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Meet Ming Dai of Ming’s Acupuncture & Health Associates in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ming Dai.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
During the Chinese Revolution, I was sent to a farm to work. There were no doctors and when the farmers got sick, there was nowhere to go. I, myself, caught malaria and was very ill. It was around that time that I decided I wanted to become a doctor. I was allowed by the government to go to medical school because I studied for, and passed a big exam. I became an internist and worked for fifteen years at a hospital in Shanghai. During that time, I learned to frown upon Traditional Chinese Medicine until an uncle of mine suffered a massive heart attack and western medicine techniques were unable to save him. However, traditional Chinese medicine did and thirty years later, he is still alive.

This changed my life and my thinking about natural healing and the power of the human body. I started studying the ancient ways and when I immigrated to the United States with my daughter, I continued my studies and opened my business in 2003, and I have been practicing ever since. Using a combination of acupuncture, acupressure and herbal medicine, I have been able to not only give my daughter a new life, but also help hundreds of people every year, which I love. I have just opened a second office inside Petroleum Building in Downtown Los Angeles. I am truly living the American Dream.

Has it been a smooth road?
In the beginning, learning suitable English and getting used to a new culture was a struggle. When I talk to patients, I want to explain to them thoroughly how the human body works and offer solutions to their problems. Also, some people have never experienced Eastern Medicine and it is important to find clear ways to communicate this information.

Now that I am working in a new location, it is a challenge for me because I am still getting familiar with the city. I look forward to Los Angeles residents and employees to get to know me but I believe the key is the treatment results. For now, people can get to know me by my Yelp reviews and word of mouth.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Ming’s Acupuncture & Health Associates specializes in the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I use acupuncture, cupping therapy, massage and herbs to treat injuries and a number of disorders.

Nearly all diseases can be treated with acupuncture. I would say pain from injury, arthritis and joint problems make up a large part of my practice with very good results for my patients. I also treat insomnia, diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, weight loss, allergies, skin problems and menopause, just to name a few. Sometimes, the symptoms require me to also use herbs and other natural treatments, in combination with acupuncture.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! There is so much growth in the city at the moment and we are surrounded by Staples Center, Convention Center, and large corporations such as AEG and DWP, etc. With many high-rises being developed, there are many new residents in this area, which makes for a great opportunity for business.

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