Faculty

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Shentian Sun, M.D.

Neurologist, Professor, and Advisor for Neuro-Acupuncture Institute

Dr. Shentian Sun was Jason Hao and Linda Hao’s teacher. He has been teaching, researching, and practicing neuro-acupuncture for almost 60 years.

Dr. Shentian Sun was Jason Hao and Linda Hao’s teacher. He has been teaching, researching, and practicing neuro-acupuncture for almost 60 years. He is a leading professor on neuro-acupuncture research in China. He was one of the earliest doctoral mentors for neuro-acupuncture. Dr. Sun established the first neuro-acupuncture department with combined acupuncture and neurology in the 1970’s in China. His model that combined acupuncture with neurology has had great influence over the treatment and research of neurological disorders worldwide. He was appointed as the best doctor in Heilongjiang province in 1994. He is an expert on the treatments of neurological disorders, such as: hemiplegic, aphasia, dementia, bulbar paralysis, a variety of peripheral neuropathy, peripheral nervous disorders, muscular atrophy, epilepsy, and other cranial nerve and facial paralysis disorders. He still treats 60-70 patients everyday and trains many students at the age of 78. He has published numerous books and articles on acupuncture treatments and research. The Neuro-Acupuncture Institute feels very honored to have Dr. Sun as our program advisor.


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Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MBA

Professor, Levels I, II, and III Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Jason Jishun Hao received his bachelor and master degrees of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Heilongjiang University of TCM in Harbin, China in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2004. He has been teaching, practicing and researching acupuncture Chinese medicine for thirty-four years and has been teaching neuro-acupuncture classes and seminars in the West since 1989. He has trained hundreds of acupuncture practitioners and treated thousands of patients with disorders of the central nervous system in the United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai, and Europe. He specialized neuro-acupuncture for the treatment of stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex regional pain, phantom pain, and ataxia. He has taught neuro-acupuncture seminars sponsored by UCLA and Stanford for twelve years. In 2006 Dr. Hao gave a neuro-acupuncture seminar at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC where he successfully demonstrated neuro-acupuncture treatment of phantom limb pain for veterans. His case histories have been printed in the U.S. Army publication Stripes, in Albuquerque Journal, in New Mexicans, in China Daily, and in Alternative Therapies. Jason Hao currently serves as the president at Neuro-Acupuncture Institute. He was the former chairman of the acupuncture committee in the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the former president of the board of directors at Southwest Acupuncture College. Jason Hao is the co-author of the book, Chinese Scalp Acupuncture.


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Linda Lingzhi Hao, DOM, Ph.D.

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class and Advanced Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Linda Lingzhi Hao received her doctorate degree in acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China. Dr. Hao is a co-founder and Vice President of the International Academy of Scalp Acupuncture. Earlier in her professional career, she trained with Dr. Shunfa Jiao, the founder of Scalp Acupuncture. Dr. Hao is a successful practitioner of neuro–acupuncture and has a well-established practice in New Mexico, where she treats patients from all over the United States and abroad. Dr. Hao is also a professor at the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute. She is the co-author of the book Chinese Scalp Acupuncture and has published articles in both the United States and China, including publications in Acupuncture Today and the Chinese Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Hao has also been teaching neuro-acupuncture throughout the country and has collaborated with Dr. Jason Hao in presenting internationally, including seminars in Europe, Canada, and Australia.


Erqiang Li, DOM

Professor, Advance Neuro-Acupuncture class and Advanced Acupuncture Technique class

Dr. Erqiang Li is a Florida Licensed and National Board Certified Acupuncture Physician. Graduated from Heilongjiang (HLJ) University of TCM with an equivalent degree to MD in 1980, a Master degree in 1984 and a PhD in 1990, Dr. Li is a doctor in chief at HLJ Academy of TCM until he came to Europe 1992, where he has taught many professional seminars on in many countries of Europe. Since 2000, Prof. Erqiang Li has taught at Florida Institute of TCM in St Petersburg FL, and taught at East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota FL for years. Dr. Li has run his own office since 2007 as China Acupuncture. Specialized in acupuncture techniques and neurology with over 35 years of clinical experiences, Dr. Li is very popular in his field and is always nicknamed as ‘Magic Needle’.


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David Riley, M.D.

Professor, Case Report Class and Neurology Class

Dr. David Riley MD was board certified in Internal Medicine since 1987 and is trained in a variety of integrative medicine disciplines. He participated in the development of the CONSORT health research reporting guidelines and in 2011 led the development of reporting guidelines for case reports—the CARE Guidelines. The CARE guidelines are available in 9 languages and have been accepted as the standard for published case reports in hundreds of medical journals. He teaches case report writing workshops to practicing clinicians and students. Dr. Riley is and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute and an Editor with The Permanente Journal and Integrative Medicine Clinicians Journal (IMCJ). He consults internationally on case reports, clinical practice, healthcare policy and research.


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Robert J. Furlong, M.D.

Professor, Neurological Examination class

Dr. Furlong is a Board Certified Internist in South Florida who has been teaching medical students, house staff and fellow physicians for the past 40 years. He has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on a variety of subjects. Dr. Furlong was an early physician leader in the Managed Care arena. He was also managing partner of his busy multi-physician practice. Dr. Furlong specialized in diagnosis of complex cases, and yet was known for his exceptional bedside manner. He was dubbed “City doctor, Country heart” in his hospital’s publication. He is currently retired from private practice and is on the voluntary faculty of the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine. Dr. Furlong is happily married and divides his time between Florida and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.


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Richard William Skurla, D.O.

Professor, Neurology Class and Cranial Therapy Class

Dr. Richard William Skurla is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. He is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine with Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Skurla engages in teaching and training physicians in both Europe and the Americas. He directly works with the structure and function of the cranium, brain, nervous system, vascular, lymphatic, organ and musculoskeletal systems in premature infants, children and adults. He is appreciated for his attention to anatomic detail coupled with his expanded awareness of body energetics. From a distant NICU in Lima, Peru to his full-time clinic in Santa Fe, NM, USA, Dr. Skurla’s ability to treat and resolve persistent traumatic disease patterns in thousands of patients for the past 25 years has created a loyal following for his hands-on work.


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Sunil Pai , M.D.

Professor, Nutrition for Neurological Disorders Class and Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Sunil Pai is Board Certified in Holistic Integrative Medicine. After his residency in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico, he became a Fellow of the Program in Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Pai is the Vice President of the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute. Dr. Pai has undergone specialized training in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda, and Intensive Yoga Therapies at the Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in India. Sunil Pai is Medical Director, Elder and Medicine Man of Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Health & Lifestyle Center, a branch of Oklevueha Native American Church in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Pai specializes in custom formulation of dietary supplements including vitamins, minerals, Ayurvedic herbs, medical foods, and homeopathics using safe, clinically effective ingredients. Dr. Pai will be soon releasing his upcoming and highly anticipated book, An Inflammation Nation (Forward by Dr. Andrew Weil), which describes the health benefits of plant-based diets and the use of natural anti-inflammatories for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and cancer. Dr. Pai is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of health conditions.


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David Canzone, DOM

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class and Clinic Management Class

Dr. David Canzone Earned his master degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM in 1988. He owns and manages an Integrative Clinic employing three Doctors of Oriental Medicine and a Massage therapist specializing in the treatment of Oncology Patients, Chronic Pain Management, Women’s health and Pediatrics since 1989. He has had a long-standing interest in integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with western medicine. Working with the local hospital and Oncology physicians he facilitated access for patients for the delivery of Acupuncture services. His private practice focuses on treating physical medicine conditions resulting in acute and chronic pain. He was a member of Hospital Credentialing Committee, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Santa Fe, NM, 1997 and assisted in writing standards for credentialing, clinical pathways and scope of practice for Oriental Medicine at St. Vincent’s Regional Hospital in 1998 David has worked at the state and national levels to promote regulatory access to Acupuncture by the public. He served as a chairman in New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2001 -2003. He serves previous board chair, currently vice chair of the board on the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which is the organization that develops and write the exams used for licensure in most states for Acupuncturists.


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John Scott, DOM,

Professor, Chinese Herbs for Neurological Disorders Class

Dr. John Scott is the founder and president of Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Inc. and has been in private practice and teaching Chinese herbs since 1982. He has contributed his talent and experience to promoting oriental medicine on a local, state, national and international level. He has participated In NCCAOM Chinese Herb Exam Development process in 1995and was awarded “Acupuncturist of The Year” by the American Association of Oriental Medicine in 1997. He served on the Board of Directors of various acupuncture and Oriental medicine Associations in Texas and New Mexico and has been active on the national level. He served as Professional Board Member of New Mexico Board of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from July 1997 October 2001. He is a member of United States Delegation for Technical Advisory Committee for ISO TC 249, which is an international standardization organization technical committee for standardization for certain Traditional Chinese Medicine concerns since 2010. He is a member of NCCAOM Taskforce for Public Awareness Committee since 2015.


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Joseph Yang, DOM,

Professor, TCM Psychotherapy Class

Dr. Joseph Yang received his bachelor and master degrees of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Heilongjiang University of TCM in Harbin, China in 1984 and 1987, respectively. In 1990, Dr. Yang attended AICHI Medical School for training in psychiatric medicine. In 1998 he completed his Ph.D in neuropsychiatry from Kobe University Medical School in Japan. His article, G protein Abnormality in the Superior Cortex of Schizophrenia was featured in the American Journal of Biological Psychiatry as the cover story. His lecture “Earthquick in the Eyes of Psychiatric Doctors”, presented at Shanghai International Conference in 1996, has been influential in the modern approaches to psychotherapy. From 2009 to 2015 Dr. Yang was an active member of the Accreditation Committion for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicane (ACAOM). From his many years in clinical practice and academia Dr. Yang is regarded as an expert in the field for treating mental disorders and internal medicine diseases. Dr. Yang is a gifted professor whose lectures not only thouroughly explain the concepts, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders, but also demonstrate the special techniques and skills unique to TCM in the diagnosis and practice of psychotherapy.


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Zhizhong Nan, DOM,

Professor, Balance Acupuncture Technique Class and Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Zhizhong Nan received his Doctoral Degree in Medicine with a specialization in Acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of TCM. After graduation in 1988, he taught at the university until he came to US to teach at the Colorado School of TCM in 1992. He has done clinical research with Kaiser Permanente and Saint Joseph Hospital on Pain Management. 1995 to 2014, he was the official acupuncturist for the Denver Broncos. Since 2005, he has been a consultant for The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a nonprofit organization that promotes natural health. Over the years, Dr. Nan has been constantly attending advanced programs of study on the latest and the most innovative methods and techniques to help his patients. He has studied the Balance Acupuncture, one of the most powerful methods under the master, Dr. Richard Tan. Dr. Nan is an expert on this ancient very effective and pure meridian based form of acupuncture. He has trained thousands of acupuncturists and has treated thousands of patients with a variety of health issues and illnesses. He is a member of NCCAOM Taskforce for Public Awareness Committee since 2015.

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Poney Chiang Ph.D MS.TOM. L.Ac

Professor, Level II

He received a Doctoral degree in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York.  His clinical focus are dermatology, pain and neurological disorders.  Poney Chiang is an adjunct professor and director of the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program for the Faculty of Health at York University (Toronto).

Poney has been invited to lecture at the World Federation Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture,  Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Walter Reed Medical Center, Order of Acupuncture of Quebec as well as physician and physical therapist organisations in Europe and South America.

He is an expert in peripheral neuro-anatomy of acupoints and their associated neuro-modulation needle techniques.  His research interests include cadaver-dissection and MRI-based research of the neuro-anatomy of acupoints.  Poney is currently focusing on writing an integrative acupuncture textbook with Paradigm publication. His hobbies include mind-body cultivation exercises and historical swordsmanship.


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Yuxin He, PhD, M.D.

Professor, Treatment of Anxiety and Depression Class

Dr. Yuxin He received his Ph.D. in Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine in1994. He serves AOMA as Dean of Academics and as a senior faculty member. He is the author of eight books on Chinese medicine and has published a number of scholarly articles in respected professional journals. Dr. He earned his degrees and taught in five of China’s top medical schools and has received many awards and honors over the years. With more than thirty years of experience to his credit, Dr. He is particularly well known for his application of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of diseases, including pain management, sport injury, mental disorders, and palliative care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. As a proponent of integrative protocols, Dr. He has also studied Western medicine and passed all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. He is able to incorporate elements of both Western and Eastern care in his treatments to provide excellent and timely care to his patients. Dr. He is a member of the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) examination development committee. Dr. He is also a member of the editorial committee for the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and for Global Advances in Health & Medicine.


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Jill Johnson, MS, PT.

Professor, Yoga Class and Physical Therapy Class

Jill is the founder of Ancient Healing Arts Yoga studio in Lebanon, NH, the longest running yoga studio in the Upper Valley. She has been practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1988 and currently studies regularly with Patricia Walden, one of the most senior Iyengar teachers in the country. Jill has been to Pune, India six times to study with the Iyengar family and to assist in the Medical Classes. She has been a physical therapist since 1984 with specialties in Geriatrics and Women’s Health. She enjoys combining her physical therapy knowledge with her love of yoga in teaching classes, privates and workshops.


Anna Will, PT

Professor, Physical Therapy Class

Anna Will qualified as a Physiotherapist in Germany in 1988 and moved to England in 1997. Anna has been working with children with disabilities since 1991. She completed her Bobath training in 2001 and has specialised in Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurological disorders at a specialist centre, White Lodge Centre, since 2002. She lead the therapy team both for the children and adult therapy, run an Early Assessment Clinic together with Paediatric Consultants and Neonatal Consultants as well as a regular BOTOX clinic for children with Neurological Disorders. At the end of 2011 she started up her own private practice to intensify the use of the horse in therapy (Hippotherapy) until 2014 when she relocated back to Germany. In May 2015 Anna Will attended the Course with Dr Jason Hao, Chinese Scalp Acupuncture for disorders of the Central Nervous System and visited Dr Hao in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for 2 weeks to continue her training in Scalp Acupuncture. Anna Will has given regular training in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with Neurological Disorders to fellow therapists, nurses, students and doctors.


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Chris Butler, DOM

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Chris Butler began studying Oriental Medicine in the late 1970’s in Boston. He began study at the Kototama Institute in 1980 and graduated in 1983 when he got his first license from the State of New Mexico. He practiced in El Paso, Texas for 10 years and got his license in Texas in 1995. he went to Harbin, China the first time in 1987 and met Dr. Hao. He returned to Harbin several times later and was able to study scalp acupuncture with one of Dr. Hao’s teachers, Dr. Sun Shen-tian. Chris has served as Vice President and Board member for the Texas Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, worked for the Texas Workers Compensation Commission (TWCC) and also as a consultant to the Texas Acupuncture and Medical Boards. He currently practices in Austin, Texas.


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Brian McKenna, Lic. Ac.

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Brian McKenna has been studying Chinese healing arts since 1978. He has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1986. He graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe,NM and did postgraduate studies at the HeilongJiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin where he began his study of scalp acupuncture. He served as a registered trainer for NADA in Europe from 1991-1998. During that period he trained several hundred medical personnel in auricular acupuncture for chemical dependency and mental health problems as well as supervising a TCM teaching clinic. Upon his return to the United States He served as a clinical supervisor at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and currently maintains a busy private practice in Houston, Texas.


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Charles Meyers, Lic. Ac.

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Charles Meyers started his study of Oriental Medicine in 1980 at the Kototama Institute in Sant Fe, NM. Dropping our for family reasons, he returned to Southwest Acupuncture College, in Santa Fe in 1990, graduating in 1994. He has maintained a private clinic since that time. He learned Scalp Acupuncture, aka Neuro-Acupuncture, in the early 90’s from Dr. Jason Hao. Charles also started T’ai Chi and qigong in 1974, and began teaching in the late 1990’s. He has been teaching in three independent senior living centers for the last 8 years, as well as general public classes. In 1997 he began the practice of zen meditation in Jemez Springs, NM, and received lay ordination in 2004.


Yi Cao, DOM

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Yi Cao received his bachelor degree of Acupuncture from Heilongjiang university of TCM in harbin, China, in 1988. From 1988 to 2000, he worked at Mudanjiang 2nd hospital, Heilongjiang, China, and became the leader of the Acupuncture Department. From 2001 to present, he is the professor and supervisor of the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese medicine, also is the chairman of Acupuncture Department. He current practices in Denver, Colorado.


Li Xu, DOM

Professor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Li Xu received both her Master degree and Ph.D. degree from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine where scalp acupuncture is widely applied in hospitals and clinics. Dr. Li Xu spent more than 11 years following different professors and masters in China. Dr. Xu’s doctorate degree tutor, Dr. Zhongren Sun, is the current President of HLJUCM and one of the masters of scalp acupuncture in China. From 2004 to 2015, Dr. Xu has been teaching different acupuncture and herbology classes at Southwest Acupuncture College. From 2006 to 2013, Dr. Li Xu was the Clinic Director and Academic Dean of Southwest Acupuncture College. Dr. Li Xu was the Campus Director of SWAC Albuquerque campus for 5 years and she was the China Trip Director who organized Advanced Acupuncture Study Program in Harbin, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine for 8 years. Dr. Li Xu has several articles published in different journals and magazines in America, and two Chinese Medicine books published in China.


Dawei Shao, DOM

Professor, Neurological Examination class

Dr. Dawei Shao, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, M. S. O. M, Dipl. O.M., Bachelor Degree in Clinical Medicine (China). Dr. Shao received 5 years training on western medicine in China, and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Clinical Medicine in 1996. In 2000, Dr. Shao received Master Degree on Medical Management in China. In 2006, Dr. Shao graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College with a degree of Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. Soon after that, he received his Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and earned his practice license in New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Shao started his private practice and has been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New Mexico since 2007. Dr. Shao worked as the Academic Dean, taught classes and supervised student clinics at Albuquerque and/or Santa Fe campus between 2007 and 2012.


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Thomas Hodge, DOM

Instructor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Thomas Hodge has been studying and working alongside Dr. Jason Hao in his Santa Fe clinic nearly three years. He has seen first hand the near miraculous effects of neuro-acupuncture for the treatment and management of neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, respectively. In addition to his unique experience with Dr. Hao Dr. Hodge’s clinical experiences include Christus St. Vincent’s Cancer Center and Rehabilitation Center and Santa Fe Indian Hospital. He is an active lecturer at Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital for Parkinson’s support groups. He is an executive board member of Neuro-acupuncture Institute 501(c)3 and a member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies’ subcommittee for brain research.


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Xin Tong, DOM

Instructor, Neuro-Acupuncture Class

Dr. Xin Tong is a Medical Doctor with a specialty in Neurology (China) and Acupuncture Physician. He received his Chinese medicine education and his post-graduate training from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Tong has been engaged in clinical, teaching and scientific research work for more than fifteen years. Presently, he holds the office of full time Acupuncture Physician, Clinic Director, Academic Professor at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM). Dr. Tong is a Council member of the New Council of 2nd board of directors of Pediatrics Specialty Committee (PSC) of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), a contributing editor of “Towards a New Era” and reviewer of many famous international medical journals. Dr. Tong currently has a patent related to Acupuncture, a number of traditional Chinese medicine publications and more than 30 articles.