The creator of Source Medicinal Arts. I’m a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), and Herbalist. I received my Masters in Classical Chinese Medicine at Daoist Traditions College in Asheville, NC, where I studied extensively with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th-generation Daoist priest from the Jade Purity School.
In his teachings, Master Yuen bridges the gap between Chinese medicine and our modern conditions and challenges. He provides practical guidance to simple and complex cases. My time spent studying with Master Yuen encouraged me to treat patients’ symptoms while also addressing the root cause. This can be achieved with one or multiple systems of care, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy, movement medicine, and general health education.
I take a personal interest in Neurology. This has led me to study the nervous system from an Eastern and Western medical perspective, specifically Neurological Acupuncture with Dr. Jason Hao, and Dr. Poney Chiang, L.Ac.
My patients have received favorable results from neurological conditions such as generalized pain and phantom pain, numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, tremors, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, plantar fasciitis, Bell’s Palsy, anxiety, depression, and inability to focus and concentrate.
In addition, I also have extensive studies in Women’s Health including obstetrics with world-renowned expert, Randine Lewis, Ph.D., OM. I have helped over 20 women conceive, and over a hundred regain hormone health, from irregular menstruation, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fertility, labor, postpartum, and menopause.
As an athlete, I’ve used acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help myself and patients recover and repair from physical strains, sprains, tears, and other traumas. I have also used Chinese medicine to heal chronic digestive and skin issues.
I am passionate about the cultivation and practice of Classical Chinese medicine, which also includes food therapy, lifestyle, spiritual health and growth, and Daoism
Classical Chinese medicine is a science that addresses the root cause and is designed to heal.
In 2008, I found myself struggling to navigate this world. My 9a-5p corporate job left me feeling bored, and curious about a better life. Whatever “better” actually meant. Much of my time and attention went to people and commitments outside myself. The occasional yoga class and night out with friends became routine and unfulfilling. As a result, I began to feel a deep sadness. While I sat with this sadness, a greater awareness of my current state came front and center.
I was seeking fulfillment outside myself. Addicted to processed sugar and caffeine, I suffered from headaches, menstrual pain, and, back and joint pain. While living in sadness and pain, I felt a deep truth that I could be happy and live pain-free. Yet still, I didn’t know how. I was ready to run away. Anywhere but where I was had to be better.
While basking in my woes, a wise woman said to me, “Wherever you go, there you are.” In that phrase and at that moment, I realized I didn’t want to physically run away. I wanted space and time to run toward myself. To give back to me. To feel me again. But how? And what did it feel like to be me? That’s when the scavenger hunt began. What was going to fulfill me? What did I need? What brought me joy? What did I love?
After months of contemplation, meditation, journaling, and reading, the answer that came to me was devastating. It was to help others. This was the opposite of what I wanted. My world was difficult to navigate, boring, and unfulfilling because I was giving all the time. I spent weeks, if not months, denying and ignoring that answer. Certainly, there was an alternative. Another path. Then one day I understood. The deep desire to help, teach, and give back was a strength. It’s what I’m good at. I love it, and it is what I’m passionate about.
Through internal listening and curiosity – I found an education that would teach me to give, and receive the gift of medicine.
During the five years I attended Chinese Medical School, I gave back to myself more than ever. I sought weekly treatments from many different physicians of Classical Chinese Medicine while extending my studies to elders in my profession. Through their guidance and my willingness, I was able to move beyond my sugar addiction, headaches, menstrual pain, back pain, stress, joint pain, and emotional and spiritual losses.
In between then and now, I’ve learned that being curious about ourselves is the greatest gift we can offer. It is the gateway to fulfillment and health. Read more about my journey in the blog post “How I Got Here“.
I am a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and Herbalist. Within my scope of practice, I also incorporate dietary therapy from both Eastern and Western perspectives. I’m licensed nationally by The Nationally Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and by the State Medical Board of Ohio.
Since 2018, I’ve provided care to over 1,000 patients in the great Cleveland and Ohio area.
My Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is from Daoist Traditions in Asheville, NC. During my time as an intern at Daoist Traditions College Clinic, I completed more than 860 hours of clinical practice, where I treated more than 400 patients suffering from acute and chronic issues.
Additionally, throughout the four-year program, I completed classes in Western Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Essential Oils, Stone Therapy, and Qi Gong. I am also a certified in Usui Reiki.
The truth in medicine is that there are many ways to obtain desired results.
My goal is to find the best approach that work for you.
Thank you for reading and for your interest in the medicine I love, practice, and teach.
Malerie Giaimo is now Source Medicinal Arts!