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Acupuncturist and Alternative Medicine Doctor in Pikesville, MD

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Steven Kaufman, L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. & C.H.

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Steve Kaufman
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Herbal therapy is the core of traditional Chinese medicine and the oldest part of Chinese medicine, preceding acupuncture by 1000 years. Chinese herbs or more accurately medicinals consist predominantly of herbs, at times minerals and on some rare occasions certain animal products. Chinese herbs are classified according to their energetics, flavors, directions of Qi movement, channels and therapeutic actions. Traditionally, a group of herbs, not a single herb, are selected as a formula for a given condition based on the patterns of diagnosis. Most of the formulas are tailored to the specific patterns demonstrated by the patient and are unique to each person.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine with a history of about 2000 years. Thin needles are inserted into the body surface, working with the natural vital energy (Qi) inherent within all living things to promote healing. Modern research has indicated that needling on certain points triggers the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins that would regulate internal chemistry and biological functions. Acupuncture has been recognized by the FDA and NIH.

Dietary therapy: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes food and diet play a large part in our health. Therefore, dietary evaluation and recommendation are often incorporated in my practice for most conditions to enhance the healing.
Bio
I arrived to Chinese medicine after a long journey, only to discover that the journey had gotten longer. From my early days in college, I was exposed to the I Ching (Book of Changes) and later became a practitioner of Tai Chi. Along the way I became attracted to Chinese medicine, particularly the study of Chinese herbs, which is the core of Chinese medicine.

While studying the medicine I realized this was not just another step along the way, but a passion. This passion remains with me today. I never tire of reading about the medicine, whether an arcane book on theory and practice or about the history of the development and progress of this medicine. I notice, within myself, a determination to soak up and assimilate as much as I can, that I come to deeper understandings with this medicine, becoming one with the best practices. I now approach my patients as a warrior engaged in a conflict with their suffering. The application of so complex a medicine as Chinese medicine requires that I be agile with ability to assess and reassess as needs arrive.

I am also a teacher. I teach my patients about the medicine that they will cultivate a comprehension, a learning that will provide them a path to health. That they can become self reliant and recognize what is best for their own health.

Lastly, I am consistent. I only practice and utilize the principles Chinese medicine. Whether acupuncture, herbs, or diet therapy.

I always tell my patients and students, that you can plumb the depths of Chinese medicine for many lifetimes and never hit bottom.

Steve Kaufman was trained by Chinese doctors who were professors of Chinese medicine in China. After graduating, as a Master of Oriental Medicine, he had extensive studies with Bob Flaws, eminent scholar and foremost translator of Chinese medicine publications in the English language.

Steve is a licensed acupuncturist in Maryland and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Steve, previously was the Chair of the Board of Acupuncture in Maryland. http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/bacc.

He also teaches Chinese herbology, something he has been doing for over seven years. Other courses that Steve teaches are: Chinese gynecology, Patter Discrimination, Chinese Prepared Formulas and Chinese medical theory. Steve was a faculty member at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Practice Areas
 Acupuncture / Alternative Medicine  Chinese Herbal Medicine  Moxibustion
 Auricular Acupuncture  Dietary Therapy and Nutrition  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
 Bodywork  Lifestyle Counseling  Tuina
Certifications
 Acupuncture (NCCAOM)  Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)
 Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)  Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM)
Education/Training
Master of Oriental Medicine, International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1996
License:Uoo628