By Kimberly Burk

Dr. Brandy Valentine said she is a practitioner of Chinese medicine because “It’s something that I owe the universe.”

Valentine is the owner of Lotus Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Broken Arrow, having treated thousands of patients in her 17 years in business.

“I got sick when I was in college, and the doctors gave me no hope for ultimate healing, and I started seeking out my own stuff and came across it and fell in love with Chinese medicine,” she said.

She holds a doctorate in Chinese medicine, and her practice includes acupuncture, herbal remedies, body work, cupping and lifestyle suggestions.

“Fertility and oncology are my specialties,” said Valentine, who is Cherokee.

For patients struggling with infertility, acupuncture helps with circulation to the uterus, Valentine said. She said it also helps with endometriosis and balances hormones, as do herbal remedies.

With oncology patients, “we work on the emotional turmoil of cancer treatment. Chinese medicine also helps with the side effects of chemo and radiation.”

Valentine said she has treated Native American women who had been abused, helping them restart their lives.

“Acupuncture releases endorphins from your brain that make you feel better,” she said.

“I know that a lot of Native Americans are not getting the mental and emotional assistance that I feel like Chinese medicine can provide.”

Valentine grew up in Blackwell. She said her great-grandmother knew traditional medicine but did not pass it on to the family. She learned some things about Native healing from friends from other tribes when she lived in Ponca City.

“I’m very grateful to them,” she said.

Valentine said she has worked with a Native American grandmother from the Cherokee tribe who was her mentor, where she learned about smudging and meditation with Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Valentine and her partner have four children between them.

“The two older ones that live with us, they like acupuncture,” she said.

In her spare time, she plays roller derby and teaches belly dancing.

Belly dancing helps women develop confidence, she said.

“You are moving your body and not caring if you are looking silly, and you are around other women who aren’t judging you. It’s just women getting together and enjoying one another. No pressure.”