Dr. Maoshing Ni, or Dr. Mao as he is affectionately known, is a 38th-generation doctor of Chinese medicine and co-founder of Yo San University, a college of Traditional Chinese Medicine in southern California. He is considered ‘an authority on Taoist anti-aging medicine’ and has written many books on this topic. I think my favorite books are “Secrets of Longevity” for its common-sense wisdom in an easy-to-read format (which I have referenced many times for my patients’ use), “Second Spring“, another easy reference about treating menopausal symptoms naturally,” and his latest book, “Secrets of Longevity Cookbook” (I wrote a review of this cookbook that can be found here). Dr. Mao has become more famous in recent years due to his appearances on the Dr. Oz show – kudos to him for bringing Chinese Medicine to the masses, I say!!
These are the scholars that I follow – mentors of a sort – I take their classes, read their books, use their products, etc.
Obtained online circa 4/13, I can no longer find this on the Smart Publications website, but this is an excellent summary or monograph of the research done on GoJi Berries, aka Gou Qi Zi in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Materia Medica (Lycium Barbarum):
GoJi Berries Monograph
Another great summary of the benefits of this herb, or berry, is:
Ray Sahelian’s GoJi Berry Information
Additionally, information of the brand of GoJi Berries I carry in my office can be found at:
Dragon Herbs GoJi Berries
The founder of this company, Ron Teeguarden, is a scholar in the field of Chinese Medicine and his company carries some of the best products around!
I purchase all of my Chinese raw, dried herbs, which I use in customized formulas and tinctures both, from Spring Wind Herbs. This company is considered the premier supplier of quality Chinese herbs and is owned by Andrew Ellis. All herbs are tested for pesticide residues, and increasingly more and more are even available as USDA Certified Organic. I usually try to purchase the organic version also, unless the cost difference is extremely high (but typically isn’t the case at all).
For more information, see
Spring Wind Herbs or
Spring Wind Herbs Quality
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is the world standard of herbal medicine and these guidelines are used, amongt testing for heavy metals, pesticides and bacteria, by Evergreen Herbs, a family-run business with 3 generations of Chinese herbal scholars bringing quality medicine to practitioners and patients alike. Keep in mind also that most herbs are coming from Taiwan, so why the quality is so high. Evergreen Herbs and Herb Safety The formulas are fantastic and bring my patients much healing! The pharmacology tomes written by John Chen and Tina Chen are a boom to phytomedicine worldwide and research is the basis of this materia medica. Order book: Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology from Evergreen Herbs or Amazon.
Tagline: When My Lab Tests are Normal!
An amazingly fantastic naturopathic book about the link of Hashimoto’s to many, many health conditions including Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease. But most importantly this book is an auto-immune disease directive – refer to its data on auto-immune thyroid disorders, and you will understand how “leaky-gut syndromes”, including gluten intolerance and other digestive illness, adrenal fatigue, estrogen fluctuations, insulin resistance are all interconnected leading to auto-immune diseases such as SLE, MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Diabetes.”
“81% are predisposed to gluten intolerance”, based on research on genetic testing of Americans – because we are of Northern European ancestry. (p. 31)
Hint: Gluten molecule similar in structure to thyroid hormone molecule!!!!
Dr. Daniel Weber is a scholar in the field of Integrative Oncology, with a focus on using Chinese herbal medicine or isolates from Chinese herbs to treat cancer. He has done numerous clinical trials, especially regarding herbal isolates to treat breast cancer. He is the author of several books on the subject of Chinese herbs to treat cancer and has also been honored in China with an appointment to The Oncology Special Committee (OSC) of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) in 2011. For more info, see Dr. Daniel Weber’s bio
Dr. Daniel Weber’s research site
Dr. Daniel Weber is also the founder of the Association of Integrative Oncology and Chinese Medicine
Dr. Daniel Weber’s products, focusing on cancer treatments Panaxea – Specialty line of Chinese herbal remedies, including isolates (sold only to practitioners since they are trained in their use).
This newsletter is highly recommended! Dr. Whitaker is a medical doctor that primarily uses integrative medicine techniques and his newsletter is always full of great natural health medicine!!
Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health and Healing Newsletter
I have been subscribing to this newsletter for years now, and I always learn something new and share it with my patients too!
Michael Turk, L.Ac., Shiatsu expert and teacher, and author of “Pain’s Healing Secret“, an Acupressure/Shiatsu book which is an excellent self-help book explaining how to use this ancient technique for pain relief. Michael Turk is also currently teaching classes and writing a book about Moxibustion, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that burns an herb, typically Chinese mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), on acupuncture needles or near the surface of the skin to aid in healing the body. Turk’s classes are geared towards teaching individuals how to use this technique on themselves to aid in treating pain.
Bruce Robinson, MD, is a retired surgeon and former President of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley (AIMC). He is also the author of BioMedicine: A Textbook for Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Director of NBIMA (National Board of Internal Medicine for Acupuncturists).
Thomas O’Bryan, DC., is a Functional Medicine expert on Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity (or Gluten Intolerance).
Dr. Thomas O’Bryan
I am trained through Dr. O’Bryan and am a ‘Certified Gluten Practitioner’.
Jake Paul Fratkin, DOM, Dipl.Ac., author and educator. Dr. Fratkin is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference, THE resource on this topic. This book includes any Chinese Patent Medicine sold in the U.S., which he has tested for ingredients and impurities. Dr. Fratkin is also an excellent educator who integrates Functional Medicine in his practice and teachings. I learned tincture-making primarily through his teachings years ago (but he now uses a different and less inventory-intensive process).
Dr. Jake Paul Fratkin
Bob Flaws, DOM, Dipl.Ac., is a prolific author in and scholar of Chinese Medicine. He specializes in Chinese Herbology and Gynecology. He is the premier American scholar of Chinese Medicine and has brought many Chinese Medicine classical texts to the American acupuncturist, and continues to bring current research in China to us via his translations of such works. He also has created his own line of Chinese herbal remedies.
Isaac Eliaz, M.D., is an Integrative Oncology specialist. He is a Licensed Acupuncturist and integrates Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine with allopathy (our common ‘western medicine’). He is the founder and researcher of EcoNugenics, a nutraceutical product company known for anti-cancer products (PectaSol (Modified Citrus Pectin or MCP) and BreastDefend).
Research shows MCP to be effective in many types of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer. See his various websites for more details:
Dr. Eliaz’s Clinic
Breast Cancer Guide
Prostate Cancer Guide
EcoNugenics products are sold at Heavenly Herbs and Acupuncture.
John Chen, Ph.D., Pharm.D., O.M.D., L.Ac., is the founder of Evergreen Herbs, a supplier of Chinese herbal medicine formulas, and Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine, an educational company focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. John Chen is a third-generation Chinese herbalist and is THE TCM scholar on the pharmacological actions of Chinese herbs. He is also the expert in the field regarding drug and herb interactions. He has written several books.
Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, founder of the nutraceutical company Metagenics and Institute of Functional Medicine, (IFM).
Functional Medicine is the THE model of Integrative Medicine: combining the best of standard allopathic medicine with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)!
Dr. Jeffrey Bland
Institute of Functional Medicine
Dr. Bland received the 2011 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Update: See my blog entry about attending the IFM’s 2014 Conference.
Dr. Alan Gaby is a M.D. specializing in nutritional medicine. In 2010, he published a tomb of nutritional research, Nutritional Medicine. He is the author several other books, has been the contributing medical editor for the Townsend Letter for Doctors since 1985, and contributing editor for Alternative Medicine Review since 1996.
Dr. Alan Gaby
Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D. is a prominent Naturopathic Physician, whose specialty is Women’s Health. She is the author of “Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 2nd edition”, is a Women’s Health columnist for the “Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients” and the newsletter “Emerson Quarterly”, by Emerson Ecologics, a naturopathic product distribution company (recipient of the 2011 Corporation of the Year award from The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).