Dr. Tom Ingegno, DACM, MSOM, LAC

Lead Clinician, Author, Teacher, Lecturer, Podcast Host at Charm City Integrative Health
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Dr. Tom Ingegno, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, has over 22 years of experience in the integrative and functional medicine space. He owns and operates Charm City Integrative Health, a multifaceted clinic that NYT bestseller and futurist David Houle called the "Future of Medicine." This clinic provides a multidimensional approach to reducing inflammation, improving circulation, and regulating the immune system to help people recover and stay healthy. Dr. Tom has taught and lectured at two prestigious schools for East Asian Medicine, is a published author, and helped expand the scope for the practice of acupuncture with his role as chairman of the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. He served as director of a chain of wellness centers in the mid-Atlantic developing treatment protocols and managing a team of practitioners. Dr. Tom has been featured in both consumer and professional media spreading his message of health using modern research, traditional practices, and humor to make complex theories and treatments understandable. His professional passion is to help patients, and like-minded practitioners develop no-nonsense practices to allow people to thrive.

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  • “Acupuncture is a part of traditional East Asian medicine and, as such, is a complete medical system. Somewhere along the way, we were associated with new age practices and called alternative medicine,” says Ingegno, who thinks this could be rooted in the misconception of qi.

    “When practitioners refer to qi, we are referring to the ability of the body to perform specific functions when necessary. It is not some mystical force that shoots from fingertips. The concept of qi is an extremely eloquent way of describing a cascade of physiological changes that occur when a patient receives acupuncture.”

    While Ingegno admits that his clinic may have some “trendy services” (such as red light therapy, halotherapy and whole body cryotherapy), he stresses that they were added because they, like acupuncture, were evidence-based and had similar physiological effects as acupuncture.

  • Dr. Tom Ingegno DACM, MSOM, LAC explains, "Irritable bowel has several symptoms like constipation and/or diarrhea, bloating, intestinal pain that may be rooted in an inflammatory response to certain foods, or an autoimmune disorder. CB1 receptors which several cannabinoids can bind line the large intestine. When cannabis is consumed it activates these receptors which reduces inflammation helping with the pain and bloating and it's theorized that these receptors play a role in regulating the production of the mucus lining, allowing for the intestinal wall to coat and repair itself."

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