Kim Nguyen was raised in Fairfax County and attended James Madison University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. During her studies, she was a part of a team that led an independent research study on smoking cessation, with a focus on cognitive behavioral group therapy in conjunction with ear acupuncture versus the nicotine patch. This experience gave her a glimpse at the vast realm of knowledge that Chinese Medicine has to offer, and led her to complete her Master’s of Science in TCM following a four-year program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Kim also traveled to Hangzhou, China to complete an advanced study program at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in 2009.
Kim is licensed in acupuncture by the Medical Boards of Virginia and the State of California Acupuncture Board. She is a member of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia as well as the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). She is certified by the National Certification Commission in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in acupuncture and Chinese herbology and by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in clean needle technique. Her clinical experience includes interning at Dr. Lifang Liang’s Infertility and Gynecology clinic in San Francisco, CA, the ACTCM Auricular Clinic, and the ACTCM Community Clinic.
Kim believes that one’s lifestyle, diet, environment and genetic predispositions are all critical to understanding health. She practices with the intention of cultivating a serene experience for her patients, allowing them to use TCM as a tool to promote sustainable well-being. She enjoys attending meditation classes, practicing yoga, supporting local agriculture and being a wife and mother.
“I had a really bad allergy outbreak on my skin all over by body. I was swollen, red, and the skin had cracked and was itching and bleeding. It was horrible. My eyes were also swollen so I couldn’t see. I have been to many doctors, every time my skin has a bad allergy attack, [and they] only prescribed me medication to alleviate my symptoms. Doing that always weakened my immune system, making my next attack worse. Dr. Nguyen helped me alleviate my symptoms and helped me rebuild my immune system which allowed me to recover the fastest that has ever occurred. After each acupuncture appointment, my skin would look normal. My skin hasn’t looked normal for a long time. She gave me back hope when I thought I had lost everything. Her and her dad are incredible people and doctors. They gave me a chance to have a more normal life without rashy skin everyday. I already recommended some friends and family. Dr. Nguyen’s ability to find the pressure points for [rebalancing] your body is amazing. Thank you Dr. Nguyen.”-J.Y. October 2013
“I came to see Kim for relief of asthma symptoms. I have suffered from asthma for 30 years and had seen very little improvement over the years…The quality of my life significantly improved after several visits with Kim. I experienced increases in lung function, decreases in congestion, and an overall strength and immunity. In addition to seeing tremendous improvement with the asthma symptoms, I also received relief from allergies. I found myself surviving the allergy season without having to reach for OTC allergy medicines! Kim is a well trained professional and knows how to work her needles. Kim is a good listener and takes your health concerns seriously. She has a great attitude and believes that she can assist in improving your quality of life – no matter what ails you! I trust her completely.”-L.R.
“It works. Acupuncture works. I grew up with Western medicine– doctors, nurses, x-rays, shots, pills — skeptical of Eastern medicine (acupuncture) even though I had read and heard that it works. After 20 years taking Prednisone(steroid), I had to find a way to stop and let my own body naturally defend itself. I realized that acupuncture was my last chance. After several sessions of Kim Nguyen’s acupuncture, my body made a smooth transition. Am I happy! Her acupuncture at East West Medicine was professional and effective; it works.” -Frank Adamson, March 2013
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
“After the fifth treatment that helped hugely with my anxiety, I left and realized I had not felt this good in years.” -D.B.
“My improvements have been dramatic. When I first came to East West Medicine the symptoms of my anxiety prevented me from enjoying day-to-day life. I have regained my appetite and I am able to deal with my anxiety and go about life as normal. Dr. Nguyen is a great listener and incorporated my concerns into her treatment in ways that other doctors I have visited have not.”-A.D.
“It is my favorite thing to do each week! Having this time dedicated to myself helps me stay balanced and happy. Thank you for always being open, non-judgemental, caring and competent! It is apparent that you are an expert in your field. I keep telling all my friends!” -N.W.
“After about a month I became pregnant. A couple appointments helped with back pain too…after I became pregnant the appointments continued to help with morning sickness. My husband and I are excited and happy to be expecting our first child.”-K.U. October 2014
“Gentlemen, although it sounds funny to join your significant other and attend acupuncture sessions with Dr. Nguyen [for fertility], I highly recommend it. My wife and I had been trying to have a child for a little over a year before we starting seeing Dr. Nguyen. After three months of acupuncture we were pleasantly surprised with the news of my wife’s pregnancy.
Other enjoyable benefits of attending acupuncture sessions are that they can be very relaxing and it takes care of any nagging pains you may have. And, most importantly, it will make your wife realize that you actually care. Trust me, it’s worth it.”-R.R. October 2013
“Kim is a very patient and understanding individual, which makes her great at what she does. I would recommend everyone to her…I was able to conceive naturally, and I truly believe acupuncture helped. It also helped a lot with allergies, I found that I took less allergy medicine while having acupuncture treatments. My husband obtains treatment from Kim Nguyen and I just recently referred a co-worker, who will be seeking treatment from her soon. I hope to return to my treatments after my baby is born.”-P.H.
“Not only was I extremely satisfied with Kim’s approach, bedside manner, and skills, but I was also very happy and impressed with the results. Kim really knows what she’s doing! It’s very evident that she not only takes the time to get to know each patient, but that she stays informed as a professional of the latest research and incorporates that into her practice.
I am happy and excited to say that with the help and expertise of Kim and East West Medicine, I am now expecting my first baby this summer(!!). I would highly recommend East West Medicine for anyone seeking help for any ailment or issue. It doesn’t feel like cold, medical treatment; rather, it feels like you are treating your body and mind to a more natural and holistic approach that I think we all deserve the chance to experience. I really can’t say enough…you’ll be in good hands with Kim!”-C.H., March 2013
“Kim made me feel very comfortable. I had a dislike of needles and was quite surprised how quickly I adapted to acupuncture. I actually sleep for longer periods and am able to fall back to sleep much more quickly.”-R.L.
“I cannot say enough good things about her and how acupuncture has profoundly changed my migraines– in frequency, severity, and location…Kim is professional, extremely knowledgeable, and an excellent clinician. She is friendly, approachable, cares about patient outcomes and does her best to make a positive difference in your health…I highly, highly recommend her because of her abilities as a clinician and the improvement she has made to my health and well-being.” -C.L.
“Joint pain diminished-no longer on pain meds! Excellent practice and results. I will come back if the need arises. I have respect and confidence in Dr. Kim and appreciate very much my treatment under care. Thank you so much for all your help!”-K.T. January 2016
“I sought care at East West Medicine because I was diagnosed with De Quervain syndrome in my wrist. I was in pain all day every day and it was increasingly more and more difficult to hold my new infant. I was looking for an alternative to taking 800 mg of ibuprofen a day. I am pain free now and it has helped my quality of life immensely. I can now carry my daughter or play with her without any worry of how much I may or may not further hurt my wrist.”-T.L.
“Because of East West Medicine, I am now a firm believer in the power of Acupuncture. Dr. Nguyen has treated twofractured wrists for me as well as some gastrointestinal issues. When my general practitioner told me it would be 6-8 weeks before I could put pressure on my wrist again, Dr. Nguyen spent over an hour talking to me about my medical history, eating habits, and taking my pulse. After three weeks of acupuncture, I was doing handstands again!”-S.G.
“Due to my quick relief [from Bell’s Palsy and pain] I feel very comfortable to refer my friends and other members of my family for acupuncture treatment. Dr. Kim is nice, kind, and humble at every time with smiling face. I got quick improvement and am full of enjoyment in my life now.”-Rana S. Ali
“The overall discussions and analysis of my issues/condition was incredibly thorough and I appreciated greatly the sincere concern expressed by Dr. Kim and the time she spent talking to me in holistic fashion. I’ve been able to manage my back pain to the point that I can function normally and go to the gym without pain/discomfort. I think my general day-to-day outlook has improved, too.”-J.M.
“Very Satisfied! This was my first experience with acupuncture and I wasn’t sure what to expect or if it would even help. Kim has done a fantastic job not only helping the pain go away but explaining the process as well. Kim has been great and not only would I come back but I would encourage others to come and give it a try as well. I have already suggested to several of my co-workers that have some aches and pains to come…[acupuncture has allowed] me to get back to my normal workout routines pain free.”-S.M. April 2013
“Kim has been a bright spot in my recovery. Although I still get allergy shots, she has been able to help relieve my sinus infection symptoms. She continues to work on what remains of my infection while helping me with chronic back pain due to significant arthritis and spinal degeneration.”-W.L.
“After just a few sessions, my pain in the right arm/back has dramatically improved and I’m starting to feel like my old self. The improvement in my pain has contributed in a positive way to my quality of life as I am able to enjoy activities I had to give up. I would feel very comfortable referring friends/family to Kim. In fact, I have referred a few people and I don’t know what’s taking them so long to make an appointment! Kim’s warm and compassionate spirit combined with her impressive technical knowledge and skill make her an ideal practitioner.”-N.P., March 2013
“Hi Dr. Nguyen,
I wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! The pain that was in my left hip is gone! While I was there on Monday, the pain was greatly lessen but it completely disappeared overnight.
I was amazed! I’m so grateful that I found you!” J.C.-July 2017
Within a few minutes of meeting Kim, I had the same confidence and right feeling about her competency and experience with acupuncture that I had about the surgeon who was to do the cutting. Her strong training in and familiarity with western medicine as well as acupuncture made me feel comfortable and well supported during our conversations regarding the treatment she would provide…I am completely satisfied and delighted with Kim and her practice, her care of and interest in the “whole person” she treats. Clearly she finds great personal and professional gratification in providing help and relief with a powerful, ancient and beautiful medicine. That joy in her work and healing is passed on to the patient, and I’m grateful to be one of them!”-C.R. June 2013
“Improvements pre-surgery were dramatic in a quiet, profound way. Many people who knew me remarked that I was calm and without fear in spite of facing this delicate operation. I slept well and was able to be present and effective at my job, exercise, eat with health in mind, remain in good spirits and generally feel good about things until surgery and after. Without Kim’s treatments I am quite sure to have had ups and downs at numerous points during the 6 weeks due to headaches and other debilitating symptoms of hypothyroidism. I also believe the post-surgery pain would have agitated me more without her treatments before and after surgery.
“Everyone should try it–for any condition, age, problem, etc. It works!!!” -C.R.
“Kim puts a lot of effort and care into making sure nothing is painful (and acupuncture is not painful at all, barely feel it) and with a mix of suggested herbs/acupuncture she helps to get things back to normal. I am now a firm believer in Acupuncture and recommend it to anyone from a small to big issue. Through a series of questions and routine checkups when you visit you definitely get the feeling she is there to help.” -J.M.
“I started seeing a lot of different changes, things that I thought little about, and thought I had to take prescription medicine for. In three weeks I stopped sweating heavily after 20 years. I also stopped having pain in my bladder, and frequent urges to go to the bathroom. Two major problems that I thought I had to live with forever are gone…without side effects! I also started feeling a lot better emotionally, I stopped being angry or sad all the time. My symptoms are just a brief, tangible glance at how much Kim & her perceptive attitude have helped me so much. I have become physically a much better person, my appetite and cravings for sweets are under control, but I am most grateful for the peace of mind, the wholeness, I hadn’t felt in years. I feel good mentally and physically again. I definitely would recommend Kim to everyone. All of my friends, neighbors, and co-workers know how grateful I am to her and her work.”- F.D.
“It removed the pain [from the] side effects of chemo and I liked it a lot. Thanks”-I.D.
“Dr. Nguyen’s deft hands were hardly noticeable. I actually didn’t realize I had needles in my legs until she took them out.”-H.P.
“This was my first time trying acupuncture, and now I don’t believe how long it took me to try–I feel great and wish I’d called Ms. Nguyen earlier!”-T.R
“I have improved in each of the areas [I sought treatment for]. It seems two sessions per week were enough to start seeing a noticeable change. I just felt better overall. More calm, and less bouts of pain. I have already started referring people to the practice. Kim is an outstanding professional. She makes you understand how acupuncture can help and assist you in gaining the most out of each session. I plan to make acupuncture a regular part of my health management plan. This has been a wonderful experience with Kim.”-B.L. December 2016
How many acupuncture treatments do I need?
The frequency of treatment depends on the severity of the condition. As a form of therapy, it is usually advised to come 2-3 times a week until the obvious symptoms are resolved, but the duration of treatment is often difficult to predict without understanding the whole picture that each patient presents. Since our bodies react differently due to age, lifestyle and genetics, one patient may improve faster than another. It is important not to miss appointments in order to maintain continuity and to be committed to achieving your best health.
Is Acupuncture covered by my health insurance?
Please contact your insurance company to verify coverage for acupuncture. Benefits may vary according to your policy.
Kim Nguyen, L.Ac. is a participating provider of:
- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, BCBS Federal PPO, BCBS National Capital Area, BCBS of Virginia
In some cases, insurance will cover acupuncture for out of network services. If you would like to submit to your insurance for processing, we can provide you with a superbill for reimbursement.
Although you may see her name listed in the directory, Kim is no longer in-network with Cigna Healthcare (effective 2/13) or United Healthcare (effective 6/17).
What about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)?
Invoices are printed upon request and can be done in batches after several visits or individually. Let our office know if you need the diagnosis or procedure code included in the statement.
Is it safe to take herbs with supplements or medications?
Generally it is safe as long as you take each of them at different times of the day. It is advised to take them with water, approximately 30 minutes before or an hour after eating to increase absorption. If you have a sensitive digestive system, it is best to take herbs after eating.
I’m pregnant. Can I get acupuncture?
Acupuncture is safe and effective for women suffering from morning sickness, fatigue, migraines, physical discomfort and other ailments. Kim Nguyen, L.Ac. is unable to help with breech pregnancy and labor induction at this time.
Monday – 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fridays – 9 am – 5:30 pm