"Yaron Cohen is a knowledgeable and caring acupuncturist. I went to see him for arthritic pain in my neck after physical therapy did not work. After a couple of visits I felt an amazing difference and much of the pain was gone. It only took six sessions to be completely pain free. He also helped me manage my stress with Chinese Herbal medicine. He has passion for health and healing and is highly dedicated and committed to his patients. I would strongly recommend Yaron Cohen to friends and family." Gizelle, Montgomery Village, MD
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At TRUE Health and Wholeness, we have a holistic approach to health and fitness. You will find almost anything you are looking for that can help you eat better, sleep better, manage stress, exceed your fitness goals, and live with more vitality. Acupuncture can be exactly what you need to regain your health. We serve Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Alexandria, Shirlington, Ballston, Crystal City, Park Fairfax, Fairlington, Del Ray, Old Town, Falls Church, Fairfax, and the greater Washington DC Metro area.
Get to Know Our Acupuncturist
While preparing to be an MD/DO at the University of Maryland College Park, Yaron Cohen was exposed to the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Having always been of holistic philosophies, he changed his pursuit from Western medicine towards becoming a physician of TCM. After graduating UMDCP with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (with Citations in Pre-Med and Jewish Studies), Yaron moved to Los Angeles, California to study at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Studying under the well-known Ni brothers and the rest of Yo San's premier educators only helped to fuel Yaron's passion for TCM. Not only was there an excellent TCM and Western medicine curriculum, but an integrated and vital Qi Cultivation curriculum as well. Yaron believes that it is difficult to separate the spiritual side from the rest of the medicine as it is holistic in nature. Yaron received his Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with honors from Yo San University. "I want to promote the wellness of my patients with compassionate care through building a partnership of health, lifestyle guidance, and Traditional Chinese Medicine". Yaron Cohen L.Ac.
Clinical Experience Includes:
- YSU Community Clinic -- Los Angeles, CA
- Simms/Mann Wellness Center - Venice Family Clinic, Pain Management Clinic -- Santa Monica, CA
- Wise Wellness - Kensington, MD
Societies / Associations:
- American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) -- Bethesda, MD
- Maryland Acupuncture Society (MAS) -- Takoma Park, MD
Licenses / Certifications:
- Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) MD-U01980, VA-0121000745, DC-AC500190
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM.) (NCCAOM) - 127279
- Clean Needle Technique (CNT) - CCAOM
- Blood-borne Pathogens - Stericycle Sterisafe OSHA Program
- CPR / 1st Aid / Defibrillator - American Heart Association
- Certified Taoist Meditation Instructor - CHI Health Institute
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.
An Eastern Understanding
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
A Western Understanding
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural painkillers and increase blood flow. There are different modalities under acupuncture like cupping, guasha, e-stim and moxa.
Just the Facts Ma’am
The association between acupuncture and Chinese philosophy often leads to the practice being dismissed as superstitious nonsense. However, many medical practitioners have seen a link between acupuncture and neurophysiology. In fact, some would argue that acupuncture would be far more well received amongst the world of western medicine if it weren’t for its association with philosophy and energy. Dr Adrian White, editor of the Acupuncture in Medicine journal firmly believes that acupuncture is well grounded in science and has simply gained an off-putting reputation within scientific circles. Acupuncture has, in fact, been shown to directly stimulate nerves in the brain and spinal cord, releasing endorphins, opioids and serotonin- 3 well-known “feel good” chemicals.
What can acupuncture be used to treat?
Acupuncture can be used for treating a wide range of illnesses, both mental and physical, including:
- Circulatory problems
- High blood pressure
- IBS and other digestive disorders
- Stress and anxiety
- Back, neck and joint pain
- Indigestion and gut problems
- Multiple Sclerosis
- PMS and menopause
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle cramps, aches and spasms
We offer the following types of acupuncture and ancillary add-on services:
- Cosmetic acupuncture
- Tuina Massage
- Physical Medicine
- Plum Blossom (7 Star Needling)
- Three-Edged Needling
Have questions about acupuncture? Check out our Acupuncture FAQs.
Disclaimer: As with any health measure, medical or otherwise, there can be no guarantee that acupuncture will be the "missing link" that makes pregnancy happen, pain disappear, allergies subside, or any other sought after health benefit, possible. Acupuncture is not a substitute for medical care and while it has been and remains highly effective there is no one modality that works perfectly on everyone. The suggestions listed above are based on years of experience discovering the regularity with which the acupuncture treatments have been found to make the most difference for people. Because each person is unique, not everyone will respond the same way to treatment and the longer a person has had a given health condition the longer it generally takes to see improvement. As with any health measure, to see the benefit of it, a "quick-fix" mentality will not set a person up for success. Changing one's health does not happen overnight. For this reason we obviously recommend sticking with the treatment protocol mentioned above, yet for any packages of treatments purchased we can offer a refund for any remaining treatments not used if you have tried the program and feel your treatments are not as effective as desired. Note: the refund will be minus the difference paid for a package of treatment vs. the cost of pay-as-you-go treatments.