is a long time Alameda resident and an expert in
the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with over 30 years of study
and experience. He brings to his practice an extensive knowledge base,
compassionate care and a commitment to end suffering. He is an expert
in treating chronic disease states arising from internal organ disharmonies.
John's greatest contribution may be his ability to
make the Path of Eastern Healing understandable to Westerners. He teaches
acupuncture students at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences,
lectures on Chinese Medicine to both small groups and large conferences,
provides Continuing Education courses for acupuncturists and works ceaselessly
to educate his patients to inspire the lifestyle changes necessary for
- Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
- Licensed Acupuncturist
- Host, The Balancing Point
- Certified Integrative Diabetes Protocol, Xin Hua Hospital, China
- Certified Gynecology & Internal Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
- Fellow American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
- Diplomate National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
- Qualified Medical Evaluator
- Professor Five Branches
- Professor ACCHS
- Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley, Integrative Medicine
- Lecturer, The Commonwealth Club, SF
- Co-author, Practical Fertility, The 90 Day Plan
- Nutrition and Vitamins: The course focuses on the study of human nutrition, which includes the assimilation and utilization of vitamins and minerals. The course uses a biochemical and medical Paradigm.
- Taiji & TCM Philosophy: The class covers the daily practice of Taiji Quan and Qi Gong, strengthens and harmonizes the body, enabling the student to learn the energy channels of the body firsthand. The practice of Taiji Quan functions as a bridge to good meditation. In turn, it leads to a dynamic understanding of traditional Chinese medicine through the unification of mind, breath and action.
- Taiji & Qi Gong: The student learns several foundational stretching and Qi Gong exercises, and the Thirteen Basic Postures of this short Taiji form, as well as an introduction to the traditional Yang style long form.
- Herbology I: This course introduces methods on how to release surface, clear heat, cool blood, clear damp heat, relieve toxicity, clear summer heat, purgatives, moist laxatives, expellants, drain dampness, expel wind damp, expel hot and cold phlegm, stop cough and asthma, aromaic transform dampness.
- Herbology II: The course introduces methods on how to relieve food stagnation, regulate qi, stop bleeding, invigorate blood, warm interior, and expel cold, tonify qi and glodd, tonify yang, stabilize, settle the spirit, open orifices, stop internal wind, expel parasites and external application.
- Herbology-Formulas I: This course includes: release surface, clear qi level heat, cool the blood, clear heat toxin, clear heat from the organs, clear the falst heat, purge, moisten the intestine, tonify and purge, harmonize the liver and spleen, stomach and intestine, stop malaria, warm interior and channels, tonify qi, blood, etc.
- Herbology-Formulas II: This course includes: stabilize and bind, calm the spirit, open orificces, regulate qi, blood, relieve food stagnation, transform dampness, clear phlegm and stop coughing, extinguish internal wind, moisten the dryness, expel parasites, etc.
- Herb Pharmacology & Chinese Nutrition: The course is an overview of herb pharmaceutical interactions in the clinical setting, including the prevention of adverse reaction to herb formulas. The course also introduces Chinese dietary theory and clinical dietetic practice as a branch of TCM.
- Practice Management: The course introduces the basic knowledge of acupuncture practice requirement, teaches how to build up an office, develop, set up accounting and billing system, insurance claim, professional liability, record keeping, etc.
- Ethics: This course is designed to give students both American and Chinese medical ethics, and state acupuncture laws.
- TCM Research Seminar: Students will learn how to search TCM scientific information through classroom lecturing, discussion, and field training, through self study and academic references of selected topics. The students will design a TCM research subject, conduct TCM research and write a paper under the professor's instruction. Basic theories and ideas are presented and discussed.
- Public Health: The course introduces students to public health by describing its history and its principles, including the following subjects: disease prevention, health education, health promotion, community health, the social, behavioral, and environmental factors to health and illnesses, chemical dependency, communicable diseases, public health alerts, and epidemiology.
- Clinic Supervisor Level 1. Observer Level: In the first stage as an observer, the student learns every maintenance, preparation of needles, herb dispensing (including inventory control), patient record-keeping, and clcerical duties. In the area of patient treatment, the student observes senior students, the supervisor and patient during interview, diagnosis, treatment and prescription of herbs, and performs Tui Na acupressure.
- Clinic Supervisor Level 2. Pre-Internship Level: The student is promoted to pre-intern. In this phase of clinical training, the student assists with taking medical history, performs Tui Na acupressure, and under supervision, stimulates patients' needles. The student also performs patient treatment under direct supervision. The student helps the interns to interview patients, make initial diagnosis, and evaluate the patients' condition using Chinese and, when applicable, western diagnostic techniques. Under the supervisor's direction the student participates in discussions about the diagnosis and the principle of treatment, and administers needles, moxibustion, cupping, etc. Under supervision, the student starts to write patient's histories, prescribes and prepares herbal medicines for the patient.
- Clinic Supervisor Level 3. Internship Level: In the final stage, as an intern, the student assumes primary responsibility for the patient diagnosis and treatment, but discusses each case with the clinic supervisor before and after treatment. The intern is responsible for demonstrating accurate clinical procedures when treating patients, is responsible for showing pre-interns methodologies characteristic to acupuncturists within a clinical environment. The intern must show leadership, poise, and confidence when addressing assistant pre-interns and observer questions. The Intern never assumes complete authority. East case will be reviewed and signed by the on-duty supervisor in order to maintain consistency.
I have chosen to practice and teach TCM as my primary
daily relationship with the world because after much looking, I found
it to be the most complete, well-rounded, holistic form of healing art
available. The true practice of this art forces me to contemplate daily
the true nature of being, being human, being in a body, and being in communication
and relationship with others.
Being trained from the moment of my birth to a Western
Paradigm of thought, which by its nature is primarily dualistic, linear,
reductionist and materialistic, I find it difficult to truly surrender
to a holistic paradigm. The struggle to surrender to the true nature of
what is, including our humanity, is the task most worthy of my attention.
The practice of TCM facilitates my daily contemplation
of this and allows me to serve others in bringing balance, harmony, self-awareness
and ultimately self-healing into their lives.
- Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The four-year professional
degree curriculum in TCM includes approximately 3000 hours of didactic
training in Chinese and Western Medicine and 1000 hours of clinical training.
Students receive training in the following key areas: TCM diagnosis and
treatment which include Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, Tai Ji and
Qi Gong, nutrition, and Western medicine including diagnosis and pharmacology.
MSTCM degree is awarded after passing comprehensive examinations and completing
a Master's thesis.
- Licensed Acupuncturist. California Acupuncturists are licensed and governed
by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Acupuncture Board. To become a
Licensed Acupuncturist, one must complete a four-year TCM program in an
accredited college of Oriental Medicine or a tutorial program with a qualified
practitioner and pass the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam. Licensed
Acupuncturists are also qualified to prescribe herbal medicine.
- Diplomate National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. Acupuncture Orthopedics is a 315 hour program that has been in existence since 1989. The full program consists of 10 modules as listed on the left plus 40 hours of observation with different neuromusculoskeletal practitioners. Rigorous written and practical examinations are required for full certification by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics.
- The Five Branches University Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is 1280 hours in length, composed of 576 didactic hours and 704 clinical hours. DAOM program standard admission requires a Masterís degree (or Masterís level diploma) in TCM or Oriental Medicine from an ACAOM-accredited program or candidate institution, with at least 2800 hours.