Our Faculty

Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor

PhD, Chengdu University of TCM, 2011
MMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 2008
BMed, Chengdu University of TCM, 2005

Dr. Tan is the first PhD-level TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States. Before transferring to this country, Dr. Tan served for four years as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical supervisor in the ENT and Ophthalmology Department of the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM. She has also served as a clinic interpreter, instructor, and lecturer and has published several peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Tan brings energy, knowledge, and clinical experience to the AOMA faculty. At AOMA Tan teaches TCM Diagnostic Skills I and II, Herbal Safety, Herbal Patents, and Clinic Theater 1, and supervises clinic rotations. She has been a faculty member and clinical supervisor at AOMA since 2011.

Research and Academic Interests:

  • Ophthamology
  • macular degeneration
  • sinusitis
  • TCM herbal formulas

Tan, G. (2010). Wu-Lun and Xuan-Fu theory of TCM ophthalmology. Forum of Traditional Chinese Medicine.(5).

Tan, G. (2010). Application of Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis ) in compatibility rules. Shanxi Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine .(10).

Tan, G. (2008). The treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with Chinese medicine. Thieme Almanac 2008: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, 79-85.

Tan, G. (2008). The treatment of vitreous hemorrhage with Chinese medicine. Gansu Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine(5).

Tan, G. (2007). The overview of herbal treatment towards age-related macular degeneration (AMD). . Traditional Chinese Medicine Education(2).

Tan, G. (2005). Clinical research on treating pancreatic cancer by the method of herbal medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine Education(1).


Tan, G. (2011). Classic herb preparation skill and techniques (Pao Zhi). , Munich, Germany

Tan, G. (2010). Herbal treatment of sinusitis., Chengdu, China

Tan, G. (2010). Chinese ophthalmology theory and its application., Chengdu, China

Tan, G. (2009). Standards for processed TCM drugs. . Presented at the The Workshop of European Pharmacopoeia Commission. , Chengdu, Guangzhou, China

Tan, G. (2009). Acupuncture for eye diseases. Presented at the The 1st Sino-German International Symposium on Acupuncture and Moxibustion. , Chengdu, China

Tan, G. (2009). The secret of TCM: Promoting the recognition of TCM to be listed as a world cultural inheritance. , Chengdu, China