Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. Part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health.
Acupuncture is used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. Clinical trials have found it benefits conditions such as: muscle spasms and pain, chronic back pain, headaches, neck pain, osteoarthritis and digestive problems.
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
Acupuncture for Cancer
Our goal is to help patients undergoing of radiation and/or chemotherapy, in order to promote the best medical outcome. Our licensed acupuncturists help patients manage the side-effects of cancer treatment so they can stay strong through treatment and recovery.
Acupuncture has been shown to ease nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, fatigue, anxiety, depression and immune suppression that can often accompany cancer treatment.1
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have also been shown to ease side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation, such as insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, lack of appetite, weight loss, constipation or diarrhea, pain and melancholy.
Sharon Czebotar, DAOM
Sharon Czebotar, DAOM, has extensive clinical experience as an acupuncturist for oncology, women’s health and pain management. She also treated pain and PTSD symptoms at both Ground Zero with FEMA and Brook Army Medical Center.
She earned a clinical doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Internal Medicine, and serves on the Advocacy Advisory Committee of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Seung J. Park, Ph.D L.Ac
Dr. Park specializes in acupuncture and oriental medicine. He has been practicing in DC, MD and VA for several years to help a variety of conditions including sports Injury, side effect management of cancer treatment, infertility and pain management. He is national board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has additional training and certification in Sports Korean Medicine.
He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental medicine at American Liberty University in Newport Beach, California and prior to joining Sibley Integrative Medicine has served at a renowned fertility center in this area.
1 Cohen, Andrea J., Alexander Menter, and Lyndsey Hale. “Acupuncture: Role in comprehensive cancer care—A Primer for the oncologist and review of the literature.” Integrative Cancer Therapies 4, no. 2 (2005): 131-143, accessed January 26, 2010.