Jim Eleczko is a board-certified and licensed acupuncturist practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He still does supervised clinical rotations with his mentor and he wakes up every day loving that he gets a chance to help make meaningful changes to patient’s lives.
From my teenage years on I have had a fascination with nutrition, herbal medicine, and eastern philosophy. All throughout my childhood, I suffered from horrible allergies. I remember waking up with my eyes “glued shut” and my mother having to get a hot washcloth just to open my eyes. I also had the pleasure of being allergic to most allergy medicine, when I took it my allergies were only mildly better and I also got extreme mental fog.
After I moved away to college my father suggested I give acupuncture treatment a try, I did this for about eight months and it helped to lessen my allergies a great deal. Then time and life went on and I forgot all about it. After years of independent study of herbal medicine, I looked for the right herbal program to get certified. This was when I stumbled upon the 4-year program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine I enrolled because the founder of the school had a great reputation and because of the underlying philosophical angle the school provided. The founder of the school, Sean Marshall, did his best to create a program as close to the apprenticeship style training in which acupuncture medicine was traditionally learned.
While I was at Jung Tao I got acupuncture treatments for allergies and now my my allergies are a 1 or 2 (on a scale of 1 to 10) where they were a 8 or 9. I will be perfectly honest when I enrolled in the program I never pictured a career sticking needles into people, but as I started to treat people and saw firsthand just how powerful acupuncture therapy can be, I knew without a doubt it was what I wanted to do.
I completed the 4-year program at Jung Tao, where I was lucky to have the opportunity to study with the brilliant Dr. Ed Garbacz, M.D. LAc while he was alive and spent one year working for and studying under Dr. Bonnie Walker, M.D. LAc.
I have also done extensive post-graduate studies in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine from lectures of acupuncturists like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Tran Viet Dzung, Matt Callison, and Edward Obaidey. Though, the most influential teacher I have had is Andrew Nugent-Head, with whom I continue to do supervised clinical rotations so that I can improve my clinical skills and patient results.
I played hockey growing up and now coach my son’s hockey team, I play tennis as much as time allows and my family also loves taking hikes. Besides my family life, my other passions include meditation, qigong, and taichi. I meditate daily and have had a regular qigong practice for over 20 years. In that time I have also had a great gift to study directly with many highly regarded teachers including Terry Li (Ben Lo’s direct disciple), Master Fu Wei Zhong, Master Zhong from Nanjing, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Ping Zheng Chen. I have had formal teacher training and have taught meditation and qigong for groups as large as 100 people. I feel that my formal teacher training in this realm helps me communicate better with my patients.