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Jim Pastore

Jim Pastore

M.Ac., L.Ac. – Licensed Acupuncturist

His Specialties:

  • Pain Relief
  • Cancer Support
  • Stress-related Illness (Stress Management & Prevention)
  • Recovery from Addiction, Anxiety, Depression & Trauma
  • Transformational Acupuncture

Mindfulness is the heart of Jim’s acupuncture practice. Through extensive training and his own healing journey, Jim learned that when we can listen to our bodies mindfully, we can activate an innate power to heal and live well. He listens deeply and works in partnership with you to discover the root of your symptoms, pain and suffering. Jim’s healing philosophy integrates the wisdom and science of both Eastern and Western medicine best-practices, and he engages you in devising your own simple acts of health to help you live to your fullest potential.

As a practitioner and cancer survivor, Jim has a unique understanding of the power of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for people living with cancer.  Studies show that acupuncture can help to enhance well-being, immunity and the body’s natural healing capacity; and it can reduce many of the adverse side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer drug therapies.

A long-time Washingtonian, Jim came to the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine more than a decade ago after a successful career in communications. As a father, spouse, neighbor and entrepreneur, Jim witnessed how stress contributes to health concerns like poor sleep, headaches, digestive problems, pain, and even chronic illness. After experiencing immediate relief from back pain in a single acupuncture treatment, Jim was drawn to acupuncture. After this dramatic experience, Jim continued to explore acupuncture and Chinese medicine and a host of self-care practices including nutrition, mindfulness, meditation, tai chi and qi gong. Today Jim holds a Masters in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and completed advanced education to advance his skills in a variety of areas, including Chinese pulse diagnosis, integrative cancer treatment, and acupuncture for trauma, addiction recovery and pain relief to best serve clients.

Jim’s calling is to foster less pain, greater ease, enduring authenticity and vibrant wellness. As a healing presence, he is committed to being with you fully as you move through life and undergo change, in all of its pain and promise.

Jim's Specialized Training and Professional Experiences include:

  • Advanced Training - Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Pain Management - Balance Method
  • Acupuncturist – Living Well With Cancer Program
  • Certified in Auriculotherapy Acupuncture
  • Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (NADA)
  • Advanced Training – Treatment of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Acupuncture Clinic – for people living HIV positive, recovering from addiction
  • Advanced Trauma Training: Bringing the Nervous System to Regulation after Trauma
  • Acupuncturist – HealingWorks: Restoring and Renewing Military Families at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir in the Washington, DC area.
  • Advanced Training – Chinese and Western Nutrition Therapy
  • Adjunct Faculty – Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Teacher - Mindfulness Meditation
  • Tai Chi & Qi Gong Practitioner
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