Acupuncture and Natural Medicine
for Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia

Caring for Maryland and DC with Acupuncture and Natural Medicine

A CareFirst Blue Cross Preferred Provider

Content on this website is intended for general information only. For answers to your specific questions or to schedule treatment, we invite you to contact us at 301-588-5858.

Anemia is a common side-effect of many types of cancer treatment. Our clinic offers specialized acupuncture and nutritional approaches for anemia and other side-effects of chemotherapy. By reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy, our treatments have helped patients to stay healthy enough to complete the schedule of chemotherapy which has been recommended by their oncologist.

The number of both red and white blood cells often declines significantly within hours or days after infusion of chemotherapy. Hospital oncology clinics will normally perform blood tests (called a complete blood count) prior to each round of chemotherapy. These blood tests are used to determine the patient's levels of red blood cells and other components of the blood.

If these levels are too low, the next round of chemotherapy may need to be postponed in order to allow the body to recover. This situation is undesirable because it means that cancer treatment cannot proceed on the schedule which the oncologist believed would be most helpful. In recommending a treatment plan, a skilled oncologist will have considered the research evidence relating to your case, additional health conditions you may have, your personal preferences, and his or her previous clinical experience in treating people with similar conditions.

Anemia is diagnosed if the hemoglobin level is below 13.5 g/dL (for men) or 12 g/dL (for women). There are many causes of anemia. In order to provide effective treatment, our clinic will ask for your full medical history. We will also request to have these numbers from your blood tests forwarded to us from your oncology clinic:

Normal Value
Hgb (Men)14-18 g/dL
Hgb (Women)12-15 g/dL
Hct (Men)40-50%
Hct (Women)35-45%
MCV80–100 fL

In some patients, more than one condition may be contributing to anemia. Deficiency of vitamin B12 (which may result from autoimmune conditions) makes it harder for the body to produce blood cells. Some kidney problems may lead to a decreased production of erythropoietin, a hormone involved in blood cell production.

Bleeding or blood loss is a possibility when patients are experiencing pancytopenia or thrombocytopenia, which are known side-effects of many chemotherapy agents. In these conditions, the number of platelets is reduced, and this impairs the body's ability to form blood clots to stop bleeding. Hematocrit (Hct), mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and red cell distribution width (RDW) may be helpful for further analysis of the cause of anemia and evaluation of treatment options.

Call us at 301-588-5858 To Schedule an Appointment

We offer a range of natural health services and can provide these in a way that is fully integrated, designed, and fine-tuned for you to receive the maximum benefit. We can provide treatment for multiple health concerns at each appointment. If you wish to speak to the doctor prior to scheduling an appointment, please contact us for a free 5-minute phone consultation.

You May Be Interested In:

Overview of Our Services
General Information about Acupuncture
Acupuncture Treatment for Pain Relief
Our Research into How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture for Infertility
Treatment for Migraine Headaches
A Holistic Approach to Cancer Care
Treatments for Emotions and Stress
Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis
Insurance and Rates
About the Practitioner

We Look Forward to Your Visit!

We Can Handle Your Insurance Questions and Claims

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac.  Maryland Holistics is a preferred provider in the Blue Cross, CareFirst, and United Healthcare networks. It is our pleasure to serve you.

Contact Us by Phone 7 Days a Week

If you wish to schedule an appointment or have questions prior to treatment, please call our office at 301-588-5858.

Located in Ellicott City, MD

Our professional office is designed to be an oasis for healing. The office is located near available parking and public transportation, and is ADA accessible.
Acupuncture in Ellicott City and Silver Spring • Caring for Maryland and DC with Affordable Acupuncture and Natural Medicine • Ellicott City, Columbia, Silver Spring, Bethesda, College Park, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, and Washington DC

Serving the Baltimore-

Washington Area


Convenient Weekday and

Weekend Appointments

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Suite E

Ellicott City, MD 21043