Dr. Ma, acupuncturist in Beverly Hills, California

Dr. Xiuling Ma, a licensed California acupuncturist with advanced degrees from China, 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 to treat patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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.

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

5R01AT1482                Bairey Merz (PI)                               9/1/2005- 8/31/2010


Title: Effects of Traditional Acupuncture on Mechanisms of CHD

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

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center CSMC        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

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


Private funding               Stanley Azen (PI)                                1999-2002

Title: ASAP Acupuncture Protocols for the Treatment of Stroke

Thesis study conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of stroke.

Role: Co-Investigator


CSMC                                       Gregory P. Fontana (PI)                  1999-2000

Title: Pilot Study on Acupuncture for Post Operative Bypass Patients.

This pilot study investigated the efficacy of Acupuncture in relieving post-operative symptoms experienced by bypass surgery patients.

Role: Co-Investigator


Ministry of education of the people’s republic of China         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


Ministry of education of the people’s republic of China         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.

This study conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Acupuncture in the treatment of stroke.

Role: PI


Ministry of education of the people’s republic of China         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


Ministry of education of the people’s republic of China         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


Background Summary:

Dr. Xiuling Ma attended the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a total of twelve years, from 1982 to 1994. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Medicine program (which was then a six-year full-time program). She graduated with the highest G.P.A. among her 120 classmates. In China, the Bachelor of Medicine degree is all one legally needs in order to practice either Traditional Chinese medicine or Western Medicine. It equals Doctor of Medicine degree. Most physicians in China do not go on to get advanced degrees.

Although Dr. Ma could have begun practicing medicine upon graduation, she chose instead to enter the three-year Master’s program so that she could study under a special Master so that she could increase her knowledge and expand her techniques even further. Since the difficult entrance examination for the Master’s program had a very low passing rate when Dr. Ma took it, her entrance into the Master’s program was an accomplishment in itself. Dr. Ma began the Master’s program and her relationship with her first Master, Dr. Zifu Chen, a professor with special expertise in both her biology and acupuncture. Although each Master typically has up to two students per year, Dr. Ma was Dr. Chen’s only student for the entire three years of her Master’s program, thus allowing her the opportunity to absorb his special expertise on a one-to-one basis. By the time Dr. Ma had graduated from the Master’s program in 1991, she had also developed a master-student association with yet a second Master, Dr. Jia-san Yang. Dr. Yang is one of the two most highly respected TCM physicians in China today. He is acknowledged in China as an international expert on acupuncture and moxibustion, but he is also an expert in herbology. He was so impressed with Dr. Ma that he encouraged her to enter the three-year Doctoral program under his special tutelage, and so she took and passed yet another rigorous entrance exam. At that time, in 1991, there were only a few TCM Masters in the entire country who were authorized to grant Doctoral degrees for acupuncture, and Dr. Yang was one of them. Understandably, Dr. Ma enthusiastically entered the Doctoral program as his student in order to gain the unique expertise, experience and recognition that such an once-in-a-lifetime relationship offered.

During her Doctoral studies (and to a lesser extent during her Master’s studies), Dr. Ma also worked as an independent physician at the Beijing University of TCM Teaching Hospital and Clinic.  In addition, she taught many students, not only TCM students who were working on their Bachelor of Medicine degrees, but also physicians from less prestigious hospitals who came to the Beijing University of TCM from all over China for advanced training.

Following her graduation from the Doctoral program in 1994, Dr. Ma began full-time work in the Acupuncture Department at the Beijing University of TCM, as a professor and physician.  In the meantime, word of Dr. Ma’ s professional expertise as a professor and physician of the highest caliber, and as a woman of great compassion, integrity and down-to-earth common sense, had spread from Dr. Ma’s Master, Dr. Jia-san Yang in Beijing, to his son, Dr.Tiande Yang (a supervisor at Emperor’s College ) in Santa Monica. As a result, in 1995, Dr. Ma accepted an invitation to join the ranks of Emperor’s College as a professor and supervisor. She has been at Emperor’s College since that time.

In addition, Dr. Ma currently has her own private practice in Beverly Hills, California where she treats patients with TCM acupuncture and/or herbology, according to their individual needs.