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Acupuncture Medical Practice

1737 Chestnut Street,
Suite 200
Philadelphia PA 19103

Acupuncture Treatment Hours

  • Mon : 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue : 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Wed : 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Thu : 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Fri : 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Dr. Qingyao Shi - Most experienced and well-known Acupuncturist in USA.

Dr. Shi is the medical director of Acupuncture Medical Practice, She is a National Certified OM in the United States and Pennsylvania licensed acupuncturist.

Dr. Shi earned her master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Institute of Acupuncture, Academy of TCM, Beijing, and a medical doctor (MD) in western medicine from Bethune University Medical School, China. She has 18 years of hospital experience.

Some of her career highlights include combining Eastern and Western medicine together, introducing acupuncture and Chinese medicine to the main stream medicine in U.S.A.

Dr. Shi was the first person who developed the Oriental medicine treatment for Interstitial Cystitis in the United States. The publication "Chinese Herbal Medicine for The Treatment of IC" has become one of the standard patient educational materials of National ICA. Dr. Shi is a former Commissioner of National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) (2000-2004). She is currently serving as an adjunct professor for the first state approved acupuncture school of PA.

Dr. Shi was also the Acupuncture Director in Department of Urology at the Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia for 9 years.

Dr. Shi Lic. Acu. is a certified NAET practitioner. She is an active member of the NAET Society, and she had been directly trained by Dr. Devi Nambudripad.


What IS Chinese herbal medicine: Like Acupuncture, it is one of the major branches of Chinese medicine. There are more than ten thousand acupuncturists who practice in the USA and acupuncture has been widely accepted by many Americans. But, Chinese herbal medicine is still new to most people in the US. It is worth introducing because it is a powerful and safe method of treatment. When used correctly, it has almost no side effects. Today, I will talk about what Chinese herbal medicine is, how it works in the body, and the Oriental medicine opinion of IC and how we treat it. I will start with the basic theory of herbal medicine.

I-1. Classification of Chinese Herbs

There are 365 major herbs and 5,000 minor herbs of which more than 90% are derived from fruit, flowers, bark, seeds, and roots. The remaining 10% are herbs derived from animals. We call them herbal medicine because it is different from many kinds of other herbs : they have nutritional effects, but the disease treatment purpose is their major. The doctors of traditional Chinese medicine devise herbal prescriptions from over 200 herbs which may take various forms such as tea, pills, capsules, or powders (tea is a traditional form of Chinese herbal medicine). Depending upon the symptoms the patient exhibits, the medically trained doctor chooses 10 to 20 herbs to make up a special formula that best suits the needs of each individual patient.

Chinese herbs are divided into 21 classifications according to their function. To make them better understood, we reclassified them into three major groups. Tonification herbs. Harmful factor elimination herbs, and symptom elimination herbs.



Also known as strength herbs, mainly support normal body energy and help to build up the body's natural defense system. This group of herbs has been widely used in treating immune deficient disorders such as cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and auto-immune disease sufferers. They are also used just to strengthen body energy for general health purposes and to help the body recover form illness.

All of these herbs have shown notable immune system effects. There are about 30 herbs in this groups that have been used very often to improve the immune system.


According to Chinese medicine. Disease causes are both internal and external. Internal causes are seven emotions, Exciting, Angry, Worry, Anxious, Sad, Fear, and Shock . External causes are six environmental factors: Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Fire. Food and fatigue are two other causes. This group of herbs acts as a guard. They help our bodies to repel pathogens by promoting body purification and enabling the body to reduce the harms from internal (7 emotion) and external causes ( 6 environmental). Many of the herbs in this category has been shown to have anti-bacterial as well as anti-viral qualities. Some examples of harmful factor elimination herbs are: Herbs to reduce harmful heat, Herbs to reduce cold, hervs to reduce dampness, herbs for rheumatism, herbs to destroy parasites, herbs for ulcers or tumors, and herbs to induce perspiration.


Herbs that work directly on specific symptoms are symptom eliminator herbs. Actually, tonification and harmful factor elimination herbs are symptom eliminator herbs as well because they indirectly strengthen the body energy or attack the internal or external harmful factors, Examples of symptom eliminator herbs that work directly on specific symptoms are: Herbs to induce bowel movement, herbs to promote digestion, herbs to suppress cough, herbs to regulate Qi, herbs to regulate blood, herbs to regain consciousness, herbs to reduce anxiety, herbs to stop involuntary movements, and herbs for external applications.

Terms to know in Chinese Medicine

Qi is the vital energy which runs through the meridians in the body. Every aspect of movement in the body is a manifestation of the flow of Qi, As the Chinese book says: "When Qi gathers, so the physical body is formed: when Qi disperses, so the body dies." Qi is constantly ascending, descending, entering, and leaving the body. Good health is dependent on this continuos dynamic activity. The maintenance of normal body temperature is a function of the warming action of Qi. Qi is responsible for protection the body from invasion by external environmental factors such as cold, heat, damp, and internal pathogenic factors such as emotional blockage that may cause illness. The action of Qi in the body is crucial in transforming blood and body fluids into their right place. A healthy and strong Qi is vital in holding the various organs, vessels, and tissues of the body in their correct position, therefore facilitation their correct functioning.

YIN AND YANG are two different body energies. Yin energy means cold, quite and negative like water inside. Yang energy means hot, active and positive like fire inside. Yin and Yang have to be balanced, Examples of deficient Yang energy is cold hands and fatigue like many IC patients experience. They are lacking Yang energy to warm them. An example of deficient Yin energy is menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, thirst and anxiety. They lack the water to neutralize the fire.

MERIDIANS OR CHANNELS are the complex circulation systems which carry the Qi around the body. Our bodies have 12 meridians.

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Our Building is located at the corner of 18th and Chestnut, the entrance to our building is the large arched doorway next to the T-Mobile office.
Use the doorbell/keypad of the left of the door to enter the building. Walk up the stars, or take the elevator. Our office is on the second floor.