Firefly Acupuncture and Wellness

Established in 2007 we specialize in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to support you in your healing process.
*Formerly South Riding Acupuncture.

Welcome to Firefly Acupuncture & Wellness.

Regain your health and enjoy life by utilizing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture and herbal therapy can be very effective in helping you improve and maintain your health.

Chinese medicine is the oldest and most widely used natural healthcare system in the world. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are safe, natural and effective.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine increases your overall wellness and everyday comfort while helping you cope with the stress of life that is so detrimental to your health.

Change occurs through a process involving the whole person and that is why we will recommend a combination of acupuncture, herbal therapy and nutritional education to facilitate healing and bring the body back into balance as well as prevent disease.

Traditional Chinese medicine helps with the relief of symptoms while getting to the root of health problems.

Our team at Firefly Acupuncture & Wellness looks forward to helping you achieve positive changes in your health.

Botanical Biohacking Podcast by Andrew Miles DOM & Xuelan Qiu PhD

This is the standard of quality and skilled craftsmanship seen in our Microgard and Er Miao Wan. Absolutely amazing!

Pill making in China is passed down intergenerationally and takes an extraordinary level of skill to craft properly. People often ask us if we are rolling out the herbal pills by hand. The truth is that we couldn't if we wanted to. We recruited a master pill maker out of retirement to help on this dream project.


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So sweet! One of our fabulous patient’s brought this back for us after she ran a marathon across the Great Wall. We supported her getting there and she was able to hit an amazing personal goal. ☕️🏅🎉🎊🤗

[09/06/18]   We have just a few appointments left for tomorrow, Friday September 6th.
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Do Bone Marrow Cells Generate Neurons?

Fascinating! In the past 5 years, accumulating evidence has demonstrated plasticity of bone marrow–derived cells. Bone marrow–derived cells display the capacity to change their fate, differentiating into hepatocytes, endothelial cells, muscle cells, and cardiomyocytes, and even neurons.1 The findings that bo...

Intestinal bitter taste receptor activation alters hormone secretion and imparts metabolic benefits. - PubMed - NCBI

Flavors in botanical medicine do more than just taste weird... Intestinal bitter taste receptor activation alters hormone secretion and imparts metabolic benefits. Mol Metab. 2018 Aug 4. pii: S2212-8778(18)30656-2. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2018.07.013. [Epub ahead of print]

German scientists find Chinese medicine ingredient potential treatment for obesity - Xinhua |

A variety of these compounds are found in Microgard, one of our botanical formulas for digestive support! BERLIN, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- German scientists discovered that a herbal ingredient from traditional Chinese medicine showed promising results in weight loss, and the findings were published in the latest edition of the journal "Diabetes".

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology

When we think about the microbes that influence the health of humans and other animals, the algae that provide coral reefs with energy, the mitochondria that power our cells, the gut bacteria that allow cows to digest their food, or the probiotic products that line supermarket shelves—all of that can be traced to the birth of the symbiosis as a concept. And symbiosis, in turn, began with lichens.

He has shown that largest and most species-rich group of lichens are not alliances between two organisms, as every scientist since Schwendener has claimed. Instead, they’re alliances between three. All this time, a second type of fungus has been hiding in plain view. Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.

[08/30/18]   We have 1 last minute appointment available tomorrow morning at 840am.
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Secret immune cell tunnels found in human skulls

Fascinating! It’s always beautiful when modern biomedicine reinforces traditional Medicine!

We are all about the body using channels to heal and communicate within. Hidden tunnels which link the human skull to the brain have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes the breakthrough may help in stroke and Alzheimer’s research.

It’s official Late Summer weeds and Fall allergens are here! Need some assistance to keep them from getting you down? Ask us how acupuncture and Botanical Medicine can help!

Acupuncture Anti-inflammatory Marker Found | Awaken

In a laboratory controlled scientific investigation, a key biological marker has been identified, quantified, and directly correlated with the application of acupuncture. Acupuncture successfully downregulates a proinflammatory biochemical (tumor necrosis factor alpha), which results in anti-inflammatory on... Acupuncture Anti-inflammatory Marker Found Posted on August 26, 2018 | Views: 1357 Acupuncture reduces inflammation and researchers have discovered how it works… In a laboratory controlled scientific investigation, a key biological marker has been identified, quantified, and directly correlated wi...

Acupuncture Migraine Relief Confirmed In Laboratory Investigation

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? We can help! Breaking acupuncture and herbs news and research from HealthCMi.

Need help with your complexion? Pregnancy mask lingering too long? We carry Zi Zai Dermatology in our office and they are absolutely wonderful!

Do you suffer dark spots or melasma? Mask of pregnancy?

🌿We have the products you have been waiting for! These three products (toner, serum & facial crème) are just some of the MelaHerbal™️ line to help brighten your complexion.

🌿See the full offering on our website:

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[08/20/18]   We have only 2 appointments left for the week. Friday at 1040 am and 1140am.
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Acupuncture Improves Bone Density For Osteoporosis Patients

Worried about your bone health?
Come see us to help support your bones and the needs of your whole body! Acupuncture outperforms calcium for bone formation in osteoporosis patients.

We are closed today, Monday August 20th, through Wednesday August 22nd.

Schedule your appointments online to come see us at the end of the week!

Acupuncture found to be an effective treatment for vascular dementia

Acupuncture is not only neuroprotective but also supports long term memory

Research from the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine had previously examined the neuroprotective effects of acupuncture. In particular, the team had concluded that the procedure could reverse specific biomarkers for inflammation and cell oxidation – including thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP), a compound associated with nerve damage. When people talk about dementia, one of the first things that come to mind is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Indeed, AD is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders (over five million people in the U.S. have it), but there are other forms of dementia – like, for instance, vascular dementia. ...

Broadlands Nature Center

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More (entertaining) guidance on how to not call a wasp or yellow jacket a bee. Just stick with "yellow stripey thing" if it's too much for you to get straight so you stop slandering my honey makers!

Yes! Careful, sustainable farming or wildcrafting is essential for high quality herbals

Wine flavor is heavily influenced by the soil. The same is true for medicinal herbs. Random soil types may yield random results. Herbal cultivation is a cultural treasure developed by millions of people over thousands of years.

Trauma, the Gut and Healing: Building Deep Resiliency with Herbs

Did you know having healthy gut flora is beneficial to mental health? This is an excellent article on healing trauma (in part) using herbs and lifestyle practices that nurture the gut. When you are young Imagine yourself as a small child and living in a household where the parents drink excessively, argue and at times lash out angrily and abusively towards you. Or …

Sichuan Peppercorn... one of the herbs found in our Relief Red pain relieving Roll-on! Check out the article from NPR to learn more about this tradition herb.

We will be closed Monday August 20th- Wednesday August 22nd.

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Acupuncture Peptic Ulcer Relief Confirmed

Having digestive discomfort?

Acupuncture helps to heal peptic ulcers and prevents relapses.

Researchers conclude that acupuncture increases the total effective rate of drug therapy for the treatment of peptic on.... Acupuncture heals peptic ulcers and lowers relapse rates in an integrated treatment regimen, researchers find.

Acupuncture Relieves Pregnancy Pain

Acupuncture and cupping are safe and effective treatments for lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy.

Researchers conducted an observational study at a hospital-based community antenatal clinic in New Zealand and determined that acupuncture produces significant positive patient outcomes, including reductions in lumbopelvic pain levels. New Zealand hospital, Yale University, and University of California researchers find acupuncture effective for the relief of pain during pregnancy.

Acupuncture Parkinson’s Insomnia Relief Confirmed

Acupuncture Parkinson’s Insomnia Relief Confirmed

Dalian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers confirm that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine is effective for the treatment of insomnia in Parkinson’s disease patients.

In a controlled clinical trial, a combination of scalp acupuncture and a modified version of the herbal formula Gui Pi Tang were tested. Using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) as a quantitative measure, Parkinson’s disease patients demonstrated significant improvements in sleep. Parkinson's disease relief with acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia confirmed.


"Testimony and evidence presented at trial showed that the warning signs seen in scientific research dated back to the early 1980s and have only increased over the decades. But with each new study showing harm, Monsanto worked not to warn users or redesign its products, but to create its own science to show they were safe. The company often pushed its version of science into the public realm through ghostwritten work that was designed to appear independent and thus more credible. Evidence was also presented to jurors showing how closely the company had worked with Environmental Protection Agency officials to promote the safety message and suppress evidence of harm."

“The jury paid attention throughout this long trial and clearly understood the science and also understood Monsanto’s role in trying to hide the truth,”

Acupuncture Helps War Veterans Sleep Better

Emory University and Atlanta VA Medical Center researchers find acupuncture effective for the alleviation of sleep disorders for veterans with PTSD and brain injuries.

The research team concludes that acupuncture produces significant improvements in both subjective and objective sleep parameters for veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), including veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Acupuncture is proven effective for insomnia patients with brain injuries and PTSD.

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The more we find out about Otzi the iceman, the more we like him. First he has tattoos at acupuncture points, now we find he cooked with herbs


This plastic wrap is actually good for the environment.

[08/06/18]   Don't miss your chance.
We will be closed Monday August 20th-
Wed. August 22nd.
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Stress is known to lower protective bacterial counts.

Even brief separations can impair the brain development of a young child or infant.

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The Best Thing You Can Do for You Gut

We all know fermented foods are full of health benefits...but how are they made? Why are they so good for us?

They help support a healthy gut microbiome and stabilize our internal terrain. Take a look. What is fermentation? It's the process that can enhance the shelf life and health benefits of fermented foods thanks to their probiotic content.

[08/02/18]   We have 2 last minute appointments for tomorrow, Friday the 3rd, morning.
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Cannabis Combo Therapy Triples Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate | GEN

One of the interesting effects of using cannabis is how it can arrest cancer development.

The endocannabinoid system regulates everything. It closely works with the vagus nerve and regulates hormone development, neurotransmitter development, nitric oxide levels (inflammation) and your digestive system. Acupuncture does the same exact thing.

Keeping the body in a state of health and supporting it allows it to do what it naturally does- keep cancer under control. Scientists say if results can be reproduced in humans, therapy using cannabidiol plus chemotherapy could quickly be adopted to improve lifespan in patients with aggressive pancreatic cancer.

Hashem Al-Ghaili

The Human Body in Numbers.

[08/01/18]   We have 1 appointment left this week.
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The Atlantic Center for Acupuncture Launches Ride for Opiate Awareness Relief

Our colleague is launching a ride across America to bring awareness to the Opiate epidemic. Rob Balko, L.Ac., is raising awareness of how effective Chinese medicine and Acupuncture are at treating pain.

They can help prevent the need for opiates to begin with and help people work with withdrawal symptoms of opiate usage. Rob Balko, of The Atlantic Center for Acupuncture, rides across America to bring awareness to the opiate epidemic and promote natural pain relief.


Gasotransmitters and microbiota are keys to wellness. Acupuncture and Botanical Medicine work to influence both.

"This means that changes in the microbiota in type 1 diabetes occur before symptoms develop and are not just a side-effect of the disease. Therapies targeting the microbiota could therefore have the potential to help prevent type 1 diabetes in the future."

Acupuncture Beats Drug For Melasma Treatment

Acupuncture Beats Drug For Melasma Treatment

Acupuncture outperforms a popular topical medication for the treatment of melasma, . Researchers from Xiamen University Affiliated Hospital (Fujian, China) conclude that acupuncture is effective for the alleviation of melasma. In a randomized parallel study, the acupuncture treatment group achieved a total efficacy rate of 82.22% and the drug control group achieved an efficacy rate of 62.50%. Patients in the acupuncture treatment group received acupuncture needling on the Yangming meridians. Patients in the control group received oral administration of vitamin C and 3% hydroquinone topical cream. Hydroquinone is a cream used to lighten dark patches of skin. The researchers conclude that acupuncture significantly outperforms drug therapy for the treatment of melasma. The researchers highlight that “Acupoint selection at Yangming meridians for facial beauty enhancement has ancient historical roots, and acupuncture obtains satisfactory results for the treatment of melasma.” Acupuncture melasma treatments beat a topical drug in efficacy in modern research.

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20600 Gordon Park Square, Ste 130
Ashburn, VA

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Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 13:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
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