We know you're passionate about your career, your family and even your hobbies. Our goal is to help ambitious people like you, harness the energy you put into your life and turn that inward, so you can bring your best to every part of your life.

 
 
 
 

Andrea Geiger L.Ac, MSOM

Andrea Geiger is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of South Carolina and a nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (NCCAOM). She earned a Master's Degree from The National College of Natural Medicine (now, the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. The teachings focused on the immersion within the ancient Chinese texts to help develop the ability to integrate classical wisdom and skills into our modern healthcare. Andrea received her BA in Economics from The University of Michigan and a MPP from the University of Delaware.

In addition, Andrea received advanced training in cosmetic acupuncture from Virginia Doran, M.S., L.Ac. and Dr. Guangying Zhou L.Ac. She is also pursuing a Diploma in Dermatology through the Avicenna Center in England.

 

My Journey

For more than ten years, I was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.  I was passionate about my job and committed to the fast pace that it required. Unfortunately, after long hours and the stress of the environment, my health couldn’t quite keep up.  It was the small issues at first – stomach pain, acid reflux, minor gallbladder attacks, inability to eat certain foods, and sleepless nights.

Initially, quick fixes worked fine. I stopped eating certain foods, took a pill, or drank some calming tea at night, so I could keep up the pace; I needed to keep up the pace (did I mention, passion?).

Slowly, the small issues grew into big issues.  It wasn’t until my symptoms worsened that I was forced to take serious action. Ignoring what was happening to my body was no longer an option.  

While I continued to work with my medical doctor (who advised me as best he could), I realized that I needed additional support. On a friend’s recommendation, I tried acupuncture and herbs. The experience was profound!  Acupuncture supported my body’s ability to heal itself and to find its way back into balance. Within weeks, my symptoms lessened and within months, all prior symptoms were nearly gone.  For all of the years of suffering, I was amazed at how quickly my body recovered.  

This experience convinced me to learn more about Chinese medicine and ultimately pursue a formal education.  I choose to move to Portland, OR in order to study classical Chinese medicine.  In my program, we spent a great deal of time learning from ancient chinese medical texts (dating back to 220 A.D.), as well as Western biomedical sciences, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition.

Now, I have a career that I cherish. I’m happier and healthier than ever before. 

Based on my overwhelmingly positive experience with acupuncture, my mission is to add value to the growing community of healers in Charleston by bringing acupuncture and herbs to those who want a natural and more permanent remedy for their ailments;  people who need support with their health to be at their best everyday and to feel vital again!

My Interests

Growing up on a farm and ranch in Nebraska, I have a passion for being outdoors.  I love to spend time in nature.  My former career as a lobbyist in D.C. focused on ocean issues.  I feel fortunate to be in Charleston and to live near the ocean.  I am able to dig my toes in the sand and listen to the waves crashing on the beach whenever I need to refocus and reset.  I also love to spend time with animals, especially horses.  About 16 years ago, I began to learn dressage and jumping.  I enjoyed riding for many years; it always brings me a sense of calm and makes me feel grounded—it feels like going home.  Several years ago, I had to take a break from riding due to a severe ankle injury.  I am excited to find my way back to this passion in the near future!

 

 

Our name Five Graces is drawn from the 5 primary elements in Chinese medicine. These are also referred to as the five gifts. Good health happens when these five elements are balanced and working together in harmony.

 

 
earth  is a gentle rolling hill, a long golden beach, or a staggering mountain range. Within us, Earth is family and friends. It is the fabric of life that we create and nurture with integrity. Earth generates Metal.

earth

is a gentle rolling hill, a long golden beach, or a staggering mountain range. Within us, Earth is family and friends. It is the fabric of life that we create and nurture with integrity. Earth generates Metal.

metal  is the rock on a high mounting peak. It is the time of Fall, of nature withering and returning to the soil. Within us, Metal is discipline, efficiency, and order. It is the ability to be selfless. Metal generates Water.

metal

is the rock on a high mounting peak. It is the time of Fall, of nature withering and returning to the soil. Within us, Metal is discipline, efficiency, and order. It is the ability to be selfless. Metal generates Water.

fire  is brilliant and inclusive. Like Summer, it is abundant with the hum of bees and long full days, trembling with vibrant life. Within us, Fire is humor, affection, joy and imagination. Fire generates Earth.

fire

is brilliant and inclusive. Like Summer, it is abundant with the hum of bees and long full days, trembling with vibrant life. Within us, Fire is humor, affection, joy and imagination. Fire generates Earth.

wood  is a forceful wind or a graceful magnolia tree reaching for the sky. It is Spring with birth and growth. Within us, Wood instigates motivation, assertion and movement to reach our goals. Wood generates Fire.

wood

is a forceful wind or a graceful magnolia tree reaching for the sky. It is Spring with birth and growth. Within us, Wood instigates motivation, assertion and movement to reach our goals. Wood generates Fire.

 

 

water  is a quiet stream, a torrential rain, and the powerful rolling ocean. It is the hidden depths of strength, much like the Winter. All is in hibernation. Within us, it is introspection, independence, tenacity, and wisdom. Water generates Wood.

water

is a quiet stream, a torrential rain, and the powerful rolling ocean. It is the hidden depths of strength, much like the Winter. All is in hibernation. Within us, it is introspection, independence, tenacity, and wisdom. Water generates Wood.