STACIE HAN, ND, LAc

From an early age, I learned that the foundation of health centered around earth’s bounty. My mother was my best teacher. Growing up, food was medicine. Sweating was induced to reduce fevers. I first was a believer of acupuncture at 7 years old when my dysentery symptoms ceased minutes after acupuncture. My mom taught me how to live with simple, gentle, yet powerful medicines. I owe much to my “Buddha Momma” who also taught me about patience, balancing yin and yang, that too much of a good thing is not a good thing. 

 

I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Hawaii and worked as an auditor before discovering my true passion for Naturopathic & East Asian medicine. I attended Bastyr University in Seattle where I received both my doctorate in naturopathic medicine and masters in acupuncture and East Asian medicine. I completed a 1-year residency with Dr. Owen Miller, ND, at the Holistic Health Clinic in Tacoma, a thriving naturopathic primary care clinic. While there, I further strengthened my belief that diet and lifestyle are the foundations for health, and without these in place, drugs, hormones, and supplements are no more than symptom relief. Before relocating to Illinois in April 2015, I had a busy private practice in Seattle, WA, for 5 years. I am a member of the American Association of Naturopathic PhysiciansIllinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians and NCCAOM board certified in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

I provide naturopathic and East Asian medicine to all. I have a strong interest in women’s health, fertility, prenatal and postpartum care, obstacles to weight loss, metabolic syndrome, digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression and pain management. I am especially passionate about diet and nutrient therapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine including Chinese herbal formulations and physical medicine, such has acupuncture and hydrotherapy. On my time to rejuvenate, I enjoy being in nature, hiking, yoga, swimming and traveling with my husband and my premier gurus, my 2 children. I am honored to be practicing nature’s medicine and excited to teach and share nature cure with you.

Common Complaints: 

HORMONE IMBALANCE

Many health conditions may have their root in hormone imbalance. Hormones generally refer to sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, etc.), thyroid hormone, and adrenal hormones. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been shown to improve gynecological conditions, especially fertility. Some common conditions that may be improved with balancing these three hormonal systems include:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Irregular cycles
  • Amenorrhea
  • Heavy and/or painful periods
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility
  • Peri-menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritability, insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain/Inability to lose weight
  • Low libido
  • Brain fog
  • Low immune function

 

PRENATAL, pregnancy & POSTPARTUM SUPPORT

Trying to get pregnant, achieving pregnancy, giving birth and taking care of your child(ren) are the most important and rewarding times in a mother’s life. It can also be a time of high stress, exhaustion, and depression. This is a crucial time to feel healthy, strong and mentally stable. Working with pregnant moms and mothers is a joy. The following are common complaints I help with:

  • Can you help with my nausea, vomiting and fatigue of pregnancy?
  • Do you really need a high quality prenatal and postnatal multivitamin?
  • Do you know how much Vitamin D3 to take during pregnancy and while you are nursing?
  • How much EPA to DHA oil should you be taking during your pregnancy?
  • What diet is ideal during my pregnancy and while nursing?
  • Is acupuncture safe and recommended in pregnancy? ABSOLUTELY! It saved me during and after pregnancies.
  • Can acupuncture stimulate a past due pregnancy? YES!
  • Can you help with my postpartum depression?
  • Why am I feeling so exhausted all the time? I’m not pregnant anymore.

 

high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar

Metabolic syndrome, also known as the “Silent Killer” affects 34% of the adult population. It is a cluster of pathologies that includes:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High blood sugar
  3. High triglycerides or fat cells
  4. Low HDL
  5. Obesity

I have worked with clients to improve and normalize their levels with proper nutrition, improved sleep, stress coping mechanisms and exercise.

 

DIGEstion

Unless your digestion is properly functioning, you will not feel healthy – period. I can help you tailor your diet that is right for you and only you. Use of antibiotics in the past, proton pump inhibitors (Omeprazole, Prevacid, Protonix), long-term stress, years of the Standard American Diet (SAD), past episodes of food poisoning and parasites (usually from travel abroad) can disrupt your intestinal flora and lead to constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, halitosis, fatigue, food cravings, inability to lose weight, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, etc.

I often use specialty testing such as food sensitivity tests, comprehensive stool analysis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) breath tests to find out the underlying cause of your symptoms. Some of the following conditions I can help with are:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas/bloat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis)
  • Candida/Yeast overgrowth

 

METABOLIC CLEANSING

The main purpose of Metabolic Cleansing is to enhance elimination by inducing the release of accumulated toxins from the tissues and to facilitate their subsequent detoxification and removal from the body. An accumulation of toxins occurs when elimination cannot keep up with the production of cellular wastes or the absorption of toxins from the environment, which occurs primarily in our intestines, but occasionally via the lungs or skin.

The best way to enhance elimination is with Metabolic Cleansing. Metabolic Cleansing is a comprehensive strategy that boosts the eliminative capacity of the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and skin with a specialized diet and supportive nutritional therapies. In addition, it incorporates therapies that increase the movement of wastes out of cells and tissues and into the blood for transport to the organs of elimination. This is accomplished with natural medicines and nutritional supplements, a supportive diet, gentle exercise and other circulation enhancing techniques, such as yoga, extra rest, and spa therapies (water/thermo therapies). Acupuncture can be added to improve results. Another important component is to “put your mind to it”, to move forward assertively with a positive outlook on the process. Counseling takes Metabolic Cleansing to another level. Emotional detox helps us to “let go” and achieve real resolution of issues. Together this comprehensive approach prevents the unwanted side effects common to other “fasting” or supposed detox protocols and instead creates a powerful health recovery event…one that you will be inspired to repeat again and again, in part or in its entirety, as a valuable health promotion and health maintenance tool.