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Courtney Codina, acupuncturist & herbalist

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Courtney Codina

Our bodies are far more intelligent than we give them credit for, and I am passionate about helping others find that innate physical and spiritual wisdom. Through the lens of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, I am able to help others realize their optimal balance. I love that I get to work at a clinic that places an emphasis on patient education and demystifying Traditional Chinese Medicine. This enhances treatment efficacy by empowering patients with an understanding of their body and their environment.

My personal healing journey

Like many people, I came to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) while desperately searching for healing. Following the pre-med track as an undergraduate, I was in a highly competitive environment that glorified busyness, stress, and sacrificing all to get to the top. I developed severe depression, anxiety, and insomnia, which manifested in self-injurious behavior. I ceased to nurture the human within and the results were disastrous. I ran the gamut of modern medical treatments to no avail, all the while getting sicker. At my aunt’s suggestion, I scheduled an appointment with her TCM practitioner. To say that I was skeptical of this ancient medicine would be an understatement. I didn’t understand the theory behind the needles or the herbs, but I was willing to try anything. A few weeks into taking the herbs and receiving acupuncture treatments, my symptoms began to ameliorate and I was experiencing relief for the first time in years. My eyes and heart were opening to a new idea of what the human body-mind is capable of experiencing and achieving. With the help of my acupuncturist, I was able to identify nutritional and lifestyle choices that were contributing to the imbalance in my body-mind and to empower myself to make new choices that helped to encourage an overall balance in my entire system. I went from feeling like a helpless victim of my own mind to the powerful architect of my internal/external balance. I was hooked on holism and began the search for a purist education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Why I love Traditional Chinese Medicine

I appreciate that TCM fundamentally views the body, mind, and spirit as a whole, fully- integrated system. When one area of the system is not functioning properly, the issue must be addressed holistically. TCM utilizes the body’s own healing potential to achieve the optimum balance for the individual, making it gentle and lasting. It is truly a customizable form of medicine, where no two treatments are ever the same, and it works! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are highly effective therapies that provide reliable symptom relief, while also addressing the origin of our health issues. The treatments do not mask our symptoms, but actually heal the root of the problem. TCM recognizes and honors the connection between the cycles of the earth and the human experience. Observing the micro and macro changes that occur in the environment, while adjusting our habits and choices accordingly, helps us to find harmony with the physical and spiritual world around us. Embracing our role as a part of those cycles allows us to connect on a deeper level with the earth, opening the door for an expanded vision of what “healthy” really means.

Food as medicine
My love of cooking and nourishing others has provided a vital and clear connection between my daily life and the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Food as medicine, not merely “fuel”, is a central concept in TCM theory that I have been able to practice and share with those in my life. It is a blessing to treat every meal as an opportunity for healing, where nutrition is the foundation of a robust body, mind, and spirit.
Why I love being an acupuncturist and herbalist

A nurturer by nature, I have always felt a strong pull to help others achieve the healthiest version of themselves. We are all endowed with a powerful healing wisdom. Our bodies are far more intelligent than we give them credit for, and I am passionate about helping others find that innate physical and spiritual wisdom. Through the lens of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine I am able to help others realize their optimal balance. I am grateful to have the honor of facilitating the healing journey for others. I am excited to be a part of the Transformational Acupuncture team and to work with such a collaborative and supportive group of innovators and TCM practitioners. I love that I get to work at a clinic that places an emphasis on patient education. This enhances treatment efficacy by empowering patients with an understanding of their body and their environment. By providing a physiological explanation of how acupuncture works with our bodies, we are able to demystify some of the misconceptions surrounding TCM and show patients how to harness the power within their own body, mind, and spirit.

How I spend down time
I love reading and connecting with nature. Sitting in the grass with a science fiction novel is my idea of a relaxing afternoon. I’ve always been one of those people that can just fall into a novel completely and not emerge until I’ve devoured the whole thing. I see books as an opportunity to escape and to exercise my imagination. Hiking, camping, and standing barefoot in the dirt are an important part of my life as well. Those activities help me to maintain the grounded connection to the earth that stabilizes my mind and spirit.
How the arts have shaped me as a practitioner
I have a lifelong passion for dance and the performance arts. My time in the dance and theater world have helped me to cultivate an awareness of and connection between the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the human body. The juxtaposition of the emotionally charged, creative forces that drive artistic expression with the discipline and devotion required to perform classical dance has always created a beautiful harmony in my life. My experiences and observations in the dance world laid the foundation of freedom through discipline, a fundamental philosophy that has served as the bedrock for my journey as a healer.
A scientific education combined with TCM

As a pre-med student, I had built up a solid background in science and modern medical theory. For the next step, I sought a graduate education that would bring me deeply into the ancient roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I desired a purist approach, focusing on the classic texts and millennia of wisdom accumulated through this powerful medicine. I found this and much more in my education at Texas Health and Science University in Austin, TX where I earned a B.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine and an M.S. in Oriental Medicine (more on my education and training). I have had the opportunity to treat hundreds of patients presenting a wide array of ailments using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and have a particular passion for helping those with the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Women’s health and fertility
  • Reproductive issues (male and female)
  • Injury/surgery convalescence
  • Headaches
  • Digestive disorders

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HOURS
Open 7 days a week:
Monday 12 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday
  9 am – 12:30 pm
  5 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm


LOCATION
1645 Connecticut Ave NW,
3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
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