Joshua Warren, MAOM, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac (#DC500276) graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC with his Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2017. Joshua’s education centered on the Classical roots of Chinese medicine, challenging him to develop a medical practice that readily calls for investigation into the deeper aspects of disease, and historical perspectives surrounding them. He uses these perspectives in his practice to develop malleable and adaptable treatments strategies to meet old diseases with new names.
According to his training, Joshua considers the body to be a dynamic phenomenon requiring an intricate interplay of communication to maintain its harmony. The use of not simply Acupuncture, but herbal medicine, moxibustion, tui na massage, daoyin movement as well as dietary therapy are all designed to adjust the biophysical process when we are unwell. In the process of dis-ease, these modalities help fill what is empty and empty what is full, restoring balance within the individual, and returning to them their own individual and innate wholeness.
Joshua came to the medicine in pursuit of his own health in 2011. A series of unsuccessful career pursuits left him confused and directionless, until a close friend suggested seeking out acupuncture. After doing so, and reading some foundational literature on Chinese medicine, he realized the philosophy and mission of the medicine fell deeply in line with his inspiration and passion for meaning. He now believes the body to be the perfect middle place where the human intellect and natural world meet, and that wellbeing is a dynamic acceptance of life itself.
Joshua owes much of his appreciation for the medicine to Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest who lectured twice a semester throughout his master’s studies. This Daoist-based approach continues to inform Joshua’s medical emphasis on observation without judgment, as well as his emphasis on returning power and accountability to the individual.
Joshua relocated to Washington DC in December 2017 and has spent the last year in private and community practice, tending to the needs of a diverse, fast-paced and wildly stressed demographic of individuals. He has experience treating a wide-range of disorders, and has a particular interest in pain management and stress reduction, digestive and sleep issues, as well as psychoemotional concerns. In his spare time he enjoys writing, drawing, hiking, drinking coffee, and discussing medicine and astrology with friends and kindred strangers.