Testimonial: Lower Back Pain

Promoting Harmonious Living

Medical Qi Gong is being offered tomorrow at 10 a.m.  If you are interested, please RSVP.  Thanks!
Location: Cox Sports Park in Ladera Ranch
Qi Gong looks like Tai Chi.
I just purchased another book for my own personal training: ADVANCED TUNG STYLE ACUPUNCURE: The Dao Ma Needling Technique of Master Tung Ching-Chang.
I would like to share a part of the foreward written by Laurence Atschuler, M.D., Chief of Medicine, Balanced Healing Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Healing is an art.  It’s not just tests and surgeries and drugs.  Being a physician for 26 years, I’ve treated thousands of patients who have chronic diseases and chronic pain, and realized long ago that there is more to healing than conventional medicine has to offer.
Because many of my patients did not heal through conventional medical techniques, I looked elsewhere for methods that could improve their medical conditions.  I evaluated and tried numerous alternative techniques, discarding those that were ineffective and incorporating those that were beneficial.  As a result, even those patients who were told that nothing could be done to help them found that their conditions did in fact improve, and sometimes, even resolve.
Of all the alternative techniques that I’ve used, one stands above all the rest: Acupuncture.  Of all the methods that are used, both alternative and conventional, acupuncture is able to treat more medical conditions and benefit more patients than any other treatment approach.  …
Anyone and everyone who knows me knows just how passionate I am about Chinese medicine and how effective proper acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be.  I encourage all people who are interested in Chinese medicine to contact me at
949.305.1703 or
You can also email me at  Many of your questions may be answered on my website or my blog:
It is my daily commitment to correctly educate my patients, increase my knowledge and continuously provide effective, relaxing and affordable treatments to as many people as possible throughout Southern California. I am always open to learning how I can improve myself professionally and personally, so that I can give to our community what my teachers impart with me.
I accept patients of all walks of life.  I am currently working on my website’s newest page: the Photo Album of Happy Patients from past and present.  My purpose in doing this is to visually convey the fact that healing knows no boundaries.  In order to have a healthier world, the practitioner must know how to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life, no matter the color, religion, politics and values.
2008 has been a tremendous year of business, love, laughter and learning.  Though the world is in chaos, I have found my center and I strive to keep this harmony in my life.  In so doing, I intend to pass on that harmony with my patients.

My advice today: let’s not concern ourselves with what we want to accomplish in 2009.  Let us focus on TODAY for in order for us to achieve more goals tomorrow, we must bring ourselves to a genuine state of appreciation for what we have today.
I leave you with this poem that I have kept close to my heart since I was in elementary school.  The author is anonymous.
Look to this day
for yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision
but today well lived
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
With gratitude,

Local business spotlight for the week:
Taleo Mexican Grill
A very good friend of mine owns and operates this FANTASTIC RESTAURANT.  Make sure you sign up on their mailing list.  I used a 20% coupon to take $20 off my bill.  We splurged over the weekend and enjoyed ourselves a very special early Christmas dinner.  My husband deserves it after working 75+ hours a week lately.   I don’t count my own hours, but I’m sure all my hard work paid off that night, too.
Make sure you ask if Nic is there.  Tell him I said, “Hi!”
Taleo is only one of three reasons why I go to Irvine these days.
And another thing, though Taleo is a Mexican Grill (most of the recipes coming from Nic’s mother, grandmother and other females in his family, plus the chefs), I have consistently ordered off the traditional Tex-Mex cuisine.  When they offer it, they have one of the best tasting sea bass you’ll ever try.  My husband’s a meat eater and he really enjoyed the rib eye.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE their seared ahi.  I promised myself to have their Mexican food the next time I go there.  Yum…my palette’s salivating just thinking about it.  So go and have fun at Taleo.  You deserve it!!!!
Our Most Recent Testimonial
Hi Anna,

It was really nice to meet you!  You are an amazing person and a true healer.  I told my uncle that last night, for the first time in years, I didn’t have any lower back pain when I slept.  I normally have a hard time finding a comfortable position to fall asleep in, as there is always a dull ache in my lower back and I notice it especially when I try to fall asleep.  But last night, it felt odd, actually, not to have any pain!  Thank you again!!

-Brittany A.

Please note that this patient received this type of improvement after JUST ONE treatment that day.

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Testimonials – Anxiety

Thank you so much Anna for helping me to ease my anxiety. Following my very traumatic and near deadly car accident, and then the tragic loss of my best friend, I have had recurring anxiety that has kept me from sleeping and caused difficulties in my normal daily activities, as well as my relationships. It didn’t take long after seeing you for the anxious feelings to subside…maybe a couple of months at most. Since it went away, it’s very rare that I feel any bit of anxiety. But when life gets challenging (as it will do sometimes), it doesn’t take more than one visit to calm my nerves and help me cope. And your fantastic words of advice are an added benefit. The best part about the anxiety points that you do is that during this treatment, I sleep better than ever!

Have a great weekend,

- Deb


I have been seeing Anna bi-weekly since February 07 for improvement in my health after having radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) done on my thyroid. Without a working thyroid and supplementing with Synthroid, I was still experiencing weight gain, anxiety, restless sleep, joint aches and fatigue. My acupuncture treatments created relief in all of these areas. Although I still have weight I would like to lose, I have had some small weight loss which hadn’t happened with diet and exercise. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Shingles. The doctor said it was a very mild case and that I should heal in a week. I decided to start seeing Anna weekly and I believe it was her treatments that caused it to be a mild case and brought about my quick healing. Thank you so much, Anna, for your work.



I started seeing Anna in the beginning of summer for an enlarged lymph node. What I didn’t know was that she was going to help me with so many other things in my body. I had minor digestion problems my whole life.
After I ate, I would always have some discomfort which I just considered a normal part of digestion. Now after I eat, I feel good with no pain. I now realize that this is normal. Acupuncture has helped me to identify when I feel full which allows me to stop eating before I over eat. As a result I have started to lose weight without even trying. She has also helped me tremendously with overstressing and worrying. I feel so much more in control of my thoughts and emotions and have much more happiness and a sense of peace in my life. I still see Anna regularly for my lymph node and I continue to enjoy the benefits of her acupuncture for any new ailments that come up along the way. For instance, she has helped me recover from a cold much quicker than I would have in the past. She has also helped me to get over a knee injury I recently experienced doing yoga. I recommend acupuncture to friends and strangers all the time. It has improved the quality of my life tremendously.



I have been Anna’s patient since June 2007. For the past two years I have been heavily into Chinese magic and its philosophical mumbo-jumbo. Acupuncture always seemed to me to be the cure for some psychological and behavioral issues I believed were hurting me in life.

I had walked into a different acupuncture clinic prior to seeing Anna and, even with my belief in acupuncture, I did not feel like the practitioner would be able to help me with my problems.

I am a former ladies’ shoes salesman and I met Anna selling her a pair PF shoes. She seemed very full of energy and when I rang her up at the cash register, I saw on her card “Elements in Harmony.” What followed was a dynamic conversation, just like she promises on her voicemail. After my first treatment, I noticed results: I had complained of an irregular sleeping pattern; that night I focused on one of the points she put in the back of my head and soon after had no problems knocking out. That achievement combined with Anna’s “dynamism” sealed the deal for me.

Needless to say, I have seen Anna consistently since then and am very happy to say that as she promises, I have graduated from many of the pains I had initially come to see her for. I have always had a problem with structure, anxiety, and attitude with life. The anxiety I used to have is now completely eliminated. My attitude and sense of uselessness is now gone. I am now doing physical training daily and am pursuing an acting career with promising results. What this means to me is priceless and I can write on about this success forever. A lower back pain that used to plague me daily is now nearly gone.

I have no doubt in my mind that Anna played a crucial role in all of these positive results. One cannot help but love and admire the intensity and passion that she has for her craft. Without a doubt, this is something you will see in her every time you get a treatment, which transcends into giving each patient a positive experience, and most importantly, results.

In the Chinese Zodiac, Anna falls in the year of the Ox. I fall on the year of the Rat. There is a legend that all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac had a race across a great stream to determine what place they would be given during the zodiac’s 12-year cycle. The Rat came in first and the Ox came in second. The Rat struck a deal with the Ox and rode on its back, while the Ox worked hard, trudging through the water, arriving at the other end and giving the Rat victory.

Anna has been my stability in life, and I am confident that no other acupuncturist could have given me the results she has. I am sure that if you are not a Rat, she can still carry you to victory across the great stream as well.



We started seeing Anna two months ago after a conversation with her on the phone. We immediately felt comfortable and knew we wanted to work with her. After just a few treatments we began to see results in weight loss, more energy, less anxiety, alcohol reduction and pain relief.

Anna took her time, listened and answered all of our questions and we felt very comfortable with her.

She is very knowledgeable in acupuncture, massage and herbal therapy. She always goes out of her way to help us, including finding acupuncturists in Texas and Missouri for family members.

We recently attended Anna’s ribbon cutting ceremony with her other patients and friends and we could tell how much they all respected and liked Anna as well as we do. We look forward to seeing Anna on our weekly appointments.

- Fat & Barb

Patients With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries May Not Need Surgery

Testimonials – pain and preventing surgery or pre-/post-surgical care

(There are more testimonials on the actual site.)

A simple misstep leads to devastating consequences.

In September 2005, I took a simple misstep causing a serious sprained ankle, with 7 different tears to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. After 6 months of casts and physical rehabilitation, my ankle was healed; however, I experienced excruciating pain daily. My orthopedic surgeon recommended against surgery as my ankle would actually end up worse. For the next year and a half I lived in pain. This is when I met Anna and decided to try something I never thought I would do – acupuncture.

In May 2007 I visited Anna for the first time and explained the ongoing pain I still experienced each and every day. During the first treatment, the pain level dropped by 50% during the treatment. Words can truly not explain the relief I felt at that moment. Anna explained the protocol for the best results and the wonderful words of this process was not to MANAGE but GRADUATE from the pain. For the first month, I went 3 times a week watching in amazement as the pain decreased with each visit. I then switched to 2 times a week for the next month and now see Anna about once a week. The pain not only totally disappeared during the treatment but for the last several weeks I experienced no ankle pain at all!

Thank you Anna, for all your help from a simple misstep.

- Claire


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 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,


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