About Us

Andrew Appello,


Andrew Appello is a practicing clinical herbalist, acupuncturist, and family nurse practitioner whose commitment to natural therapies and traditional Asian healing modalities began in his youth with his pursuit of the martial arts. His instructors were teachers who kept the ancient practice of combining traditional healing modalities with the various martial arts forms. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rider University, Andrew turned his focus to his lifelong commitment to the study of the martial arts and their accompanying ancient healing disciplines. He pursued formal training of these therapies at highly regarded American schools, and apprenticed with leaders in the fields of acupuncture and herbal therapeutics.

Andrew Appello received a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, covering both internal and external medicine, from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan. Here, he studied three styles of acupuncture:

  • Japanese Acupuncture under Kilko Matsamoto
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
  • Western Acupuncture, including bio-medical acupuncture and trigger point therapy

and two forms of herbal healing:

  • Kanpo Japanese Herbal Therapy
  • Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

He enhanced this training by graduating from David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, New Jersey. Here, he completed the two-year intense herbalist training program and a one-year graduate course.  These programs encompassed Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine, Cherokee herbal medicine, physio-medicalism, Thompsonian herbal medicine, Medicine of the Eclectics, Unani-Tibb and Western European Herbal medicine.  He now holds the position of  instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda at the school.

Over the course of his studies he learned Japanese Shiatsu and apprenticed with a master South African-Indian healer in ayurvedic reflexology and herbal therapy.

After beginning practice in 2007 he continued his education by completing a program in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a master of science in nursing at Felician University.

He recently completed his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Health and Sciences

Current studies include:

  • Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification with the Kerala Ayurveda Academy
  • Manual Medicine Certification at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

As an acupuncturist and nurse practitioner, Andrew views each patient as a dynamic, holistic individual. His knowledge and practice of several different styles of acupuncture, including Japanese style, Acupuncture Physical Medicine (a musculoskeletal form of acupuncture involving trigger point release), Traditional/Classical Chinese Medicine, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, and Die Da (martial arts trauma medicine), allows him to customize the optimal treatment to suit the patient’s condition and need. He takes a clinical approach to healing with natural, effective modalities and a holistic health and life-style approach to restoring balance and optimum health to the patient. His extensive and committed healing practice is complemented by his on-going training and teaching of the martial arts, yoga, meditation, and master-level Usui Reiki. Besides earning a black belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do, he has also studied the Yang style of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yin Fu Bagua Zhang, Shao Lin Long Fist and other styles.

In addition to clinical practice, Andrew enjoys teaching community and professional classes on East-meets-West medicine, spirituality, holistic practices, healthy eating, Reiki, yoga, and the martial arts.  He is available for workshops upon request.