Dr. Cynthia Edmunds, DACM, LAc.
Wellness involves the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. This is my philosophy, and why I have trained in multiple modalities to better be able to help people attain the level of wellness which they seek, and continue to study advances in these therapies to ensure the best outcomes possible.
That’s great and all, but you are no doubt wondering who I am, and how I came to practice acupuncture. I have been in the medical field all my life in one capacity or another, starting my journey as a CNA (certified nurse’s assistant), then as a veterinary technician, and eventually an acupuncturist. Over the years I have practiced Tai Chi, Qigong, and Kyokushin Karate. It was my Sensei that encouraged me to explore the idea of acupuncture school. I was looking to further my education, knowing I wanted to continue in the medical field, but wanted something holistic in nature. As part of my exploration of options I went to a local acupuncture school for an information session, which included an acupuncture treatment in the student clinic. At that time I had been suffering from weekly (or more) migraines for 15+ years. Mind you, I had already tried many treatments to alleviate my migraines, to no avail. After that single treatment by an intern I was migraine-free for six months. I knew that I needed to be able to provide that kind of relief for people, and so my decision was made. I attended AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, receiving my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. As part of the program I also studied Medical Qigong, and became certified as an Asian Bodywork Therapist. I am nationally board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and licensed in the state of North Carolina to practice acupuncture. I have gone on to completed my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), and I am currently working towards a Master’s in Health and Human Performance, also through PCOM (now named Pacific College of Health and Science).
Alongside my life as an acupuncturist, I am a writer and an artist. I have several spoiled rotten pets, including dogs, cats, and a snake. In my down time I enjoy baking, crocheting, and quilting.