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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 comes from a multigenerational family of physicians. Dr. Tian grew up watching her father, a physician and doctor of Chinese medicine, care for his patients. Her unofficial education in Chinese medicine started with orthopedics and pain management at age eight.

As a passionate student of medicine, Dr. Tian enjoys weekly continuous learning through advanced coursework to deepen her knowledge and skills. 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. Having administered hundreds of thousands of acupuncture treatments, Dr. Tian employs a range of acupuncture techniques including gentle acupuncture methods, which all patients young and old appreciate.

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 oncology patients with Traditional Chinese Medicine services such as acupuncture. 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. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been expanding her knowledge and clinical experience to help patients recover from Post-COVID conditions and adverse effects from COVID vaccines.

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 works and volunteers for various acupuncture societies in both the United States and China and travels around the world to further develop her understanding of various medical systems. She participates in international conferences and seminars to bridge cutting edge findings with the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Enjoying her close work with oncology patients, Dr. Tian remains a volunteer for several oncology organizations. 

In 2020, she founded Bethesda Acupuncture & Wellness Medicine. Here, she shares her integrative knowledge and experience with the community she was raised in. 

Education, Certification & Experience

  • Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, with studies focusing on evidence-based medicine and integrative therapies

  • Master of Oriental Medicine, New England School of Acupuncture, specializing in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University

  • Maryland Department of Health, Board of Acupuncture, State Appointed Board Member

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

  • 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

  • Certified 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 including Herbs & Dietary Supplements for Cancer Care, Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient, Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture

  • 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.

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