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Xiaoli Chen, LAc

Associate Professor

Bio

Dr. Xioali Chen’s practice is, for her, a calling. “Using Chinese Medicine to heal wounds, treat illness, and prevent diseases is my holy mission. My intention is to always practice with a kind heart.” With more than 25 years of clinical experience in China and the United States, Dr. Chen treats a wide range of conditions. Dr. Chen is particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Women’s health: dysmenorrheal, PMS, irregular menstruation, infertility, menopause
  • Pain management: sports injuries, chronic pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, neuromuscular disorders
  • Cancer care: side effects of conventional treatment
  • Dermatology: skin diseases
  • Mental & emotional conditions, depression, anxiety

Dr. Chen supervises interns on teaching and observation shifts, and practices privately, at the NCNM Clinic. Her treatments include acupuncture (plum-blossom needling therapy, three-edge needling therapy), moxibustion (cupping therapy, gua sha therapy), herbs, diet, qigong, taiji, and Chinese massage. In addition, she practices privately in northwest Portland.

Understanding the intimate relationship between nature, humans, and our health, Dr. Chen became interested in classical Chinese medicine’s holistic treatment approach because of its focus on the uniqueness of each individual’s condition. She studied and taught at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where she received three degrees: Bachelor of Medicine in Chinese Medicine, Master of Medicine in Acupuncture, and Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture.

As associate professor and associate dean of classical Chinese medicine at NCNM, Dr. Chen teaches Acupuncture & Moxibustion Theory, Acupuncture & Moxibustion Techniques, Clinical Case Presentation, and Traditional Mentorship Tutorial. She has published three books: Chinese-English Clinical Moxibustion, Experimental Acupuncture Science, and Acupuncture and Immunology. She has also published extensively in professional journals and won several excellence awards for her doctoral thesis on the effects of small-corn moxibustion on the cellular immunity in rats with rheumatoid arthritis. As a chief researcher, she has participated in several studies including a case series on depression associated with menopause (2003-2005). She is currently involved in a project through NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute studying the effects of adjunctive acupuncture in the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia (a voice disorder).

Courses taught:
•    CCM622  Acu-Moxa Points V                           
•    CCM623  Acu-Moxa Techniques V                            
•    CCM909  Clinical Internship Rotation                     
•    CCM809  Clinical Observation Rotation
•    CCM993  Master Thesis II                                 
•    CCM999  Master Thesis III                                
•    CCM982  Traditional Mentorship

When she is not practicing, teaching, or researching, Dr. Chen enjoys Taiji and Qigong, hiking, gardening, and cooking traditional Chinese foods.

Curriculum Vitae

Updated Feb. 17, 2009

EDUCATION   
Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu, Sichuan, Doctor of Medicine, Acupuncture, 1991-1994
Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu, Sichuan, Master of Medicine, Acupuncture, 1984-1987
Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu, Sichuan, Bachelor of Medicine, Chinese Medicine, 1978-1983
 
TEACHING AND LECTURING  
National College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR
Assistant Professor 2006-present
Instructor 2002-2006
Classes taught     
   Acu-moxa Therapeutics 2008-present
   Mentorship Tutorial (periodically) 2003-present
   Acupuncture Points V 2003-present
   Acupuncture Techniques V 2003-present
   Acupuncture Points VI 2003-present
   Case Presentation 2003-present
   Clinical Observation 2002-present
   Clinical Internship 2002-present
Chengdu University of TCM Chengdu, China
Associate Professor 1996-2002
Classes taught      
   Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1996-2002
   Medical Classics 1996-2002
   Techniques of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1996-2002
   Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1996-2002
   Experimental Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1996-2002
Chengdu University of TCM Chengdu, China
Instructor 1987-1995
Classes taught      
   Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1987-1995
   Medical Classics 1987-1995
   Techniques of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1987-1995
   Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1987-1995
   Fundamentals of Internal Medicine of TCM 1987-1995
Chengdu University of TCM Chengdu, China
Assistant Instructor 1984-1987
Classes taught      
   Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1984-1987
   Classical Chinese Medicine 1984-1987
   Schools of Chinese 1984-1987
   Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion 1984-1987
   Fundamentals of TCM. 1984-1987
   
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS  
Member of Faculty development committee, NCNM 2007-current
Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
2006-current
Associate Dean of Classical Chinese Medicine, NCNM 2006-2007     
Instructor and Clinical Supervisor, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) 2002-2006    
Dean of International Education College, Chengdu University of TCM, China 2002
Council Member of the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sichuan Branch, China 2002
Author and editor of the national altitude TCM education textbook of the new century elected by National TCM Altitude Education Association, China 2001
Council Member of pain specialty of the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Acupuncture Clinic Branch. 2001
Associate Dean of Acupuncture and Tuina College of Chengdu University of TCM, China 1998-2002    
Council Member of the China Association of Chinese Medicine, Sichuan Branch, China 1997-current 
Associate Professor, Chengdu University of TCM and Vice-chief Physician at Acupuncture Department of Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of  TCM, China 1996-2002    
Director of the Experimental Acupuncture Research Center, Chengdu University of TCM, China 1996-1998   
Instructor, Chengdu University of TCM and Physician at Acupuncture Department of Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM 1987-1995   
Member of China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion   1985-current 
Member of China Association of Chinese Medicine  1984-current 
Assistant Instructor in Acupuncture and Tuina College of Chengdu University of TCM 1984-1987     
Resident Physician in TCM Department of Zigong Hospital, China. 1983-1984     
Intern at Department of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Acupuncture and Tuina of Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM, China 1982-1983     
   
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES  
Effect of adjunctive acupuncture in the treatment of spasmodic dysphonia 2003-current   
Case series on depression associated with menopause 2003-2005      
Chief Researcher, Research of the Functional Location of Eyes and Twelve Regular Meridians, Provincial government funded research project, Sichuan, China. 1999-2002      
Chief Researcher, Influence of Small-corn Moxibustion on the Immune Function in Adjuvant Arthritis in Rats. National Scientific Fund, China 1998-2001      
Chief Researcher, Research of the Treatment Mechanism on Diabetic Neuropathy by Acupuncture, Provincial government funded research project, Sichuan, China. 1998-2001      
Chief Researcher, Research of the combined Electro-warm and herbs on Shenque (CV-8) Preventing Senility, Provincial government funded research project, Sichuan, China. 1998-2000     
Chief Researcher, Research of the Treatment of the Scar by Using Herbs and Massage externally, provincial government funded research project, Sichuan, China. 1996-1999     
Chief Pursuer, Research of the Prevention and treatment for the Symptoms due to equation of time and in shifts by TCM, National Scientific Fund research project, China  1994-1999     
Chief Researcher, “The Relationship between the eyes and the twelve  meridians & the Research of the Electrical Physiology about Ameliorating  Vision Function by Acupuncture,” funded by National Scientific Foundation, China 1993-1995     
Chief Researcher, “Research in the Relationship between the eyes and the twelve meridians & the Mechanism of the Ameliorating Vision Function by Acupuncture,” Funded by National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine 1991-1994     
Chief Researcher, “Experimental Researches on Some Peripheral Mechanism in Analgesic Effect of Electro-acupuncture ‘Hegu’ (LI 4) at Different Times,”  the subject of Doctoral Degree thesis of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  1991-1994     
   
AWARDS                                                        
•   Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) 2008
•   Making a Difference Hua Tuo Award, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) 2008
•   Los Angeles International Golden Award in the 15th World Conference of TCM, Los Angeles, CA USA. Thesis “Effect of Moxa Grain Moxibustion on TNF- α, IFN-γ, Levels of Rheumatoid Arthritis Rats” 2003
•   Certificate of excellence thesis “Influence of Small-corn Moxibustion on the Cellular Immunity in Adjuvant Arthritis Rats” has been appraised first class award by Experimental Acupuncture Branch of the Chinese Acupuncture Academy & Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion  May, 2002 2002
•   “Outstanding contribution Ph.D.” Award in 2000 in Sichuan Province, China 2000
•   Honorary Certificate of Scientific and Technological Achievement Third Class, for “The research on the  relationship between eyes and twelve meridians & Electrical Physiology Research of the Ameliorating Vision Function by Acupuncture” Awarded by the National Administration of TCM, China. 1995
•   Thesis “Effects on the Acupuncture Analgesic Effect and the Amount of in Plasma of the Rabbits Injured Soft Tissue after Electro-acupuncture “Hegu” (LI 4) Point at Different Times” has been appraised third class of excellence science and technology thesis by Chengdu City Science and Technology Association.  August 1995 1995
•   Honorary Certificate of Scientific and Technological Achievement second Class for “The Relationship between the eyes and the 12 meridians & the Mechanism Research of the Ameliorating Vision Function by Acupuncture” Awarded by the Sichuan Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine 1995
•   Honorary Certificate of Scientific and Technological Achievement Third Class for “The Relationship between the eyes and the 12 meridians & the Mechanism Research of the Ameliorating Vision Function by Acupuncture” Awarded by the Sichuan Province Government 1994
   
SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Community service for Health Lecture, Mercy & Wisdom, 2008
Community service for the Health Fair, September 2008 AHSC
Community service for Health Lecture, Mercy & Wisdom, 2007
Community service for the Health Fair, September 2007 AHSC
Volunteering for Health Lecture, Natural Health Center (NCNM), Feb. 2007
Volunteering for Health Lecture, Pettygrove Clinic, May 2007
Community service for the Health Fair, September 2006 AHSC 
Community service for Health Lecture, Mercy & Wisdom, Dec. 2006

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