Heather Han, MASOM, DiplOM, LAc


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A Short Introduction

From my early childhood, I have been surrounded by traditional Korean medicines and cultural beliefs that emphasize the importance of herbal medicine. I observed family members using acupuncture and herbal remedies for various ailments and witnessed the integration of acupuncture and herbal medicine to maintain overall health and well-being. And, ten years ago, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with severe disease. At this time, I started to change my mindset and started listening to and learning about my mind and body.

I grew up in South Korea, where the most common applications of traditional medicine are acupuncture, herbal medicine, and moxibustion. This traditional Korean medicine called “Han-bang” focuses on balancing the energies of the body and uses herbal and folk remedies to treat illnesses.

Patient philosophy

Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of balance and harmony within the body and with the external environment for achieving optimal health. Acupuncturists have historically been concerned with promoting overall well-being by balancing the flow of Qi (vital energy) within the body’s meridians. During my time as an acupuncturist, I always have tried to take a holistic treatment considering the whole person not just their symptoms.

My Education in Acupuncture

When I was young, my mom had me take Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments for my stomach issues. At one time, I was interested in natural treatments like herbal medicine, moxa, and acupuncture. I was wondering if I could study it I could treat myself.

I started to study at South Baylo University and received a master’s degree at Arirang University (Kings Park). While there, one theory I found very interesting was that the zang-fu organs consider the physiological functions and pathological changes of the zang and fu organs, as well as their interrelationships. The zang-fu organs are located on the inside of the body, but their physiological activities and pathological changes are reflected in the exterior. Although the zang and fu organs have different physiological functions, there is a very close relationship between them in maintaining the normal functions of the body. An understanding of the theory of the relationship between the zang and fu organs is of great significance in the clinical differentiation of syndromes and treatment

While working internship program, I developed diagnosis skills and many kinds of techniques; fire cupping, acupressure, Sa-am acupuncture, facial acupuncture, ear acupuncture, and Master Dong’s techniques from my professor.

My Patients

I believe that it is important to treat each patient as an individual and to be able to explain what I am doing to my patients so they can understand the process and feel more comfortable during treatment. I take a holistic approach that looks at the patient as a whole. I begin by assessing their symptoms and medical history to gain a better understanding. Additionally, I may use methods such as pulse diagnosis or tongue examinations to guide my decision-making further. My goal is to provide personalized care tailored to each need.

With over four years of practical experience in helping my various patients, I have achieved their health goals and earned the respect and confidence of patients with a calm and professional manner, efficient communication, and gentle needling technique. This experience has allowed me to develop my skills in various areas, including pain management, stress reduction, and relaxation techniques. It has taught me how to listen carefully to my patients and understand their needs.

I would like to specialize in…

I’d like to specialize in supporting women in achieving their health goals, and have successfully assisted many women on their fertility and pregnancy journeys with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Additionally, I’ve been treating a wide range of health conditions with a focus on pain management, stress reduction, women’s health, fertility, digestive health, immunity boosting, chronic fatigue and inflammation, autoimmune conditions, mental health, and optimizing one’s naturally vibrant, balanced state of wellbeing.

My passion and training for Chinese herbal medicine . . .

Herbal medicine relies on the use of natural plants and herbs to help correct the dysfunction of certain organs and promote health based on the principle of restoring balance and energy. I’m fascinated by herbal therapy because one of the things that makes herbal medicine different from chemical cures is that it focuses on the body’s overall response and recognizes the body as one interconnected biosystem. It has been successful in treating a range of disorders, including chronic pain, digestive disorders, mental/emotional issues, women’s health, and even people recovering from cancer or chemotherapy, and it helps to improve overall well-being.

My favorite herb is…

Shan Yao”  山药, literally translated as Mountain Medicine and commonly known as Chinese Yam or Dioscorea

It supports the Lung, Spleen, and Kidney Qi making it excellent for anyone who is suffering from fatigue or who is generally feeling stressed and depleted.  You’ll find it in formulas for weak digestion (diarrhea, IBS, Chrones) lung disorders (chronic cough, asthma), and formulas to improve reproduction and vitality.  Modern studies show its  properties can help to reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar, and improve the immune system.

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Education & Training

  • Licensed acupuncturist in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), 2019
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Arirang University (Kings Park University), Virginia 2018
  • Clean Needle Technique certified by the CCAHM, 2017

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