Ashley Y. Xia, M.B., M.S., Ph.D., L.Ac., is a national board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist, licensed in Maryland. She received her medical degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and received her M.S., Ph.D. and had postdoctoral training in the United States in biology, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology. She has been working in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003, first at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and then at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In addition to being knowledgeable in traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Xia also has a broad knowledge of the physiology of neuro-immune and neuro-endocrine interactions, which are key mechanisms of acupuncture-activated self-healing. Her specialties are in treating neuro-immune mediated disorders such as allergy, asthma, autoimmune diseases and neuro-endocrine and metabolic disorders such as acne, women’s reproductive disorders, menopausal related disorders, obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetic neuropathies. Besides treating patients with acupuncture, Dr. Xia is also an expert in integrating Tai Chi and meditation to reduce stress and cultivate health.