Li-Lan Hsiang Weiss Licensed Acupuncturist, Arvigo® certified practitioner and instructor, Chinese herbalist, energy healer.
Founder manager of Armonía Health LLC, Li-Lan Hsiang Weiss received her AB from Duke University (1996-2000) in Durham, NC and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (2002-2005) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her family roots are from Taiwan and she grew up in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
She is a licensed acupuncturist in North Carolina (NC #355) and has a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has been in private practice in Durham since 2005.
Her master’s degree training in oriental medicine included close to 3,000 hours (of which over 1,000 were clinical hours) of courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Japanese-style acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Oriental physical therapy, nutrition, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, anatomy and physiology.
Following her master’s degree, she has received advanced training in the following areas of oriental medicine: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method of treating pain, traditional Japanese acupuncture and pediatrics with Koei Kuwahara, enhancing fertility with Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture with Bob Flaws, Jane Lyttleton, Wendy Yu & Brandon Horn, Chinese medicine classics and cultivation practices with Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen, herbal alternatives to drugs with John Chen, classical Chinese female health practices with Dr. Lia Andrews.
In 2008, Li-Lan started her immersion in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® with taking the Level 1 Self Care course, which sparked her interest in offering this therapy to her clients. That same year she took the Level 2 Professional Training, followed Certification Training, Maya Spiritual Healing Level 1 and 2, Advanced Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Care, and in 2013 she became a certified Arvigo Institute instructor of the one day Hands on Health the Maya Way and 2.5 day Level 1 Self Care course. Li-Lan incorporates the Arvigo® Techniques into most of her individual treatments, particularly those that involve fertility enhancements, hormonal balance, urinary incontinence, chronic prostate enlargement, and digestive complaints. Li-Lan studied directly with Dr. Rosita Arvigo from 2008-2014 and is an active participant in the Arvigo® practitioners’ community, being the Southeast Regional practitioner’s coordinator from 2013-2016. She teaches the Hands on Health the Maya Way and the Self Care courses several times per year. She also teaches the Arvigo® courses in Spanish.
Li-Lan’s focus on the abdomen has led her to study functional nutrition with Andrea Nakayama of Functional Nutrition Lab (formerly Holistic Nutrition Lab/Replenish PDX). Understanding the body from a functional perspective is a great bridge for combining the Eastern and Western models of understanding the body and an easy way to educate clients due to its grounding in the western sciences.
Since starting her private practice, Li-Lan has deepened in her understanding of Qi/Universal Life Force/Prana/Chu’el, the basic premise of understanding acupuncture and energy healing from a traditional perspective. This has led her to studying Reiki I and II with Sharon Moksha Kolman in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition, Maya Spiritual Healing as taught to Dr. Rosita Arvigo by Mayan Shaman doctor Don Elijio Panti, and Womb Blessing and healing with Reiki Master and female empowerment author Miranda Gray. Li-Lan has been practicing Tai chi for more than 20 years and studied with Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor Nina Maeir from 2006-2014, where she focused specifically on the 18 Luohan for the Enlightened Being, a form of moving Qi Gong attributed to Bodhidharma, who brought Buddhism from India to China.
Li-Lan teaches six week acupressure and Chinese Five Element Qi gong courses and with her musician husband Alex Weiss has created a two hour workshop titled Tones for your Bones: Earth-honoring rituals, Qi Gong meditations and creative movement to demystify the five elements of Chinese medicine and teach the practical uses of this philosophy, using live music as a gateway.
Li-Lan is fluent in Spanish, English, and Mandarin and she enjoys working with patients from different backgrounds. Her goal is to provide compassionate service to others and to facilitate each person’s unique path to health. With the expansion of Armonía Health LLC in 2017, her focus is making acupuncture affordable through the community acupuncture model and integrating Spanish speaking bilingual practitioners into an integrative practice.
She enjoys creative dancing, Qi gong, mindfulness meditation practice, gardening, playing music with her husband in his world music band Different Drum, traveling, and continued deepening in her spiritual path.