Elizabeth McDowell, L.Ac

Dr. McDowellChinese Medicine,

E. McDowell is a California state and nationally licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner. She has a small clinic in San Francisco where she practices acupuncture, herbal medicine, and tui na massage. She got her undergraduate degree in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and her graduate degree in Chinese Medicine from A.C.T.C.M. in San Francisco. She also spent a year in Shanghai China on a full time clinical internship at Shu Guang Yuan, Shanghai’s state of the art Chinese Medicine hospital.

She originally wanted to go into western medicine, but that all changed when a dear friend became debilitated by the autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. She came to a dead end with western medicine treatment and sought alternative therapies to help her symptoms. When she tried acupuncture, she gradually noticed improvement and after six months of treatment her disease went into remission. Her experience inspired E. McDowell to explore what Chinese Medicine is and how it works. After 10 years of studying, she is still inspired and amazed everyday by its effectiveness.

E. McDowell grew up in Atherton and is a fourth generation native of San Francisco. She is the oldest of four siblings and feels blessed to have them as her best her friends. She loves her job; Chinese medicine has not only made a huge impact on her health but everyday she helps make this sort of impact on others. Chinese Medicine is powerful and many underestimate its ability to heal because they don’t understand its foundation and how it works. She tries as much as possible to demystify Chinese Medicine concepts so that people realize it is not a “woo-woo” new age trend. Rather it is a complex and intricate system of medicine that can effectively treat most diseases whether it is by acupuncture, herbal medicine, or a combination of the two. At Shu Guang Hospital in Shanghai, a combination of western and Chinese medicine was made available to patients. The level of patient compliance and clinical effectiveness in treatment was impressive. The specialists had their western and Chinese medicine degrees and so were able to combine the two medicines in treatment or at times just use one or the other. E. McDowell hopes this will be the wave of the future.

Outside of work, she enjoys physical activity. From the ages of six to 22 she was a national level competitive diver, diving for Stanford’s Junior Olympic team and then finishing her career on the U.C. Berkeley Swimming and Diving team. These days she exercise about five times a week combining running, yoga, weight lifting, swimming, and hiking. Eating well is very important to her so she tries to take advantage of local organic whole foods sources such as the farmer’s markets and places like Rainbow Foods; she loves to cook. Her Chinese teacher has not only shared some of his 14 generations of knowledge in Chinese Medicine, but has also taught her some great tricks in the kitchen. She loves the San Francisco Bay Area and has no plans of leaving anytime soon.

She shares this message with her SavantMD audience: “I am very excited about being a part of SavantMD which I hope will be a valuable online source of health resources for you. Please let me know if there are any topics of interest that you would like to more know about or if you would like me to answer any questions you may have. I think the more you understand about health, the more you can help yourself. Please refer to the text for a list of my credentials. Zai Jian!”

L.Ac. Credentials – Education and Certificates:

  • Certificate of Completion: 960 clinic hours at Shu Guang Hospital affiliated with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2005)
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, MS, TCM (2004)
  • California State License in TCM, L.Ac. (2004)
  • Diplomat in Acupuncture by NCCAOM (2004)
  • Certified Massage Therapist, CMT (2004)
  • Clean Needle Technique, CNT (2002)
  • CPR Safety Training (2006)
  • University of California Berkeley, BA Psychology (1994)
  • Member of C.S.O.M.A. 2009

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