Yorba Linda, CA
3/11/2016 Updated review
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!