About James Pedersen
James Pedersen is a licensed acupuncturist and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). He graduated with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, which is one of the first established and accredited acupuncture colleges in the country.
Jim's interest in Chinese Medicine began while studying the various martial arts of TaeKwon-Do, Tang Soo Do, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Watching many martial artists, including a few renown masters, control their energy, and the energy of others, James began to see the incredible power of the body, mind, and spirit. In Chinese Medicine, the body, mind, and spirit are at the core of healing. James has always been a believer in the body's own capacity to heal and acupuncture proved to be an effective form of therapy that encouraged that natural healing process without negative side effects. After experiencing the powerful effects of acupuncture first hand, he decided to make a career change to become an acupuncturist in order help others experience the benefits of this incredible healing art.
The approach James uses in treating his patients is both individualistic and holistic. He carefully develops a clear, concise evaluation of each patient's overall health by asking them questions, listening to them, watching them, feeling their radial pulse and then performing meridian imaging. From this, a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the presenting complaint and the root cause of the condition is developed. He uses not only acupuncture but also other traditional techniques within the scope of Chinese Medicine to effectively treat a wide range of conditions that stem from both physical and emotional imbalances. In addition, he believes in providing his patients with the necessary tools and information needed to take a proactive role in their own health. By counseling patients in diet, exercise, lifestyle, and awareness and relaxation techniques, effective and lasting results are achieved.
On a more personal note, James is the father of three incredible boys, and the husband of a loving wife who makes his dreams into reality.