The Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada is a civil society group voluntarily initiated and formed by Canadian practitioners of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, professional colleges of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and people of insight in the field of Chinese medicine through friendly consultations. The main work will focus on using the advantages of the Canadian TCM and Acupuncture Alliance platform to comprehensively promote TCM culture and TCM characteristics and advantages, so that TCM’s unique medical care and rehabilitation model and its value can be understood and accepted by the entire society. Joint the TCM and Acupuncture Professional College in the alliance to carry out various exchange activities and conferences; integrate and use multiple channels and resources to provide members with a resource service system, an expert service system, and a self-help system for alliance members. The TCM acupuncture and moxibustion professional colleges in the alliance will improve the quality and academic level of practitioners in the TCM and acupuncture industry through the development of training plans, training courses, and distance education. Promote continuing clinical education for Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists. Actively participate in the professional consulting work of provincial TCM acupuncture and moxibustion professional associations and legislative consulting work, TCM acupuncture professional degree education certification and practice qualification joint examination related reform professional consulting work.

The alliance is based on traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists serving community medical care, saving the Canadian government huge expenditures on regular hospitals. Actively participate in the legislative reform of Chinese medicine in government departments and the Ministry of Health. Communicate regularly to strengthen academic exchanges, information exchanges, and exchanges of results among alliance members, improve the level of Chinese medicine business, inherit and develop Chinese medicine, and promote continuing clinical education of Chinese medicine doctors and acupuncturists. Promote participation in the group health and medical insurance benefit plans of various insurance companies, and provide alliance members with the eligibility for medical service insurance payment.


  1. Connection: Connection to a group of acupuncture therapists, traditional Chinese medicine doctors, qi-gong & Tai-Qi practitioners, as well as other holistic and integrative medicine professionals dedicated to personal care more effectively, and improving access to high-quality life of Canadian communities.
  2. Education – Online and in-person:Free access to our ever-increasing body of Webinars, as well as preferred pricing for our annual International ATCM Conference, North American ATCM Summit Forum, as well as Canadian Annual Scientific Meeting. Our programs promote core values of professionalism and competency-based education and advocate on behalf of patients with acute and chronic illness. They enhance your professional development by providing valuable education and networking opportunities for all members of our alliance community.
  3. Symposia & Posters Presentations:Membership also allows you to submit papers, posters and other content to our programs.
  4. Grants & Awards:Only Members can apply for the Alliance’s program of grants and awards.
  5. Special Interest Groups:Join one of our five special interest groups (SIG) to learn from and network with those who share your specialty: 1)acupuncture, 2)traditional Chinese medicine, 3)qigong-taiqi, 4)holistic-integrative medicine; 5)Others
  6. Trainee-specific Events:Our trainee-specific events are designed by Trainees, for Trainees, and are only open to members!
  7. Information & Archives:Access to resources, recordings, and archived information through the members section of the website.
  8. Networking:Increased opportunities to network with colleagues, peers, and experts in your region and across the country and worldwide, a chance to build your contacts, share ideas, best practices and solutions to enhance your current role, or expand you career opportunities.
  9. Preferred Pricing:Free access to all our Webinars and member pricing on all our in-person events, including our three international conferences.
  10. Leadership Positions:Committee, Leadership and Board opportunities are only open to members. These positions provide opportunities to learn, gain leadership skills, and shape the direction of the organization that you may need for your resume, professional growth, or self-promotion.  Opportunities are available on the Board, committees, and special projects.


Dr. Guojian Huang


Dr. Guojian Huang had 11 years training of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), China.  Dr. Guojian Huang started his medical training at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (now Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine) in 1983, and then he was a residency doctor and a faculty member in the Internal Medicine of Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1988.  He pursued his Master degree at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine from 1991 to 1994. Dr. Huang received his PhD in Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine from Peking Union Medical College (PUMC), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 1997. Dr. Huang was physician doctor and specialist worked at the Beijing-China Friendship Clinical Medicine Research Institute. Dr.Huang then took a postdoctoral position at the University of Manitoba Medical School in Canada in 1998.

Dr. Huang spent over 30 years practice in China and Canada. Since 2005, Dr. Huang has established a private practice at Ankang Acupuncture Healing Center in Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Huang is specialized in Mini-Ren Acupuncture Therapy, Acupoint Catgut-Embedding Therapy, Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling (FSN) for pain management and treatment of infertility, various common and difficult diseases.

He has edited and authored the “Collections of Single Chinese Herbal Medicine Application”, “Collections of Single Acupuncture Point Application “, and co-edited the “Full Book of Health Care for Middle-aged People”. Dr. Huang has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Currently, Dr. Huang is the President of the Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada (AACMC), President of the Canadian Ankang Acupuncture Healing Center, President of Manitoba Professional Acupuncture Association (MPAA), President of the Canada Mini-Ren Acupuncture Therapy Association, President of the Canadian Branch of the World TCM Acupoint Catgut-Embedding Therapy Society, Vice President of the Canadian Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (CIAAMR), and Executive Director of the World Chinese Forum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also serves as Executive Director of the Zhongjing Heritage and Innovation Professional Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. Dr. Huang is an active member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and member of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS).

Dr. Huang is dedicated to promoting fundamental principles and healing approach of Mini-Ren Acupuncture Therapy. Dr Huang has been invited as mentor of Mini-Ren Acupuncture Therapy for Pain Management training courses in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, as well as in European countries in the past 2 years.

Dr. Franklyn S. Chen


Dr. Chen is the Chairman of the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, medical expert at S-T Natural Medicine Centre, president of the Acupuncture and Naturopathy Association of Nova Scotia since 1993. He also serves as vice-chairman of the specialty committee of Trocar of World Federation of Chinese Medicine societies, Director of the specialty committee of medicated diet and diet-therapy of WFCMS.

Dr. Chen is proficient in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western Naturopathic Medicine, and he is frequently interviewed and invited as a guest speaker on Canadian TV programs and newspapers to promote the culture of Chinese medicine to local community.

Dr. Chen was born into a medical family. He studied medicine with his grandfather since he was a child, and he followed the famous acupuncture Master Zhang Jin as his mentor. Dr. Chen holds a Canadian master’s degree and Natural Medicine degree. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of Chinese medicine, China.

He is the founder of the Canadian College of Natural Medicine in 1998 and has trained students all across the Canada. In 2008, Dr. Chen and Dr. Diana Li decided to change the college’s name as the Canadian College of Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. The education has focused on acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Dr. Chen and Dr. Diana Li co-authored several English-language TCM textbooks for students.

Over the past 30 years in Canada, Dr. Chen devoted himself to studying various effective natural therapies and traditional Chinese medicine, and has published many papers at the International Natural Medicine and World Acupuncture Conferences. Dr. Chen spent over 30 years in research and treatment of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) disease and become an expert in this field. Dr. Chen has devoted himself to the practice of natural therapies and traditional Chinese medicine to treat modern multiple chemical hypersensitivities, and authored a 100,000-words book on MCS that fills a gap in Chinese medicine on this subject. Dr. Chen has received numerous awards from Lieutenant Governor, Premier of Nova Scotia and city mayor for his contribution and achievements of promoting Chinese Medicine culture.

Dr. Liye Zhao


Dr. William Liye Zhao, is the founder of the China Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and is licensed to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in the Province of Alberta.

Dr. Zhao is a graduate of China’s top Medical University (Beijing Medical University) with extensive training in both Western (oncology) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Dr. Zhao has over 30 years of academic and clinical experience in Canada and China in treating diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight,chronic pain, depression, Infertility and cancer.

Dr. Zhao’s PhD supervisor was Dr. Tu You You, who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine, for her work in using ancient Chinese texts to formulate ‘Artemisinin’, a herbal malaria formula which has saved millions of lives in the world. Because of his background in both western and TCM, Dr. Zhao is able to combine and incorporate the best of western and Chinese medical sciences in the development of his patented Herbal Products.

Dr. Zhao has helped over ten thousand patients, since opening his clinics in Calgary in 1998, achieve health and wellness using TCM methods to treat various Difficult to Treat ailments such as chronic pain, high blood/high sugar levels, menopause conditions etc.

Dr. Zhao was a member of Alberta’s Acupuncture Society and continues to advise the Alberta Government on various acupuncture regulatory and licensing policies.

He frequently lectures to professional and patient groups across Canada and China on the complementary and beneficial aspects of Chinese Traditional Medicine.

Dr. Tianshan Wang


Dr. Wang has been actively involved in phytopharmaceutical and nutraceutical products research and development in the past 30 years. Currently, he serves as R&D Director at SmartPEP (Canada) and also a faculty member of TCM Program at Central College.

 Upon immigrating to Canada, Dr. Wang continued with his research and food/natural health product’s ingredient analysis by spending many years working with U of A research centers and accredited independent labs in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a QA/QC Manager in Labs-Mart Inc. focusing on laboratory operation and quality accreditation from 2013-2015. In 2007-2012, he served as R&D Director and was accountable for regulatory affairs at Pegasus Pharmaceuticals. In 2005-2007, he was a Research Associate at Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta and was a Senior Analyst in Division of Food and NHP, ALS Laboratory Group, Edmonton. Previously, Dr. Wang held positions as an Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; and served as Deputy Director of Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Quality Control of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Wang is extensively involved in drug discovery research from screening natural products as drug candidates to translational studies of investigational drugs as well as formulation, pilot-scale development, chromatographic fingerprinting profiles of finished botanicals, and quality control.

 Dr. Wang has also been experienced in regulatory affairs with strong knowledge of Canada NHP licensing and US FDA botanical drug IND or dietary supplement as well as China SFDA new drug applications.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in 1997. He then took a postdoctoral position in Institute of Natural Medicine, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Japan in 1998 and an industrial postdoctoral fellowship in Jinling Pharmaceutical Company, China in 2000. Dr. Wang has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 3 china patents of new botanical drugs.

Dr. Xia Cheng


Dr. Cheng earned her Bachelor’s Degree in TCM and Western Medicine in 1983 from Hunan College of TCM, China. She did further study at Tianjin College of TCM, China in 1987 with a Master’s Degree in Medicine and Acupuncture. In 1990, she received her Ph.D in Medicine from Chengdu College of TCM, China with a specialty in Acupuncture and Chronomedicine.

Dr. Cheng has over 37 years of clinical experience as a physician, herbalist and acupuncturist. She has been a professor at several colleges as well as instructing foreign students in China. She has translated several publications and is a published author of several TCM works. She also teaches courses on TCM to medical professionals and offers public education workshops on TCM.

Dr. Cheng is an active participant in the process of regulating TCM in Alberta. She was elected as a council member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA). In September 2004 her long-time dream of opening a school of TCM was realized with the opening of CITCM, where she is the founding executive director.

Dr. Cheng is currently the Director of the BodyMind Synergy Health Centre, a member of several professional association boards and Vice-President for the Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Colleges, Vice-President of the Canadian Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CICAMR), Co-Chair of the International Conference of Traditional Medicine on Health and Wellness (2017, 2018, 2019), and Deputy Director of the WFCMS International Collaborating Centre for Clinical Research in Chinese Medicine in Canada.

Dr. John Jinhong Liu


John Jin Hong Liu, R.Ac & RTCMP received his bachelor degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Nanjing University of TCM, his master degree in Acupuncture and his doctor degree in TCM Internal Medicine(Oncology) from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

He is the principal of John & Jenny TCM College, president of John & Jenny TCM Clinic Centre, and Director of John & Jenny TCM Cancer Centre, vice-president of The Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada  (AACMC) , honoured researcher at International Collaboration Centre of TCM Clinical Research (Canada) ,council member of Canadian Association of Cancer Support, currently guest professor at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine teaching TCM classical literatures and previously professor at Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a medical doctor at its affiliated TCM Hospital.

He started to clinically practice Chinese medicine from 1988, using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat various pain disorders, paralytic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases. He is the founder of TCM and Acupuncture Combined Target Treatment and Three-level Target Diagnostic Method inventor of various acupuncture needling techniques including “one-needle multi-directional needling technique ”, “five constituent needling technique” and “heaven-earth qi-moving needling technique”  and has written 2 books – “ TCM and Acupuncture Combined Clinical Essentials I & II”. He also successfully applied the unique acupuncture and Chinese medicine target treatment to tumour, internal medicine and gynecology. The results are clinically proven to be significant. Dr. Liu has won many advanced science and technology awards in the departmental and provincial level. He published up to sixty essays on professional magazines both at home and aboard, participated in the writing of many professional books and was one of the judges for the Chinese National Science Foundation. His project, The Analysis of  Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Target Treatment, was strongly supported by the Chinese National Science Foundation and the Zhejiang Provincial Health Care Outstanding Scholarship.

Dr. Santao Wang


Ms. Wang Santao, registered acupuncturist in Quebec, Canada. Director of Quebec Institute of traditional Chinese medicine, Board Member of the world TCM Forum.  Deputy  Secretary General of Acupotomy   Medical Association of Canada.    Board Member of the Quebec Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Association.  Owner of  Carelife health centre Inc.

Dr. Jiulin Wang


Dr. Jiulin Wang has both MD and MSc. Degrees in TCM from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he was also a faculty member. He has taught TCM/Acupuncture in many universities from China, US, and Canada. Currently, Dr. Jiulin Wang is an Associate Professor and past chair of the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University. He is also a founding member of Bethune Oriental Medicine Center, a largest Acupuncture clinic in Alberta, where he provides private TCM/Acupuncture service to the public.

Jiulin is dedicated to biomedical research. He finished two terms of post-doctoral fellowship training in the Neuroscience Department of Louisiana State University and Oregon Health Science University, USA. He has partnered with the Pulmonary Research Centre, University of Alberta, to finish an Acupuncture research project on COPD. As strong background in neuroscience, Dr. Wang focuses his research interests on pain management and mental health. He has published more than 30 professional papers and books. Jiulin has been invited to deliver both professional and public speeches all over the world. He has been sitting on three professional journals as an editorial board member in the past 6 years.

Since 2001, Jiulin has been an active member of the Acupuncture and TCM profession in Alberta. Since 2007, he has served as interim council of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA). In 2010, 2012, 2014, he was elected as a CAAA council member, serving as secretary and treasurer separately.  Currently Dr. Wang sits on conduct and competence committee in CAAA, and vice president of Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada (AACMC).

Dr. David Dong Liu


Prof. Dr. David Dong Liu holds a doctor degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Master Degree in Education in Health and Kinesiology from University of Texas at Tyler. He joined the faculty at Georgian College as a Professor of Acupuncture in 2015.

Dr. Liu has been teaching and practicing TaiChi, Qigong, Acupuncture and functional rehabilitation exercises for over 20 years. In addition to teaching, David is also an accomplished writer, contributing to an award-winning Acupuncture textbook “Clinical TCM Needle Insertion Pathway Anatomy” and “Illustrations of 14 Meridians Sinews Myofascial Zone.” In his clinical practice David specializes in caring for clients with spinal cord injury and clients with bladder and bowel dysfunction. David has also provided care as a team therapist to international caliber figure skaters at national and international competitions.  David is active in research, focusing on the use of acupuncture to manage pain and the use of TaiChi to promote mindfulness and improve mood in college students.  David enjoys practicing TaiChi and has competed in both the Canadian and International TaiChi Championships, earning both first and second places respectively.  David’s commitment and passion for TaiChi, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) earned him the International TCM Award for Acupuncture Development and Contribution in Canada in October 2018.


Dr. Xiaokun Liao


Dr. Katarina Liao, R.Ac & RTCMP, received her medical degree from Chinese Medical School of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1986. Katarina then received her master degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and then practiced acupuncture in Europe until 2007, but is now practicing in South Surrey, BC, Canada. Katarina uses her over 30 years of experience to provide an accurate diagnosis and proven treatment plans. Katarina says acupuncture should be the first choice of patients because it is effective, has no side effects and treats a large range of ailments.

Dr. Liao currently serves as Deputy Secretary-General of the Alliance of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine of Canada (AACMC). Dr. Liao is also a member of the BC Preparatory Committee of the Coalition of Traditional Chinese Medicine in British Columbia.

Dr. Weijie Xu


Weijie Xu obtained his bachelors degree and masters degree from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. He is the vice president of John & Jenny Traditional Chinese Medicine College. He was the director of two provincial research project and helped his team successfully applied three nationalscientific research projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFS). He published two articles as first author regarding the pharmacokinetics and main components analysis of Chinese medicine in SCI Journals. He paused his PhD study of physiology in University of Toronto and devoted his full heart into TCM and acupuncture education in Canada.

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