Welcome 2017-12-26T19:07:23+00:00

Welcome

It isn’t every day we see a woman in her 40s or 50s with radiant, smooth skin, a hot body, and exuding grace and presence as only a woman in her power can. More often we see women as young as 25 already weary. Their bodies already over-ridden with toxins; overweight and stressed. Even the most ardent feminists hate their periods. With every passing year PMS symptoms seem to come earlier and linger later until they are lucky if they get 2 weeks of peace.

If women are able to get pregnant (and fewer and fewer can without help) they dread the loss. All they see are women losing their bodies, and their minds, after childbirth.

Then the march to the dreaded death of desirability and relevance: the m-word no one dares utter.

Denial. Face creams. Over-priced gadgets. Fad diets.

The truth is our lifestyles are out of balance. And until that changes no amount of spackling, or lying to ourselves, will work.

The ancient Daoists had a very different model for what life could be. Their premise was: if a person could understand the cycles of life, they could make life work for them rather than against them. This is what over 2500 years of Chinese medicine, and my life’s work, is based on.

I will show you how to reclaim your body and your power. It won’t be easy; that is the language of marketers and con men. It will require that you re-evaluate what you have been taught about your body and yourself as a woman. When you put in the effort, your life will be transformed.

The Big 4

Women have 4 main opportunities to maximize the health and vitality of their bodies:

Dr. Lia Andrews, DAOM, L.Ac.

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
I am a speaker, practitioner, and author on women’s health and Chinese medicine. My books include 7 Times a Woman, The Postpartum Recovery Program™, and the upcoming books on Daoist sexuality, period care, and perimenopause.

I was born in Connecticut and later move to North Carolina. I traveled frequently to my mom’s native Brazil. This created in me a curiosity and openness to different perspectives. When I was a teen I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, and this further pushed me (and my mom) to explore options out of the ordinary. I eventually found an acupuncturist who healed me.

I became passionate about health. After graduating from the College of William & Mary, I moved to California where I received my Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in a lineage-based, Daoist school in Los Angeles called Yo San University. The 4 1/2 year long program emphasized Chinese herbal medicine as much as acupuncture and qigong and tai chi classes (from Hua-ching Ni’s lineage) were required every semester. The majority of my teachers were accomplished TCM practitioners in China who effortlessly married profound philosophical traditions with modern medicine. I maintain a great deal of love and respect for the long lineage of teachers I was blessed to have.

I received my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. I participated in the design and execution of a pilot study on Prostate Cancer Radiation patients at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Licenses
• California Acupuncture Board
• National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
• Florida Board of Acupuncture

Mentorships
• Daoist facial diagnosis: Patrician McCarthy
• Daoist cultivation, Chinese astrology: Mantak Chia
• TCM Dermatology and Cosmetic Acupuncture:
o Dr. Yue-ying Li
o Mazin Al-Khafaji
o Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac., MS
o Dr. Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. and Denise Ellinger, L.Ac.

Additional Certifications
• Mien Shiang Facial Diagnosis from the Mien Shiang Institute, Los Angeles, CA
• Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment, Level 1
• Ginastica Natural, Levels 1-3
• Reiki master for over 20 years

Published Articles

3 Golden Opportunities: Menses, Postpartum, Menopause

Doctoral Capstone: Postpartum Care

Book Review: 7 Times a Woman

Postpartum Facial Paralysis

Pacific Symposium

A Practitioner’s Guide to Longevity Medicine for Women

Postpartum Care- 1/8/17