Joshua Warren, MAOM, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac, graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC with his Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2017. Joshua’s education centered on the Classical roots of Chinese Medicine, challenging him to develop a medical practice that readily calls for investigation into the deeper aspects of disease, and historical perspectives surrounding them. He uses these perspectives in his practice to develop malleable and adaptable treatments strategies to meet old diseases with new names.
Prior to coming to study Chinese Medicine, Joshua attended a private high school embedded in study designed around the Platonic trivium, a lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprised of grammar, logic and rhetoric. It was there that he studied music, history, the languages of Latin, ancient Greek, and French, and grew a deeply-seated love for dramatic arts and spiritual understanding.
From 2005-2010, Joshua attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating with a self-designed Bachelor’s in Ethnosonicology. His studies brought him to a specialized focus and synthesis of sound in the context of culture, language, drama, dance and nature. Joshua spent the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008 attending the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in the northern Italian city Pistoia, as well on the island of Paros in southwestern Greece, studying both Western Classical singing and creative writing.
Joshua came upon the medicine in pursuit of his own health in 2011. A series of unsuccessful career pursuits left him confused and directionless, until a close friend suggested seeking out an Acupuncturist. After doing so, and reading some foundational literature on Chinese medicine, he realized the philosophy and mission of the medicine fell deeply in line with his inspiration and passion for meaning. He now believes the body to be an exceptional metaphor where philosophy and substance meet, and true alchemy comes to find definition within wellbeing.
Joshua owes much of his appreciation for the medicine to Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88thgeneration Daoist priest who lectured twice a semester throughout his master’s studies. This Daoist-based approach continues to inform Joshua’s medical emphasis on observation without judgment, as well as his emphasis on returning power and accountability to the individual.
With over two decades of specialized study in the liberal arts and now the addition and application of the medical arts, Joshua has synthesized his various disciplines into a nuanced Classics-based system of medical philosophy, rooted in cutting edge research into the Ancient Greek mind. His work aims to not only elucidate and clarify our own intellectual heritages in the West, but to anchor the discipline in renewed appreciation for the exquisite canon represented in the psychophysical body.
Joshua practices out of his home in the neighborhood of Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.