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that acupuncture is an effective, fascinating, time tested, versatile healing art? Originating in the orient between 2000 and 5000 years ago, it is the longest running, continuously used health care system on the planet today.

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About Acupuncture

Welcome to The Acupuncture Alternative. Look around the site to familiarize yourself with acupuncture, learn who can benefit from treatment, what to expect and what real people have to say about it. Please call or e-mail for to answers to your more personal questions.

Who can benefit from acupuncture? Anyone suffering from the effects of stress, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety or depression, sinus infections, frequent colds, asthma, digestive issues, PMS or menstrual discomfort, infertility, sore neck, back or joints, difficult life events such as separation or divorce, grief, the after effects of trauma and accidents, or unusual symptoms that are hard to define.

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is an effective, fascinating, time tested, versatile healing art. Originating in the orient between 2000 and 5000 years ago, it is the longest running, continuously used health care system on the planet today.

How does it work?

Acupuncture works through a complex energy field that permeates our physical bodies. Just as our digestive, respiratory and nervous systems all work together and influence each other, the energy (traditionally called “qi” and pronounced like “chee”) that flows through our body influences our total health and well being. If this flow gets disrupted for some reason, one experiences an illness, disharmony or a symptom of some kind. Treatment works by restoring the proper movement of the qi. This triggers a natural resolution of the problem by activating our innate healing potential.

We access the meridians through which the qi flows by inserting tiny, hair-thin needles gently into the skin. The needles go into certain spots where we know the qi to be accessible. There is nothing in or on the needles. They stimulate a natural balancing or healing response that we all possess.

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Why the Acupucture Alternative?

1. We have been dedicated to serving people in the Columbia, Maryland community since 1996.
2. Karen Johnson has a strong nursing background, giving her the tools to understand health care concerns from both the modern medicine and acupuncture perspectives.
3. We care about you as an individual, not a disease or a diagnosis. 
4. We offer relief from recent or chronic pain by getting to the root of the problem. 
5. We offer ongoing wellness and maintenance treatments to sustain your health.
6. You will get tips that you can incorporate into daily life to help you maintain your long term health. 

Karen   Johnson   L.Ac., R.N.

I met my first acupuncturist, a man from England, when I was in nursing school at Georgetown University, attending all kinds of New Age conferences in my free time. The new wave of spiritual awareness and mind/body medicine called to me...

When you get the How to Thrive e-book, you’ll discover:

How Chinese medicine is uniquely capable of transforming your health and life

The intimate connection between your emotions, beliefs, and health challenges

How our unique approach can help your specific health issues

Client   Experiences

I want to give thanks to and for everyone I have the good fortune to treat. An amazing world unfolds there on the treatment table. It’s awe-inspiring to literally dance with life within this ancient practice of acupuncture AND get to know so many wonderful people along the way. I know how much I appreciate our time together so I decided to ask a sampling of patients….”In one sentence, what do YOU like about acupuncture?” Here are their unedited answers...

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The Acupuncture Alternative

Karen Johnson L.Ac., R.N.

5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 308,
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 381-3495
Email: karen@karen-johnson-acupuncture.net
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