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Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and

Chinese Herbal Medicine




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Welcome to the Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Our organization is focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and herbal medicine, including moxibustion, cupping, tuina, guasha etc. We welcome all TCM practitioners, Western medicine doctors, homeopathic and holistic doctors, as well as teachers, students, patients and supporters.

Our mission is to research, educate and serve the public with alternative medicine. Together we can help prove the clinical effectiveness of TCM by treating both symptoms and illness. We support Western medicine and will work collaboratively by combining it with Eastern medicine for the best outcomes.

TCM has been around for thousands of years and is based on philosophy and clinical research. Since China’s liberation, the TCM Chinese community has been doing its research through clinical and laboratory studies. Today, the leading researcher in TCM is Dr. Shi Xuemin - my mentor - who is known as “China’s Treasure.” Dr. Shi is a highly honored and qualified clinician, researcher, and an academician, with a distinguished record of over 50 years in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Shi’s remarkable accomplishments are founded in the ancient theories of Chinese medicine. Noted for his ability to blaze new professional trails throughout his career, Dr. Shi is the recipient of numerous awards, and has published more than 30 articles and authored 40 books. As a leader in acupuncture research, Dr. Shi has based his stroke research on 9,005 cases over a 20-year span. This has led to four discoveries: the quantitative manipulation, the frequency, the direction and depth. Through laboratory research, he has studied acupuncture down to the DNA level. He has developed a treatment protocol called Xing Nao Kai Qiao (XNKQ) to treat stroke patients, which allowed thousands of practitioners use this protocol to treat stroke patients successfully around the world.

In the last 15 years, I have done my own research involving ADD/ADHD, and other neurological diseases. I found out children under the age of 13 years old need a total of 20 treatments to get rid of their symptoms. For example, for the first two weeks they receive treatment 2-3 times per week, in the 2-3 week mark they would receive two treatments per week and the next four weeks 1-2 treatments per week. This research has helped me inform parents what time frame to expect results and it has also helped them prepare for the outcomes during those times.

I have spoken to several insurance companies and have asked them why insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture. I was told it is because some alternative medicine practitioners overbill the insurance plan and they do not have a standard protocol, therefore practitioners have no limit. I was told some practitioners have patients make up to 50 visits for simple pain management. If practitioners have a standard protocol to go by, then insurance companies will consider coverage for acupuncture. This is one of the main reasons why it is important to focus on research and help people heal through setting up a standard protocol through research.

Currently China’s government has developed a National Basic Research Program called Program 973. The program has dedicated their funds to areas including, but not limited to agriculture, energy, population and health.

Following Dr. Shi’s footsteps, we would like to learn how to create a standardized treatment protocol to treat patients for their symptoms and/or illnesses and teach/share with other practitioners to apply this protocol to their clinical practice in order to help people heal.


                                                                                                        Best regards, 


                                                                                                       Jing Liu L.Ac., O.M.D., Ph.D. (China)



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To prove the effectiveness of TCM in treating diseases and reducing illness and disability through research.

Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to educate, support, research and serve the community with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. 


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Program 973

Did you know in 2005-2006 China government has set aside $6.4 million dollars towards research?  Click here.