I often get asked how I came to practice acupuncture.
As a kid, my mother made me go to the acupuncturist every week. I had some unexplained kidney problems. Even though I was in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, my mom always made a priority to complement the western remedies with eastern medicine. I was an American girl growing up in the 80′s and associated acupuncture with old Chinese men and big hand sharpened needles. From those early experiences, I developed a phobia of needles.
At Berkeley, I majored in comparative literature while also completing prerequisites for medical school. Somehow the finiteness and minutiae of the western scientific method didn’t make sense to me and I never made it to med school.
In my 20′s, I taught Jivamukti yoga in New York City. One day, during my own practice, I fell during a head stand and injured a cervical vertebra. For months, I got recurring migraines. My teacher sent me to an acupuncturist in Chinatown. I had not experienced acupuncture since my childhood. Although I was nervous, the needling was relatively painless and few weeks later, the migraines stopped.
After the events of 9/11, I felt a calling to re-prioritize my life. I remembered the dramatic healing of my acupuncture treatment, then decided to return to school to study Chinese medicine. Ironically, by studying yoga and Ayurveda, I inadvertently returned to my cultural roots.
These days, I continue to apprentice with my inspiring teachers: senior acupuncturists Robert Zeiger (OMD., PharmD.) and Raven Lang (O.M.D., legendary midwife). They keep my wits sharp and my ego humble.
After years of practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine, I still find myself in awe of its potency. I am humbled to be a part of in my clients’ return to health.
Licenses, Degrees, and Certifications
Licensed Acupuncturist: California Acupuncture Board
Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine: Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)
Advanced Certification in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation: Chiakra Center
Certified Clean Needle Technique: Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Certified Yoga Teacher: Jivamukti Yoga Center, New York
B.A. in Comparative Literature: University of California, Berkeley
Professional Organizations Licenses, Degrees, and Certifications
American Acupuncture Council
California State Oriental Medicine Association
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
About Alison Winters
Alison’s mission is to treat the whole person, not just the discomfort or the illness, using Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Counseling and Reiki. She provides an open, safe, gentle & nurturing environment for each patient to relax and let the body, mind and spirit heal.
In China, Alison studied with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, one of modern China’s most respected scholars, teachers and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Here she learned his theory of channel palpation using mainly distal points, giving her a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between organ and channel theory and leading to more precise diagnoses and more tangible clinical results.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is a Reiki Master of the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition and has traveled throughout Peru studying Incan Medicine. Alison Winters earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco in December 2008.