YOUR BODY IS WISE. YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE YOUR TEACHERS.
Release, Relax, Unwind
KARA GRANDEA, M.O.M., L.Ac.
Owner & Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist
Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Maryland
Master of Oriental Medicine,
Maryland University of Integrative Health
(formerly Tai Sophia Institute)
Certified NADA Detox Practitioner
Johns Hopkins EHP
The most fulfilling part of my practice is being the catalyst for and helping people become empowered to take better care of their health, wellbeing, and happiness. There's no better feeling than knowing that the work I do helps people create and become better and happier versions of themselves.
I came to the practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine after searching for ways to heal some chronic issues I'd been having. After living in the NYC area working in the fashion industry for 5 years, I moved back home to Maryland only to suffer from year round allergies and back pain. I had been taking Sudafed and Ibuprofen like candy without temporary relief or great results. I no longer felt energetic and vibrant. And, after leaving a career in fashion, I even felt lost in my life's purpose. I found my way to chiropractic care, natural allergy elimination, and acupuncture, initially, for my physical symptoms. Through the latter two therapies, I became a very proactive patient and thought to pursue a different career. I learned that I needed to go to acupuncture school if I was to become a practitioner of allergy elimination. By the gentle guidance of my practitioner, I decided to enroll in the Master of Acupuncture program at the then Tai Sophia Institute and found that acupuncture can help much more than allergies and back pain. Specifically, through acupuncture treatment, I discovered that I my back pain became my teacher and alerted me to when I was tired or worried too much about something. I no longer feel cold and/or damp weather coming and have more overall energy. My allergies are completely gone and I now understand what my sensitivities are to specific environmental factors. As a "side" note, I was nearsighted and had an astigmatism having worn prescription eyewear since my college days, only to notice that I no longer needed them. To this day, I no longer wear prescription eyeglasses. And, best of all, I have a renewed sense of self and energy that I did not know was possible when beginning my journey. The practice of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine give me the tools to help others in more ways than I have been helped. I am so blessed to do this work and am excited to share the beauty of this medicine with you!
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
— Lao Tzu —
I tell everyone that the needles are my friends. Like good friends, they are an extension of me. Through the use of my tools - needles, gua sha, and cupping - I help to create an awareness in the body. The needles cause "micro-traumas" that help stimulate the body's healing response. In Acupuncture, we talk of "Qi" or "vital force", an energy that flows around the body, that when blocked, can cause pain, and discomfort, among other phenomena. After treatment, people report feeling more relaxed and even clearer. With continued treatment, symptoms begin to dissipate and resolve. Overall health and wellbeing are enhanced and people become better versions of themselves.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese Herbal Medicine, alone or in conjunction with your acupuncture treatment, can be a terrific add-on to your overall health and wellbeing. Whether you have an acute situation, a chronic condition, or just need overall support, Chinese Herbs can help continue the treatment strategy and support you between your acupuncture visits. I work with Kamwo pharmacy out of New York City where I can create and order custom formulas for you that can be shipped to your home.