Rena Münster is a board certified acupuncturist working in Washington, DC. She received her Masters of Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland, the first accredited acupuncture school in the country. She received her Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Rena is dedicated to offering her patients a safe space for personalized, open-minded quality care that is rooted in the Five Element Tradition. Her treatments help people get to a state of optimal health in mind, body and spirit. In addition to symptom relief, Rena works to address the root cause of illness. Beyond acupuncture and moxibustion she offers cupping, gua sha, Chinese nutritional therapy and lifestyle coaching to support patients on their healing journey.
Rena’s connection to acupuncture began with her own diagnosis of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Acupuncture helped her immensely to manage life with a chronic illness by providing both symptom relief and emotional support. Her experiences gave her a strong desire to help others who are suffering. She believes that she is able to meet patients living with chronic illnesses with a unique sense of empathy.
When she is not practicing acupuncture, Rena consults for 11 Health, a start-up company that combines smart technology with first of its kind one-to-one patient coaching program. As a patient coach and health advocate she provides technical and emotional support to patients going through ostomy surgery.
Prior to pursuing a degree in acupuncture, Rena worked for ten years as a graphic designer for public relation firms, the hospitality industry, and American University. She graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in College Park with a bachelor's degree in art studio.
Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind. Simple, safe and effective treatments can assist the body to return to a natural balance. Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments take into consideration how the mind, body and spirit interplay to create disease in the body. The goal is to treat the root or cause of the disease and to help patients get well and stay well.
Patients who pursue ongoing treatment for maintenance and promotion of good health report:
-Staying well longer and recovering from illness more quickly
-Improved stamina and vitality
-Improved capacity to positively influence their own health
-Reductions in long-term health-care costs
-Less frequent visits to physicians
-Deepened and more harmonious relationships with others
“After a few treatments, I started to see a change. The benefits that I received, even to this day, changed not only my outlook, but also increased my energy and enhanced my mood.”