Dr. Mei Li (DACM, D.Ac.)

Mei Li has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2003. She received extensive academic and clinical training in the US and China. She received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science (San Diego), and a Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the same school, formerly known as Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York). In addition, she completed a 3-year traditional apprenticeship in Beijing under Dr. Wang Ju-yi, a world-renowned practitioner of classical Chinese medicine and author of the acclaimed  Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine

During her apprenticeship with Dr. Wang Ju-yi from 2009 to 2012, Mei was the main clinical assistant and interpreter of Dr. Wang’s lectures for international students in Beijing and for his overseas seminars. In August 2013, she was recognized by the Beijing Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association and Wang Ju-yi as an apprentice and official instructor of Applied Channel Theory. She helped compile Wang Ju-yi’s Applied Channel Theory Clinical Case Studies (2014) in Chinese. Along with fellow apprentice Jonathan Chang, she is working on an English translation of this book, which will be published by Eastland Press. 

Mei Li has practiced Chinese medicine in New York City as well as three cities in China, and has taught Chinese medicine alongside Dr. Wang Ju-yi in Beijing and Dublin, Ireland. She also taught an acupuncture seminar in Santiago, Chile in June 2013.  

In addition to the above experience, Mei was on the faculty of World Medicine Institute on Oahu, Hawaii (2015-2016), where she taught core classes on acupuncture and herbal medicine to students in their master’s degree program.

Mei Li primarily practices acupuncture based on channel theory and palpation, as taught by Dr. Wang Ju-yi and Kiiko Matsumoto Sensei, as well as Classical Chinese Medicine, as taught by Ann Cecil-Sterman and Jeffrey Yuen. Diagnosis by channel palpation reveals the channels directly associated with pathology so that treatment can benefit from the focused information. Classical Chinese Medicine takes into account a person’s emotional status and lifestyle to uncover the root of illness.

Mei Li is board-certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a national board that holds its diplomates to the highest standards of professional training and continuing education in the field of Chinese medicine.

While attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Mei completed an internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in New York, where she used acupuncture to help patients recover from addiction and symptoms of substance withdrawal in a court-mandated inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification program.

Mei Li was also a Chinese-English medical interpreter as well an author, translator and editor of Chinese medical literature.