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Ashley Mahood Paraiso

Ashley Mahood Paraiso

L.Ac, M.Ac , M.OM

Her Specialties:

  • Fertility Support and Women's Health
  • Pain Management
  • Cancer Support
  • Transformational Acupuncture
  • Stress-Related Illness
  • Herbs

Ashley is dedicated to using Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to support the unique, whole person rather than simply addressing his or her symptoms. While she welcomes patients seeking support with any manner of physical, emotional, or spiritual issues, she specializes in women’s health and reproductive health. She uses both acupuncture and Chinese herbs in her work with women and couples who are trying to become pregnant, continue healthy pregnancies, and practice good post-partum care. 

Ashley’s interest in holistic medicine began while working with refugees in the DC area. In addition to the need for physical healing, she observed firsthand the need for spiritual and emotional healing for both the refugees moving to the United States to rebuild their lives and for the staff members providing services. Her experiences studying and teaching yoga as well as serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa helped Ashley realize that healing can take infinite forms. She explored various healing modalities in search of one that provides long lasting benefits—healing from the inside out—and found acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. 

Ashley’s discoveries about health and wellness led her to pursue her master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). Some of her most rewarding experiences as a student at MUIH were using acupuncture detoxification methods in the treatment of addiction at Penn North Behavioral Health Center in Baltimore as well as with inmates at the Howard County Detention Center. She is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Washington, DC Board of Medicine and is nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

In her free time, Ashley loves traveling, practicing yoga, experimenting in the kitchen, crafting, and spending time with her family.

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Ashley's Specialized Training and Professional Experiences include:

  • Advanced Acupuncture and Herbal Coursework in Women's Health, Fertility
  • Advanced training Chinese and Western Nutrition Therapy
  • Acupuncture Internship in Advanced Pain
  • Acupuncture Internship Women's Health/Fertility
  • Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist – National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
  • Certified Yoga Teacher (500 hour)
  • Teacher's Assistant at Maryland University of Integrative Health

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