Prajna Paramita Choudhury, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
When people come in for treatment, of course they want their symptoms to go away. Alleviating pain and discomfort – whether physical or emotional – acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are great at. But in the process of treatment, I’m also curious about: What is your pain or discomfort telling you? What lessons are there to learn from your experience of ill-being? Our bodies are wise messengers. When we ignore their messages, our bodies speak up louder and louder in protest. Maybe ‘I need rest,’ ‘I need to sit with this feeling that’s coming up,’ or ‘ I need more nourishing food.’
In the modern world, we can become so disconnected from our bodies. We can treat them like machines, with doctors being the ‘experts’ on ‘fixing’ them. I want my patients to be empowered in their bodies. I want them to re-learn what helps and what harms their bodies, and to realize their agency over their own health and well-being.
For my facial rejuvenation patients, I want them to love their face – this is the best feedback I hear. Aging is a natural process. To deny or dislike it is to say ‘no’ to reality, which is the primary cause of suffering. How can we age gracefully, and cultivate the most radiant health and peaceful well-being available to us at any given moment?
Health, like anything else, is a path of spiritual learning – to both be at peace with what is, and at the same time cultivate vitality, ease, and joy.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. As I grew older, I wanted to understand human behavior and pursued a doctorate in research psychology immediately after college – but soon realized that I really wanted to work with people to alleviate suffering. I went on to work with survivors of violence, run a crisis hotline, and work on violence prevention in communities. While this work was fulfilling, I knew there was still something more for me.
When I discovered Chinese Medicine, all the pieces fit together. I finally found a way to use my head, hands, heart, and spirit together. It gives me a way to create real change by helping people in very tangible (as well as intangible) ways. Most people get relief of what’s ailing them that brought them into treatment. But even for the very few who don’t – they still leave feeling more relaxed and at ease, heard and witnessed, and better than when they came in that day – and I feel grateful to be able to offer that.
I do feel like I have achieved the essence of what underlay my desire to become an astronaut – to discover and explore the vast mysteries of the universe, through the microcosm of our wondrous bodies and spirits.
& PRIMARY POSITIONS
Primary Care, Acupuncture For Beauty
Dermatology, Gynecology & Obstetrics
LICENSE & EDUCATION
California Acupuncture License #12198
M.S. of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2007
Yo San University
M.A. in Psychology, 1996
B.A. in Psychology, 1994
Johns Hopkins University
Mondays 1:30 – 6:00 PM
Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 – 4:30 PM
Thursday 1:00 – 6:30 PM
Articles & Blog Posts by Prajna
In case you haven’t noticed, Energy Matters publishes our newsletters seasonally. That’s because in Chinese Medicine, living in harmony with the seasons is an important part of cultivating health. Another key tenet is that what’s in the macrocosm (the universe) … Continued
With everything going on in our world over the past year or so, sometimes feeling like impending apocalypse or armageddon – I find that many people have been struggling with increased fear, helplessness, anger, and numbness.
A mentor spoke with … Continued
I often say that mindfulness practice is needed in these difficult times: that it’s not only about inner peace, but peace in the world as well. I know that can sound kind of abstract, but an incident recently illustrated for … Continued
Meditation is not about separating ourselves
from the suffering around us.
It is about increasing our capacity to be able to meet suffering.
We find spaciousness within the chaos
So that we can better, more effectively
meet the moment.
Respond … Continued
Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The metal element is about healthy boundaries, thus the organs corresponding to this element – the Lung and Large Intestine – are all about taking in what is beneficial, and releasing what is … Continued
I often say “you never know what will come up in retreat” – which means, no matter what comes up, retreat gives us the space to work very intentionally with it. If we sit with “how do I practice with …...
“The lectures were very informative. I learned to be mindful and in the moment; to accept my emotions and life events that have occurred and impacted my life.”… Continued
Thank you, Prajna, for the wonderful service and support that you have provided to me over more than a year. I decided to explore Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture and then Facelift acupuncture. I have seen significant improvement in the … Continued
“I felt so held and healed by your treatments. Thank you. AND you have won my award for the most pain-free, gentle needling technique ever! (And I am very sensitive to pain.) If you have been avoiding acupuncture because you … Continued
Thank your for being part of my healing path. You give me a sense of hope – which very few have done for me. You’re dedication to what you do is an inspiration to me and I also feel like … Continued
“I appreciate this class so much. It’s more than I expected to learn. It was life changing experience for me. The instructor was excellent. So kind and informative.”… Continued
“I was skeptical and suspicious of alternative medicine at first. I have chronic complaints- eczema, insomnia and high blood pressure – and was treated by Prajna for these conditions. I sleep better, my eczema is under control and my BP … Continued
The day after my last treatment, at least 3 people told me how radiant I look. Made me think that I should have a treatment every day!
Acupuncture for Beauty… Continued
I really liked my treatment. I had a big pimple on the left side of my face, that you treated and it was pretty much gone the next morning. The swelling went down and the soreness was gone. My girlfriend … Continued
Prajna – what can I say?! Once again you and your needles and calm voice of reason have rescued me from PMS hell. Soothing my irritated body and calming my anxious mind – I felt like a different person when … Continued
“I appreciated the kind, accepting atmosphere the instructor created for the class and the information shared, exercises, homework and insights gained through all of it. I learned to more present, and to bring myself back to the moment and … Continued
I highly recommend Prajna (pronounced Proga) for facial and general acupuncture. She is grounded, kind and so deeply knowledgeable about Chinese medicine. She asks great questions and finds helpful patterns in the answers.
Her acupuncture “facelift” series is an enlivening … Continued
After over 20 years of searching for a reliable solution for sinus headaches, I decided to try acupuncture. I saw an allergist and general practitioners and tried prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as home remedies with no consistent … Continued
“This is a very worthy class for beginner, taught with clarity and compassion. I appreciated the clarity with which Prajna spoke and talked for each theme, and her own compassion and warmth. I learned that meditation is an ongoing … Continued
Prajna’s touch is great – I hate getting acupuncture, but she is gentle and painless – and very patient with my nervousness! I’ve had great results from her treatments, for anxiety, sciatic pain and headaches. And I love her … Continued
Thank you so much for seeing me – that experience was just so great. I found you so grounding and really appreciated all of your healing expertise. I’m always amazed at the power of acupuncture, and the direct experience of … Continued
I went to see Prajna recently when I was going through a really anxious time. She is very helpful, knowledgeable and compassionate. After each treatment, I was so much calmer and at the same time stronger to deal with the … Continued
I was very glad–and relieved–to meet you this week. I walked out with no fog or vertigo in my head and no nausea. I still haven’t had either since. Thank you! 8/26 I’ve had bowel movements twice about 30 mins … Continued
Energy Matters is a beautiful space for receiving acupuncture. My husband and I went there to treat insomnia and we worked with an amazing healer named Prajna and are now sleeping soundly through the night. We so appreciated her warm, … Continued
When I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in some time, I noticed her taking a long look at my face. Later that day, I received an email: “You look so beautiful. I hope you don’t mind my asking, … Continued
“It’s wonderful! Please take it! It will change your life. This should be mandatory in schools so that children won’t grow up to suffer from lack of space to be present with themselves. I learned how to quiet myself; … Continued
My best friend’s 16-year-old birthday party. A camping trip in the Sierras. A girls’ night out on the town. I can’t recount all the events I’ve missed in my life due to difficult periods. Since the age of 16, debilitating … Continued
“I appreciated your gentle and loving manner. The homework was helpful. I learned that judgement is not at all helpful!”… Continued
Wow, I just finished the series of facial rejuvenation sessions at Energy Matters. I was prompted to do this after seeing my friends undergo really painful procedures to help them look younger. Not only were the sessions pain free, I … Continued
You’ve been a great acupuncturist to me, and the pain associated with my period has decreased dramatically. I’m deeply grateful and appreciative of the work you have done and do in the world.
Prajna Choudhury, L.Ac… Continued
The treatment and experience has profoundly helped me. First and foremost, my knee pain is almost gone! I have a tiny ache which is nothing compared to what I had before. Even looking at my knee, the swelling is substantially … Continued
Prajna really helped me through a difficult period in my life when I was suffering from a kidney ailment. The prescription drugs I had been taking had really ravaged my body. I began treatments with Prajna and her healing skills … Continued
“Great for beginners and folks who want to re-commit to practice. I learned how to be more present with big feelings and reactions.”… Continued
I can’t recommend Prajna more highly. This was my first experience with acupuncture and she made me feel comfortable, supported and so well cared for. Prajna is knowledgeable and wise, clear-eyed and warm, with a true gift for healing. You … Continued
Before I began working with Prajna, I was experiencing severe premenstrual symptoms including developing painful lumps in my breasts, headaches, and severe neck and back pain. I was also bleeding every 3 weeks and having severe menstrual cramps that … Continued
I definitely felt more relaxed & grounded after the AFR session. My face was more relaxed and more importantly, it was if I was “beginning to look like myself again” – which was good to feel. Also I’ve only had … Continued
Prajna Choudhury is a wise, compassionate, and heart centered acupuncturist. From her opening questions, to the treatment itself, I felt taken care of and seen as a whole person. I went to her recently for shoulder pain; I left … Continued
“This is a wonderful opportunity to dedicate at least a couple of hours a week to a supportive, well-guided mindfulness practice. You will leave the class with several helpful tools to nurture inner and outer peace.”… Continued
It was lovely to be treated to such a super session. I felt noticeably different after my appointment with you. Walking hurt less, I felt rested and the muscles in my shoulders and neck felt a huge pressure release. I’m … Continued
Over the course of just three acupuncture treatments, I was able to recover much of my ability to fall asleep and rest deeply through the night. Before I came to Prajna, I was having persistent insomnia. Because I was … Continued
“Love the personality of teacher – fun, keep it real, compassionate. I learned how to be more present and mindful in my life. How to hold more complexity about different and overlapping spiritual views. It helped me to add … Continued
After New Years, I came down with a terrible flu. I had aches and pains everywhere. I was miserable. I visited this amazing acupuncturist/herbalist, Prajna. She was extremely competent, sensitive, in tune with my body/spirit and key to … Continued
I was experiencing this weird fatigue that gone on for a month and no one could tell me what was going on. This thing was getting on my nerves, so I sought out Prajna at Energy Matter for help. She … Continued
Prajna creates a calm, grounded environment for her practice–and the result is some good, strong medicine! I’m so grateful for the relief I’ve received from chronic shoulder and back aches from her treatments (I highly recommend the cupping in addition … Continued