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Integrative Medicine Specialists Maryland

Our Integrative Medicine specialists in Maryland provide personalized primary care that is custom tailored to each of our patient. With comprehensive treatment plans that establish whole body wellness. 

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Dr. Jyothi Rao



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I started by seeing Dr. Sudhir Rao for my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome. I had an accident in July 2010 that caused nerve damage in my ankle. After treatments and surgery, it spread up the entire left side of my body. The only way to describe how you feel is by saying you’re a human pinball machine ? you just never know where the pain is going to be that minute. I had asked about acupuncture because someone had told me that it worked for them. I was at the point of trying anything to lessen the pain because it was getting worse every day.

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I am actually a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman. I try to eat well and exercise, but I (like many) felt the creep of age in the form a subtle pounds and decreasing energy. Dr. Rao helped point me in the direction of the correct detox program for me (Core Restore!) as well as the supplements I needed to boost my metabolism and increase my energy! I still need to eat what works for me and avoid the things that don't, and I still have to exercise every day, but my clothes fit better and I have more energy!!

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I came to see Dr. Rao with symptoms of chronic fatigue, abdominal pains, depression, and weight gain. I had seen a couple other doctors and they had found that I had very high inflammation levels and over 15 food allergies/sensitivities. They wanted me to just take prescription drugs, but I wanted more than a quick fix. I wanted my health and my life back! When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised how by helpful Kelly was on the phone. I didn’t know the details of my insurance coverage and Kelly offered to call my insurance for me. I’ve never had anyone at a doctor’s office do that before.

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After visiting the Shakthi website and reading other patient testimonials, I was curious about the wide variety of treatments that were available. I have a very slow metabolism, was fatigued, had insomnia, back pain, and just didn’t feel as well as I wanted to in general. I had more allergic reactions and respiratory issues in the preceding months before coming to see Dr. Jyothi Rao. I had completed three courses of prednisone while under the treatment of my traditional doctor and was fed up with that cycle and was looking for another path.

- Debbie Helman

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I was given the gift of Dr. Rao's primary care for Christmas in 2016. I didn?t take advantage of it until March of 2017. My mindset at the time was negative. I had heard about changing eating habits and I felt that I liked the foods I was eating and I was nearly 70, so why change now? After meeting with Dr. Rao and hearing her suggestions, I said I would take it one small step at a time and see what happens.

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I was in the worst shape of my life with depression and anxiety. I had given up.

Shakthi provided me with a manageable plan that included supplements, diet, and an exercise program that has transformed my body and given me a new outlook on life. Perhaps the most surprising outcome was learning how to be healthy and have a good relationship with my body. I am now more productive, energetic, and focused. The fog that had been clouding my thoughts has lifted.

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What Does An Integrative Medicine Specialist Do?

For some, ‘wellness’ can imply the speed in which you can recover from injury or illness. But being well should mean illness and injury are prevented. The best way to achieve this is by taking full control of your health to superiorly maintain the body’s inherent functionality. 

Integrative medicine is the key to fully embracing whole body wellness. But what does integrative medicine mean? Our integrative medicine specialists understand the vital role the relationship between physician and patient play for your health. Integrative medicine focuses on the best therapies that encourage your body, mind, and soul maintaining balance. 

A progressive combination of modern medicine and holistic therapies are incorporated in patient care to provide optimal health. An integrative medicine practitioner will take consideration of all patient factors that impact health and disease, such as lifestyle and stress. 

Diagnoses and Treatment 

Integrative health practitioners determine diagnoses and provide recommendations based on scientifically backed (and proven) medical treatments and alternative therapies (like acupuncture) to promote total wellness. Integrative medicine physicians concentrate on the cause of disease as opposed to solely treating a disease. 

Shakthi Health and Wellness Center believes in enhancing your vitality through holistic lifestyle changes and modern medical therapies. Our patients are provided with healing-oriented therapies, combining complementary and conventional medicine to promote whole body wellness.  

Our practice focuses on the patient as a whole and not just the illness they suffer from. Our integrative medicine practitioners are invested in the enhancement and vitality of your health. We don’t believe true health comes in the form of a pill. We believe in determining the damaging source of disease and providing treatments that consider all aspects of your body’s wellness.  

We provide patient-centered care so you don’t have to settle. Our integrative specialists of Maryland are highly skilled medical professionals with a deep understanding of holistic therapies.  

Shakthi Health and Wellness Center offers holistic treatment options like infrared sauna therapy, acupuncture, and Bio-Mat therapy.  

Infrared Sauna

Without using traditional heating elements, an infrared sauna uses infrared lamps that use electromagnetic radiation. This type of sauna penetrates more deeply than warm air, with better intensity at a lower temperature. Our infrared sauna improves sleeps, promotes better circulation, and enhanced recovery for sore muscles.  


An alternative treatment that treats patients with thin needles placed strategically in the body. Based off of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture follows traditional medical belief rather than science.  


Our Bio-Mat is embedded with Amethyst crystals (a quartz mineral) that generates far infrared radiation (FIR) and negative ions when heated. When the body absorbs FIR, circulation is improved, muscle recovery is supported, joint pain can be relieved, all while encouraging healthy cell functioning.  

Nutrition Consultation

The integrative health specialists at Shakthi Health and Wellness Center will also consult with you on nutrition and recommend any diagnostic testing to better identify your needs.  

Whether you arrive to our center with health concerns you’ve had little luck treating, or simply want to improve upon your health, our integrative medicine specialists in Maryland can effectively and skillfully manage your whole body wellness and address any health concerns you may have.  

If you are interested in learning about Integrative Medicine or our holistic approaches to wellness Call Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today! Dr. Jyothi Rao is a highly skilled and experienced physician who can effectively evaluate your symptoms and optimize your body’s vitality. Call (301) 703-5067 and speak to our direct primary care staff to schedule your appointment today! 

What does Shakthi Mean?

Shakthi (Shuk-thee) means Strength, Empowerment, and Agent of Change.

What does Shakthi Mean?

Shakthi (Shuk-thee) means Strength, Empowerment, and Agent of Change.