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Patient-centered care bridging integration and collaboration in the areas of

biomedical physiology and pathology, energetics, functional status, and ​psychosocial domains.

Dr. Paula Shaffer, D.Ac., M.Ac., L.Ac.

Paula Shaffer, D.Ac., M.Ac., L.Ac., is a Doctor of Acupuncture with a concentration in Integrative healthcare.   A leader in the Holistic Health Movement, she is a practitioner of a traditional East Asian influenced system of medicine and specializes in Advanced Functional Medicine, combining modern and innovative analysis with age-old medicinal knowledge and healthcare.  Providing top quality preventative wellness, maintenance and recovery services, she puts added emphasis on  healing methods harmonizing the body's bio-energetic functions, attention to self-care and emotional awareness by using techniques and therapies that replenish your vitality and inner-balance.  

Focusing in on your body's subtle mechanisms of communication, she skillfully guides you to personalized, natural solutions for restoring your body's own ability to heal itself.  From incorporating a variety of safe, pain-free, clinically proven and/or science-based methods and patient feedback, Paula has discovered that improvement may be achieved regardless of the initial level of dysfunction or illness presented.  

Walking her own path on the journey of health, Paula has trained in practitioner level courses, since 1999, with the original pioneers of Functional Medicine as it is known today and integrates the most innovative techniques she has found to offer effective approaches to removing an individual's blocks to recovery.  

Combined with her master's level training in the wisdom of Classical Five Element Theory she is uniquely positioned to help address mental and emotional components of an illness from a traditional standpoint, giving a more comprehensive picture of the aspects involved.  Paula has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist and holistic wellness specialist in Maryland for more than 12 years.

"Acupuncture is the activation of strategic points on the body to promote a healing response.  When combined with holistic practices and treatments, it can be used as part of a whole healing system that comprehensively and effectively addresses the root cause of pain or illness so that the body may heal itself and continue to maintain a healthy course."

Facts About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a component of ancient East Asian systems of medicine and a holistic therapy based on the theory that the body depends on life energy (bio-energy), known as Qi (pronounced "chee") being in balance. Qi flows through specific pathways or "highways" throughout the body called Meridians, along which the acupuncture points are found. 

An "Acupuncturist" is a health practitioner who takes a holistic approach to the maintenance of health and the management of disease, with a focus on improving overall well-being. Imbalances, they are trained to recognize, are traditionally corrected in the body by inserting fine needles into strategically placed points on the body, thus helping the natural healing processes of maintaining or restoring good health and relieving pain. Today, acupuncturists also use non-needle forms of acupuncture to penetrate the skin and stimulate the points without puncturing it. 

Acupuncture has been used to treat a range of emotional and physical conditions from musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, gynecological, neurological and stress-related disorders, to traumatic or work related acute or chronic injuries and illnesses.

It is an effective form of medical treatment that assists in a complete holistic and complementary health care system promoting natural healing and pain relief. A drug-free therapy for a wide variety of common ailments and problems, an increasing number of Western doctors and scientists agree it is a safe and reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions. The World Health Organization has formally proclaimed acupuncture as an effective medical treatment for over 43 conditions. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) endorsed acupuncture, stating: “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.”

Acupuncture has been around for over 3000 years and its longevity is testament to the fact that it works!

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