What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It is recognized by NIH as an effective therapy for a wide range of health conditions. In an acupuncture treatment, hair-thin sterile needles are inserted into particular points in the skin. The needles stimulate qi (pronounced chee), vital energy that flows through the meridians of your body. As qi is the root of life and all life activities, when its flow is stagnated or obstructed, it causes dysfunctions or pain. As this imbalance continues to develop, it can affect all levels of body, mind, and spirit. The needles help to restore normal movement and function of qi so that the patient can restore balance in their whole being. This can lead to the improvement of symptoms and an overall increased sense of wellness.
Etsuko Maruoka is an acupuncturist, Registered Nurse, and Clear Spring Acupuncture owner. She blends her knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese medicine with her vast experience from over twenty-five years as a nurse in various settings. Etsuko is committed to collaborating with patients to help them maximize their healing potential and live full and healthy lives. Through her compassionate and non-judgmental presence, she provides a welcoming environment for all of her patients.
Etsuko holds a Master in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marymount University.
Etsuko works with people with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. She is passionate about helping people live healthy lives while coping with chronic health conditions. She is particularly interested in helping people manage chronic pain, supporting emotional health and well-being, and women's health.
What Patients Say
"Etsuko's treatment brought amazing results. My dull, chronic pain and accompanying sense of fatigue that tormented me for many years following an illness disappeared completely after several sessions. An even greater benefit for me was her radiating kindness and nonjudgmental manner. I feel completely safe and protected in her presence....."
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