the 9th ATCMA Congress Speakers

Michael Taromina 9then

Michael Taromina, Esq., is an expert in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine law, ethics, and regulations. For over two decades, he has litigated, educated, advocated, and authored for the advancement and protection of the AOM profession in the United States. Michael serves as the Chair of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. In this capacity, he co-drafted NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics and Grounds for Discipline and currently oversees the adjudication of misconduct cases from all over the country. 

Michael has also served as pro bono legal counsel to many AOM state and national associations. 


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Rong-Sheng Lin

Lin Rong-Sheng, graduated from Fujian University of Chinese Medicine, chief physician, doctoral mentor, licensed acupuncturist; Vice Chair of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies; Vice Chair of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies; Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Chair of the Expert Committee of the US-China Traditional Chinese Medicine Cooperation and Exchange Center; in 2019, he was qualified as a doctoral mentor after being reviewed by the Degree Evaluation Committee of Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and peer experts, and was hired as a doctoral mentor in acupuncture. He currently serves as a member of the International Senior Technical Title Evaluation Committee, a deputy director of the professional committees of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Associations for Orthopedics and Traumatology, Research on External Treatment Methods, Acupoint Catgut Embedding and Scalp Acupuncture; and a deputy director of the World Federation of Acupuncture Federation’s Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Inheritance Committee; President of the American Alumni Association of Fujian University of Chinese Medicine; former president of the New York Federation of Licensed Acupuncture Practitioners; appointed as a visiting professor at the Acupuncture Training Center of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army; and an editorial board member of the magazines “World Traditional Chinese Medicine” and “Fujian Traditional Chinese Medicine”. The representative inheritor of Professor Zhang Jin, the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the representative inheritor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. He has been invited to speak on behalf of the TCM community on the global development of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture at meetings of the United Nations NGO and the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Committee, promoting the traditional culture of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to the world, and promoting the advantages of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in preventing and treating diseases.


Experience in the treatment of Long-COVID with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Observation of 236 cases of acupuncture treatment of COVID-19 depression and anxiety syndrome


Purpose: To share experience with cases, and observe the differences in the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of Long-COVID depression and anxiety syndrome.

Method: The experience section focuses on Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture treatment in the sequelae of COVID-19 in the respiratory, neurology, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular, psychological, genitourinary and other systems, including loss or reduction of taste and smell, shortness of breath and coughing, epilepsy, migraine, facial paralysis, tinnitus, hemiplegia, limb thrombosis, menstrual disorders, urinary incontinence, abnormal sweating, cold sensitivity and other symptoms. In the clinical observation report, 236 patients were randomly divided into an observation group (118 cases) and a traditional acupuncture group (118 cases). Both groups were treated with Gan-Shu(BL18), Yang-Jiao(GB35) and other points using reinforcing and reducing manipulations. The observation group was added to the scalp acupuncture, with the front hair cover area (behavioral and emotional area). Double needles were inserted simultaneously with manipulations given. Both groups accept treatment for three times a week with 25 minutes each session. A total of 6 weeks of treatment were given.

Results: The scores of the two groups were tested before and after treatment: (1) Hamilton (HAMD) Depression Scale; (2) Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS); (3) Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05). The overall evaluation of TCM disease and syndrome efficacy and the two groups of acupuncture methods were all effective. The total effective rate in the observation group was 98.3%, and the total effective rate in the control group was 72.1%. The recovery and total effectiveness of the former are significantly higher than those of the latter. ANOVA was used to statistically process P<0.05. It shows that the difference in efficacy between the two groups is statistically significant.

Conclusion: Both groups of acupuncture are effective. The observation group with scalp acupuncture is significantly better than the control group. The clinical efficacy of acupuncture in treating COVID-19 depression and anxiety syndrome is reliable, rapid, safe, and convenient.

Jiping Zhao

Zhao Jiping has worked in the Acupuncture Department of Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, for 40 years. She holds the positions of Chief Physician, Professor, and Doctoral Supervisor. She has been the director of the Acupuncture Department for 20 years and the director of the Acupuncture Teaching and Research Office for 26 years. She is responsible for a key specialty designated by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She serves as the director of the Allergic Disease Center at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and in charge of the Allergic Disease Specialty Alliance at the university. She is also the head of the Clinical Acupuncture Department and a leading figure in the field. She has been recognized as one of the outstanding TCM clinical experts nationwide, an academic mentor for TCM experts in Beijing and nationwide, a mentor in Beijing’s TCM heritage “Double Hundred Project,” and a renowned TCM practitioner in Beijing. She has received accolades such as Beijing’s Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Backbone Teacher in Beijing’s Higher Education Institutions, Teaching Master in Beijing, Chairman of the “Acupuncture and Moxibustion” Curriculum Alliance of the Chinese Medicine Steering Committee of Higher Education Institutions of the Ministry of Education, and the person in charge of the undergraduate course “Acupuncture and Moxibustion.”

Currently, she serves as the Deputy director of the Sleep Health Management Committee of the China Association of Acupuncture, Deputy director of the Pediatric Encephalopathy Special Committee of the China Association of Acupuncture, Deputy director of the Acupuncture Equipment and Facilities Working Committee of the China Association of Acupuncture, a member of the National Acupuncture Standardization Technical Committee, a member of the Acupuncture Clinical Special Committee of the Beijing Acupuncture Society, and the Chief Examiner of the National TCM Certification Center, among other roles. She has led 20 national and provincial research projects and served as the chief editor of the national planning textbook “Acupuncture and Moxibustion,” the chief editor of the national standardized training textbook “Acupuncture and Moxibustion” for TCM resident physicians, and the chief editor of the designated textbook for the national physician qualification exam. She has published over a hundred academic papers and has received numerous awards, including the First Prize of the China Association of Acupuncture’s Scientific and Technological Award as the first author, the Second Prize for Teaching Achievements in Beijing, the Third Prize for Educational and Teaching Achievements from the Chinese Medical Association, and multiple awards for educational and teaching achievements from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Topic :

On the Influence of Modern Medicine to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain


This topic primarily analyzes the differences and similarities between Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine in their understanding of low back pain, the distinctions in thinking between the concept of “Da Fang Mai” and acupuncture in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, and the comparison between the acupuncture treatment described in the ancient Chinese medical text “Su Wen: Ci Yao Tong Lun” and modern clinical acupuncture treatment. It also discusses the impact of modern medical knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment approach of chronic low back pain with acupuncture, including aspects such as the integration of Western and traditional Chinese medicine, the refinement of disease diagnosis (combining modern examination technology to accurately identify diseases, and combining modern anatomy knowledge to accurately identify disease locations), and Integrate Western medicine to guide the determination of treatment plans (selecting acupuncture points accurately, determining the precise direction and depth of needling, and controlling needle sensation for a more comfortable acupuncture experience).

Shouchun Ma

Ma Shou-Chun, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, holds a master’s degree from Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a doctorate from China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing.

Dr. Ma is a formal faculty member of the first TCM doctoral program in the US (OCOM). Prior to moving to Seattle, he was Professional Director of the Acupuncture Department at the Chongqing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.

He is currently a Advisory Counsel to the American TCM Association (ATCMA) and a guest Professor at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Ma is honorary President of the World Association of Shanghanzabinglun Fulingguben studies (WASFS). He is Lecturer and leading the class of WASFS.  


Catching symptoms and identifying diseases, developing formula for specific diseases


Catching syndromes to identifying diseases, and developing formula for specific diseases are the special methods of understanding and treating diseases in Discussion of Cold Damages and Miscellaneous Diseases

Studying “Discussion of Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Diseases” should be based on it. The four diagnosis and eight principles, syndrome differentiation and treatment are the summary of the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine in later eras. It is not the original appearance of this classic work.

Witness the syndromes and knowing disease, reduce the intermediate steps of the Four diagnosis and Eight Guidelines. Making treatment become simple and efficient.

When the diagnosis is undetermined and the pathogenesis cannot be grasped, it is possible to know the suspicion and treat it according to the syndrome. During this time, the four diagnosis and eight principles are used to differentiate the syndrome and treat it.

This seminar will be illustrated with clinical cases.

Binjiang Wu

Binjiang Wu


Prof. Zhang Jin, the representative inheritor of “TCM Acupuncture ” in the

UNESCO Representative List of Human Intangible Cultural Heritage and the

representative inheritor of China’s national intangible cultural heritage acupuncture

and moxibustion project, defines Acupuncture manipulation technique as: It is the

technique of raising the meridian Qi in the acupoints, regulating the nature of

meridian Qi ( acupuncture sensation ) ( replenishing heat/cooling down), and

controlling the direction of conduction of meridian Qi (flying meridian and moving

Qi). Acupuncture manipulation technique is the science and art on the tip of the

Acupuncture needle.

Prof. Zhang Jin is the first drafter of the two projects of Chinese Acupuncture

Technical Operation Specifications, namely the National Standard: Basic Filiform

Needle Acupuncture and Filiform Needle Acupuncture Manipulation, and is the leader

of the contemporary school of Acupuncture manipulation technique . Acupuncture

manipulation technique is a “sacred art”. There is no one more qualified than Prof.

Zhang Jin at home or abroad who can truly master this skill, the profound theoretical

research, and the skill of using acupuncture to get cold and heat to control the

meridian Qi. Clinically, many years of experienced TCM acupuncturists have managed to

generate “hot” or “cold” experiences by needling patients, but this kind of

accidental occurance is difficult to repeat. Prof. Zhang Jin’s great contribution lies

fifty years of skill cultivation. he has researched and summed up the regularity of

Acupuncture manipulations technique , turning “accidental” into “reproducible”,

becoming the founder of the unique Zhang Jin acupuncture manipulation technique

school and a generation of acupuncture manipulations technique Grandmaster.


Zhang Jin, Acupuncture manipulation technique, School inheritance,

science and Art

Cheng Kai

heng Kai, professor, chief physician of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

The fourth-generation inheritor of the national intangible cultural heritage of Cheng’s acupuncture

Executive director of the Chinese Acupuncture Society, chair of the Auricular Acupoint Diagnosis and Treatment Committee, deputy chair of the Acupuncture Points Branch

Chair of the “Meridian and Acupoint Studies” Curriculum Alliance of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Education Committee of Higher Education Institution

Director of the National Virtual Teaching Project

Director of the national undergraduate course “Meridians and Acupoints”


Formula and acupuncture technique of national intangible cultural heritage of Cheng’s acupuncture in treatment of tinnitus and hearing loss


The difference between tinnitus and hearing loss; The applicable type and stage with acupuncture treatment; Treatment principles for acupuncture; Acupuncture techniques and manipulation requirements.