Ali Safayan, MD
Dr. Ali Safayan
Dr. Safayan started his medical training at Cebu Doctors' College of Medicine in Cebu, Philippines and completed his third and fourth year clerkship rotations through Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985-86.
He completed his internship at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center, in Queens New York and his Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Hospital in Washington DC.
Dr. Safayan has been in private practice since 1990 and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine from 2000 to 2010.
As the founder of Restorative Health, one of the first integrative medicine practices in the Washington, D.C. Dr. Safayan and his colleagues incorporates the best of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies such as medical acupuncture, prolotherapy,allergy elimination techniques, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional counseling and supplementation, mind body medicine and personal training.
Dr. Safayan's integrative practice at Restorative Health provides a comfortable environment and time to listen to his patients concerns. He offers patient education and encourages their involvement in developing an individualized treatment plan with a primary focus on prevention.
In addition to his integrative practice Dr. Safayan is also a medical educator in the field of CAM. Since 2000 Dr. Safayan has been the preceptor in charge of the Helms Medical Institute (HMI) which provides the well-known Medical Acupuncture Course for Physicians, training over 200 physicians a year. Over the last 6 years HMI has created a military acupuncture course to train our military physicians in the use of acupuncture for PTSD and TBI. Since 2008 Dr. Safayan has been a clinical instructor for the Hackett Hemwall Foundation which trains physicians from around the world in prolotherapy.
Dr. Safayan believes our health care system is too costly, inefficient and unsustainable. He feels patient education and prevention are the keys to change.
Surprising Treatments for PTSD: Acupuncture
This traditional Chinese medicine approach to renewing the body's energy is now used on PTSD sufferers. A practitioner inserts needles at specific points in the skin to encourage the body's energy to flow through the brain, organs, and limbs in a more balanced way, so the body operates more efficiently, more calmly. A typical treatment schedule might be one session a week for three months. Recent trials suggest that the treatment not only helps lessen PTSD stress and aggressive impulses, but it also rapidly alleviates depression.