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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

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1) Articles on Acupuncture, CHM, Oriental Medicine -
     general & for CFS, FMS, M.E. & more:

Herbal formulas are concentrated foods made from roots, leaves, barks and minerals, and as such have great potency without losing the built-in safety contained within the substances before modern-day techniques of chemical extraction increase the likelihood of danger. They are a great adjunct in a treatment plan as they help maintain healing processes that are initiated in live sessions, thus ensuring continued progress. Sometimes, they are the treatment of choice in dealing with advanced disease processes that have caused serious damage. Finally, they are much less expensive than pharmaceuticals. - Circle of One

2) Practitioners of
Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Asian Bodywork, Oriental Medicine

Tammy Chang, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L. Ac.  (571) 426-2195               (added 4/22/2014)
Essence of Acupuncture
421 Church St., NE, #E
Vienna, VA 22180
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-7, Sunday by appointment>
Five Element & Balancing acupuncture methods, Hand, Auricular, Scalp acupuncture, Korean four needles and herbs.
Attended one of our speaker meetings in 2012.
Member comment: "I do endorse her and highly recommend her for treating pain. She has been through thick and thin with me and is becoming an expert on FMS issues." - NL

Jonathan Gilbert,  NCCAOM   (301) 215-4177                 (updated 4/22/2014)
The Gilbert Clinic
Bethesda Crossing, 7315 Wisconsin Ave,  Suite 760 (Wisconsin Tower - East), Bethesda, Maryland 20814 Directions
Diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diplomate in Acupuncture
Advanced apprenticeship in Jinkui Yaolue Theory and Practice (six division) for chronic disease.
In depth experience with FM, CFS/ME.
Treats tennis elbow to complex neurological and genetic diseases, complex pain, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, stress related symptoms. CFSupport's Web Links, Background for Jonathan Gilbert, NCCAOM
Interview Eastern Medicine Gains Ground in Region
See When Pushing Stops Working Website  for audio presentations
Member comment, "When I was strong and balanced enough from my CFS to handle the stimulation of acupuncture, I received two acupuncture treatments from Jonathan Gilbert and each immediately helped my range of motion and relieved stiffness in my left arm, my neck after injuries. My arm had almost healed from its muscle tear, but it still felt heavy and unresponsive. The treatment freed up that arm right away."

Virginia D. Mitchell, MAc., LAc., Diplomate Ac.  (703) 421-1300 Acupuncture & Bodywork Associates
708 Sugarland Run Drive
Sterling, VA 20164
Speaker October 2009

Kourosh Kashan, NCCAOM  - moved to California
Diplomate Acupuncture.
A therapeutic program incorporating subtle energy healing (to stimulate the circulation of Qi so as to restore balance and harmony in the body and soul), touch therapy (CranioSacral Healing,  Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Soft-Tissue Technique, Strain and Counterstrain, Visceral Healing, Zero Balancing), and herbal medicine (including nutrition). Development of one's sensitivity and attunement to body wisdom encouraged to perceive tensions in the body and then release them. Committed to helping people in need regardless of their ability to pay.
Member Comment: "He is best at guiding you to a place of healing and accepting."

Monika Rukus, RN, MSW, LAc  (301) --------    (died Dec. 2011)   Death Notice at Wash. Post
Chevy Chase, MD

Dawit Assefa  (202) 378-8033
108 S. Columbus Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Member comment, 7-2010: "I know that sometimes people in the group provide recommendations. I have seen some great changes in how I sleep and how I feel (in terms of both energy and aches & pains) by seeing an acupuncturist in Old Town Alexandria. His name is Dawit Assefa and he works with a lot of people with CFS and FMS. He does so much more than just acupuncture - he is a great listener and provides helpful advice, he performs reflexology at the end of every session, and he recommends Chinese herbs. I know that he could help other people with CFS and FMS who are still feeling the fatigue, low energy, body aches and pains, headaches, and stomach/intestinal issues. "

Lonnie J. Lee MD ( Lonnie Lee ) Acupuncturist  (301) 209-6250
Prince George's Medical Office
Kaiser Permanente
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 160
Hyattsville MD 20782
Specialty: "Alternative Medicine"
Member comment: "[She] has many years of experience.  I would be going to her for acupuncture treatments except that my co-pay for acupuncture is $40 a visit."

Matt Hayat PhD NMQ  (301) 437-4966
"I've worked with over a dozen CFS patients over the past five years in sharing methods of self-healing. Many have encouraged me repeatedly to get in touch with the CFS [groups] in order to share these methods with other patients interested in gentle, effective, and profound ways of dealing with fatigue, body pain and frustration."
Medical Qigong Therapy (MMQ), Kiai Qigong for Self-Health, a system for coordinating physical movement, breathing techniques, visualizations, and the use of sound (Kiai) in self-healing.

Mary Beth Gibbons, NCCAOM  (703) 231-5058 
The Atrium, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr #23 Reston VA 20190
In home visits, especially near McLean, VA.
Diplomate Acupuncture.

Sharon Crowell, LAc, MAc, RN (703) 623-8340
Traditional Acupuncture in Northern Virginia
443 B Carlisle Dr
Herndon VA 20170
"I see quite a few clients with Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue. 
I would love to be on your referral list."
Served as a past president and vice president of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia
Articles by Sharon Crowell:
Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine
Winter Travel Tips
Post Holiday Reflections
Location hosts many health classes, clinics, and events including Qigong, Yoga, T'ai Chi,  Acupuncture. 

Fei Fei Hong
Falls Church VA (703) 237-0885
Bethesda MD (301) 654-4778,  trained in China

Matthew Miller, MB  (434) 851-8533
3712 Old Forest Road, Suite 200, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Doctor of Chinese Medicine. Trained in China.

Stephanie MacKay (540) 444-1053
11 Library Square, Salem VA 24152
Acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping, food therapy, tui na and qi gong.

Dee Brown, NCCAOM  (301) 949-5570
Kensington Acupuncture Assoc
3930 Knowles Ave #301
Kensington, Maryland 20895
Diplomate Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture.
5 Element Style, Japanese Needling Technique, Meridian Therapy, Herbal Therapy
Speaker May 1993

Ted O'Brien, LAc LN  (202) 833-5055
Center for Integrative Medicine
908 New Hampshire Avebr> #200 Wash, DC 20037
Approach combines  Western styles of nutrition counseling and the considerations of Chinese medicine (e.g., energies and flavors of foods and their effects on the organs of the body).
Speaker March 2002

Xiaolan Zhu, MD     (703) 893-6680
8206 Leesburg Pike, Suite 306
Tyson's Corner
[pronounced "Zoo"];
Internal medicine.
Trained in China in acupuncture.

Heather Ruth L.Ac., CBP, RP    301-792-0601
Body Talk System, acupuncture & more.
Gaithersburg and DC
NCCAOM, USUI Reiki, Shiatsu, Energy Therapy

Floyd M Herdrich, MAc, LAc, BAc (UK) NCCAOM   (703) 288-1702
Tysons Corner Healing Centre
8206 Leesburg Pike Suite 201
Tysons Corner, VA  22182          (Vienna, VA)
Has practiced in Maryland, DC & Northern VA for more than 20 years.
Worsley Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, Bodywork Therapy, Wellness coaching and T'ai Chi & Qi Gong. Specializations in working with persons with chronic debilitating disorders; pre- and postpartum mothers and delivery support; support for persons living with cancer/treatment; orthopedic/sports issues and enhancement; persons with obsessive-compulsive issues and addictions.
Part One of An Interview With Floyd Herdrich, LAc, Dipl.Ac., ABT - Acupuncture Today, Jan 2004
Part Two of Acupuncture Today's Interview With Floyd Herdrich, LAc, Dipl.Ac., Feb 2004
"Floyd Herdrich has played an integral role in the development of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession in the United States. He was a founding member of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia and helped get an independent licensure law passed in that state in 1993."
Also in Richmond:
Ginter Park Classical Acupuncture (804) 698-0225
907 Westwood Avenue, Richmond VA 23222

Viktor Simkovic, L. Ac. (703) 599-0564
46400 Benedict Dr, Suite 107, Sterling VA 20164
6176 Grovedale Ct, Suite 100,  Franconia, VA 22310
Free 30 minute consultation. All body types and ages welcome.
Acupuncture, Herbs, and Rolfing (deep bodywork).
Moved to Northern VA from Texas in 2007.

Dr. Yong Chen & Dr. Weiping Peng, Sports Injury Clinic
(703) 461-7109 Alexandria
(301) 571-0989 Bethesda       
Western Medical rehabilitative therapy with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Neil Spiegel, DO   301-231-5600 
See also Pain and Rehab Page
One Medicine Associates
6211 Executive Blvd Rockville MD 20852

Bill Reddy, LAc  (703) 354-2225
Pinecrest Wellness Center
7010 Little River Tnpk, Ste. 430
Annandale, VA 22003

Carlos Durana, PhD, MAc
(703) 620-4509 - 11417 Tanbark Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
(301) 654-0080 - Bethesda, MD
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Body Therapy (CranioSacral)
Life Coaching & Individual and Couples Counseling

Anne Crowley,  MAc, LAc, NCCAOM  (301) 932-6125
7800 Sunnehanna Ct.
Port Tobacco, MD 20677
The Healing Relationship between practitioner and patient/client is a precious one.
Energies of the Seasons - Exploring the movement of life through Five Element Acupuncture
Interviewed about CFS in 11/22/06 article in So MD News, The Maryland Independent:
Finding the energy to fight. Chronic Fatigue patients struggle for normal lives:
Anne C. Crowley is an acupuncturist in La Plata who said she sometimes sees patients who suffer from CFS and other fatigue-related illnesses. Crowley said she works on the energy patterns of people who suffer from the illness, in hopes of increasing their overall energy levels. ‘‘I’m looking at the total person,” Crowley said. She said she looks at the pulses of energy in each person, and if they are too low or too high, she tries to reduce the symptoms. ‘‘I’m going to treat all of it.”
Website added to listing 3/12:

Linda Solow Miyoshi RN
(301) 986-9869 - 4833 West Lane,  Bethesda, MD
(240) 353-2790 - Old Town Alex, VA, & Bethesda, MD
Acupuncturist manipulates vital energy
Spoke to National Vulvodynia Association group on July 7, 2007

David Blaiwas M. Ac. L.. Ac. Dipl. Ac.  (301) 270-2117
Takoma Park and Columbia, Maryland.
Chair - Theory/Languages of Healing Division Tai Sophia Institute - Master of Acupuncture Program
Article: Acupuncture Works for Chronic Pain

Kaplan Clinic   (703) 532-4892
Gary E. Kaplan, DO
McLean, VA
Family Practice, Anesthesiology-Pain Management, Acupuncture
Treats chronic pain and illness.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy, homeopathy, and mind-body work.
Dr. Kaplan spoke to our group on 11-8-07 after a showing of the "Living with FM"  at Kaplan Clinic.

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Kumuda Reddy, MD & J. Reddy, MD  (866) REDDYMD  (301)  474-2184
5009 Paducah Rd
College Park MD 20740
Telephone consultations. Indian herbs, oils, ayurvedic diet.
Dr. Kumuda Reddy, Family Practice; Dr. J Reddy, Urology.
Maharishi Vedic Medicine
Speaker 06/05
2009 Book:
Living Life Free From Pain:
Treating Arthritis, Joint Pain, Muscle Pain, and Fibromyalgia with Maharishi Ayurveda

by Kumuda Reddy, M.D.

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1) Info:
Why Does Yoga Work?
Rest for the Weary [CFS] Yoga Journal

Scientists don't know why yoga helps people with CFS, but yoga instructors believe they do. They cite the following reasons.

YOGA HELPS WITHOUT HURTING. Research shows that mild exercise can help people with CFS recover their strength. Yoga's gentle, restorative poses increase circulation and oxygen flow—keys to healing — without irritating the body. (Raising heart rate and blood pressure and creating more lactic acid in more rigorous forms of exercise can trigger a worsening of symptoms.) "The body responds to gentleness," says Jenni Fox, a yoga teacher in Santa Cruz, California, and co-owner of Yoga-Nia Adventures. "What's important is to make space for energy to flow within the body and open the heart. You can do all the 'right' restorative poses, but if you see the poses as a way to 'fix' the body rather than a way to take you to a state of compassionate acceptance, it's difficult to receive the healing yoga can bring."

YOGA BALANCES. Often, people with chronic fatigue are out of touch with their natural human rhythms. They moved too fast, did too much, and their bodies have run down. Yoga helps them find a slower, more natural pace. "It's about getting such people to listen to themselves," says Charles Matkin, co-director of Mind Body Therapies at Health, a complementary health center in New York City. "It's about forming discipline — the discipline of peace surrounding something you feel out of control with. Rather than a discipline of more and more, it can be the discipline of less and less, a non-obsessive daily practice."

YOGA ENERGIZES. "A person with CFS struggles with depleted energy, and yoga helps restore energy to the fatigued body, allowing the cells, senses, and nerves to quiet down," says Fox. 

YOGA EMPOWERS. Instructors agree it empowers CFS sufferers in a way nothing else can: "Those who suffer get better when they're actively involved," says Fox.

YOGA TEACHES STILLNESS. "Patanjali says if we can sit quietly with our bodies for a while, we grow in our capacity to be," says Fox. "I think that for people who have CFS, it can be a gift to learn how to remain in a place for a longer period of time. Life is always flowing through us, even when we're not moving outwardly. Being still is an opportunity to listen to the many beautiful things the body has to say that we haven't been listening to."

2) Yoga Practitioners:

Lyne Picard DC, RYT      
McLean & Falls Church Therapeutic Yoga and Chiropractic Center
6546 Orland St, Falls Church, VA, 22043
703-582-4610 (mobile)
Has taught Yoga for FM before, stopped by a meeting to talk with us.

In the winter season, I  offer two types of classes: an adaptive yoga class using chairs & props to respect student's health condition and a gentle Yoga class, a beginners level class. Please contact me.  I will be glad to answer any of your questions.  
Adaptive Therapeutic Yoga  
For people with special conditions or who desire a slower pace to their yoga class.
Ideal for those recovering from surgery or an illness.
Mostly seated and reclined Yoga postures using chairs & props.
Gentle mindfulness based movements, gentle core strengthening, stretches and  deep relaxation.

Gentle Therapeutic Yoga - Saturday February 10th -  4:00 to 5:30 pm  
A good class for adults who want to improve their health and manage stress.
In this class we will learn sun salutations, standing and seated postures with
awareness of the breath and deep relaxation.
My intention for these classes is to facilitate awareness of the mind & body and to bring about a relaxation response. I am also available for individual Therapeutic Yoga sessions to address your  particular health challenge. A group class will not be specifically geared toward your condition but rather has a more general approach.

Manual: I suggest you get the "Therapeutic Yoga Manual: Tools to develop your own Yoga practice" when you come for the class. $15

The Yoga studio is equipped with Yoga mats, props, chairs and blankets, just come wearing comfortable clothing (no tight belts, no zippers or buttons). Try not to eat two hours before class, or if need be, eat a light snack (+/- a little water) an hour before. Please use rear door entrance. Try to arrive a few minutes before class. Avoid wearing heavy perfumes as it can be overwhelming for some.

Thrive Yoga  (301) 294-9642
1321-B Rockville Pike, Rockville.
Special class developed with for Spring 2006
ALL of our classes are offered on a drop-in basis. There is no need to pre-register!

For more adaptive exercise such as Pilates, see also Rehabilitation Exercise Section.

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