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Testimonials - fertility issues

anna is truly a God send to us. after our son turned one, my husband and i planned on trying for our second child. it took almost a year on our own to finally get pregnant and sadly that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. my doctor said it would be ok to start trying after my next menstrual cycle. we were able to get pregnant again.. but sadly that pregnancy, ended with a second miscarriage. my doctor told me, because of my age (39 at that time) i only had a 30% chance of having a viable pregnancy. i was devastated. i wasn't sure if i wanted to try again because i was so traumatized with the past experience with the miscarriages and the news that i only have a 30% chance of having a viable pregnancy.

my husband and i prayed and prayed for an  answer and what came to light was anna. i called anna and asked her if  she can help us. she told me to go on her website to read/watch her  videos and testimonials regarding fertility. after doing so, i felt  confident that anna could help us. i was seen once a week and each  treatment was different based on where i was on my cycle. anna was able  normalized my menstrual cycle within four weeks of seeing her.  throughout each treatment, anna provided confidence, support, and  positive energy. SHE GAVE ME HOPE. after approximately 12 treatments,  anna told us we were ready to start trying... and with the first try, we  were pregnant! i was still so very scared. i was extremely anxious at  my OB appointments as i went in for check ups and ultrasounds. anna knew  my anxiety and ALWAYS kept me positive. with each check up i had great  reports. our baby's heart rate is strong the ultrasounds looked great. i  continued to see anna weekly, not only to keep my baby and i strong,  but for my own mental sanity. anna's own spirituality and energy  continued to give me hope and strengthen my faith.

i continued to see anna every week up until my 20th week of pregnancy, then saw her every other week. i had an easy pregnancy, no nausea, no vomiting, no major discomforts. when i had mild complaints of fatigue, sciatica, gas/acid reflux, and insomnia, i would tell anna and after treatment, i'd be symptom free within less than 12 hours.

i am a forty year old woman. as i write this, i am staring at my beautiful, healthy, strong baby daughter who was born full term naturally at 40.3 weeks. i thank the Lord for my blessings and am so very thankful that anna has helped me in so many ways throughout this journey.

i cannot express enough how much heart anna puts into her work and with her clients. i am so grateful to anna for her expertise in chinese medicine along with her love and support.

anna is a very knowledgable practitioner and is exceptional at what she does. we are truly thankful for her gift of healing.

lotus

Anna is a great healer who has helped me tremendously in the last year.

When my husband and I decided to try to have a baby, after many years of marriage, I realized that my menstrual cycles were irregular and not conducive to conceiving. After a few unsuccessful months I decided to try acupuncture to regulate my hormones. I debated between Anna and another practitioner and ultimately chose the latter because, having never had acupuncture, I was nervous about the community setting in which Anna primarily practices (now I feel silly about this as I believe that the community setting actually enhances the healing process). I started seeing a different acupuncturist, who was very good, and became pregnant after seven months of treatment. Unfortunately, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at 9 weeks.

I was devastated and decided to seek treatment with Anna. She was extremely kind and compassionate as I wept throughout our first consultation and treatment. After discussing my medical history and previous acupuncture experience, Anna requested that I give her six months to a year to work on healing my body from the miscarriage, realigning my Qi, and preparing my body for pregnancy. However, she cautioned that I must do EXACTLY as she advised; not only in terms of the acupuncture, but also the way in which I lived my daily life. We began treatment mid-September of 2012 and I followed Anna’s instructions to the letter. I received acupuncture two-to-three times a week, changed my eating to boost my fertility, and engaged in other practices that she recommended. My next menstrual cycle was more regular and with fewer symptoms (depression, cramps, moodiness, heavy flow) than I had ever experienced before. Each month my cycle became more regular and only three cycles later (November) Anna gave me the green light to try to conceive. I did not become pregnant that month. Although disappointed, I wasn’t too discouraged because Anna had asserted that it would take at least six-to-twelve months to get my body back into shape.

The very next month, on New Year’s Eve, I learned that I was pregnant! I was elated (pregnant after only 3.5 months of treatment!) but also nervous considering my previous miscarriage. I continued to see Anna several times a week in the first two trimesters, once every other week during the end of the second and beginning of the third trimesters, and now twice a week as I approach my due date. Throughout she assured me that my pregnancy was strong and I have indeed had a wonderful pregnancy. I experienced very little nausea in the first trimester and I have had none of the typical pregnancy side effects, such as heartburn, constipation, and sinusitis. I’ve even been sleeping very well. I am now 39-and-a-half weeks and Anna is using acupuncture to prepare my body for natural childbirth.

In all, I highly recommend Anna. I am very thankful and truly grateful for Anna’s healing expertise. She is a kind and intelligent soul who is passionate about her work and who truly cares about her patients. My extended family has seen such a change in me that they now see Anna for their own ailments! Thank you Anna!!

J.V.

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I would like to thank you Anna for your support, advice, and acupuncture expertise throughout my pregnancy.

I came to Anna in January of 2011 to begin acupuncture treatments to support in fertility in conceiving my second child. I have one healthy toddler boy that I had conceived while getting acupuncture treatments and my husband and I were now focused on growing our family again. I had been pregnant in the summer of 2010, but it had ended preterm in a miscarriage. So in January 2011 I began acupuncture sessions with Anna in hopes of becoming pregnant with my second child - and by the end of the month I was pregnant! My husband and I were thrilled to be expanding our family again – but also cautious through that first trimester, based on the experience we had had the summer prior. I continued to see Anna once a week for acupuncture treatments to ensure a strong and viable pregnancy. By the end of 20 weeks, my pregnancy was going very well and we learned we would be having a baby girl!!!

I also visited Anna right before going into labor for help in inducing labor – I was three days past my due date when I visited her for a treatment and went into labor the following day and had my baby girl that evening – Edie, 9 lbs 5 ounces and 22 inches long.

Anna is incredible at what she does, and also very informative, knowledgeable and supportive throughout my pregnancy. Thank you!!!

lotus

It was hard to write this because I can't find the words to thank Anna enough for what she did for me. I started seeing her in the spring of 2010 for issues in unrelated to fertility. Very soon after I switched my focus to fertility because my husband and I were ready to start a family and it wasn't happening as quickly or easily as expected. She was very clear about the instructions for fertility treatments and the patience required to embark on this journey with acupuncture and herbs. I was ready and willing to do it. She asked for 6 – 12 cycles and diligence/faith throughout the process. Understandably my faith waivered as the months went on and she patiently provided me with kind words, hope, and support that I needed to keep going.

Many times I called her crying and she listened and encouraged me to press on. By cycle six I decided to see my OB/GYN to confirm what I thought was low progesterone. Sure enough my bloodwork revealed that my progesterone was extremely low and she indicated I was not ovulating. Her recommendation was that I start Clomid, which I was very against because I didn't want to introduce synthetic hormones into my system, especially after working with acupuncture. Also I knew in my heart of hearts that I WAS ovulating, regardless of what the blood test showed. It was yet another hiccup in my faith in acupuncture but after supportive words from Anna I decided to stay on the natural path.

A couple of days later I observed some strange symptoms and decided to take a pregnancy test (I thought what the heck—it can't hurt!). To my utter surprise, it was positive! I waited the weekend and called my doctor on Monday, went in for a pregnancy test and discovered I was three weeks pregnant! I went from "not ovulating" to "pregnant" in a matter of days. My doctor said stranger things have happened but I knew what happened – acupuncture and herbs!!

My pregnancy was virtually problem free with the exception of having typical pregnancy symptoms. In my 40th week I went to see Anna for natural induction because I was scheduled to be induced in my 41st week. As expected, it worked! Two days before my induction my water broke and I went into natural labor. Today I sit here with my beautiful nine- week old baby girl and I get misty-eyed just thinking about the road to get here. I always refer to Anna as my angel because without her I would not be in this fortunate place. Thank you Anna for making my dreams of becoming a mother come true.

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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 defintily 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.

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I first came to visit Anna in May of 2009. I had been through 2 years of fertility issues and 8 years of digestive issues and was very discouraged. I turned to acupuncture as an option so as to not have to put more hormones in my body or get on more medication for my digestive issues since I wanted to be pregnant. Anna was very honest with me that she felt I could achieve my goal of getting pregnant, but it could take time. I would have to be patient. This was not easy to do considering I had been trying for a baby for two years already. She also felt she could help with my digestive issues. Upon my first treatment I saw results to my digestive issues. With the help of acupuncture and herbs I saw a great improvement to my stubborn digestive system. In January 2010 I found out I was pregnant. It was a miracle indeed and my husband and I are now proud parents of a healthy baby boy. I received treatments once a week from May to January and then twice a month until the baby was born. I should also note that my water broke at 31 weeks and I had to have my baby 2 months early. Although this was not what we would have desired, our son is healthy and thriving. I noticed a few things in the hospital that I feel all of the acupuncture visits helped with. I was at 5 cm before I knew I was in labor. I only pushed for 30 min. and although I chose to have an epidural, I was up walking around an hour after birth. The healing process to my body was quick and I only took pain medication for two days after birth. I should mention that the nurses were amazed by this. It was also a miracle that I didn't have to have a c-section considering how premature my labor was. I believe that with lots of prayer and the help of Anna...we were able to have the gift of a child. Thank you Anna for walking through this adventure with us.

Blessings always,
KL

lotus

Dear Anna,

I'm sitting here, 16 weeks pregnant, elated and still a little shocked that our 3rd child is on the way! Without your help, who knows where I'd be. I came to you in August of 2008 with a dx of PCOS which only manifested itself in the form of extremely irregular ovulation/periods and bothersome spotting. But it did interfere with my life quite a bit and I feared that should I ever want to get pregnant again, I would have a difficult time. Acupuncture and herbs proved to be  the only truly effective and natural treatment option for me! You stressed the importance of consistency AND herbs for my particular situation, and I'm glad I stuck with it.

The entire 7 months that I stayed consistent with my treatment I cycled every 35 days, which was unheard of for my body. Though life got busy and I stopped seeing you regularly, I continued on two (sometimes three) herbal formulas that yielded great results. Those herbs are powerful!!! I believe in them with every fiber of my being. Of course I would fret about the extra cost, but in the end I decided that I would rather treat my underlying hormonal imbalances that way than through some "Band-Aid" remedy thrown at me by a medical doctor (i.e. Clomid or synthetic hormones).  Anyone out there considering acupuncture for fertility, PLEASE try it and commit to it before you head to a fertility specialist who will force your body into extreme processes it's not ready for. The beautiful thing about acupuncture is there are no side effects except increased energy, sounder sleep, improved libido AND on top of all that, you're bringing the body into homeostasis which is, in my opinion, essential for conceiving and growing a baby.

Well.....I happened to have a completely normal cycle in July (30 days!) that ended after 5 days of healthy bleeding. Unfortunately, the bleeding resurfaced in the form of brown spotting that lasted 10 days. I finally decided to call you to see if you could clear it up. I had ONE treatment on a Saturday and not only did the spotting stop immediately, I ovulated and got CONCEIVED that Thursday!!!

So here I am.....in a nutshell, acupuncture and herbs regulated my hormones, brought on more frequent and stronger ovulation and gave me fertile quality cervical fluid that I'd never produced before. I do have PCOS and have conceived all three of my children NATURALLY.  I can't say enough positive things about your ability to heal and the wonderful effect your treatments have on fertility and pregnancy :)

Thank you so much!
-Tricia

(Practitioner’s notes:  I treated this woman starting in August 2008.  I requested that she give me 12-18 months to help her get pregnant due to the nature of her PCOS condition.  She received acupuncture and was on 2-3 herbal formulas a month consistently.  She informed me of her pregnancy in September 2009.  Please refer to Tricia’s other testimonials to get more information regarding our treatments and many of the other benefits the acupuncture and herbs did for her.)

lotus

When my husband and I started down the road of fertility treatments, we tried to keep positive thoughts in our minds. But as time went on, it became easier to think of how it wasn't working. Even though we hadn't been trying as long as most other people, I wanted to figure out how I could improve the process. One day, I was waiting in the Doctor's office and I read an article about acupuncture and fertility treatments and the success that has been occurring. It sounded interesting and even though I've never had acupuncture, I thought that many women have done it before me and have been successful - so can I (the attitude that got me though all the fertility treatments and shots too). During this same time, I also purchased a CD about being positive during fertility treatments, but I wanted something more.

I contacted you and you were very helpful, but I still remember my first visit - it was very relaxing and was all centered around being positive and "seeing" the success of a healthy baby in our lives, not just a pregnancy. This is what I needed, relaxing time to just "be" and to concentrate on the positive aspects of the process. I remember that some of my aches and pains went away after treatments and how my body felt better and even today - that I feel calmer.

Now being 7 months pregnant with twin boys can cause some anxiety, but I look forward to the acupuncture and the relaxing and beneficial time for me. The positive visual process I experience during the treatment is also something that translates to my husband and I - we are always saying to each other, "Healthy, happy baby boys". Thank you again for all your help, the pregnancy is going great and not having to experience morning sickness was well worth the acupuncture experience and discovering the many benefits it provides.

- Thank you, Jeri Smith

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Dear Anna,

I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done for myself and my family. When I came to you in March, I was desperate to have a baby. After three years of trying unsuccessfully, it was the most stressful time in my life that I can remember. As my husband and I began to research fertility treatment options, we had heard and read that acupuncture had been known to increase the chances of fertility treatments. I decided that it couldn't hurt to give it a try. I reached out to you and you replied with the warmest response and a genuine interest in helping us on our journey to be parents. To my surprise, your treatments were so relaxing! I was already getting so many shots that I was not thrilled about more needles, but I really never even felt them. The treatments allowed me the time to focus on the future and being a good parent instead of getting caught up in the day to day struggles of fertility treatments. I am thrilled to say that I am 16 weeks pregnant with twin girls! We are so thankful to have found you to help us through this crazy time in our lives. You are such a wonderful person and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend your treatments to anyone dealing with fertility issues. I think it made all the difference. Take care and thanks again!

- Kari Plush

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I have benefited tremendously from my acupuncture treatments. I tried acupuncture because I was having trouble with infertility. I had awful and painful periods that lasted for more than a week and that was preventing me from getting pregnant. When I met Anna I knew that she would be able to help me. She is very personable and professional. I felt like I was in good hands. After my treatments, I was able to achieve a 3 day menstrual period and what a relief. Anna provided me with literature, herbs and her experience to help me relax. Acupuncture I believe helped me achieve my pregnancy. I now have a beautiful boy as a result of my treatments. I would recommend acupuncture to those needing a solution to infertility or to those just seeking calm and peace that will help achieve a pregnancy.

- Laura Barcia

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