HILARY LAI L.Ac., Ph.D.
Board Certified Herbalist
Hilary Lai is a licensed acupuncturist (AC01255) in the State of Texas, and a NCCAOM certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Master Degree of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ph.D. in Acupuncture from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. There, she received three years of intensive training from Dr. Shi Xue Min and associates at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, best known for stroke rehabilitation in China.
Lai speaks English and Chinese, and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Benefit Acupuncture offers profound healing alternatives where we treat the cause of illness, not just the symptoms. Conventional medicine is very effective in suppressing symptoms, such as pain, but often does not address the root cause. We believe that the human body has the natural power to heal itself when appropriate stimulation is asserted, and thus prevents future diseases or complications in a safe, holistic and effective way.
We specialize in pain relief, the treatment of allergies, auto-immune disorders, digestive disorders, neurological disorders and stroke recovery.
THE CHINA STORY
"Studying in China was a life-changing experience. Being able to see and experience the success of acupuncture in China strongly urged her to bring this skill and technique to America so that patients with cerebral disorders could benefit from this ancient art of healing."
-- Hilary Lai, L.Ac., Ph.D.
Hilary Lai L.Ac. Ph.D. was born in Hong Kong. She moved over to the US with family when she was 12 years old. She has always been deeply intrigued by Chinese culture and literature and chose to pursue Chinese Medicine and acupuncture as they beautifully synchronize the arts of healing with Chinese philosophy. Her unique background allowed her to bridge the Asian and Western culture and quickly adapt to speaking Mandarin when she pursued her doctoral studies in China. Upon completing the master’s program in acupuncture in Austin, she was accepted to Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Ph.D. program in acupuncture.
The First Teaching Hospital of the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the leading National Clinical Research Center for Acupuncture in China. This 2500-bed First Teaching Hospital fully integrates acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with western medicine, with special focus on treatments for patients with stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzhemier’s, cerebral and neurological disorders.
Lai studied under Academician Shi Xuemin, who is considered one of the Godfathers of modern acupuncture in China, and his associates at the hospital for 3 years. She was an assistant for the acupuncture department, where she assisted in treating 60-90 patients a day in clinic. Patients with a variety of disorders came in for acupuncture treatments, and they recovered from their illness mainly with acupuncture.
During her internship, Lai focused her research specifically on pain management and the treatment of stroke, TBI, and neurological disorders where acupuncture and Chinese Medicine were integrated with western medicine and physical therapy. Many of the neurological disorders such as Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to post-stroke (ie. pseudobulbar palsy, bulbar paralysis) have no cure in western medicine. But with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it could slow down development of such disease and provide symptomatic relieve for the patient.
Lai is a fully licensed acupuncturist with experiences from studying overseas. She strongly believes she can help clients with pains and disorders to rehabilitate and recover quickly. She is excited to bring what she has seen and learned in China to Benefit Acupuncture, to alleviate pain and improve well-being of the community.