LifeinDC Acupuncture
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Microneedling

Esther Shu-Wei Lu, L.Ac

Welcome to LifeinDC Acupuncture!

About Me

Hello! My name is Esther, and I am a passionate and dedicated acupuncturist committed to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being. With years of experience in the field, I have witnessed the profound healing effects of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, and I am excited to share this ancient practice with you.

My Journey

My journey in the field of acupuncture began when I personally experienced the transformative power of this holistic approach to healing. Struggling with chronic pain and seeking alternatives to conventional medicine, I discovered acupuncture and was amazed by its positive impact on my health. This experience ignited my passion for acupuncture and inspired me to pursue a career in helping others through this ancient practice.

Qualifications and Expertise

I hold a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine -NY (Now Pacific College of Health and Science), where I received comprehensive training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and other traditional healing modalities. I also received additional training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, NYU Langone Hospital/Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery, and Veterans Administration Hospital/Pain Management Center in New York City. I am a licensed acupuncturist in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and New York State. I am also accredited by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and I continually update my knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development and continuing education programs.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse range of patients, each with their unique health challenges. Through this experience, I have developed expertise in treating various conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Pain management (back pain, migraines, arthritis)

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Women's health (menstrual irregularities, fertility support)

  • Respiratory conditions (asthma, allergies)

  • Insomnia and sleep disorders

My Training and Certifications

  • Licensed acupuncturist in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and New York State

  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

  • Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization, Pacific College of Health and Science - San Diego, CA, Current Doctorate Candidate

  • Master of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Health and Science (formerly Pacific College of Oriental Medicine) - New York, August 2018

  • Microneedling For Acupuncturists Certification, AcuMicro, Jan 2022

  • Stroke-Acupuncture and Bodywork for Acute & Chronic Post-stroke Care Certification – Pacific College of Health and Science, Dr. Claudia Citkovitz, Ph.D., LAc, Sep. 2021

  • Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery, NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, NY, August 2018

  • Acupuncture at the Veterans Administration Hospital/Pain Management Center, April 2018

  • Facial Acupuncture Techniques Certification, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – DR. CHRYSSO NEOPHYTOU-TSIMIS, LAC, DACM, New York, April 2017

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, New York

Other Professional Associations

  • Acupuncture Society of DC

  • American Acupuncture Council

My Approach

I believe in a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on treating the root cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. In my practice, I combine the principles of traditional Chinese medicine with modern scientific understanding to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. I work closely with you to understand your health goals and provide comprehensive care that addresses your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.