Andrei Stoica, acupuncturist & herbalist

Pronouns: He/him

Andrei Stoica

Patients come to see me for all kinds of reasons – from chronic back pain and sciatica to anxiety and psychological “stuckness”. I enjoy helping patients regain their health naturally, using the holistic approach of Chinese Medicine. And, perhaps more importantly, whatever the particular condition, I have a passion for helping my clients deepen their personal growth and spiritual cultivation. That is the magic of Chinese Medicine.

How I became Interested in Chinese Medicine and Personal Growth

I was fortunate to develop an interest in spiritual cultivation at a young age. After starting martial arts in high school, I had become fascinated with personal growth and development, particularly with the transformative power of martial arts and meditation. I was fortunate enough to meet a Daoist martial arts master in my teens, and although I was preoccupied with typical teen concerns at that time, there was something about his demeanor that captured my attention. There was such a palpable sense of peace and tranquility and deep wisdom that I was inspired to explore and cultivate in my own life. Since then, I have kept up a spiritual practice, and it has evolved through many different styles and practices.

Academic studies and health conditions treated

Within Chinese Medicine, I found a sense of spirituality that I could live and embody in myself, as well as share with others. Along with my studies at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, CA, I have also had the honor to study Medical Qigong with Dr. Suzanne Friedman, Esoteric Acupuncture with Dr. Mikio Sankey, and Visionary Craniosacral Work with Hugh Milne. More on my education and training here. I am experienced with treating a variety of conditions with both acupuncture and herbs. These include:

  • musculoskeletal pain,
  • stress management,
  • anxiety,
  • insomnia,
  • headaches,
  • injury recovery,
  • digestive health,
  • lyme disease,
  • oncology support.
Chinese Medicine “Gets” The Big Picture

A holistic approach is what characterizes Chinese Medicine. To me this means that each part of reality is interdependent with a larger context. From this perspective, true health goes well beyond “fixing” broken parts in isolation. People should expect more from their medicine! Yes, I love it when patients experience relief from their symptoms. But I am happy to know that that relief was gained by taking their whole system into account – seeing the root of the problem as well as the surface level manifestations. I’m passionate about helping people understand how their health issues are connected to the bigger picture – the bigger picture of their bodies as a whole, and the bigger picture of how their physical health is related to their emotions, thoughts, diet, relationships, career, spirituality, creativity, and more. For these reasons, I have personally found Chinese Medicine to be a powerful complement to personal growth and spiritual cultivation. As one of my Qigong teachers, Dr. Suzanne Friedman would say, “Qigong is about finding harmony between yourself and the environment; Zen is about realizing that there is no difference.” That’s exactly it: Chinese medicine zooms out with a perspective that underscores the interdependence of all things – whether they are within the body or between the person and the environment. Spiritual practice then begins to dissolve any sense of separation between the individual person and the rest of existence. Inner peace and contentment are the results of these processes. As a practitioner, I am humbled to be a part of this process of personal development for each and every patient.

What I Love About Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
Aside from being incredibly effective and free of side effects, acupuncture and herbs assist the personal development process. Acupuncture and herbs tap into the innate intelligence of the body and helps it heal and grow, as well as cultivate greater levels of energy and awareness. And that’s the case whether you’re seeking pain relief, injury recovery, lowering blood pressure, settling indigestion, boosting the immune system, melting away stress, emotional balancing, or calming the mind.
Esoteric Acupuncture
I have studied Esoteric Acupuncture with Dr. Mikio Sankey, who uses acupuncture points to create living mandalas, or models of growth and development, based on a number of different traditions ranging from Daoism, Hinduism, Sacred Geometry and Kabbalah, that are literally mapped onto the body using acupuncture. This enables all of the wisdom of these traditions to be alive in the actual cells of the body, and creates a beautiful meditative experience.
My Personal Health and Spiritual Practice
Currently, my personal practice centers around Qigong – a series of movement practices and meditations. I hope to start teaching a movement class in the near future that fuses yoga, qigong, partner yoga and massage. In my free time, I enjoy being out in nature, whether I am hiking, practicing yoga or acrobatics with friends. I love the DC yoga community and get to classes as often as I can. I am also passionate about Chinese tea culture and look forward to creating tea blends with adaptogenic herbs.

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