I was born and raised in Beijing in a family of TCM practitioners. Growing up, there was a lot of "don’t go outside with wet hair or you will get a head cold”, “don’t sleep in front of a fan or you will get facial paralysis” and "don't sit outside on the ground or you'll get back pain." It was a magical childhood despite the "dont's." We moved to the US when my mom, a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine trained doctor, received a WHO scholarship to study public health at Johns Hopkins University. She had a terrible car accident, and when the surgery didn’t heal her bones, she turned to acupuncture and practiced qigong and thus recovered quickly. Since that accident 25 years ago, she has been running her own busy acupuncture clinic in Washington DC, where I've helped on and off since high school.
My first personal experience with acupuncture was when I was 15 years old. I had my first summer job at Baskin Robbins and scooping ice cream was hard work. I strained my right side (arm, shoulder and back after repeatedly bending down into the huge freezer to do my job) and experienced terrible pain at night. My mom treated me and it blew me away, how tiny needles on my elbow, hands and legs could cure shoulder and back aches.
After having studied music at Oberlin and law at Georgetown, I went on to work in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, before coming back full circle to Chinese medicine. Having become a mother three times over in three years, I turned to acupuncture to help with various pregnancy related ailments. As always it worked miracles and I decided to follow in my mother's footsteps and make it my life's work.
I trained for 4 years in acupuncture and nutritional therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Now I'm a member of the BAcC, the highest governing body for acupuncturists in the UK, practicing with so much gratitude for such a rewarding life.
We live in a world that needs so much change - socially, ethically, environmentally, emotionally and politically. That's why we must start with ourselves so that we can live better, breathe easier, sleep sounder, be stronger and kinder to ourselves and each other.
* College of Naturopathic Medicine, Diploma in Acupuncture 2017
* Post graduate training in acupuncture at Nanjing University Hospital of TCM 2017
* Managing Menopause with Acupuncture 2019
* Acupuncture for Fertility and IVF Support (Accredited by the Acupuncture Fertility Network) 2019
* Chinese Herbal Medicine Diploma, Level 7 Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine 2021
I have had acupuncture for many years from different practitioners and Ingrid really is the best acupuncturist I have met. She is professional and passionate in her work and always gives me a complete treatment - that is, caring about my lifestyle and nutrition too. I love that she can come to my home and bring her table with her. Ingrid actually inspires me to have acupuncture more often and has successfully treated my aches and imbalances. I highly recommend her.
- Nicola Menashe
I highly recommend Ingrid for acupuncture and acupressure massage. She’s a mother in our community, her 3 children are at ASL. My entire family has been going to her for the past year and a half. From my parents, to my husband and myself, and the children including our youngest child who was 6 months old when he started going to her. She has helped each of us tremendously with things such as severe/ chronic constipation, attention & focus (ADD), my fathers diabetes, stress & anxiety, general well-being and much more. If it weren’t for her my youngest child would still be suffering from severe constipation. I really can’t recommend her enough!!