Nan Yi grew up in Korea, where her grandfather was a renowned herbalist. As a young child, she became inspired by him and developed a very strong interest in Herbal Medicine.
She spent several years studying with him and he taught her many things about Chinese medicine. She learned about the nature of Yin and Yang and how to prepare special herbal formulas to treat different conditions.
She also learned about the importance of seasonal Chinese food ingredients that balance the body, for example, how bitter melon rids the body of dampness and helps with liver function, and how chicken soup with Goji berries and dates help with blood circulation.
All of the knowledge and wisdom that she gathered from her grandfather is reflected in her practice every day by her passion to help her patients. She studied Buddhism with monks at a local temple and developed her own philosophy on the five elements after a year of study. These essential concepts are necessary to clearly understand the connection between the 5 viscera (5 Yin organs) and the 6 bowels (6 Yang organs) in the human body.
Nan Yi also learned to meditate, and as she improved her ability she came to the realization that it was her greatest desire to help people who had emotional problems. She now uses this knowledge with her patients.
She effectively teaches her patients to understand their symptoms and signs in oriental medicine, and she shares information on the best way to maintain health, which includes diet and exercise.
Nan Yi contributed to an article in "Vogue Knitting International" Magazine, Winter 2003 edition, titled “Repetitive Strain Injury”: A Knitter’s Primer, on the use of Acupuncture to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The National Institute of Health has approved the use of acupuncture for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Nan Yi has great success in treating this condition with many patients.