We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeesin Lui, L.Ac. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeesin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

In all honesty, I have never been one to take risks! Growing up, playing it safe was always a natural fallback for me. But as an acupuncturist with a private practice and now also an online wellness program, putting myself in positions that challenge me has become a necessary part of my life. Given that the field of acupuncture offers virtually no paid positions once licensed, I have had to pave my own way to establish my practice over the past 16 years, all the while building a home and little family of five. As an introvert, becoming a trailblazer and entrepreneur was definitely not something I endeavoured to be, and putting myself out there still to this day stretches me beyond my comfort zone. But my love of natural medicine and my yearning to help others continually inspire me to overcome my fears, pushing me to take on new challenges and projects.
Certainly the onset of this pandemic forced me to reevaluate my role as a healer and to think outside the box in order to stay in business. In a profession where my hands-on skills are thought of as essential for treatment, I began to branch out to explore other ways to care for patients and their families. I started running online cooking classes focused on using foods to heal, and launched an online holistic living program that empowers participants to take charge of their health.
I realize that there will sometimes be struggles and failures on my journey, but my mission to uplift others drives me forward and supersedes my tendency to hold back. In my life I have found that often the greatest rewards have come from stretching my boundaries and doing something I’ve never done before, and I am so very thankful to be able to pursue my passion with my career as it has been fulfilling beyond measure. The work is not always easy, but it is so very rewarding.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

My husband and I run a family acupuncture practice, Larchmont Traditional Medicine, on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles, where we focus on attentive personalized care for all ages to address the root cause of imbalance for a variety of ailments. For those unable to visit the office, we also offer telehealth consults. My approach is holistic in nature, so my goal in working with patients is educating them and guiding them to make better choices for themselves, using a wide variety of self help techniques. One of my passions is helping people make connections between their daily habits and their overall health, and so I have created an online holistic wellness program that strives to empower people with knowledge and tools to heal the body and help the environment. The program involves education on diet, exercise, mindfulness, stress reduction, paring down, and eco-friendly product recommendations for beauty, skincare, and household cleaning. My viewpoint is that adopting any one of these small changes in our daily lifestyle can have profound positive effects over time, both in our wellbeing and in the world at large. This platform also provides a sense of connection and community that I believe is needed now more than ever. During the pandemic, I began hosting online cooking classes as a way of teaching people the power of using our daily food as medicine, and as a community service, I have been offering free weekly Qi Gong classes on Zoom to help people deal with stress.
My journey has had its share of ups and downs, most notably when I myself faced possible disability and the prospect of surgery for a ruptured disc in my lower back in 2019. But the process of recovering from that injury without surgery using natural medicine really affirmed my belief and trust in our bodies’ innate ability to heal. That I am able to continue my mission to serve as a healer, teacher and partner in wellness sustains me and fills me with immense gratitude every day.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love all the nature aspects that this city has to offer, so the beach is definitely high on the list! Los Angeles has so many great beaches but I particularly like the beaches at Will Rogers and the Annenberg Beach House. The hiking here is awesome too as it’s a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the city and its environs. Some of my favorites are Temescal Canyon, the Griffith Park trails to the observatory, and Point Dume in Malibu. For the more adventurous, the natural rock water slides in Eaton Canyon are amazing! The food scene in LA is also pretty remarkable for its huge diversity. You can get a wide variety of ethnic foods in a vast range of affordability, from hole-in-the-wall restaurants to fine dining venues. I love the late night food trucks for incredibly delicious tacos, Cantonese dim sum in San Gabriel valley, Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont for its healthy offerings, Korean BBQ in Koreatown, and Republique for fine dining dishes with a French twist.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Jim Bloomfield, who I met in graduate school, has played an invaluable role in supporting me in my journey as a healer, as well as all the healing sages and teachers who have shared their expertise with me, most notably the great Japanese Master Kiiko Matsumoto.

Website: TheWholisticMommy.com
Instagram: @wholisticmommy
Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/jeesin-lui-6714831aa
Other: www.ltmla.com

Image Credits
Jim Bloomfield, Jeesin Lui

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