Dr. Xiuling Ma, PhD, OMD, LAc

xiuling ma acupuncture los angeles

Experienced acupuncturist in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA for over 30 years

A licensed California acupuncturist in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Dr. Ma is one of the most highly educated professionals in the field of Chinese Medicine (CM), both in China and in the United States. She graduated first in her class from the prestigious Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and completed twelve years of education in integrated CM and Western Medicine. As part of her education, Dr. Ma studied directly under two distinguished CM Masters in China: Dr. Jia-San Yang and Dr. Zi-Fu Chen, both of whom accept into their tutelage only one or two of the brightest and most dedicated students each year.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Dr. Ma was a professor, physician, and researcher at the Beijing University of CM. She received an invitation in 1995 to become a professor and clinic supervisor at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California. She also taught at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, California along with teaching medical students and residents at UCLA.

She has conducted many clinical research trials to test the efficacy of acupuncture and herbs both in China and USA. The research projects she has been involved with include, but are not limited to: coronary artery disease, stroke, asthma, diabetes, infertility, menopause, uterine fibroids, common colds and ICU patients. In addition, Dr. Ma has published over a dozen professional articles and books on various subjects, including acupuncture, herbology, and CM nutrition.

Dr. Ma also maintains a private practice and complete herbal pharmacy (including raw herbs, herbal pills, tinctures, powders), where she treats patients with acupuncture and/or herbs for a wide range of medical conditions, as they pertain to each individual. Her office is one block north of Olympic at the corner of Chalmers Drive. Dr. Ma is authorized with hospital privileges to treat patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

During treatments, Dr. Ma will be discussing the basic concepts of Chinese Medicine and an introductory overview of Chinese Herbal medicine. She will focus on how to apply Chinese herbal medicine into patient care, as well as the cautionary usage of these herbs. Dr. Ma will also address how the food you eat can be used to heal. Recipes will be also given of common foods and spices that can be used for general ailments.


Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine M.D. 1982 – 1988 TCM
Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine M.S. 1988 – 1991 Acupuncture
Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Ph.D. 1991 – 1994 Acupuncture

Professional Positions

1994 – 1995 Associate Professor, Beijing University of TCM
1995 – 2006 Professor, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Santa Monica, CA
1998 – 2001 Professor, Samra University of Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
2001 – 2006 Professor, Department Chair, American University of Complementary Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
1998 – 2008 Owner, Acu-Herbal Medical Arts, private practice
2001 – 2002 Consultant, UCLA Medical School Center for East-West Medicine
2002 – 2007 Director of Chinese Medicine Education, UCLA Medical School, Center for East-West Medicine
2002- Present Teacher, UCLA Medical School, Center for East-West Medicine
2008- Present President, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Academy, Inc.

Awards and Other Professional Activities (partial listing)

1982 – 1988 Award for Academic Excellence and Service to the Community, Beijing University of TCM
1988 Valedictorian, Beijing University of TCM, G.P.A. Ranked #1 among 120 students in the graduating class
1995 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Beijing University of TCM
1999 Award for Academic Faculty of the Year, Emperor’s College of TOM
1988 – 1991 As a Masters candidate, studied directly under Professor Zi-fu Chen, an  expert in herbs, acupuncture & moxibustion
1999 – Present Hospital Privileges, Daniel Freeman Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
2000 – Present Hospital Privileges, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)

  1. Ma Z, Ma X. Traditional Chinese Medicine Epidemiological Study of Seniors’ Constitution and its Relationship to Pathology of the Gastric System. Chinese Journal of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1989
  2. Ma X, Zeng F. The Selected Works for Health Preservation of Ancient China; Beijing Broadcast College Publishing House, Beijing, China, 1992
  3. Ma X. Evaluation of Vernacular Emperor’s Canon of Medicine; Beijing Broadcast College Publishing House, Beijing, China, 1992
  4. Ma X. Experience of Professor Jia-san Yang in Epilepsy Treatment with Acupuncture. Education of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1994, 3:46,
  5. Ma X, Liu Z. Practical Acupuncture Treatment for Diseases of the Nervous System; China Traditional Chinese Medicine Publishing House, Beijing, China, 1994
  6. Ma X. Pan L, Pocket Manual of Practical Acupuncture; Tianjin Scientech Publishing House, Tianjin, 1995
  7. Ma X. Progress of Clinical and Experimental Studies on Acupuncture Treatment of Cerebrovascular Diseases. Chinese Journal of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine 1995, 5:28,
  8. Ma X. Fifteen Kinds of Medical Skills; China Traditional Chinese Medicine Publishing House, Beijing, 1996
  9. Alexander D, Cen S, Sullivan K, Bhavnani G, Ma X, Azen S, ASAP study group. Effects of acupuncture treatment on poststroke motor recovery and physical function: A pilot study. Neurorehabil Neural Repair December 2004 vol. 18 no.4 259-267
  10. Kirschner J, Clarke A, Williams J, Paul-Labrador M, Polk DM, Ma X, Qiao Y, Brantman A, Painovich J, Minissian M, Shufelt C, Mou Y, Bairey Merz CN. Successful recruitment and retention strategies for the study, “The Effects of Traditional Acupuncture on Coronary Heart Disease.” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2009, 15( 3), S166.

Research Support

Bairey Merz (PI) 9/1/2005- 8/31/2010
Title: Effects of Traditional Acupuncture on Mechanisms of CHD
Description: The goal of this project is to evaluate the effect of Traditional Acupuncture on arterial vasomotor function and autonomic nervous system tone, two physiologic variables involved in the pathophysiological cascade underlying acute cardiac events and sudden death in CHD patients.
Role: Consultant Co-Investigator
Jones MD (PI) May 2009-Jan 2010
Title: Acupuncture in the intensive care unit: a test of the acceptability and feasibility of traditional acupuncture in critically ill patients time of study
Description: The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and safety of providing daily traditional acupuncture to patients in a critical care unit.
Role: Consultant – Acupuncturist
Stanley Azen (PI) 1999-2002
Title: ASAP Acupuncture Protocols for the Treatment of Stroke
Description: Thesis study conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of stroke.
Role: Co-Investigator
Gregory P. Fontana (PI) 1999-2000
Title: Pilot Study on Acupuncture for Post Operative Bypass Patients.
Description: This pilot study investigated the efficacy of Acupuncture in relieving post-operative symptoms experienced by bypass surgery patients.
Role: Co-Investigator
E Geng (PI) 1994-1995
Title: Empirical Research on Certain Acupuncture Points’ Specific Functions
Description: The goal of this laboratory study was to gather empirical data on point function by measuring bioelectric charges in the body upon stimulation of specific acupuncture points
Role: Co-Investigator
Ma (PI) 1991-1994
Title: The Clinical Applications of the Eight Confluent Points of the Eight Extra Meridians- The Clinical Research of Treating Apoplexy by Acupuncture.
Description: This study conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Acupuncture in the treatment of stroke.
Role: PI
H Hu(PI) 1990-1993
Title: Efficacy of herbs and Acupuncture in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.
Description:  This collaborative clinical research project conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial comparing outcomes for Western medical protocols when combined with Acupuncture and Herbs.
Role: Co-Investigator
Ma (PI) 1988-1991
Title: Preliminary exploration on the regular channel’s Jing-Well Point’s electrical resistance changes in patients suffering from asthma and common cold.
Role: PI

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