About A.Brand

Andrea Brand, M.Ac, L.Ac


NADA Detox Specialist

Andrea holds a Masters of Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly The Tai Sophia Institute) and a Bachelors degree in Integrative Studies with a focus in art and psychology from Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College). After exploring a myriad of professions after college- it was her life long passion for helping people that lead her to explore acupuncture as a career, and her background in art and psychology provides her a perfect foundation to do so (as acupuncture is very much a creative science). Andrea comes from a long line of healers and she is excited to be the first holistic practitioner in her family. She is a lover of people, animals and life in general and can’t wait to share her passion for wellness with others.


About Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? I am so glad you asked! In the simplest terms (to a complicated question to which there are many answers...), acupuncture is a 2 + thousand year old form of nature-based healing that involves placing sterile, hair fine needles into the skin to reach specific points on the body to stimulate the immune system and natural healing responses, thereby relieving (physical, emotional, psychological even spiritual) symptoms. Each point on the body (and there are hundreds of them!) has specific functions and relationships to one another and the body as a whole. The points lie along what are known as meridians, and qi (or energy is another way of thinking about it) flows through the meridians to all the points. And the basic principal as to how it all works is that when we are experiencing a symptom of any sort on any level this is our body's way of letting us know there is an imbalance in the system, or a blockage in the meridian (you can think of it like a hose- if there is a kink in the hose there may be a build up of water somewhere or none at all elsewhere...). Once the imbalance is diagnosed, specific points and combinations can be used to help remind the body of its natural healing tendencies and rhythms and thus the relief of symptoms.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why would I get acupuncture?

    Because acupuncture is a holistic practice it takes into consideration the whole person- meaning mind, body and spirit. This means that acupuncture can be used to treat symptoms on any level. Here are some reasons people come to acupuncture: pain management without the use of drugs, stress relief and relaxation support, detox and addiction support, quicker healing time post-injury, or pre-,and post-, operatively, sleep support, digestive issues, depression/anxiety, fertility support, symptom relief from chemotherapy, strengthen the immune system, complimentary treatment for diseases being treated with traditional medicine, and many more. Acupuncture is all about nudging us closer to our center/place of balance - is there an area in your life where you’d like to find that place? If so- that’s a reason to get acupuncture :)

    Take a look at the testimonials to see what some of my personal patients originally sought acupuncture and what their experience has been like.

  • What if I don’t believe in it?

    My dog doesn’t believe (or not believe) in acupuncture either, and there is no placebo effect because I can’t tell him that a nice lady is going to place little needles in him and he’ll feel better, and yet it works amazingly well for him! And, most of the skeptics I have met become immediate supporters once giving it a go. My best advice on this one is if you are a skeptic and curious about it, give it a try.

  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    This is a very common question and the best answer I have heard so far is, "acupuncture is sensational!" - Often there is a sensation when an acupuncture needle is inserted but it is not a painful one. Some things my patients have reported are; "it feels like a swirling movement", "...kind of tickles on the inside where the point is", and my youngest patient says "it feels like cat whiskers". So there are many possibilities to what you may feel with acupuncture, and in my experience "hurts" is not a commonly used descriptive word. Keeping in mind that there are points all over the body and some may be more sensitive than others but the needles we use for acupuncture are solid and hair fine- not like the hollow ones used to draw blood or administer meds.

  • How often do I come to treatment?

    I recommend that once you begin treatment you come weekly for 4 weeks. This allows us to establish your individual baseline. After 4 weeks it depends on how you are feeling - some people come more than once a week and others come once every 3 weeks or even seasonally.

  • Can I be treated if I am pregnant?

    Acupuncture is wonderful for pregnant women. It is a safe and highly supportive modality that offers pregnant women a non-chemical, non invasive form of therapy. Acupuncture has been reported to be supportive in helping with many pregnancy-related symptoms such as ; nausea, fatigue, digestive troubles, hormonal mood shifts etc.

  • What can I expect after a treatment?

    Since acupuncture is a very personal process, it is hard to say exactly what to expect because everyone really is different. In general terms most people report that immediately following a treatment, aside from specific symptom relief, they feel relaxed, peaceful, sleepy, clear-headed etc. A day or even two later you may experience more shifts- since acupuncture works on all levels these shifts can be physical or emotional or both. And again this is different for everyone, it is important to keep in mind that this is a building medicine- meaning each treatment builds and informs the next and so often people will report that the most remarkable shifts take place over time.

  • Can acupuncture take the place of my regular primary care physician?

    Acupuncture is a wonderful modality to incorporate into your self-care and wellness routine. And while it is powerful and often fills in the gaps where traditional medicine can not, acupuncture should not take the place of your regular doctor. As a practitioner, with consent, I can communicate with your doctor if that is important to you. It is your doctor's role to diagnose and treat illness/disease and acupuncture can help support healing and assist in symptom relief.

  • I heard you practice Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, what is this?

    Facial Rejuvenation is an amazing, ancient, safe and non-invasive anti-aging acupuncture treatment! Aside from being a beautiful full body treatment, there is a special focus on the face. Hair fine needles are placed directly into the fine lines on the face causing a collagen production response in the body. Over time and multiple treatments the lines fill out. During these treatments you may also receive facial cupping and gua sha. Here is a website with more information about the actual process and for more information please call for a consultation. Read More

  • What is a NADA Detox Specialist?

    As part of my practice I treat individuals in the process of addiction recovery. NADA describes a particular point protocol which has been proven to be highly effective in reducing cravings and lowering withdrawal symptoms, as well as supporting an overall sense of well being. As a NADA Detox Specialist, I am certified to administer this protocol and support people in their recovery process.

Testimonials

I leave Andrea's treatment room feeling calm, centered, and just generally better than when I went in. Andrea's holistic perspective, fantastic personality, and amazing therapeutic abilities keep me coming back again and again! She takes your entire mind, body, and soul into consideration, so that all aspects of your being are addressed. Andrea has also taught so much about how the energies of the world and environment impact my own, heightening my awareness of how I am impacted by the world around me. I highly recommend seeing her as an acupuncture practitioner to reap the myriad of benefits that acupuncture can offer!

-Pam

Close

From my first treatment at Tai Sophia with Andrea, I knew that I was in the right place and that acupuncture was the answer that I was looking for in both my health and my life. Acupuncture has changed my life and has really inspired me to continue on the path that I am on to feel better and manage my pain. I know that I would have never been able to begin this journey much less get as far as I have without Andrea.

-Jess

Close

I started seeing Andrea for acupuncture about a year ago. I was having a lot of lower back pain from an arthritic spine and spinal stenosis. I found that the treatments really provided relief from the pain. Even better, they seemed to also increase my overall sense of well-being. I feel more alert, more in tune with my body, and generally healthier. Andrea, you’re a miracle-worker!

-Donna

Close

Ever since the first time Andrea convinced me to try acupuncture I have been addicted, and now I see her once a week. The change I have noticed in my energy, mood and general well-being since beginning acupuncture is astonishing and the only thing I regret is not trying it sooner! In the past I have seen other practitioners and in comparison to Andrea my other experiences have been disappointing. She always has a knowledgable and methodical approach in selecting appropriate treatments for whatever symptoms I might be experiencing, and always provides me with appropriate, forthright and nonjudgmental answers and advice during treatment. I look forward to my treatment every week!

-Natalia

Close

I've been going to Andrea for over a year now and, even in that short period of time, it has completely changed my life. I was diagnosed with anxiety as a kid, but nothing the doctors did ever helped. Andrea has given me the tools to live anxiety-free for the first time in my life. She has given me the kind of support and guidance I never found in a traditional medical practice, and it has made all of the difference. My chronic neck and back pains, which I later learned through treatment were directly related to my anxiety, are finally gone. She has also been a tremendous support as I prepare to have my first child. I was reluctant to give acupuncture a try at first. Looking back, I wish I hadn't waited so long.

-Sara

Close

  • From my first treatment at Tai Sophia with Andrea, I knew that I was in the right place and that acupuncture was the answer that I was looking for in both my health and my life. Acupuncture has changed my life and has really inspired me to continue on the path that I am...

    Continue Reading


  • I leave Andrea's treatment room feeling calm, cen-tered, and just generally better than when I went in. Andrea's holistic perspective, fantastic personality, and amazing therapeutic abilities keep me coming back again and again! She takes your entire mind, body...

    Continue Reading

  • Ever since the first time Andrea convinced me to try acupuncture I have been addicted, and now I see her once a week. The change I have noticed in my energy, mood and general well-being since beginning acupuncture is astonishing and the only thing I regret is not...

    Continue Reading


  • I started seeing Andrea for acupuncture about a year ago. I was having a lot of lower back pain from an arthritic spine and spinal stenosis. I found that the treatments really provided relief from the pain. Even better, they seemed to also increase my overall sense...

    Continue Reading

  • I've been going to Andrea for over a year now and, even in that short period of time, it has completely changed my life. I was diagnosed with anxiety as a kid, but nothing the doctors did ever helped. Andrea has given me the tools to live anxiety-free for the first...

    Continue Reading