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Acupuncture in the 21st Century

Acupuncture offers a valuable method of treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Maryland Holistics specializes in effective acupuncture treatment for conditions as varied as depression, osteoarthritis, herniated lumbar discs, joint or nerve injuries, panic disorders, side-effects of medical treatments, and many inflammatory and vascular diseases of internal body systems.

In addition to speeding recovery, acupuncture can contribute to a relaxed sense of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Most new patients experience some relief of their symptoms after the first visit. Some patients experience complete relief of symptoms after one visit. For most patients, the benefits tend to increase after a few follow-up sessions.

Acupuncture is an art form which depends on experience, knowledge, and sensory skill. In general, results are likely to be faster if you have an acupuncturist who has provided more acupuncture sessions during their career, is knowledgeable about human physiology, and has experience treating patients with your condition.

While some people appear to receive everything they need in a single visit, many others recognize the benefit that a longer course of treatment can provide. The number of visits and their frequency will depend on many factors including the reason for your visit, your personal preferences, how quickly you benefit from treatment, and the healing methods recommended by your practitioner to resolve your concerns.

For treatment of certain illnesses of body systems, Dr. Windsor and the patient can decide together whether the goal will be to relieve symptoms or to cure the condition. A cure may be possible in certain conditions through acupuncture, whereas other conditions may be more likely to respond with temporary relief.

When acupuncture is able to cure a condition of the body systems, this is usually because of two things. First, the condition is one that responds favorably to acupuncture (e.g. other people have also experienced a complete and long-term resolution of symptoms). Second, the individual patient is usually open and interested in learning more about connections between the mind and body.

When these factors come together, acupuncture can often help us to learn from the messages of the body or even discover a new awareness of the healing potential of the body and mind. An individual who is healing through this method is likely to experience a new and more harmonious relationship with their emotions or other aspects of life. This inner healing awareness becomes an ally in the process of recovery from the illness, or in the prevention of recurrence.

Although this does not occur with every illness, many inflammatory disorders can be treated successfully leading to sustained improvements in health and enjoyment of life. After a series of treatments, the benefits may last decades after the treatment itself, especially if the patient has learned through the experience, and the practitioner has supported this outcome through their treatment strategy.

Because every individual is different, Dr. Windsor will take the time to listen carefully to your health history, as well as your current health concerns and interests. He will then design a treatment strategy to gently, safely, and effectively guide your body toward well-being, and will take time to answer your questions.
"The effects of acupuncture depend on the goals for the patient, but typical effects that I have seen include improved local circulation, reduced inflammation, muscle relaxation, deeper rest, and improved regulation of the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. All of these effects combine to assist the body to heal itself from illness and stress. It leads to greater efficiency of the body systems resulting in more energy being available for healing and physical maintenance."

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

Most of our new patients receive treatment on the first visit. However, if you are not yet sure if acupuncture is right for you, you are welcome to schedule a first visit for consultation only.
Initial appointments are usually 60-90 minutes and follow-up sessions are usually 40-60 minutes. For most chronic conditions, a minimum of 4-6 treatments is recommended over the course of 4-8 weeks. Depending on the specifics of your case and condition, it may be more appropriate to have a shorter or longer course of treatment. We will re-evaluate your progress at each session.

Dr. Windsor's scope of practice in acupuncture includes treatment of a range of conditions relating to pain-management, mental health, and certain conditions affecting internal organs and endocrine systems.

Pain Relief

Back Pain and Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, Sports Injuries, Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraine Headaches, Raynaud's Syndrome, Knee Pain, Occipital Neuralgia, Ankle Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

Cancer Care

Anemia During Chemotherapy, Neutropenia During Chemotherapy, Other Chemotherapy Side-Effects

Mental Health

Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction and Lifestyle Changes, Stress and Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Other Mental Health Concerns

Reproductive Health

Infertility, Low Libido, Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie's Disease

Autoimmune Conditions

Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus (SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis, IgA Nephropathy, ANCA Small-Vessel Vasculitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, Muckle-Wells Syndrome, Relapsing Polychondritis, Sclerosing Cholangitis, Systemic Sclerosis

Endocrine Conditions

Infertility, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Internal Conditions

Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pancreatitis, Kidney Disease, Liver Conditions, Chronic Gastritis, Cystic Fibrosis, Conditions of Multiple Organs/Systems

Genetic Diseases

G6PD Deficiency, Cystic Fibrosis

Some patients come to us for help with chronic concerns while others begin treatment with us for an acute concern. In around 85% of the patients we see, benefits are observed starting within 24 hours after the first session.

Contemporary research shows that acupuncture has the ability to release endogenous opiates (natural pain-relievers within the body), and recalibrate the central nervous system in a way that can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

For many conditions, acupuncture works essentially by helping your body and mind to experience deep rest and to restore homeostatic balance. After that, your body's natural healing abilities can take over. Some of our patients visit us regularly, as often as weekly or every other week, and some visit us occasionally or as needed. When we make recommendations for care, we also recognize that each patient has a unique perspective on health and life, and has his or her own preferences and goals.

Your comfort and enjoyment are very important to us. Acupuncture pins are sterile and used only once. Typically between 2 and 8 pins are used per session. A skilled practitioner, using the highest quality acupuncture pins, can deliver treatments which are often completely painless.

Depending on the specifics of your situation, acupuncture may provide significant results in as few as one or two sessions. Follow-up sessions are often scheduled at weekly intervals, especially at the beginning of treatment. After a month or so, Dr. Windsor may recommend a different schedule, such as once or twice a month.

About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
Fax: 443-308-5690

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