Sharon Crowell, L.Ac., M.Ac.
In 2015, I celebrated fifteen years as a Licensed Acupuncturist in Virginia! I still look forward to going to work each and every day and feel privileged to partner with my clients in finding ways to bring about a more pain free, stress free, healthier lifestyle.
I was inspired to become an acupuncture practitioner as a result of the wonderful benefits I received as an acupuncture patient. I began my studies at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, located in Laurel, Maryland, in 1997. At that time I was working both as a Registered Nurse (B.S.N. awarded from George Mason University in 1994) and as a Certified Massage Therapist (Potomac Massage Therapy Institute’s program completed in February 1993). My training and experience in massage therapy provided me with a solid foundation in musculo-skeletal anatomy and injuries, while my nursing education and practice taught me about a variety of chronic diseases and the medications used to treat their symptoms.
I discovered that acupuncture provided me with what had been missing in my earlier studies. As a massage therapist, I knew how to address lower back pain, a frozen shoulder, a stiff neck, or the after-effects of a sprained ankle. As a nurse, I understood how various medications worked to alleviate asthma, lower blood pressure, and manage diabetes. But I had a lot of questions: Why was this person prone to lower back pain while another suffered with migraine headaches? When faced with the same situation, why did one person’s blood pressure soar while another experienced severe gastrointestinal pain?
My acupuncture training and experience in the clinic, both as patient and practitioner, allowed me to look beyond these symptoms to discover their underlying cause. While acupuncture does treat physical symptoms, it is also effective at addressing the deeper disharmony or imbalance that gives rise to the physical problem. If this root of the problem is not addressed, it is likely that the symptom will continue to reappear. I have found this system of treating both cause and effect provides more substantial and longer lasting healing for my clients, which in turn makes my work as an acupuncturist personally rewarding.
"While acupuncture does treat physical symptoms, it is also effective at addressing the deeper disharmony or imbalance that gives rise to the physical problem."
I continue to take classes and workshops to deepen my understanding of Chinese Medicine. Although the fundamental principles have not changed over the millennia, regulations and standards of practice continue to evolve here in the United States and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I am delighted to announce that in 2014 Virginia Governor McAuliffe appointed me to serve on Virginia’s Advisory Board on Acupuncture. Prior to this appointment, I served for many years on the Acupuncture Society of Virginia’s Board of Directors, and served as a volunteer with Acupuncturists without Borders. I feel that participation in professional organizations such as these will help ensure that quality acupuncture services continue to be available for millennia to come.