THE ACUPUNCTURE MASTER
Ping Wang has been based in the Village for the last two decades. He is a truly lovely man – warm and kind and VERY serious about acupuncture. For those of us who have laid on the table for 45 minutes at 421 Mt Eden searching for relief that Western medicine alone cannot deliver, it’s a totally healing experience. Hard working and dedicated to the cause, Ping is truly the Acupuncture Master.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in South China in the Fujian province. Fujian is close to Hong Kong and Taiwan and is very hot, not like north china. My childhood was spent in the countryside. Very peaceful. Very quiet. Not many people. There were mountains and a nice river just in front of my house. Just beautiful. My father always told me that I needed to learn Chinese Medicine because my grandparents and even my father had done it in the past. ‘That’s a good thing. That’s a good career’ he said. Once I went to university, I had to pick a major. I chose Traditional Chinese Medicine School.
So you did what your father asked?
Yes (laughs). At that time, it was very difficult to get into university. Only one in four people made it through, as the entrance exams were difficult. Most people didn’t want to be doctors. It was more popular to choose architecture or civil engineering as back then there was plenty of work in new building construction.
Is that where you met your wife and decided to get married?
I met Bessie at school. China is not like NZ, which is so open minded. We were not allowed to get married while still in school, which was a good thing for us. If we fell in love then we would not have the time with our workload, to get high enough marks. Everyday required studying until late at night. Aim for the high marks and you can get more opportunities to get a good job. This was how I got into the top hospital. My wife too. Once we graduated, we worked for a few years and then got married. We wanted to travel overseas, and NZ opened immigration, and without thinking too much about it we decided to give it a try.
How did your business come about?
In the beginning we had a business in South Auckland but moved to Australia for about 4 months before coming back to NZ. The South Auckland business was taken over by a friend and we started looking for a new place. We just had no idea. Back then not many people knew about acupuncture, so it didn’t matter where the practice was. We set up here and have been in the Village for almost 20 years. Mount Eden locals are open minded and friendly and were open to learning about acupuncture.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy family time. I have two boys who are both studying Health related subjects at university and on Sunday’s we sometimes do a day trip. My favourite places are Coromandel and Tauranga. I love cooking Chinese food and I read a lot – mostly acupuncture related academic journals. There’s still a lot of things we don’t know. When there is something new, we need to think about how to apply the practise for our patients. We always learn what we can improve on.
At the end of the interview I am truly inspired by how dedicated Ping is to his life work and care of his patients. An exceptional human!
To connect with Ping at Village Acupuncture phone (09) 630 3168