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About Me

daoVery few have perfect health. That’s just the way of life. It is up to us to restore the balance of our wellbeing, so that we can thrive and enjoy, not just for ourselves but also for those we love.

Hi, I’m Ming Li— a mother of two grown up children, wife, acupuncturist, herblist and pharmacist in China. I enjoy working with patients to restore  health, replenish emotional and physical energy and revitalize life. 

My philosophy is rooted in harmonizing and restoring balance with the focus on preventative care. Based on my knowledge, experience and sense, I help patients by  stimulating the body’s natural healing ability to restore and promote the natural balance of well-being.

People often ask me: “How are you different from other acupuncturists?”

My answer?

I am fortunate enough to have medical and cultural backgrounds in both western and eastern traditions.  Besides my Chinese Medicine training and professional life, I was trained in China and worked as a senior pharmacist.  After I came to the States, I have been continuously involved in western medical research and development. I was a co-investigator in an academic research project in Massachusetts General Hospital. Using functional MRI imaging we investigated how acupuncture affects different parts of human brain. The knowledge from this project and other research studies has been applied in my clinical practice.

The unique combination of both eastern and western medicine and culture has helped me  combine acupuncture, herbal medicine, eastern nutrition and lifestyle choices and tailor design treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual patient.  My unique background and training has allowed me to

  • Use acupuncture as a natural method of relieving physical and emotional stress and stimulating one’s self repairing ability to promote facial rejuvenation and post-operation scar treatment.
  • provide gynecological treatment: infertility, menopause, PMS endomitriosis and postpartum depression.
  • eliminate gastrointestinal problems: Symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, chronic abdominal pain, gastro-reflux and chronic pancreatitis.  For those patients with persistent symptoms despite standard medical care, the combination of modern western medicine and acupuncture can achieve achieved more satisfactory results and a better quality of life.
  • advise on healing diets: using traditional Chinese medical theory to design optimal individualized diets to achieve ideal weight change, better stamina and overall well-being.

To know more about me, please check out “My Story” series in my blog. 

 

Professional Bio

I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. More than forty years ago, I graduated from the Pharmacy Department of one of the best medical colleges in China, Beijing Medical University, where I received very strong training in Chinese Herbology and phytochemistry (the study of effective ingredients in the herbs).  As a young college student, I learned to picking and collecting herbs by hand extracting ingredients, and making injections or pills from the extracts.  After graduation, I worked as a pharmacist and later as a senior pharmacist for eighteen years before moving to the U.S.

After settling down in Massachusetts, I went to study at the New England School of Acupuncture, and graduated with Master’s degrees in Acupuncture and Herbology, and became licensed in practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine.

My curiosity in understanding how human body works kept me actively involved in research projects in western medicine such as the one in MGH. It also led me back to China several times to study with other expert acupuncturists specialized in treatment of chronic pain, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.  Over the years, I have treated patients using my knowledge and experience, and received very satisfactory results.

Whether you are currently suffering from some ailments, or just want to feel more energetic and youthful, I look forward to speaking with you and help you restore the perfect balance. 

Degrees, studies, certifications and endorsements

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Beijing Medical University, China
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Herbology, New England School of Acupuncture, USA
Licensed Acupuncturist
National Board certified Chinese Herbalist 

Publications:

Somatosensory cortical plasticity in carpal tunnel syndrome treated by acupuncture.

Napadow V, Liu J, Li M, Kettner N, Ryan A, Kwong KK, Hui KK, Audette JF.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16761270

 

Hypothalamus and amygdala response to acupuncture stimuli in carpal tunnel syndrome

V. Napadow, N. Kettner, J. Liu, M. Li, K.K. Kwong, M. Vangel, N. Makris, J. Audette, K.K.S. Hui

http://www.painjournalonline.com/article/S0304-3959(06)00668-3/abstract

 

Perception of Deqi by Chinese and American acupuncturists: a pilot survey.

Hui KK, Sporko TN, Vangel MG, Li M, Fang J, Lao L.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21251312