Christina Tian, DACM, CMD, Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac.

Dr. Christina Tian is a second generation doctor of Chinese medicine specializing in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She grew up watching her father, a physician and Chinese medical doctor, care for his patients as if they were his own family. Her unofficial education in Chinese medicine started with orthopedics and pain management at age eight.

As a passionate student of medicine, Dr. Tian takes over 200 hours of advanced coursework each year to deepen her knowledge. She has advanced oncology training and clinical experience which she shares with patients and medical professionals through national and international speaking engagements. She has over 12 years of clinical experience in treating olympic and professional athletes. Her clinical interest spans adolescent, adult and geriatric medicine. She employs a range of acupuncture techniques including gentle acupuncture methods, which all patients young and old appreciate. Dr. Tian has administered over 100,000 acupuncture treatments.

Dr. Tian was recruited by Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, as Chief Acupuncturist to pioneer acupuncture services in 2015.  During her five year tenure, she provided Traditional Chinese Medicine services such as acupuncture to oncology patients. In 2018, Dr. Tian expanded acupuncture services into the newly established Sibley Integrative Medicine department where she trained and supervised acupuncturists.  She specialized in a variety of complex and challenging conditions associated with women's health, palliative care, pain management, and neurological disorders. 

In 2020, she founded Bethesda Acupuncture & Wellness Medicine. Here, she shares her integrative knowledge and experience with the community she was raised in.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was able to advance her knowledge and clinical experience of treating infectious diseases with Traditional Chinese Medicine. 


An avid meditator, gardener and cook, Dr. Tian is passionate about self-care and regularly teaches patients the benefits of meditation and the medicinal properties of foods and spices. She travels to further develop her understanding of various medical systems. She works and volunteers for various acupuncture societies in both the United States and China and participates in international Chinese Medicine conferences and seminars to ensure she bridges cutting edge findings with the ancient wisdom of this medical system.  Enjoying her close work with oncology patients, Dr. Tian remains a volunteer for several oncology organizations. 

Education, Certification & Experience

  • Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with studies focusing on evidence-based medicine and integrative therapies

  • Master in Oriental Medicine, specializing in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University

  • Chief Acupuncturist of the Integrative Medicine Service at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine providing services in Oncology & Integrative Medicine

  • Maryland Board of Acupuncture, State Appointed Board Member

  • Editorial Board Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine and World Congress of Chinese Medicine

  • Advanced Training in Women's Health and Infertility with Dr. Ming Jin of Beijing Tong Ren Tang

  • Post-graduate work at Beijing University’s First Teaching Hospital under Dr. De Ying Wang, MD, CMD

  • Certification in Clean Needle Technique by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  • Nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Oriental Medicine reflecting competency in Chinese herbology and acupuncture

  • Certified in Ear Acupuncture from the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute

  • Certified by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine (Beijing) as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s health professional training for Integrative Medicine

  • Licensed to practice acupuncture in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

  • Member of American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Society for Acupuncture Research, Society for Integrative Oncology, and Acupuncture Societies of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.