank you, Southern California.  Thank you, “B,” for your faith in me.

 

Yelp Review #61

 

M.M.

LADERA RANCH, CA

5 Star as of 7/29/2012

 

I have been going to Anna for over 2 years now and cannot say enough great things about her.  I first started seeing her when I went for a nagging hip pain that I had tried everything to get rid of.  A friend one night suggested acupuncture – I was admittedly a skeptic and hence why I never went.  But I was at my whits end and would try anything to make the pain go away.  The very next morning as I was driving to work a van pulled up next to me with the advertisement on it’s car – Elements in Harmony, Acupuncture.  I knew it was meant to be.  I immediately called that number and I have been with her ever since.  Within a year my hip pain was completely gone.  Now I see Anna for my mental and overall well being.

I cannot imagine my life without Anna and her special gift.  She is an amazing practitioner as well as an extraordinary person and friend.

She made a believer out of me!!

Thank you,  Ann.

All the best,
Michelle

 
Weightloss at the Tarjoman Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Dr. Tarjoman and his awesome doggies

 

Want to lose 3-7 lbs per week and don’t know where to start? Visit Tarjoman Chiropractic and learn about weight loss and the path to a healthier YOU. This will be your last diet and you will feel better than ever!!!

Please call (949)829-8871 or email tarjomanchiropractic@yahoo.com to learn more

It’s official, we have started our Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Center! First group of clients have all signed up and starting their program. We are very excited and are looking forward to helping all of them acheive their weight loss goals. This is the last diet they, or you if interested, will every try.

Please contact Danielle to learn more!

Let her and Dr. T know that Anna sent you.

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Miss Jackie also happens to be a graduate of Fullerton State University and has been in the early development education for the past 13 years.  She has a spectacular early development center upstairs at Reign Training Center where I train kickboxing and looks after Anais while I can Train to Reign!

 

“I want to lose weight!!”… “I want to get in-shape!!”… “If only I can lose these last 5lbs!!” Does that all sound familiar to you? Possibly repeating over and over in your head? Getting healthy and “getting in-shape” are one of those things people tend to put off until the weight is unbearable and/or the person’s health is at risk. So where do we begin? Just like anyone who is interested in fashion, cooking, art or any hobby, the first step is to do a little research on what it is he/she is interested in. It somewhat becomes an obsession. As for ‘getting into shape’ there’s no difference in your approach. There is an ongoing list of workout ideas, clean eating recipes and daily supplements to consider. Some may equate “skinny” to being healthy, but it is far from it. It is definitely not about popping a fat burning pill or being on a liquid diet for a few weeks, because those will only give you temporary results. It’s about incorporating healthy choices into your daily routine and making fitness a lifestyle.

So, what’s the first step? Whether your a stay-at-home parent, eight to fiver or constantly traveling, it is making a commitment to yourself. A commitment to making a conscious effort to eat healthy, exercising, setting realistic fitness goals and making healthy choices for your body. Everyone has a specific body type and reacts differently to certain foods and/or supplements. It is important to research what we put in our body along with creating a workout plan that is tailored to our goals and/or needs. This lifestyle involves being cautious about the things we eat along with portion sizing, how much exercise or physical activity we engage in and the amount of rest we give ourselves. Here are some quick things to consider: Research different kinds of healthy foods and different physical activities/exercises that interest you that also require raising your heart-rate. This is a KEY element to losing weight! Prepare your meals for the day with small snacks ready to go. This will decrease the chances of walking into a fast food restaurant or picking up 7-Eleven’s fat filled convenient food soaked in saturated fat. If you are a parent, consider snacks both you and your child can enjoy together. We are all guilty of eating the fruit snacks or animal cookies laying around in your child’s lunch bag. Throw out the processed snacks, bright artificial colored cereal and replace them with fruits, veggie sticks and organic munchies. Having a variety of snacks and switching them out every couple weeks makes it less likely to get bored of them.

Be prepared to take on the day!…. write out a meal plan for yourself and/or your family. The moment it’s written down it becomes part of our daily routine and eventually becomes habitual. If you want to get serious, set an alarm to eat every 2-3 hours so our body does not go into starvation mode and hold on to the fat for fuel. Refueling our body with small healthy nutritious meals every 2-3 hours, even when not hungry will result in having energy throughout the day and help you lean out. It’s simple! If this is something new to you, take baby steps! Put in the time, do the work and it will ALL pay off. Its YOUR time to embark on your own journey and create YOUR own fitness SUCCESS story. Stay tuned for more health & fitness tips and sampled workouts and great supplements that will enhance your overall workout experience!

NUTRITION, FITNESS, HEATH, MEDITATION & HAVING FUN WITH THE MASTER, DR. NANCY

 

This Doctor of Holistic Nutrition is so awesome, you’ll just have to visit her website.  There’s way too much to share.  Oh, she also happens to be one of my real life super heroes.  Doctor, mommy, business owner, in shape in all areas of her life.  I just love this leading lady.

Anna Dolopo, L.Ac is a Gold Level Certified

Dr. Richard Tan’s Balance Method practitioner.

 

 

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Weight Loss & Addiction Recovery

June 30th, 2012

 

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June 2012
Anna Dolopo, M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
Elements in Harmony Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
23151 Verdugo Drive, Suite 114
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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Total Health Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overcome Addiction with Acupuncture

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

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

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

The Will Power Connection

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

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

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

 

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In This Issue

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

Walk for Focus

 

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

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

How To Stimulate Yongquan

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

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

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

Seven Addiction Recovery Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Got Art? …Motherhood…Anxiety…& More.

March 19th, 2012

Are you an ARTIST?

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

 

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

consider hanging up your master pieces.

 

I will promote your work.

 

Thank you for your consideration and

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

 

*Paintings, photography and sculptures will be considered.*

 

This is a healing center,

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

 

We’re getting a fancy massage chair!

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

 

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

 

 
Do you suffer from PAIN?

I can help!

Please visit our patients’ testimonials.

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

 
 
Do you have ANXIETY?

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

 

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

 

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

-V.

 

 
1 of our 51+ Yelp Reviews

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

Update – 1/19/2012

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 

So you want to be a MAMA?

 

I can help you get pregnant NATURALLY.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1.  28-32 day cycles

2.  3-5 day periods

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

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

5.  NO clots

 

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

 

What I need:

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

 

Does it work?

90% of the time.

 

When does it not work?

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

 

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

 

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

 

How long does a woman have to see me?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
 
 

Anna N. Dolopo, L.Ac.

In practice since 1999.

 
 

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Create Lasting Resolve to Reach Your Goals with Acupuncture

 

The start of the new year is a time of looking back at what we have achieved in the past year and looking forward to the future. This period of remembrance and resolution may be challenging but it is both productive and rewarding. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help achieve the change you seek as it assists in illness prevention, stress relief, minimizes aches and pains, improves energy and nurtures balance. This calm and clarity strengthens your resolve as you take the next step in achieving your goals.

Here are a few ways that Acupuncture can help you achieve your goals:

Lose Weight
Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings–all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.

Get in Shape
Renewed enthusiasm to exercise in order to enhance fitness levels, train for a competition, or lose weight can come at a painful price for those who try to do too much too quickly. Recent studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, musculoskeletal pain, swollen muscles and shin splints.

Eliminate Stress
Stress reduction is always on the top ten list for New Year’s resolutions and for a good reason; it is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress, anxiety and lowering blood pressure. In addition to acupuncture, Oriental medicine offers a whole range of tools that can be integrated into your life to keep stress in check.

Improved Quality of Life
If pain is keeping you from living life to the fullest, acupuncture can help as it has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of the cause or where it is located. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medication. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.

Call today to see how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help you keep your resolutions and prepare for the year ahead! 

Healthy Brain Habits

Keeping the goals we have set for ourselves in addition to outlining and completing the tasks needed to accomplish those goals can be overwhelming. Here are a few steps you can take to help optimize brain health and sharpen your memory:

Eat More Produce – Studies that focus on food and memory show that the more produce you eat, the better. One 25-year Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women showed that the participants who ate relatively high amounts of vegetables over the years had less age-related decline in memory. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, and leafy green vegetables had the biggest effect on helping women retain their memory during the course of the study. In another study, the phytochemicals, anthocyanin (found in berries of all colors and cherries) and quercetin (found in onions, kale and apples), actually reversed some of the age-related memory deficits in laboratory animals.

Take Care of Your Heart – A healthy heart makes for a healthy brain. Because oxygen and nutrients are carried in the blood stream, anything that impedes blood flow will starve those all-important brain cells. Review your blood pressure and cholesterol level. Know your numbers and if they are elevated, take immediate measures to bring them down.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep -When we sleep, the brain has time to recharge. Studies show that 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps to strengthen memory. Practicing good sleep habits helps keep the brain and the rest of the body functioning at its best.

Exercise – Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by about half. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps regulate blood sugar levels, both of which improve brain function and memory. Aim for 30 minutes a day.

Challenge Your Brain – Keep your mind active and challenged. Brain function decreases with age. Studies show that cognitive exercise can improve blood flow to the brain. Spend at least 15 minutes each day on a mental exercise such as a crossword puzzle, journaling or learning a new language in order to slow memory loss.

 

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In This Issue

  • Create Lasting Resolve to Reach Your Goals with Acupuncture
  • Healthy Brain Habits
  • Mental Clarity Boost
  • The Will Power Connection

Mental Clarity Boost

 

Feeling a little foggy? Having trouble concentrating?

Massage acupuncture point Du 20 for some mental clarity.

Du 20 is located on top of the head, midway between the ears. It is used to clear the mind and improve focus.

Stimulate the point with your index finger 35-40 seconds for a quick “brain boost.”

The Will Power Connection

 

Is there a body/mind connection to will power?

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

In Oriental medicine, disease prevention begins with a protective layer around the exterior of the body called wei qi, or defensive energy. If you catch colds easily, have low energy and require a long time recuperating from an illness, your wei qi may be deficient.

Nourishing Qi can help greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. According to Oriental medicine, recharging your battery and regeneration of vital energy, Qi, will help you live, look and feel your best!