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Integrative Medicine


Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to treat a number of symptoms, and recent clinical studies indicate that acupuncture can ease chronic types of pain, reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Often acupuncture is used to ease the symptoms of other conditions, as well as the side effects of treatment.

Acupuncture has a homeostatic effect on the body and can help regulate body temperature to treat hot flashes, boost immune system activity and help the body to release natural painkillers such as endorphins. A typical acupuncture session may decrease pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, neuropathy, and various symptoms associated with cancer, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The treatments may also improve quality of sleep and alleviate fatigue.

Acupuncture at Sibley

At Sibley, your acupuncture practitioner will work with you to create a customized treatment to support you. Hair-thin needles will be placed painlessly at applicable points followed by a period of complete rest. Acupuncture sessions take place in the Sibley Integrative Medicine suite, room 418 in the Medical Office Building.

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Christina Tian, L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM, CMD, BSBA


Christina is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She is internationally certified by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine as a doctor of Chinese medicine. Christina works with various societies in both the United States and China and participates in international oriental medicine conferences to ensure she bridges cutting edge findings with the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine.

Learn More About Acupuncture

There have been numerous clinical research studies into the effectiveness of acupuncture; while some uses are well-documented, others are still being investigated. To see more objective information on the findings of research on acupuncture, we recommend visiting the website of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Conditions Treated

We use a patient-centered approach to diagnose and manage a variety of conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, etc.
  • Barrett’s esophagus screening
  • Celiac sprue (celiac disease)
  • Chronic conditions including pain, stress and degenerative disorders
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Dermatological conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and cystic acne
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gynecological conditions, such as PMS, dysmenorrheal, amenorrhea, morning sickness, fetal breech presentation, support for delivery in late pregnancy, and support for lactation difficulties
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Infertility and reproductive issues in women and men
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Musculoskeletal pain including joint pain, arthritis and arthralgia, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, and traumatic and post-surgical pain
  • Neurological issues, such as migraines and cluster headaches, sciatica, and peripheral neuropathy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Respiratory problems, including asthma, chronic sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Ulcerative colitis

Commonly Treated Symptoms

We help patients who have a broad range of acute and chronic symptoms. Among the symptoms that bring patients to our office are:

  • Acute and chronic pain anywhere in the body
  • Cognitive issues, such as lack of concentration, poor memory, and inability to focus
  • Digestive irregularities, including bloating, changes in bowel habits, weight changes, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, and rectal bleeding
  • Energy problems, such as fatigue, tiredness, and lack of motivation
  • Fertility difficulties, including difficulty conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy to term
  • Gynecological concerns, such as irregular menstrual cycle, painful menses
  • Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats
  • Musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain, muscle, tendon and joint pain, sports injuries, and repetitive motion injuries
  • Respiratory problems, such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Side effects of cancer treatment and diagnosis
  • Sleep problems, such as inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or sleep soundly and restfully

Massage Therapy

Massage is found to be helpful both physically and emotionally. The rubbing soothes sore muscles and releases tension in the body and mind. Massaging muscles and soft tissue stimulates the nerves. It also increases blood flow and relieves stress in the muscles. Massage therapy has been found to be helpful in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel symptoms
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine headache
  • Side effects of cancer and cancer therapy
Mary Aguilera-Titus

Mary Aguilera-Titus, B.A., L.M.T., BCTMB

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mary is nationally certified by NCBTMB. Knowing that skilled touch can be a powerful support to people impacted by a diagnosis of cancer, she has focused much of her work in the field of oncology massage. Mary is part of the interdisciplinary team of the palliative care service at Suburban Hospital. She is also an instructor with Oncology Massage Education Associates, offering education to other massage therapists. Mary is a charter member of the Society for Oncology Massage and serves as chair of the education committee.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an appointment at 202-660-7775, or email