James Whittle M.S., L.Ac. is an acupuncturist and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM ). He has studied with master acupuncturists, expert physicians and genuine healers from many medical paths, including the renowned Dr. Viet Dzung Tran and Margaret Fields Kean. Thousands of patients have been treated successfully under his care. He is the founder and owner of the Blue Ridge Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina. James has been invited to lecture in China and has visited the country 8 times. He spent 8 months working in Chinese hospitals with some of the most respected doctors in China. He is a graduate of the internship program at The Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He completed a four year clinical masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM ) and acupuncture at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and did his undergraduate work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed ( #238 ) to practice acupuncture and TCM in North Carolina and is board certified by the The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ( NCCAOM ). James now teaches and speaks on many issues related to contemporary medicine, acupuncture and natural and complementary modalities of healing. Most recently James was invited to teach cancer nurses at the annual Oncology Nursing Society in Seattle about integrating Chinese medicine with cancer care in U.S. hospitals. He specializes in diabetes, weight loss, pain conditions, women's health including infertility and cancer.