Family Acupuncture Log

with Kay Madsen, Licensed Acupuncturist

January 2014 Special News

Help Me Spread the Word!

   If you know of any forums that would welcome an informative talk about the benefits of Chinese medicine, please let me know.  Here are some ideal places:

  • Support groups
  • Professional Associations
  • In-Service Presentations  
  • Private groups
  • Wellness programs  
  • Parent groups 

   My primary passion is, of course, practicing Chinese medicine.  Sharing my knowledge about it with others runs a close second.  Here's a glimpse of the response to my presentations:

"I was delighted to attend (your presentation at PMTI), as I have been mystified by even the basic concepts of Chinese Medicine all my life, and you were actually able, for the first time, to begin to bring it into focus for me.  What a gift!"

Beth A.  1/14

About Acupncturists Without Borders

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provides immediate disaster relief and recovery to communities that are in crisis resulting from disaster or human conflict.  AWB is committed to creating alliances with local community based organizations and treating all who have been affected - survivors, first responders, emergency personnel and other care providers.  AWB uses community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate treatment in a group setting.  This model of treatment allows everyone treated to exeperience relief from stress and trauma together.  When the entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it.  For more information, please visit 

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January 14, 2014 

    Happy New Year!  As we welcome 2014, I am beginning a new tradition.  As well as the regular newsletters with seasonally appropriate health tips, I will be putting out special editions announcing the news of my professional activities.

    One of my New Year's resolutions is to participate in more community outreach.  After over a decade of being in practice, I have determined that the word of the benefits of acupuncture needs to be taken to the streets.  I have grown weary and frustrated by the stories of scores of patients who have suffered needlessly looking for answers only through conventional medical treatment. "If only I had known acupuncture could give me such relief," is all too common of a mantra within the confines of my treatment rooms.  I am thrilled that they are finding solutions to often long held problems while under my care.  But at the same time, I am saddened that so much quality of life was sacrificed while finding their way to acupuncture treatment.

    I could just continue to be frustrated that more people don't know how much Chinese medicine can help their problems.  Or I can do something about it.  I have chosen to do something about it. 
One skill that I certainly honed in my past life as an attorney is public speaking.  So, speak I shall. 

    These special edition newsletters will announce my upcoming engagements and other community outreach projects.  Please share this information with anyone you think might benefit.

To your continued good health!

Family Acupuncture Center Becomes Member Clinic with Acupuncturists Without Borders - Offering Free Treatment Program for Veterans

     Beginning February 5, 2014, Kay Madsen, owner of the Family Acupuncture Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, joins the Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP), a nationwide campaign to provide free acupuncture treatment to veterans and active duty service members.

The MSRP began in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Today, 27 clinics operate nationwide treating service members returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and all other past conflicts or wars as well as veterans' family members. 

Thousands of military veterans suffer from serious acute traumatic stress --  they may be having flashbacks, panic, insomnia, suicidal ideation, or any number of symptoms.  A June, 2007, Washington Post article reported that "nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines and half of the National Guard members" are reporting symptoms of mental-health issues.

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), is coordinating the program.  AWB offers treatment based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol, which has proven to be extremely powerful in alleviating symptoms of stress and trauma.

At clinics around the country, veterans are experiencing benefits such as a full nights sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams.  They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress.  Acupuncture is currently being investigated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a viable treatment for PTSD in returning veterans and the military has started using acupuncture in the battlefield to help with pain.

As an AWB member clinic, Family Acupuncture Center will be offering the free community style acupuncture two mornings a month. 

Hours will be 9:00 am to 12:00 pm the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, beginning February 5, 2014. 
The address is:

13415 Connecticut Ave., Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20906

No appointments are necessary, but calls and e-mails with any questions are welcome at:
(240) 393-5420

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

     Wednesday, January 15, 2014; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; YMCA, 9800 Hastings Drive, Silver Spring 20901.  How Chinese Medicine Can Help Where Doctors Fail

 Do you suffer from migraines with no "medical cause?"  Are you still having hot flashes years after menopause, even with hormone replacement?  Are you taking antibiotics (again) for yet another bladder infection?  Are the anti-depressants only helping a little and giving you undesirable side effects?  Is Ambien no longer getting you to sleep through the night?  Is your period painful or erratic and you don't want to take birth control pills?

 Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with these and a large variety of other health concerns, quickly, safely and without side effects.
Join us as Kay Madsen, licensed acupuncturist, leads us on a fascinating discussion of how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you find relief from unnecessary pain and suffering. Please bring friends and family you think might benefit! Free personal consultations will be available immediately after the program.

After leaving behind a decade of practicing as an attorney, I received my Masters of Acupuncture in 2002 from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland.  It certainly was an interesting career shift!  Every day I am increasingly grateful to do this amazing work.  I guess I still use some of my old attorney skills to piece together every patient's experiences to create a new picture of their health concerns from a Chinese medical perspective.  From there we fashion a strategy toward healing together.  It never gets old to watch a person's sufferings unravel.  Sure beats interpreting government regulations for a living!

I keep balance in my own life by sharing my love of outdoor experiences with my husband and daughter.  Camping, hiking and critter watching are much loved family activities.  It's important to me to see that my daughter learns to attune herself to the movement of the seasons and the many lessons they offer, so that she can appreciate balance from an early age.

Family Acupuncture Center | 240-393-5420 | | 13415 Connecticut Ave.
Suite 204
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Kay Madsen, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist
13415 Connecticut Ave.
Suite 204
Silver Spring, MD 20906
(240) 393-5420

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