Please consider supporting REBUILDING TOGETHER in MEXICO

reconstruyendonos morelosWe are part of a community of parents from the Waldorf School of Cuernavaca, who in response to the earthquake of September 19th in Morelos, Mexico, organized ourselves to offer personal and direct help to families affected.Thanks to the independent and transparent nature of our effort, people and civic organizations alike have joined us in our initiative. We invite you to take part and support REBUILDING TOGETHER in Mexico.hueyapan children

Hueyapan is an indigenous Nahua community, at the base of the beloved Popocatepetl volcano in the Eastern part of Morelos, with a population of close to 6500 people dedicated primarily to agriculture and the weaving of textiles

Here, and in the small neighboring pueblos, at the epicenter of the earthquake, is where for the moment, we are concentrating our energy, love,  and support. Just three days after the earthquake, we had established two base camps in Hueyapan and over the last two weeks we have cleared the rubble from over 40 houses of the more than 135 houses that were damaged or completely destroyed in the earthquake. We have channeled 50 tons of material support – in the form of water, household supplies and building materials – to Hueyapan and the other communities where our parents are volunteering. In Jojutla, a town that was devastated by the earthquake, a dedicated group of parents have set up community kitchens and are working with the local business people to begin to clear roads and jumpstart the local economy.

hueyapan man with tentRight now, the focus is on rebuilding sustainable, ecologically minded homes for those who have been displaced. Though many have focused on delivering material supplies, it has become clear that money donations at this point are the most helpful as it allows those on site, the chance to purchase exactly what is needed, and support local businesses in the process.

This has been life shattering experience for many, but in turn, the country has risen to the challenge, as has our community and network of friends. We feel it is our responsibility to lift up our neighbors, as much as we feel it is a gift to be able to do so. Recontruyendonos HueyapanSolidarity is a natural response, and a beautiful one.


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for taking part. Any and all donations make a difference.


The Karitas Foundation is helping us to receive funds from people and organizations in the US and offer tax deductible receipts.

You can make a contribution via Paypal at:

comunidad waldorfBe sure to reference REBUILDING TOGETHER – Waldorf Community of Cuernavaca

Or make a bank transfer to:

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Bank: TD Bank

Address: 1900 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

ABA/Routing Number: 036001808

Account number: 36400389

Reference: REBUILDING TOGETHER – Waldorf Community of Cuernavaca

Once you make a donation, please send an email to with your name, address, amount donated and date of donation, so a tax deductible receipt can be prepared.

We and the communities of Mexico thank you for your support.

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Staying Grounded in Tumultuous Times

There’s been many reasons for feeling very ungrounded lately. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tragedies, political upheaval… it can feel overwhelming when there seems to be so much we need to do to just keep our head and heart above water. The thing we often forget though, is that to really be of service to others, we need to keep the foundations of health strong in ourself so that we have fuel to work with. Here are 5 simple recommendations for staying grounded in tumultuous times, so that we can be effective forces for change and support.

  • Acupuncture treatment: Regular acupuncture treatments are an amazing way to stay grounded. Acupuncture helps reset our adrenal and metabolic systems so that we can stay calmer and heal faster. Many people get treatments as a “tune-up” to be sure that their body/mind/spirit keeps a nice homeostasis. While the results aren’t often as drastic and noticeable, preventative treatments really are the most effective treatments – instead of waiting for the panic attack to happen, come get acupuncture before the stressful week with all of the work deadlines and family obligations!
  • Rituals: Rituals help to create order amidst chaotic times. A ritual can be as simple as always making your bed in the morning, giving your partner a kiss before going to work, or drinking a cup of tea before going to bed. Oftentimes we have rituals that we don’t even realize. Reflect on your day and pick which rituals feel good and and which could be modified. The best rituals are simple, meaningful, and easy to maintain!
  • Grounding foods: Worry and stress can wreak havoc on our digestion. Given that our digestion is the root of so many functions in our body, it is so important to keep food the foundation of our health focus. Committing to eating (and savoring) a good, nourishing meal can shift a whole day or weak around! Some foods that are very grounding and especially supportive for this time of year as we move into autumn are:
    • any kind of squash!
    • root vegetables
    • apples and pears
    • bone broth
    • whole grains (steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, millet)
    • limit consumption of sugar and quick carbohydrates
  • Put your feet on the earth: It seems almost too simplistic, but putting your bare feet on the ground really helps in feeling grounded! There’s some research supporting this idea and even a whole earthing movement. If you think about it, it’s amazing how little our feet can actually touch the earth when we are wearing shoes and walking in a city most days. So while the weather is still warm, find a plot of land, kick off your shoes, and see how it feels!
  • Hugs: It’s easy to underestimate the importance of touch for staying grounded and feeling supported. Find a few people that you can hug regularly and seek them out! Scientific studies are showing that the more hugs you get, the happier your immune system is. A partner is a great person to linger for that one extra deep breath to really soak in the feeling… those are the hugs where the magic happens (happy hormones released, lower blood pressure, etc.)
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Empire Radio Now Broadcast





Last month JoseLo was featured on Empire Radio Now, speaking about City Acupuncture Circle, how he got into acupuncture, what he’s interested in now, and what he wants to do in the future!

Find the link here or listen below!

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Licorice Sticks

Licorice is one of the most widely used herbs in the world, and likely20150623_815838 the most commonly used herb in Chinese medicine today. Why is this? Well, simply put, it’s a very likable herb. Licorice is like the person you meet for the first time and immediately feel you’re best friends. It’s the herb in the room that makes everyone a little nicer, a little more harmonious. It does this because it is very mild and sweet, and yet so wise and effective. We now carry licorice sticks at CAC – a traditional remedy of chewing on the root until all that is left is the fibrous remains. So, why would you want to chew on licorice?

  • Digestion – Licorice is great for soothing upset stomachs, boosting digestive power, and even relieving toxicity from food poisoning. Also, it’s mildly sweet flavor will have your taste buds buzzing with delight. You can chew on licorice in the midst of an upset stomach or as a way to enhance you digestion in general.
  • Sore throat – Licorice has a way of gently moistening the throat and lungs to relieve sore and itchy throats as well as coughing. Chewing on licorice can be a great go-to remedy while your healing from a cold or trying to stave off any seasonal bugs that may want to find residence in your throat.
  • Food and smoking cravings – Licorice is actually used as a flavoring in cigarettes. So for those weening off of smoking, chewing on licorice can fulfill a two-fold function of satisfying both the urge to have something in the mouth and the flavor of the cigarettes. Licorice sticks are also a great for those working with curbing sugar cravings, as the root has some natural sweetness, but the act of chewing into the root limits how much you can actually extract.
  • Anxiety –  Licorice, being the amiable and wise sage that it is, will soothe feelings of anxiety as well. It has a placating and comforting effect on the spirit. It’s a great plant to go to if you find yourself feeling anxious, irritable, or scared.

It would take a long time to list all of the healing properties of licorice. Part of the beauty of this plant and why it is so effective is that it makes everything around it work better. It brings out the best in our digestive system, our detoxification system, our adrenal system. It’s that little dose of medicine when you need things to move a little smoother in your life.

Come in and ask us about our licorice sticks and see if you can benefit from this plant. Licorice should be avoided if you’re pregnant, have hypertension, liver disorder, edema, low blood potassium, or heart disease.

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Chinese Herbs at CAC

We are excited to announce that we are now offering Chinese herbs to patients at City Acupuncture Circle!

ChineseHerbsChinese herbs are a safe and effective modality for addressing conditions ranging from allergies and sleep issues to fibroids and back pain. Like acupuncture, herbs have been used for centuries with their use being refined and developed over time.


Our herbs are sold as granules, which is a powdered form of the herb that dissolves in hot water. This is an extremely simple and effective way to take herbs. All herbs are purchased from reputable sellers and are free of heavy metals, pesticides, and other pollutants.

Chinese herbs also compliment acupuncture treatments very well. On days that you cannot come get acupuncture, herbs can be taken to extend and strengthen the efficacy of acupuncture treatments. Read about how herbs are being studied extensively for their clinical efficacy, including the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, whose research explored how a Chinese herb helps to treat malaria and other infectious diseases.

Our new acupuncturists, Geoff Edwards and Nancy Xiang, as well as Seth Shamon, all have extensive training in the use of herbs and can recommend a formula for you. Come in and ask about it at your next treatment!

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POCA Fest!

This month, CAC’s acupuncturist, Seth, & office manager, Hannah, traveled to beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) yearly 3-day conference. POCA is the organization behind the creation and support of community acupuncture clinics, including City Acupuncture Circle.


We attended several classes a day on how to best run a community acupuncture clinic, clinical recommendations for community acupuncturists, and the social justice aspects of providing affordable medicine. Some stand-out classes included, “People’s History of Community Acupuncture,” which detailed the forgotten history of the unexpected role of the Black Panther party in bringing acupuncture to the fore-front in America (see this article for a bit more information), “Pediatrics in Community Acupuncture,” and “Trauma Informed Care.”


Just in time for CAC offering herbs to patients, we attended a class which included lots of tips for how to integrate an herbal program into a community acupuncture setting. Come in and ask about our new herbal offerings and look out for a future blog post with more information!


Clinics, acupuncturists, patients, and supporters can all become POCA members to support better access to acupuncture to all. This month POCA is holding a membership drive for discounted prices to support this fantastic organization that is doing so much to make acupuncture accessible to all people.

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CAC Lecture: Introduction to Chinese Medicine

IMG_1702Have you ever wondered how acupuncture works? Or how this ancient healing modality has survived for thousands of years and remains as popular and as effective as ever?

This Sunday, JoseLo Gutierrez L.Ac., will be holding a lecture at EPIC YOGA  (up the street from City acupuncture Clinic on 1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036) to explore these questions through a stimulating presentation and discussion.

We’ll talk about the basic history and theory of acupuncture, including yin/yang theory, the Five Elements, and the meridian system.

You will leave not only with a better understanding of why your tight shoulders feel better after treatment, but also how that relates to why you feel lighter and more positive in your spirit and emotions.

We’ll focus on what Chinese medicine has to say about Springtime and how to align ourselves with this season for good health and harmonious emotions.

Sunday, April 23rd
City Acupuncture Circle
Sliding scale cost $20-50
Space is limited – email us at to RSVP!
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Hiring New Acupuncturist!





DC Licensed Acupuncturist wanted!

We provide top quality community acupuncture care to a vibrant, multi-diverse population in downtown DC. Our clinic requires a flexible practitioner who is quick on their feet, sharp in mind and open at heart, all with the highest ethical standards.

CITY ACUPUNCTURE CIRCLE offers full body acupuncture treatments, cupping, and gua sha to patients on an affordable sliding scale.

Half shifts and full shifts available.

Inquire about details, including pay and benefits.

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Chinese Medicine Course in Cuernavaca

Our most recent intensive 40 hr course about Chinese medicine in Cuernavaca Mexico was lots of fun and a great success! We learned about the law of the 5 elements and the theory of yin yang applied to acupuncture – enlightening and inspiring.
We explored the foundations of the Earth School, a commonly used set of protocols at CAC. This system states that all healing processes can be enhanced by strengthening our digestion and calming the mind.
We practiced Qi Gong under the gentle morning sun while tracing the trajectories of the acupuncture meridians.
We learned about essential oils and basic dietary principles within Chinese medicine, applied Cups to each other and also learned to do Guasha.
We enjoyed the Tepoztlan market and hiked to the Pyramid on top of the mount. We had lot of fun exotic, authentic Mexican food and made good friends.
The group was very eclectic and diverse: a few patients from CAC in DC and Mexico interested in leaning more about Chinese medicine, a couple of MD’s from US and Mexico, a psychologist from France, and a couple of massage therapists.
We realize this info is so rich and empowering, that people from different paths of life could make the best of it and put to use to best suite their interests – from self healing to considering learning new healing skills, or simply to meditate and contemplate the beauty of this medicine.
Everyone is invited to join in for upcoming courses this spring, summer and fall!
Email us, and we’ll keep you in the loop as details arise…
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Happy Year of the Fire Rooster!

Happy Chinese New Year! We are beginning the year of the Fire Rooster according to Chinese astrology and the start of Spring has begun!

It may not feel like spring outside, but see if you can be aware of a growth starting inside of yourself. Maybe you notice an upwards movement to your emotions and energy, a rising desire for change, justice, and action. When anger and frustration is appropriate, see if you can channel that energy into action, rather than dwell in stuck-ness. We have the energy of spring at our side that will continue to grow through the next few months and make us flexible and firm in the face of unexpected shifts.

The year of the Fire Rooster will be a powerful one. This is a year to enhance your virtues of dedication, loyalty, and hard work. Be particular about what you choose to focus on so that you can give it all you have. And remember that the nature of fire is unpredictable and sometimes alarming. Ride the wave and know that we all have deep well of wisdom and silence to draw on for strength and perseverance.

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