Acupuncture Therapy Maryland
Acupuncture therapy is an alternative approach to treating various health conditions based on traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific “meridian” points on the body to encourage healing and whole-body wellness.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine treatment approach utilized by millions of Americans today. Acupuncture first began as a form of traditional Chinese medicine and has since moved into mainstream Western health care approaches.
This treatment is based on the traditional Chinese belief that disease and illness are caused by a disruption to the body’s “Qi.” The belief in Qi relies heavily on the concept of harmonious balance in the body. The “yin” and the “yang” of the body’s life force (the Qi) must remain in complementary balance to maintain wellness, both in mind and body.
How Treatment Works
The treatment consists of fine needles being inserted into the skin, at varying depths. The placement of the needles, or acupoints, stimulates specific regions to produce specific physical responses. The thought is that physical stimulation will promote self-healing and bodily wellness.
Once placed into the skin, the patient may feel a dull ache at the base of the needle. But acupuncture should never be painful. The dull ache will gently subside, leaving the individual in a relaxed state. In some practices, the steel needle may even be heated or stimulated as part of the treatment approach.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We value the importance of the relationship between the doctor and the patient. That is why Dr. Jyothi Rao has taken the time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions at Shakthi Health & Wellness. View our FAQ page here.
What To Expect
Meet Our Doctors
Our team is composed of board certified medical doctors who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of acupuncture. Our Direct Primary Care model provides patients with in depth consults with each appointment without the restrictions of time limits and jumping through insurance hoops.
MD, ABAAHP, FAARFM
Dr. Jyothi Rao has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland.
Dr. Sudhir Rao obtained his Medical Doctorate from St. George's University School of Medicine and is the founder of Pain and Spine Specialists. Despite Dr. Rao's years of training focusing on traditional medicine, he developed a strong interest in Functional and Integrative Medicine to treat chronic illness with alternative methods after a personal experience with limitations in traditional medicine.
Before you begin any type of acupuncture treatment, it is important to find a skilled and licensed acupuncturist who will have the experience and education to treat you accordingly. Your acupuncturist will first ask about a thorough health history and conduct a physical examination.
They will review your specific health goals to assess the best placement of the acupuncture needles. The patient will lie comfortably on a table while the provider will gently place the needles on specific meridian points.
What Acupuncture Does
Western medicine is still unable to precisely determine why acupuncture therapy has been successful for many. Based on traditional Chinese belief, when the proper flow of Qi is blocked in the body, illness and disease follow. Qi is thought to flow through various “meridians” through the body, allowing the energy to flow freely through the body. These meridian points (or acupoints) are pathways that are accessible for treatment with the insertion of acupuncture needles.
A more scientific interpretation of the success of acupuncture can also be determined by the same meridian points. While a patient may not believe in Qi, the body’s nervous system is also connected via pathways of nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. And these areas can all be stimulated with acupuncture needles to produce physical responses. The placement of these needles into the nerves will send signals to the brain to release neural hormones.
Physically, the treatment creates “micro-traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune, and endocrine system activation. For example, damaged tissue begins to heal when the body’s inherent healing systems become activated and blood flow is increased. These biochemical responses can help reduce symptoms and manage various health conditions.
Also, it is thought that these pathways are linked to the neurohormonal pathways of the body. When these points are stimulated, they encourage the release of endorphins and naturally created pain-relieving hormones which support homeostasis in the body. This enhances total body wellness. Sleep, digestive function, and emotional health can all be improved.
Benefits and Risks of Acupuncture
We want our potential patients to have all the info they can so understanding the concepts and philosophies behind acupuncture is an important place to start. Along with that though we also want them to understand the benefits this ancient practice brings as well as the risks that come with it.
Acupuncture has a lot of benefits. Many people use it as a form of pain management, but it can also be used to help with stomach problems and mental health issues like stress and anxiety. One of the best benefits that come from including this alternative treatment is that unlike the traditional prescription medication used for many conditions acupuncture comes with a vastly decreased chance of side effects.
This may be because the body is using its built-in systems to help promote healing. This often means less pain and discomfort for the patient. Along with the reduced side effects acupuncture also offers these benefits:
- More versatile and safe
- Easily combined with other treatments both traditional and holistic
- Great for those that are sensitive to pain medication or have addictions issues
- No chance of becoming addicted to the treatment
- Good for those with busy schedules
There are so many benefits to look at when opting to utilize this alternative treatment but there are also some potential risks to be aware of. Here are some of the risks:
- If you have a blood disorder or take medication that thins your blood it might be dangerous.
- You may find that you experience bruising, bleeding, and soreness in the areas the needles are inserted.
- Some people have had bouts of dizziness.
What Conditions Acupuncture Treats
Many individuals have reported feeling better and more relaxed with acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture has been successfully incorporated as a complementary and/or alternative form of therapy for:
- Chronic back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Digestive complications
- Skin Issues
We talked about the physical ailments that acupuncture can treat but this ancient treatment can also help treat stress and anxiety. How does this practice help with mental concerns? It all boils down to the reduced blood flow that comes along with acupuncture.
This increased blood flow signals to your body that it’s time to release select chemicals that not only help instigate your body’s healing capabilities but also signal to your brain to release chemicals that help control emotions.
These chemicals help with anxiety and stress. Also, the increased blood flow to one’s muscles helps relieve the stress and tension in them. This can help improve sleep which is a key element in helping to deal with stress and anxiety.
While this by no means all the conditions that acupuncture is utilized for, acupuncture therapy is continually being researched to discover other benefits it may provide to other underlying health conditions.
The physical symptoms of your underlying health conditions can significantly impact your emotional health as well. Patients need to be emotionally open to the positive healing ability of acupuncture therapy.
While some Western beliefs may imply that acupuncture therapy has a “placebo” effect on individuals, positive thinking has demonstrated improved results. This open, positive mentality may even enhance the treatment effects of acupuncture.
If you are interested in learning more about our Acupuncture therapy and packages or would like to schedule an appointment with our office, CALL Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today!
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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.
- Susan Doyle
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!!
- Shakthi Patients
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.
- Anna Smoot
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
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.
- Linda J.
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.
- Shakthi Patient
What To Expect
How Treatment Works
Our doctors and staff take time to get invested in your health and well-being. We've taken a step back from mainstream medicine and are challenging the norm. Everyone's healthcare needs are different. You are different. We believe patients shouldn't settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you.
Appointments are conducted on an as-needed basis. Patients can expect appointments to be more thorough and focused on their needs. As direct primary care doctors, we see a limited number of patients which means each of our patients receives dedicated care without the concern of being “rushed” our of an appointment.
We offer patients scientifically backed health assessments to better understand the root causes of their health conditions. We evaluate any disruptions to your health and body to develop effective wellness plans to optimize your vitality. To learn more about the specific tests we offer visit this page here.
Patients receive personalized and tailored care in exchange for a flat fee. Overall cost will be discussed during your initial consultation. Each subsequent appointment will not need to be individually paid for. All patients receive unlimited access to their physicians which leads to better overall health and wellness.