Meet Anna Recun, LAc
AIM East Asian Medicine Practitioner
Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
When I was 15 years old I accidentally came across a book about acupuncture. I found out that the human body has some special points and energy channels. I understood that by massaging points located on the feet it is possible to treat headaches, abdominal pain and even back pain. It sounded like a miracle to me and that's how my interest in Chinese Medicine began.
I decided to attend a seminar taught by a great Qigong Master, Xu Mingtang, who came directly from China. He was teaching Qigong exercises, breathing techniques, basics of Chinese medicine and healing techniques. I could use the knowledge that I learned at that seminar right away and treat some headaches, help my family and friends. I had no medical background, I was very sceptical at first, but I found out that those methods really work and amazing results can be achieved! I practiced Qigong a lot and I wanted to deepen my knowledge, so I decided to write a letter to Master Xu to ask him if I could come to study with him in China.
The Master answered that if I wanted to come to China, I would have to learn Mandarin, then study at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and that I would have to go to a Shaolin Monastery every summer to practice Qigong and spend a few years learning directly from the Master after graduation. That may seem daunting, but I was so happy about those possibilities. I grew up waching movies with Jet Lee and I never dreamt that I would be going to a Shaolin Monastery to practice.
I was 19 years old when I arrived at the Shaolin Monastery, and there my long path of 12 years of Qigong and TCM studies began.
I studied language and culture for 1 year, faced lots of difficulties and learned how to overcome them. I completed my deep and comprehensive undergraduate (Bachelor degree) and the postgraduate study (Master degree) in Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The whole program was taught in the Chinese language. Despite the fact that I was learning the language as I went, during postgraduate study I was chosen to receive a scholarship from the Chinese Government to fund my studies.
I received my professional Chinese medicine education from authentic medical doctors. I studied ancient Chinese and then used it to read Chinese classical medical books. I interned at seven different hospitals and was treating patients across multiple clinic departments with various conditions and health issues including hypertension, paralysis, digestive issues, skin disorders, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health, anxiety, insomnia and stress.
I taught lectures on Acupuncture, Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine to international students. For 12 years I spent all my summers in the Shaolin Monastery practicing Qigong 8 hours a day, learning Tai Chi and Meditation techniques, exercises that can be used to improve health and well-being.
I spoke at various public events and conferences in China, Russia, Slovakia, Latvia and Ukraine, helped to organize and provided live translations for Annual International Conferences on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Image Medicine. I am also fluent in Russian and English languages. I worked a lot to “build a bridge between the west and east” and was awarded for the contributions to TCM. In 2013 I was elected by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) as the council member of the Speciality Committee of Research on Protection of Traditional Knowledge.
I called China my home for so many years, but in 2013 my life suddenly changed. A romantic, smart and handsome guy from the west side of the world stole my heart. We got married and decided to move to Seattle.
It took a few years to settle down and get board certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and to become a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Washington state.
I joined Alpine Integrated Medicine to provide a holistic approach to your health and find the root cause of diseases from Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. I enjoy helping my patients improve their energy levels and health, and get rid of discomfort and pain, and in addition improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles. I create your treatment plan specifically for you, based on findings. I believe that by returning to the classical roots of Chinese Medicine, we can resolve so many of problems in modern life.