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Nancy Xiang L.AC
Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist
If you told me twenty years ago that I would be an acupuncturist, I would have laughed. I was on track to earn my PhD in biochemistry from Emory University, coming from a strong background in both immunology and biology.But life is rarely ever so simple. The more work I did toward my PhD, the more I realized that my heart wasn’t really in research. Then I went to study computer science. After earning a master’s degree in computer science, I worked as a software engineer at IBM for twelve years.
As one might expect, my job at IBM involved working with computers, spending hours typing with my hands cramped in the same position without rest. I inevitably developed carpal tunnel syndrome, along with strain in my back.The pain eventually became crippling. It was so severe that I had trouble to perform daily functions such as driving or grocery shopping, and it began to interfere with my sleeping patterns as well. Nothing helped – neither doctors nor physical therapists could help ease the constant agony I had to endure. Then one day my sister suggested that I try acupuncture. “Why not?” I said, desperate at that point for any sort of relief. I made an appointment with acupuncturist from Beijing in Atlanta, a decision that altered the course of my life in a way I could never have predicted. Here, at last, was an occupation that allowed me to pursue what I had always been searching for in a job – the satisfaction in guiding people to realize the full benefits of health and wellbeing. I had found it in the most unlikely of places – truly, a blessing in disguise.
Not only did the acupuncture treatments alleviate my pain, but they also solved my sleeping troubles and the stress I had experienced as a result of the entire ordeal. It seemed only natural that I become my acupuncturist’s apprentice and eventually begin my full-time practice.
The detours I took on the path to becoming an acupuncturist have, in fact, proved invaluable to my practice. My substantial studies in biology, biochemistry, and immunology built a scientific foundation in my approach to acupuncture, which I have supplemented with years of study in researching original Chinese texts of acupuncture, as well as the writing of prominent contemporary practitioners of the field from Beijing and Taiwan. Working with clients at IBM gave me the necessary interpersonal skills needed for understanding the background and circumstances of my patients, and even my own personal injuries have given me a level of empathy in understanding the situations of each person who comes to me for help.
Perhaps the most gratifying part of working as an acupuncturist is the connections I make with my patients. Many of them are in a similar situation as I had once found myself in, a state of despair and hopelessness, and there is nothing quite like sharing the relief that I also felt through treatments with my patients.
Andrew Kim L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist
Andrew Kim, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist certified by NCCAOM. He is from Korea and studied in Dongguk University and in Los Angeles and has been practicing Acupuncture for 8 years. After graduation he developed his specialties in pain control, nutritional education, and stress relief. His practices have been perfected by participating various types of clinical environments including empirical experience in universities, clinic for laborers, and voluntary clinics for the community, integration became a strong presence in his practice. When Andrew first arrived on the east coast from California, he found that the majority of his clients in DC suffered from pain or stress due to the lack of proper understanding of body. Since then it became his primary goal to guide people in a comprehensive way by combining eastern wisdom and western medical knowledge to help them lead a more healthy, balanced and pain free life.
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What Acupuncture Can Treat
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a “last resort” to serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them when other treatments could not.
Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist only 2-4 times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment. This can prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.
Your acupuncturist will have to look at the onset of your condition and see what your constitutional diagnosis is to determine if Oriental Medicine can help you. Each case is unique and it would be difficult to determine how effective acupuncture will be for you without a full assessment.
What problems are commonly treated with Acupuncture?
The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:
(This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat.)
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
- Sore Throat
- Hay Fever
- Nerve Deafness
- Ringing in the Ears
- Poor Eyesight
- High Blood Pressure
- Angina Pectoris
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Spastic colon
- Food Allergies
- Abdominal Bloating
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
- Chronic Bladder Infection
- Complications in Pregnancy
- Morning Sickness
- Kidney Stones
- Infertility in Men and Women
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue
- HIV and AIDS
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Smoking Cessation
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
- Back Pain
- Stiff Neck
- Bell’s Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Headaches and Migraines
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscle Spasms
- Colds and Flus
Acupuncture Also Treats
- Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
- Dermatological Disorders
- Weight Control