Meet the Practitioner

Picture of Dr. Debra Xiangjun Hayes at the IUAES/CUAES International conference in Kunming, China.

Debra Xiangjun Hayes 杜相君, M.A., M.S.O.M, D.A.C.M. L.Ac.

  • Medical and Cultural Anthropologist
  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
    •  Board Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
    •  Licensed Acupuncturist
    •   Practitioner of Eastern & Oriental Medicine

About the Journey and Her Unique Experience

Debra Xiangjun Hayes 杜相君, M.A., M.S.O.M, D.A.C.M., L.Ac. is a practitioner of Eastern and Oriental medicine and an anthropologist whose  life path and illness led her to seek ancient wisdom.  

Once an aspiring  surgeon, the healing path ultimately called her to step beyond custom and convention, to retrace the footsteps of many lives, and learn to see through “native eyes.”
It led her on the quest for ancient wisdom and drew her to peoples and cultures, language and beliefs, traditional and cultural healing practices throughout the  world, the interweaving of medicines. 

While experiencing  firsthand the simple power of Qi Gong, then acupuncture and herbal  medicine, she rededicated her life for the sake of others. Never could  she have imagined where that all lead—to Mainland China for research,  study, practice, medical residencies and apprenticeships, teaching in the medical college in China, and translation. 

Combining the best of Chinese medicine and numerous Eastern medicines, she draws on experience, strategies and  techniques gained during her 20+ year journey to customize treatments and  promote healing. 

She primarily addresses

  •  Autoimmune, chronic and difficult conditions 
  • Pain conditions
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
  •  internal diseases (allergies,  asthma, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, digestive problems, low energy,  menstrual problems, and infertility), 
  • Provides cancer treatment support. 
  •  She can help with many many others.!

To discover how healing begins with a single step, contact her directly at: 630.696.6533. or Schedule Online Now

Her Own Healing Narrative:

While afflicted with her third set of four autoimmune conditions, she penned in a journal many years ago:

  • In March, 8 years ago, after battling Lupus for more than 20 years, I found myself
    alone. I had tried Native American healing methods and herbs. Western Medicine
    had given up on me and I had become allergic to everything including aspirin.
    While staving off impending kidney failure, jaundiced, and getting tired breathing,
    I began calling and emailing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners
    rather blindly until I got a response. Although I could hardly walk a half block at
    the time, I took the train downtown, then a cab to the corner of Michigan and
    Madison and walked about 50 yards to the Chicago office. I entered exhausted and
    began my journey through TCM, not knowing what to expect! (I had only read
    some books and tried some of the self-help techniques including Qi-Gong). I left
    the office after one acupuncture treatment able to walk a mile back to the train
    station in 15 minutes, coat open. Since then, TCM has sustained me, opened several
    doors for cultural exploration and study, and allowed me to rededicate my life.

Traditions, Research, Study & Practice in China

Four degrees later, none of which I planned on, and many more years than I ever expected to live, I am still studying, researching and practicing.

For more than 45 years of my life, I have studied medicine in its various forms and traditions.....


More about my international journey, my Chinese medicine family, and years of study soon............


She spends considerable time listening, asking questions and gathering information.

  • She uniquely understands health challenges and desires for greater quality of life.
  • She strives to give each patient and their family members the very best care. 
  • She sincerely appreciates them and their trust and is honored to share the journey.

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