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North Kingstown, RI: Nancy Graham

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My grandfather was a renegade osteopath who studied acupuncture back in the 1960s, so I had early exposure to this medicine. While studying in China in 1982, acupuncture treatment helped me breathe again after developing asthma in response to Nanjing air pollution. Then, as a senior in college, I picked up the first book in English that clearly explained the theories of Chinese medicine to western readers, The Web that has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk. That’s when I knew that I wanted to learn and practice acupuncture. Initially, it was the insight and beauty of the concepts of Chinese energetic physiology that captured my attention, while later it became the clinical efficacy that makes me keep doing what I do.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have been continuously practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1985. Since I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese in college, I went to China to continue my studies after graduation from the New England School of Acupuncture. Seeing and working in Chinese clinics while speaking the language gave me a greater depth and breadth of experience starting out. We also prescribe custom herbal formulas based on a thorough diagnostic process, and we have a complete onsite pharmacy to fill prescriptions.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love that being an acupuncturist is not just about treating people, but about educating them. Because acupuncture is new to most patients, I have the opportunity to expand their awareness and experience of their own bodies. Also, the holistic nature of the practice allows us to really get to know what is going on and share this new perspective, and give patients new tools for health.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Acupuncture is not just about pain relief. It facilitates deep healing for internal functional disorders as well. Many people are aware of acupuncture’s effectiveness for musculoskeletal pain, but they are unaware of how helpful it is for psycho-emotional, gastrointestinal, gynecologic, neurologic, and other internal problems.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Acupuncturists are all about balance and harmony, and I definitely walk the talk. For the past 28 years I have always had a daily practice for self care. Through the years it has evolved from a daily taiji practice to yoga to qigong, or a combination to circulate and cultivate my own energy. I also walk and bike and sail. Setting limits on my work schedule is also an important factor in protecting my energetic resources.

Are there other acupuncturists in your practice?
Spring Lotus is home to three other practitioners as well! Patricia Gilmartin, Elizabeth Collins, and Greg Casey take appointments at this location. They each have their own specialties, so check out our website at

Learn more and get in touch
(401) 294-1644

Spring Lotus Healing Arts: 1130 Ten Rod Road B204, North Kingstown, RI 02852