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MaryFatimah Weening, Licensed Acupuncturist L.Ac. Dipl.Ac. M.A. East Asian Medicine

MaryFatimah Weening has been in private practice as a licensed and nationally board-certified acupuncturist for over 10 years. After attending Smith College for undergraduate studies, she received her Masters of East Asian Medicine from the oldest acupuncture graduate program in the United States, Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) with a focus in Classical Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture.  She also incorporates Japanese palpation-based Acupuncture into her clinical practice.

MaryFatimah works in collaboration with primary care doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and therapists. 

She offers acupuncture for a wide array of conditions but with a focus on:

  • Acupuncture for Pain Management  Recovery from acute and chronic pain conditions, such as neck, shoulder, back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, headaches, muscular, myofascial and neuropathic pain.  Acupuncture also helps to regulate the nervous system and reduce inflammation. The adrenal fatigue, anxiety and stress which often accompany chronic pain and illness are also treated though acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture for Mental and Emotional Health  Treatment for stress relief, anxiety, and depression or low mood.
  • Acupuncture for Wellness Once the body has recovered, acupuncture can help maintain health and balance, as well as manage stress and the relatively minor imbalances that result from daily life. Acupuncture is also helpful in supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Many people also experience increased energy and longevity with acupuncture as well.  Seasonal Horary treatments are also offered to help each constitutional type (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) achieve the greatest harmony and resonance in each season.  
  • Acupuncture for Creative Health  In MaryFatimah’s clinical and personal experience, restoring creativity is also side effect of acupuncture. When the qi (energy) is balanced, natural expression is restored. However it is noted here specifically because this area of focus is not something many people would consider under the realm of acupuncture. Having worked with artists, writers, and other frustrated creatives to help them get “unstuck” and progress in their creative process, MaryFatimah loves working with clients to help them realize creative projects.
  • Chronic Illnesses  Management and support, in collaboration with your primary doctor and/or other specialists, and nutritionist (recommended). Recalcitrant illnesses that have not been responsive to other standard treatments, may be managed and/or eased when working with a team of integrative healthcare providers. Acupuncture diagnostic assessments identify organ systems in need of support, helping the body to heal naturally.

Part of MaryFatimah’s approach includes patient education—she aims to empower each patient in their recovery by providing patients understanding of how their body heals and how to continue to support their healing process as a lifestyle. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is predicated upon the inherent connection of the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Any condition (i.e. back pain, PTSD, PMS) can be a reason for seeking treatment, but many patients find other areas in their life change as well. For example, a patient whose primary reason for seeking treatment was for sciatica and neck pain may also find that with a course of treatment they also are sleeping better, have greater energy, and are less worried or stressed in their daily life.

MaryFatimah’s post-graduate studies with advanced clinicians and scholars in the field continue to inform her clinical practice.  While Acupuncture itself is several thousands of years old, there is continual clinical research and learning in the field. She has had the privilege of studying with teachers such as Heiner Fruehauf, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, Kiiko Matsumoto and Grand Master Nan Lu. In 2017 she studied in China with several classical lineage holders of Chinese Medicine specializing in Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Daoist qi gong and meditation.

Having experienced the life-changing effects of Acupuncture firsthand, MaryFatimah loves sharing the healing power of East Asian Medicine with others.  She lives in Chester County with her husband, Noah and their nearly-human dog, Percy.

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Healing with Acupuncture and Our Acupuncture Philosophy

Healing with Acupuncture

The history of Acupuncture dates back several thousand of years.  Ancient medical texts such as the Nei Jing: The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, outline the theories behind treatment, with discussions on how to be in harmony with the natural phases (seasons and cycles in nature) to stay well.  Classical Chinese medical texts aimed to help people by preventing illness but also detail how to recover from disease once the natural balance has been disrupted.  

Acupuncture visits are often calm and relaxing.  Your acupuncturist will first speak to you about your main concerns and ask related follow-up questions as she plans a course of treatment.  Treatment is always tailored to the individual.  Other diagnostic methods used before and during an acupuncture treatment include: pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, and abdominal palpation, meridian palpation, and assessing your individual Five Element constitution.  Assessing all of these factors, your acupuncturist can proceed with a treatment plan.  The number of treatments needed for each patient will vary.  Individual responsiveness depends on many factors but for chronic conditions, weekly or bi-weekly sessions are recommended for at least ten visits.  It is always best to be seen for treatment as early as possible, as chronic issues may take more time to heal. 

Acupuncture is currently used by millions of Americans to recover from illness and stay well, and it is gradually being integrated into hospital settings such as The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine to help patients with concerns ranging from “arthritis to migraines to the aftereffects of chemotherapy.”

Dr. Vincent Pedre explains the contemporary western understanding of acupuncture as such: “needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system through peripheral afferent fibers (nerve fibers that carry signals to the central nervous system) to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals (such as endorphins and enkephalins) and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.  The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, thus promoting both physical and emotional well-being with minimal side-effects.”

There is also new evidence that acupuncture regulates pain by increasing the availability of certain opioid receptors in the brain. This inhibits pain signals, acting in the same way that opioid painkillers such as morphine and codeine work, but without the dangerous addictive element and side effects. (Source: University of Michigan Health System via Science Daily “Chinese Acupuncture Affects Brain’s Ability To Regulate Pain”, Aug. 11, 2009.)

Acupuncture calms the nervous system, allowing the body to release stress and heal.  For those who are looking to understand their bodies symptoms as messengers of imbalance, Acupuncture (and your acupuncturist) can help decode the body’s signs.  The theories of Chinese Medicine reflect how an emotional imbalance can manifest physically. For example, stress and pent up frustration or anger can cause a headache, as it affects the energy of the Liver channel in Chinese Medicine. Your acupuncturist will not only ask questions about your physical state, but also inquire as to any underlying emotional or mental stress patterns that need to be addressed in order for a positive treatment outcome to be long lasting. 

Everyday practices such as quality sleep, a whole foods diet, and appropriate movement are key to the healing process. Finding the right balance for you will support your Acupuncture treatments and ensure that effects are lasting. Practices such meditation, qi gong, and relaxation practices will support a sustained state of health and peacefulness. Your acupuncturist can discuss all of these lifestyle elements with you so you can be empowered in your healing process.

Healing is always possible, and the body will heal itself given the right conditions. Symptoms are not issues in of themselves – they are messengers from the body or mind that attention is needed to restore balance.  Resolving symptoms involves looking at the root cause of distress or dis-ease.  Being truly present with the body, mind, and spirit, we allow healing to occur.  Rather than forcing something to happen, we remove the blocks and impediments to the body’s natural healthy state.  

Mt. QingCheng Sichuan Province China
Mt. QingCheng, China photo: MaryFatimah Weening

As of September 2020, we are offering acupuncture home visits for existing patients and direct referrals, as well as in-clinic treatments at our new clinic space in East Fallowfield, PA.  Appointments will also be available at a second office location in Chadds Ford this fall.  For patients who prefer to stay home during the pandemic and are not exhibiting any signs of acute illness related to COVID 19 an acupuncuture home visit is a great option.

Our new location is also accepting new patients in October (120 Wilmington Rd. East Fallowfield, PA 19320). 

The following are some of the new procedures we’re incorporating to help keep our communities safe and healthy:

  • Masks must be worn at all times by patient and practitioner.

  • No-contact temperature checks are taken in the waiting room before each treatment.

  • Appointments are staggered to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of treatment rooms and common spaces using EPA-approved, hospital grade disinfectants.

  • With the exception of family members of the same household, one patient is seen at a time.

  • Better ventilation and air purification: we’re using Molekule air purifiers at the clinic. 

  • Patients are asked to wait in their car and text or call the clinic when they arrive in compliance with social distancing.

  • There are new contact-free payment options.  There is also still the option to bring a check for payment, which can be made out ahead of time to: The Present Sage Acupuncture. 

  • Emails are sent out ahead of time reminding patients to check for any symptoms related to COVID 19 and to reschedule if they are not feeling well, and to contact their primary care doctor.

  • Use of online booking is preferred to reschedule after your in-office appointment.

  • For existing patients or direct referrals who prefer to stay home and are not exhibiting signs of acute illness, Acupuncture house calls are available on Wednesdays. 

Thank you for all your support and cooperation during these challenging times.  As a general reminder for nearly all patients: acupuncture can help manage stress and anxiety and navigating difficult life transitions.  We are here to help.  Please stay healthy and well!

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Intention behind the Name: The Present Sage Acupuncture

This practice was called The Present Sage Acupuncture because we wanted to convey that our innate wisdom is always present and guiding us.  The healing technologies of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine help you tune into your body’s wisdom, the extraordinary healing capacity of the body and mind, and your inner knowing to recover your health and sense of wellbeing.

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