In the mid 1980s I planned to go to Western medical school because it made more sense to me, a modernized young Chinese man, with all its scientific-based information. But my father, a winery engineer, directed me to find a school which provided equal education in both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine – as he put it "Traditional Chinese Medicine has withstood three thousand years worth of tests and trials and has never been overridden, including the introduction of Western medicine to the Chinese people in 1820." As an example, he told me that his two-years night sweats was cured by only 15 sessions of acupuncture treatment, which were provided by my great aunt.
In my first year of medical school, one of my roommates had a toothache in one of his wisdom teeth and we gave him ibuprofen (it was not an over the counter drug at that time in China) and he was very excited because it killed the pain right away. Then we found out he had to take the drug every 4 hours and increase the dosage gradually. The next day he stopped taking the drug because of the effects it had on his stomach. On his next visit, he received acupuncture treatment on his hand and applied herbal powder to his gums to stop the pain and clear the inflammation. The pain stopped after 3 days’ treatment and the patient was able to keep his wisdom tooth.
In 1996, in honor of many achievements, I was recognized as the Provincial Outstanding Young Physician in Sichuan Province.
In 2000, I was invited to American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) Houston, to train graduate students to become acupuncturist and provide continue education to physicians on acupuncture and integrated medicine.
In order to provide a comprehensive integrated care for patients, I have passed the rigorous tests, and became one of only licensed acupuncturist and herbologist, and physician from China in Houston recognized as Diplomate of American Academy of Pain Management in 2005.
In order to educate healthcare providers in Texas Medical Center, I have participated acupuncture research at Baylor College of Medicine, and Acupuncture for chemo-induced side effects at MD Anderson Cancer Center, while giving lectures at Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Memorial-Hermann Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, and the Institute for Spirituality and Health at TMC.
My integrative practice attracts many physicians and Houstonians’ attention. I am greatly honored to have attracted the attention of and be mentored by medical and community leaders (impressed by the healing power of my skills and approach of integrated medicine first hand) such as: Dr. Michael DeBakey, Mr. Stan Marek (a well-known and highly respected Houston philanthropist), and Mr. Michael Jhin, (Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System).
In September, 2013, I became the only acupuncturist who is privileged by hospital and only acupuncturist can go into hospital to advise physicians and treat patients in Houston.
After 20 years of medical practice, my deepest appreciation goes to all the great Chinese and Western medical doctors who have bestowed their healing knowledge upon us, including Dr. Margit Winstrom, Dr William Riley and Dr. Christina Stemmler.
Secondly, I thank my father whose initial advice led me to my pursuit and enjoyment of practicing integrative medicine. In the beginning of my medical practice, I used many more drugs due to their rapid effects. Not long after, I realized that traditional Chinese therapies would be my therapeutic priority for many of my patients after giving them a full and complete diagnosis based on my integrated knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine. The advantages of integrative medicine are obvious because it enables me to look at the patient from both perspectives and provide a wider range of treatment options, often avoiding unnecessary and hazardous actions by carefully selecting the safest and most effective approach to the patient’s problem from either system of medicine.
Finally, my appreciation goes to Tai Chi-Qigong Masters Jinhui Song, Ziyi Li, and Mogen Lin. With distinct honor I became a sixth generation Tai Chi disciple and received Master-to-Disciple training since 1989. Such training enlightens me to heal a person physically and mentally with energy medicine.