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Practitioner Spotlight: Lani Lee

Healing through Acupuncture and Medical Qigong

by Susan Post

Lani Lee PSpFrom allergies to ailments, Lani Lee is practicing alternative medicine disciplines that help patients of all ages address the root of their health problems. She administers her healing touch through acupuncture, medical qigong and NAET.

Lee’s family is steeped in the practice of acupuncture. Her father was president of the Oriental Medicine Association in Korea. Both of her brothers practice acupuncture as does her daughter, but it was personal experience that led her to the field.

Lee was hit by a car while crossing the street and, “I was in great pain,” she says. “When my father suggested that I take oriental medicine, I told him that no, I wanted to take Western medicine because my perception at the time was Western medicine was superior.”

After three months, the pain had not subsided, and was actually getting worse. She had gained weight, was depressed and she started to experience memory loss. Becoming concerned, Lee told her father she would try Chinese medicine.

The relief was almost instant. After 11 days of taking the medicine, the pain had disappeared, as had much of the weight.

“That was a really eye-opening experience,” Lee says, citing it as the time she began to change her mind about Chinese medicine.

It was a friend who then introduced Lee to the breathing practices of qigong. Experiencing the practice allowed her to feel chi as a physical entity for the first time.

“Chi is really something like a material…you can actually work with it,” Lee says. “A lot of my work here at the center involves medical qigong, where I use the chi to treat people.”

Lee’s work focuses on retraining the brain away from locked patterns of physical and emotional trauma. She takes a personalized approach to find the best course of action for each patient.

“Whatever your body thinks is the most important,” Lee says, adding that each person knows their body best.

Lee uses acupuncture to treat any kind of pain, encompassing everything from headaches and gout, to emotional pain and anxiety.

“Acupuncture regulates your energy, so it adds to where it’s deficient and takes away where it’s too much,” Lee says, and her methods are leading to faster results.

Tim Manion had been running for over 25 years, experiencing varying levels of back pain over time. Things had finally gotten so severe he was considering surgery for his herniated discs. Instead, he decided to try acupuncture.

“I have to admit I was skeptical at first, but Lani really made me feel comfortable,” Manion said. “Nothing hurt and I could totally feel improvement after the first session. She asked some interesting, some may even say strange, interview questions. That said, she seemed to know a lot about me just by ‘Communicating with my body’s energy,’ as she would say.”

Being a physical process, Lee encourages patients to stay on top of their acupuncture treatments. If the frequency is not frequent enough, patients may lessen their progress.

Lee also works with the allergy treatment practice of NAET.

“It tests the energy of brain-body function,” Lee says. “Whenever our brain thinks something is dangerous…and bad for us, it sends a command to our body to return all the vital energy to our brain and vital organ systems.”

When patients encounter the energy of something they have a hypersensitive reaction to, strength in their extremities is weakened because all their energy is turned inward.

Through medical qigong, Lee is able to decrease her patients’ allergic reactions more quickly and efficiently by retraining the brain to not see the allergen as a threat and be more neutral.

Heidi Bright knows first-hand just how powerful the treatments can be. Skin-prick tests revealed Bright was allergic to seven categories of foods and would partially lose her voice after eating melons. Instead of eliminating the irritating foods from her diet, Bright decided to find a solution. She sought Lee for her first experience with NAET.

“After three treatments between December and March, I went back to the allergist for a repeat of the skin prick tests,” Bright said. “The tests showed I only had allergic reactions to three food categories. Now I also can eat melons without any throat tingling or swelling.”

From young to old (her patients range in age from two months to 94 years) and knee pain to allergies, Lee is becoming a primary source of care for many of her patients. As they say themselves, experiencing Lee’s acupuncture or medical qigong leaves them with a sense of wellness.

Location: 3208 N. High St., Columbus. For more information, call 614-374-2508 or visit

Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at

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