Mind – Body Connection and Stress Relief

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland. Stress is a fact of life; it is our response to internal and external stressors. Many people are not equipped with effective coping strategies for dealing with stress. Billions of dollars are spent every year in the use of tranquilizers, ... Read More
 

Energy Medicine and Healthcare

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Energy Medicine is a branch of complementary medicine. Many proponents of this approach posit the existence of an energy field or bio-field in humans that can be influenced by the energy of a practitioner through touch, acupuncture needles, light frequencies, ... Read More
 

Mediterranean diet, health and longevity

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. The Mediterranean diet favors large amounts of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, olive oil, seeds, nuts and fish. The diet also includes red wine (in moderation) and small amounts of dairy products and red meat. A comprehensive review of the ... Read More
 

Chinese Medicine and Illness

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Chinese Medicine focuses on achieving health and well-being through the cultivation of harmony in our lives.In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are internal and external factors that contributes to disharmony and illness. Internal factors include emotions; for example, a deficiency or ... Read More
 

Human Strengths and Virtues: Health and Happiness

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. Happiness and health have been linked in literature and philosophy for a very long time. In Chinese Medicine, the ancient texts suggest that the best physician is the one who first teaches patients to cultivate qualities of being that lead ... Read More
 

The Dalai Lama’s Practice of Compassion

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. We heard recently from someone who returned from India.  Her group met with the Dalai Lama for several days. The meetings focused on dialoguing what they believed were the five most important questions to be considered moving into the new ... Read More
 

A Resource Model of Growth

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. In my Ashburn area acupunture practice, we use a resource model of self-development utilizing personal strengths and inner resources to generate growth.  Self-development and learning often place the emphasis on what is wrong with the person (pathologizing), on what is the ... Read More
 

The Process of Change: An Overview

In my acupuncture Bethesda, Md., and northern Virginia acupuncture practice, I use a model of change that has been proven to be helpful with many of my clients who are looking to improve their health and level of wellness.  The following is an overview or an outline of the main points in the model. — ... Read More
 

Examples of Cognitions Beliefs

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. ISSUE:  Two of my friends got closer to each other than to me. Belief — “I am unworthy”  (sad, angry) ISSUE:  Business out of control Belief  — “To improve work, I have to worry.” Limited Self:  Worry, struggle, fear, control, ... Read More
 

Homework Behavioral Tasks

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. 1.  Take a manageable piece. 2.  Do the container exercise.  Visualize yourself carrying out the task as you hold the container space.  Notice positive as well as potentially negative features. 3.  Notice obstacles: inner critic, excuses, rationalizations, fears, etc. 4.  ... Read More