I have often been asked, "What made you become an acupuncturist?" The short answer to this question is passion and calling. The long answer is......
When I was in college, my major was chemistry. Although I was raised in China, I had little interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) until I met a TCM doctor, Dr. Fan Zhenglun. He ignited my interest in Chinese herbal medicine.
As a chemist, I wanted to study Chinese herbal medicine in a scientific way. That's why I came to the United States and to UNC to do my graduate work in medicinal chemistry under Professor K. H. Lee. At UNC, I spent five years studying the chemistry of medicinal herbs. After receiving my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I realized one fact -- even though I knew the chemical components of the herbs, I still didn't know how to use the herbs. The ancient Chinese doctors knew how to use the herbs, but they knew nothing about herbal chemistry. I wanted to know how they had known how to use the herbs. So I decided I would study the herbs in the old fashioned way.
It was my good fortune to meet Hai-Sha Ni, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Florida who was willing to take me on as his apprentice. My family and I moved to Florida, and, while working toward my Masters in Oriental Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, I studied under Hai-Sha Ni for three years, learning all I could about Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. These three years of apprenticeship built a solid foundation for my later practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am always very thankful for my mentor, Hai-Sha Ni.
My initial interest was only in Chinese herbal medicine. I was not so much interested in acupuncture, because I was AFRAID of needles. 😛 When my mentor first taught me acupuncture, honestly I was a little skeptical. How could a needle in the LEFT LEG eliminate the headache at the RIGHT TEMPLE? That's unbelievable, isn't it? However, many people were healed right in front of my eyes. I could not deny the facts. So, my attitude toward acupuncture changed from skeptical, to curious, to humbled. Despite my fear of needles, I started to study acupuncture and practice on myself. The more I studied and practiced, the more I fell in love with this ancient healing art.
I have to say that the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine has humbled me as a scientist. I am acutely aware of how much there is still to learn in this field. And, I am so grateful that I can do what I love and love what I do.
The chapter of 2016 has closed. 2016 is a year full of blessings. I'm grateful to God for using me as His instrument to help people. I'm grateful to my patients for their trust in me. I'm grateful to my mentors and peers in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine for their teachings and sharing to improve my skills. I'm also grateful to my husband and children for their unconditional support.
Now we have turned to the chapter of 2017. 2017 will be super exciting. April 9th, 2017 will be the fifth anniversary of our clinic. The Big Boss will lead us to a new phase for the next 5 years. There will be a lot of changes in the clinic. One of the changes is that we will move to a new location in September, 2017. The new clinic will be more spacious, quieter and more convenient to get to.
You may wonder who the Big Boss is. He is God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and everything in between. He called me out of the field of pharmaceutical sciences to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. He made the path straight and provided all the resources beyond my imagination. I used to work in the school of pharmacy. Now I work in God's pharmacy. The longer I work in God's pharmacy, the more I'm amazed by God's creation, and the more I'm humbled in front of His feet.
Lord, here I am. Use me as your vessel to heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. May the clinic be filled with Your presence. May people who come with brokenness leave with Your love, joy and peace.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Donor lean on your own understanding. In all things you do, acknowledge Him. He will guide your path." (Proverbs 3:5,6)