Through my acupuncture practice, I help clients meet and surpass their wellness goals, promoting healing and reaching one’s fullest potential.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are some of the oldest health care practices in the world, originating in Asia more than 3,000 years ago. Their efficacy in the treatment of symptoms and illnesses both physical and mental has been repeatedly validated by research. The National Institute of Health recognizes a number of conditions that are successfully treated by acupuncture. I have worked with patients treating addiction and dependence issues, ADHD, anxiety, back pain, joint pain, digestive disorders, colds and the flu, IBS, migraines and women's health issues, among others.
Kiva Bassett is a licensed acupuncturist traveling with her husband and two sons in the Foreign Service. She received her Masters of Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts (now known as Maryland University of Integrative Health), the oldest accredited acupuncture program in the United States. Prior to traveling with her family, Kiva worked at Kinetikos in Lawrence Kansas, The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine and The Tai Sophia Silver Spring Clinic in Maryland.
Kiva’s interest in acupuncture began when she was a child. Her mother took her to see an acupuncturist who had been practicing for several decades, and she was immediately enthralled by her power and wisdom. Later on in life, working as a behavioral therapist with autistic children for over ten years, Kiva enrolled in a three-year Five Element acupuncture program at Tai Sophia (MUIH). This experience was truly rewarding and provided an opportunity to practice in the clinic while learning in the classroom.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Kiva volunteered for the US Peace Corps in Bangladesh where she taught English, sanitation skills, and women’s rights. Kiva also took time off from her Peace Corps program to volunteer in Bali, Indonesia as a birthing assistant.
Kiva’s acupuncture practice has been located in Falls Church, Banjul, and now Buenos Aires. Kiva's acupuncture practice moves with her which means it is very mobile. She is able to do home visits quite easily. She looks forward to meeting you and aiding in your quest for improved health.
The focus of acupuncture treatment is on restoring health rather than opposing disease. This is based on the belief that the most powerful healing available is your body's own ability to restore itself. Tapping into your body's ability to regenerate, rebalance and realign is powerful, natural, non-invasive and has no negative side effects. Acupuncture takes into consideration the entirety of the person receiving treatment, so that the individual feels addressed on every level, including the emotional, physical, and spiritual. My primary goal is to help clients discover their own healing potential and uncover their own body’s wisdom so that they can experience life in a thriving and rich manner.
Acupuncture is based on the notion that your body is wise, and that when symptoms occur, it is an indication of an imbalance. Thus the practice of acupuncture does not treat isolated symptoms. Rather, the acupuncturist will take into account all of your diverse symptoms, the way your body functions, and your lifestyle to determine the underlying pattern of disharmony. By treating the root cause of illness, not only will symptoms resolve, you may also experience greater vitality, a peaceful sense of well-being, and an improved ability to stave off illness.
Any symptom, be it as simple as a headache or as complex as diabetes, will be a unique experience for every person. Likewise, the path to restoring health is unique to every individual and each acupuncture treatment will be tailored specifically for you.