Acupuncture and Natural Medicine
for Granulamotosis with Polyangiitis

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.

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), also known as Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG), is a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis). This inhibits proper blood flow and damages tissues and organs all over the body, but typically in the sinuses, lungs and kidneys. When treated early, patients often make a complete recovery. Left untreated, or when treatments fail, it is often fatal, most often due to kidney failure.

GPA is commonly treated with glucocorticoid (steroid) medications like prednisone. In severe cases, prednisone is combined with cyclophosphamide, rituximab, methotrexate, or azathioprine, which are drugs commonly used to suppress the body's immune system. These drugs should be used with caution, particularly when treating non-cancer-related illnesses, since all of them have serious, sometimes fatal, side effects. They can also harm or cause the death of an unborn baby.

The most common side effects of chemotherapy drugs (such as methotrexate) are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, skin pigmentation, liver damage, memory loss or brain fog, and hair loss.

How We Can Help

At Maryland Holistics, we offer acupuncture and natural care options that can reduce symptoms of GPA and help restore a sense of control and well being to your life. We emphasize an inclusive approach to wellness that combines a variety of natural, non-pharmacological treatment therapies tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.

GPA sufferers may be relieved to know that acupuncture, when performed by a skilled and experienced practitioner, can have profound effects on the immune system. Although it is best known for increasing the body's immune response, in order to fight disease, it can also suppress the immune response in patients with autoimmune diseases like GPA. It sounds paradoxical until one considers that acupuncture is first and foremost a therapy aimed at restoring the body's natural balance.

Acupuncture is a very broad, deep, and complex field of study. In general, even a very talented practitioner will need at least 7-10 years of full-time study to develop a high level of skill.

Acupuncture can reduce fatigue and many types of chronic pain, often reducing the need for powerful pharmaceutical drugs that come with serious side effects, especially with prolonged use. It can also restore more restful sleep and reduce the stress, anxiety and depression so often experienced by people with autoimmune disorders, and promote a deep sense of well being.

Maryland Holistics has Clinics in Ellicott City and Silver Spring

In addition to acupuncture, we offer expert advice on proper diet and nutrition, the right amount of exercise, work/life adjustments, as well as meditation and other stress reducing therapies. We believe these are critical factors in managing GPA as part of an overall medical treatment plan that can help you reach your personal goals.



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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, United Healthcare, OneNet, and MDIPA networks. We also accept Cigna, Aetna, and several other insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. It is our pleasure to serve you.

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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 and Silver Spring, MD

Our professional offices are designed to be an oasis for healing. Both offices are located near available parking and public transportation, and are 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


Offices in Ellicott City


and Silver Spring


301-588-5858


Convenient Morning, Evening,


and Weekend Appointments








3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Suite E


Ellicott City, MD 21043



1111 Spring St., Suite G5


Silver Spring, MD 20910