“My passion is the science that makes acupuncture work, and using it to help my patients”

About mr. acupuncture

Darren Holman, L.Ac., MAOM

Darren Holman, also known as Mr. Acupuncture, has been helping people with Chinese Medicine for over 17 years.  He began studying Chinese medicine in 1993 while studying engineering at Virginia Tech. After graduating with his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Engineering and entering the work force for a few years, Darren started Acupuncture school in Bethesda, Maryland at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During this time, he was privileged to take part in a 2 year herbal internship program with Dr. Yan Qiu He, of the National Institute of Health.  He later transferred and graduated valedictorian of his class with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin TX where he studied under respected herbalist Dr. Guili Zheng.

Darren Holman is nationally certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and is licensed by the State of North Carolina. He is certified in Clean Needle Technique by the National Council of Acupuncture Schools and Colleges. Darren has also completed and is certified in the first level of Cranial Sacral therapy by the Upledger Institute.

Darren continually expands the depth of his knowledge by studying with respected modern masters. Since graduation he has studied Chinese Taoist Acupuncture, Auricular Medicine, Korean Hand Therapy, Master Tung’s acupuncture, Richard Tan’s Balance Method, Abdominal Acupuncture, Battlefield Acupuncture, Japanese Meridian Therapy, both Japanese (YNSA) and Chinese scalp acupuncture, Micro Acupuncture 48 (for vision problems).  

His teachers include; Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. Raphael Nogier, Dr. Michele Marignan, Dr. Yan Qui He, Dr. Gui Li Zheng, Robert Chu, Richard Tan, Susan Johnson, Dr. Nader Soliman, Dave Shipsey, Brad Whisnant, Andrew Rosenfarb, and many others. 

Darren trained in Chinese Internal Martial Arts and Qigong for over 20 years. During that time he took seminars on strain counter-strain, myofascial release, chakra balancing, and polarity therapy.  He has more recently discovered a love for the Russian Martial arts system of Systema and it’s great understanding of breathing and the nervous system.

Darren is a lifelong learner who enjoys applying his love of science and engineering to understanding and treating challenging health conditions.  He does everything in his power to give you the positive experience and clinical outcome you are looking for.


"When we harmonize the body not only do symptoms disappear, but the body attains an increased state of well-being and vitality."

The Philosophy behind

I believe our health is the most important thing we have and that we are responsible for maintaining our bodies. I frequently meet people who are suffering needlessly, with problems that can be easily and inexpensively treated by natural therapies. Part of my role as your acupuncturist is to educate you in how to take an active part in your own health; to enable you to live a happier, more balanced and fulfilling life.

Everyday stress takes a huge toll on our bodies. That same ongoing stress can unbalance the body resulting in: pain, depression, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure and multiple other health concerns.

Chinese medicine looks at the body as a whole, viewing it as an interactive totality of systems.  When we harmonize the body, not only do symptoms disappear but also the body attains an increased state of well-being and vitality.

By viewing the body as combination of systems, environment, and choices it becomes apparent when there is an problem that results in pain, dysfunction, or illness. Many of these problems are easily correctable with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

We expect a lot from our bodies and if we want them to function at their highest level, we must be willing to do a little maintenance from time to time. You will be amazed at how good you can feel!

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