Our Providers

Our providers serve patients at 2 Austin acupuncture clinic locations. 

Qiao ‘Chelsea’ Xu, MD (China), LAc

“To me, the most important aspect of Chinese medicine is its holistic approach."

Dr. Qiao “Chelsea” Xu was born into a family that emphasized traditional Western medicine, and she always thought that she would follow in her grandfather and uncle's footsteps into medicine. However, her grandfather developed a liver disease untreatable with Western medicinal techniques, and it was traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that ultimately helped him recover. After this event, Dr. Xu changed her aspirations and began studying TCM.

Dr. Xu graduated in 1983 from the University of Liaoning Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Before moving to America, she worked as a doctor in a traditional Chinese hospital for three years. After relocating, she began practicing acupuncture in a MD’s clinic in Chicago and later moved to Austin in 1997.

Dr. Xu brings a positive attitude, compassion, and encouragement to the patients in her acupuncture practice: “To me, the most important aspect of Chinese medicine is its holistic approach, emphasizing the relationship between the different parts of the body and its surroundings.”

In addition to her thirty plus years of acupuncture and Chinese herbal experience, Dr. Xu has also practiced qigong, taichi and yoga for over twenty five years, utilizing concepts from these practices in her treatments. Dr. Xu has been a clinical supervisor at AOMA since 2003, where she also teaches qigong and taichi.  

Clinic Specialties:

  • Pain management
  • Woman’s health
  • Digestive disorders
  • Respiratory disease (allergies, asthma etc)
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and stress
  • Children’s health

Licensure and Certification

  • Texas State Board of Medical Examiners License
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Patient Testimonials

"Dr. Xu treated me for pain associated with a re-injury to the already-injured ligaments and tendons surrounding my right ankle. My range of motion improved a 100 fold and the constant pain I had suffered with for 5 weeks was relieved. I walked out of the treatment room feeling 75% relief. The remaining pain feels as if it is more weight-related rather than injury-related. As long as I keep the ankle non-weight bearing, I am pain free. That's amazing! Dr. Xu prescribed an herbal formula that has continued to help with the pain and swelling. I am so grateful for her kindness and sensitivity. Dr. Xu prepared me for the sensitivity I might experience with some of the acupoints used and she even helped me to the car after my treatment. I am so thankful to have some relief from the constant pain!" - Audrey S.