As a name, Essential Wellness conveys not only what we are trying to achieve in ourselves and give to others, but envelops a major principle in Chinese Medicine itself. One focus of Chinese Medicine is the Three Treasures: jing, qi, and shen (loosely translated-essence, life force energy, and spirit). Essence, or jing, is the root of life and determines a person's constitution, strength, and vitality. Without the strong foundation of essence, it is impossible for the body to grow, mature, or be healthy. Essence is required for wellness. Our logo is the Chinese character kang (pronounced kong) which alone means health or well-being and ties into our name, Essential Wellness. Though used alone as our logo, in Chinese it is normally combined with other words to mean healthy, wellness, peace and happiness, vigorous or robust.
Jacob Lee, LAc
My partner and I graduated from Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. With over 3,000 hours of course work and clinic internship, we acquired a strong background in not only acupuncture, but also herbology, moxibustion, cupping, auricular therapy, scalp acupuncture, and tui na. A series of events brought me to the healing field. While studying Mandarin in California, I began to study the eastern esoteric practices of yoga and qi gong. I had never scoffed at the idea of qi, ki, or prana, but nevertheless, I felt they might just be ideas or concepts. However, after 6 months of intense practice with such energy work, I could no longer chalk it up to imagination. I felt definite changes in my body: emotionally, physically, and spiritually. After completing my schooling in California, I planned to return home to my family in Texas. Unfortunately, I still had not found what I was looking for, educationally or career-wise. As fate would have it, a close friend gave me some parting advice: try acupuncture. I did, and I have not regretted it since.
Anne Bailey, LAc
As a teenager I suffered from chronic debilitating headaches. I saw many doctors and received many prescriptions, but nothing helped. I eventually took matters into my own hands and researched alternatives therapies for headaches. That was how I discovered acupuncture. I felt that it was my calling to help others who suffer from chronic pain. Little did I know then just how many ailments can be helped with Chinese medicine. After graduating from Winthrop University with a BS in Human Nutrition I attended the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin. I completed over 3,000 hours in curriculum including Chinese medical theory, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, western biomedicine, and clinical training. I graduated with a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine (which includes acupuncture and Chinese herbology) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am also a certified NAET practitioner. I no longer suffer from headaches.