Long Beach, CA
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 change 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!