Today’s episode is an interview with Allie Xu, The Chinese Medicine Pharmacist. She’s an Australian Pharmacist, entrepreneur, holistic health coach, Period Pride Advocate, and Chinese Medicine student.
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Allie was born and raised in a fourth-generation medical family in Shanghai, China and moved to Australia when she was 15 years old. She’s a registered pharmacist and holistic health coach. Currently, Allie is completing her Master of Chinese Medicine with a major in Acupuncture.
As a holistic health coach, she is passionate about showing the connection between emotion, mind, and body. She uses Eastern and Western Medicine philosophies and coaching methods to assist her clients to first notice imbalances and then work to achieve balance. The goal is to maintain optimal health and avoid chronic illness—both mental and physical—down the line.
She is the Founder of the Global Pharmacy Entrepreneur Community, the host of Pharmacy Entrepreneur TV on YouTube, and the host of Pharmacy Entrepreneur Podcast. Allie invites Pharmacists from different parts of the world to network and develop an Entrepreneur Mindset and skills.
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Highlights from the interview
Allie advocates networking, collaborating, connecting people, and building relationships. She helps pharmacists who feel trapped in a traditional pharmacist role.
The Global Pharmacy Entrepreneur Community was founded to connect innovative pharmacists from different parts of the world who want to learn about entrepreneurship, mindset, and skills so they can be healthier and happier both mentally and physically.
She helps people who are experiencing gender-based discrimination, humiliation, and oppression, especially women. Allie advocates Period Pride. She joined a “hack-a-thon” at the University of Queensland to help remove the shame and stigma associated with menstruation. Her team partnered with an Australian charity group called “Share the Dignity,” which distributes period products to women who are homeless, at-risk, and/or experiencing domestic violence. Donated period products are available, however, some women are too ashamed to ask for them.
Allie believes that period shame and stigma need to be addressed in young, school-aged girls (age 12-18). Advocating Period Pride important to Allie because health professionals can talk to young women about this topic and make a difference. The period is a natural process, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about it. Safety is an issue, and the right products need to be used. Men and young men need to be educated too so they can support the women they care about. Use #periodpride to show your support of Period Pride.
Allie is also an educator. She educates pharmacists to take time to find their motivation, core values, vision, strengths and weaknesses, personality, “why,” and more. Have a vision first.
Allie is pursuing her Master of Chinese Medicine with a major in Acupuncture. Some may seek acupuncture to improve sleep, energy, and stress levels. She will graduate and become a practitioner in 2021. Some of the students in her class are chiropractors, general practitioners, naturopathic practitioners, and nurses. She may pursue a PhD after the Master of Chinese Medicine so she can specialize. She is exploring her options now and trying to figure out what problems she wants to solve.
Allie is a holistic health coach and life coach. She uses Eastern and Western Medicine. She uses tools to assess physical health, emotional health, financial health, relationship health, career health, creativity, environment, and family history. Her clients are women. She helps them find their purpose and what drives them. Then, she addresses the mind-body connection and helps them regulate their emotions and stay motivated.
Allie became interested in practicing Chinese Medicine because of family influence. Allie was raised knowing both Eastern and Western medicine. Allie was curious how Chinese Medicine could help prevent disease and lead to a long, healthy life. Plus, she wanted to understand her heritage more deeply from the Chinese Medicine point of view.
Allie also uses her voice on social media. She has a YouTube Channel, a Podcast, and a Facebook Group. She interviews successful pharmacist entrepreneurs from different parts of the world. She also interviews entrepreneurs in other industries (ex: tech and business). It helps expose pharmacists to other entrepreneurs. The opportunities a full-time pharmacist has to network are limited. Allie can provide a service to them through her social media channels. She believes that the entrepreneurs who consumer her content are growth-minded and innovative. She truly enjoys getting to know entrepreneurs from around the globe, building relationships, collaborating, and networking. Allie invites people to share questions and accomplishments on her platforms. Check out Allie’s social media channels:
What’s a typical week like for Allie? She works as a pharmacist in a community practice setting one day/week. She is a student. She consults online. She is an advocate and a networker.