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Welcome to Spirit Point Healing

The clinic of Dr. Rachel Strass, DOM, LAc

Acupuncture and herbal medicine in Annapolis, Maryland

Create lasting wellness.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for wellness, pain relief, and stress.

Are you, or is someone you love feeling stressed, anxious, or worried? Are you tired of western medicine throwing pharmaceuticals at every problem? My healing practice offers acupuncture and/or herbal medicine in an integrated program, drawing on classical Chinese medicine for an effective approach to stress, pain, and other health concerns. I serve people from Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena, Bowie, Edgewater, and throughout the Chesapeake Bay area.

Virtual Appointments Available!

Can’t make it to my office? You can have a virtual appointment from the comfort and safety of your own home. I can also mail your herbs and supplements directly to you. Many acupuncture techniques can be done remotely, including acupressure, guided meditation, qi gong, breath work, and other mindfulness practices.

Meet Rachel

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Dr. Rachel Strass, DOM, LAc, Dipl OM (NCCAOM)

Dr. Strass specializes in working with professional and amateur performers with performance anxiety and depression. She loves helping musicians, dancers, speakers, and scientists find their voice, give 100% to their performances, and feel emotionally connected. Dr. Strass offers sincerity, acute perception, and an excellent understanding of human nature and of energy healing. Her gifts include integrity, intelligence, and compassion, not to mention a quick wit.

I want our healthcare system to change into a holistic model where health is looked at through the lens of physics and energy as well as chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Come experience natural care for:

for people in the spotlight

“I want to see performers of all kinds give 100% during their performances and be more successful in their careers without the use of beta blockers or other drugs.”

Living with pain? Acupuncture is perfect for this and many other physical concerns:

    • Muscular, joint, and/or arthritis pain
    • Constipation, IBS, & GERD
    • Neuropathy from diabetes, nerve damage, & chemotherapy

Worrying a lot? Acupuncture can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and much more:

    • Avoiding activities and people
    • Spinning thoughts
    • Can’t fall or stay asleep
    • Using substances to relax

Looking for guidance on what to eat and which supplements to take? I am happy to share my wisdom on all this and more:

    • Meditation and mindfulness practices
    • Acupuncture to maintain health and balance your qi
    • Best seasonal foods to eat
    • Most effective herbs and supplements for your needs

Looking for support solving complex or multiple issues? Chinese herbs are safe and useful for all kinds of concerns.

    • One formula may address many needs. No more piles of pills.
    • No side-effects
    • May treat side-effects from pharmaceuticals.
    • Have been used with pharmaceuticals to improve patient outcomes for 60+ years.
Chinese Herbs

Acupuncture: Who Needs It? Episode I

In this video, Dr. Rachel Strass, DOM, and Andrea Hutter, LAc, discuss the difference between western medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine, what is qi, and the various cycles throughout a woman’s life.

Video Interview…Life in the Time of a Pandemic: a Five Element Approach. My First Interview… there’s a minor technical hiccup at first but then it really takes off.

The Pandemic: A Five Element Approach of past, present, and future.

In this first of hopefully many more interviews, my friend and business ally Andrea Hutter interviews me about life during the pandemic, in the eyes of Classical Chinese Medicine. In this interview,

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Acupuncture and Distance Healing

As our world turns to a global network, many people are finding more health resources at a distance. A lot of therapists have been developing methods of distance healing for their patients. Since acupuncture is energy medicine, it is ideal for just this sort of thing. Acupuncture uses the needle to focus qi/energy in the qi network of the body.

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Acupuncture Helps Treat Arthritis Pain

According to the CDC, arthritis is a common health problem in the U.S., affecting more than 54 million people, with this number expected to rise to 78 million in the next 20 years. Among chronic diseases in the U.S., arthritis causes more disability than any other condition, including heart disease, diabetes, and back or spine problems.

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Small Steps – a song about the wood element

Here is a song I wrote in 2005, illustrating the Wood element. I was struggling with Lyme Disease while going through student clinic for my acupuncture license at the time. It’s all about getting things done one step at a time. I hope you enjoy it!


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Three Benefits of Using Acupuncture to Treat Your Migraines

Migraine headaches are debilitating for those who suffer from the pain. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, approximately 39 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine disease. Some migraine studies predict that up to 12% of adults in the U.S. have migraines, with 4 million suffering from chronic migraines. Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 billion men, women,

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