About me

About me

My name is Jacob Cain McRae, and I am a state licensed acupuncturist, board certified herbalist and bodyworker of the AOBTA. I pursued this career because I was a very ill person for the majority of my life. I was raised in a family with a lot of health troubles, and continuously saw that the regime of antibiotics, antidepressants and painkillers weren’t helping address the real issue.

A practice in Yoga introduced me to aspects of Ayurveda and holistic medicine. I chose to study at AOMA because it is one of the best integrative medicine graduate schools in the nation. While there, I studied and interned as an acupuncturist and herbalist for four years. I discovered that helping people recover from illness, trauma and injury was my true passion, and I’ve never looked back since. 

Prior to studying Eastern Medicine, I acquired my Bachelor of Arts in English at The University of Texas in 2010. I then attended UT’s Graduate School of Information Science, and worked many jobs in Research, Public Relations, Editing, Webdesign. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, qi gong and dancing. 

What does L. Ac. mean?

L. Ac. stands for Licensed Acupuncturist. This title implies that I am registered with the Texas Medical Board, which is required to practice acupuncture legally in the state of Texas.

To become an L. Ac., one must complete a four-year graduate degree, a 1,000+ hour clinical internship, four board exams on Biomedicine, Herbal Treatment of Disease, Acupuncture Techniques and Philosophical Foundations on Oriental Medicine. It is a stringent process that guarantees that you will be taken care of by competent healthcare practitioners.

Why do gua sha & cupping leave marks?

These techniques move stagnant blood in the muscles and fascia. As the coagulated substances are loosened and combed out, petechia are brought toward the superficial layers of the dermis. This will allow the body to disperse knots and cellular waste from chronic inflammation.

The marks you see are not bruising from the technique; they are manifestations of your body’s own inflammation, made visible. Heat and

Is acupuncture different than dry needling?

Dry needling is an acupuncture technique, and was originated by acupuncturists. Physical therapists and other healthcare practitioners use dry needling certification to by pass the legal venues needed to practice acupuncture legally. An acupuncturist undergoes around 2,000 clinical hours of acupuncture training, while other adjunct healthcare providers typically receive one weekend of training in acupuncture techniques like dry-needling.

What kind of techniques do I use? 

It is said that “there are many paths to the top of the mountain.” I work with you to develop the best plan and treatment possible. The following list are commonly used tactics to promote relief in my patients. 

  1. Cupping / Myofascial Decompression
  2. Gua Sha 
  3. Tuina
  4. Medical Qi gong
  5. Reiki
  6. Sound & Vibrational tools
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What is CAIN Healing Arts? 

CAIN Healing Arts is my dream for balanced, integrative healthcare turned into a business. I provide bodywork therapy services, herbal advice, and mind-body exercise routines for patients. I am constantly working and researching to provide the best care possible.

CAIN stands for Celestial Analytics and Iatromathematic Naturalism. The premise of this acronym is that time and space orient us toward certain pathologies, and by investigating our body’s reaction to these seasonal manifestations, we can begin to ameliorate and alter the root our illnesses. The more that we can harmonize our body with the environment, through behavioral, postural and nutritional augmentation, the more we can tap into our innate healing ability.

The cells of our body alter and adapt to the conditions they are subject to, especially to conditions of stress. Treatments with bodywork can bring the body back toward relaxation, inducing homeostatic conditions, balancing yin and yang. When harmony of our internal world and external world is achieved, true health is experienced.

I want to be a collaborative healer, so I encourage patients to acquire a Medical Doctor’s opinion so we guarantee safety and efficacy. If you have lab tests, x-rays or other pertinent diagnostic information, please bring those documents as they can dramatically alter the treatment protocol.

What attracted me to Eastern Medicine?

I never imagined studying Eastern Medicine, though it makes sense now. I was born very ill, with a respiratory disorder that made me very susceptible to chronic lung and sinus infections. In my youth, I was routinely put on antibiotics, which helped momentarily with tonsillitis, strep and other bacterial infections, but never targeted the root of my immune deficiency. I suffered also from horrible anxiety and mental anguish. Every time I tried to use a pharmaceutical for depression, it became worse, so I had to forge a different path for myself.

I felt obligated to seek a different way of healing that was less chemically charged. When I found yoga and started doing it regularly, my health improved so much that I began reading and researching less harsh ways to permanently expel chronic disorders. I am certain that Eastern Medicine can help with issues such as anxiety, insomnia, asthma, chronic pain, and much more. If I cannot help you, I hope to point you in the right direction.


Thank you for your time. 

Questions or comments? Use the contact form or give me an e-mail directly: jacobcainmcrae@gmail.com.


AOBTA Certified Practitioner