MaryFatimah Ginty 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’s approach is relationship-centered and she sees one patient at a time, allowing the patient time to be heard and seen. This also allows for acupuncture and supporting treatments such as moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha, as necessary in each treatment. She also works in collaboration with primary care doctors, specialists, physical therapists, and mental health counselors.
She is one of the providers at The Center for Change in Kennett Square, "a therapeutic collaboration between like-minded providers who support individuals, couples, families, and our community with opportunities to achieve a greater sense of well-being and recovery from the long-lasting effects of stress and trauma. [The Center] empowers individuals in self-compassionately identifying areas of challenge, and how to navigate the healing experience."
MaryFatimah 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 Mind and Mood: 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 feels very fortunate to have had the privilege to study 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 self-healing 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. Her other passions include being in nature, traveling, and oil painting. She lives in Chester County with her husband and their nearly-human dog, Percy.