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. Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan was born in Chengdu, China into a traditional Chinese medicine family. In their family lineage of Tan’s, her father and grandfather are both Chinese medical doctors. Her father, a well-known university professor, one of China’s primary experts in the field of medicinal food therapy and herbal preparation. After completed her 11 years PhD in traditional Chinese medicine at Chengdu University of TCM( one of the top 4 TCM universities’ in China), Dr. Tan taught TCM in Chengdu University of TCM and also worked as a TCM doctor at the teaching hospital of Chengdu University of TCM. In 2011, following several visiting professors invites at institutions abroad, Dr. Tan made Austin, Texas her home and became a full-time faculty member and professor at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. While the focus of her expertise has been on classical acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, ENT (ear-nose-throat), and ophthalmology (eye disease), Dr. Tan always comes back to the root of classic TCM. “Returning to the root of Chinese medicine reminds me that everything is connected”. In addition, she sought out the classical roots of Chinese medicine outside the institutionalized TCM setting: Daoist medicine and Yijing-I Ching with Zhou Xuexi; Wenbing tongue and pulse diagnosis with Zhang Ziwen; Sichuan Daosim and Shanghan lun pulse diagnosis with Chen Chaozu. Since 2005, she has published widely on both the theoretical and clinical aspects of Chinese medicine. Dr. Tan has more than 12 years of clinical experience of treating endocrine, auto-immune, neurological, sensory organs disorders and gynecological disorders.

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