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Acupuncture FAQ with Anna N. Dolopo, L.Ac (Anna Dolopo)

Acupuncture FAQ with Anna N. Dolopo, L.Ac (Anna Dolopo)


What is acupuncture used for?

Acupuncture is beneficial for everyone. You do not need anything wrong with your health in order to receive acupuncture.

Acupuncture’s notoriety is for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. At treatment centers such as Elements in Harmony, the focus on Balance Method acupuncture is practiced. Their patients feel a 10-100% improvement of pain within six seconds of needles being placed in the body. Acupuncture intentions are for long-term results and people who use acupuncture have a high success rate in the prevention of surgery.

Some of the types of pain that the Elements in Harmony Clinic encounters are:

Sciatica/low back pain
Frozen shoulder
Trigger finger
Knee pain
Neck and shoulder pain and tightness
Carpel tunnel syndrome

We also strengthen the body for pre-operative conditions and assist with speeding up the recovery process after surgery.

Acupuncture is beneficial for almost any type of internal disorder.

Some of the conditions that we have treated with great success include:

Tourette’s Syndrome
Menstrual disorders
Inducing labor
Irritable bowel syndrome
Substance abuse and addictions

Is acupuncture recognized by the World Health Organization?


Is acupuncture recognized by the National Institutes of Health?


Does acupuncture hurt?

Almost every patient in our clinic would say that they do not mind the acupuncture needling. Pain is subjective from patient to patient. The best way for you to figure out if you like acupuncture done is to just try it. At Elements in Harmony, we offer a 15-minute acupuncture session for $15. This is a low-risk investment for you to find out of your energy is congruent with ours if our approach to wellness is similar to yours and if you like how the needles feel when they are inserted. Keep in mind that every artist has a different technique. No two acupuncturists are alike. If you had a bad experience with acupuncture before, it was probably because of the practitioner’s energy. If you are willing to retry acupuncture, then give us a chance. We are certain that you will feel comfortable with our style of acupuncture and approach to healthcare. If you do not, we are more than willing to extend the contact information of our esteemed colleagues at other clinics.

Does acupuncture have any side effects?

When practiced properly, acupuncture’s only side effects can be bruising. Bruising rarely happens, but it does occur and patients should not be alarmed if it happens to them. Bruises usually disappear on their own within a few days up to a month, depending on how fast a person heals from bruising.

What do I have to do to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

It is important to eat a substantial meal within three hours of the acupuncture treatment. Never go into an acupuncture treatment hungry. It is very helpful to not have any caffeine before your acupuncture treatment.

How long does the acupuncture session last?

Though sessions can vary, at Elements in Harmony, a treatment usually lasts about an hour. Arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your first treatment  will allow you to complete the necessary paperwork and ask any questions you may have. We want to give you the full-session for your first treatment.

Do acupuncture places bill insurance companies?

Please contact your acupuncture provider and they will let you know if they are currently accepting patients with insurance policies that cover acupuncture.

Specific qualifications are required to practice acupuncture in different states. In California:

A practitioner must be a licensed acupuncturist to practice in the state of California. In the state of California, a national certificate is not required. Anna has been practicing since 1999 with a state license and has immediate plans to take the national exam. Only certain states require just the national certification. In California, a national certificate is not enough to practice acupuncture. The state exam must be passed.

What kind of schooling is required of a licensed acupuncturist?

The schooling of a practitioner is usually a six-year program condensed into a four-year program. When Anna Dolopo was in school, only a master’s program was offered. Anna will be working on her doctorate degree in the near future.


If you are interested in studying Chinese medicine, it is critical for you to thoroughly investigate the credentials of your school. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has three campuses: San Diego, Chicago, and New York. For further information about Anna’s training, please visit www.pacificcollege.edu.


For more information, please visit moveyourqi.com or email Dr. Anna at anna@moveyourqi.com

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