AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


Grace Tan, PhD, LAc 1407

Grace Tan, PhD, MD (China), OMD (China), LAc 1407        Request an appointment with Dr. Tan

“Superior doctors prevent illness."

Dr. Shengyan ‘Grace’ Tan was born in Chengdu, China into a traditional Chinese medicine family. Her father and grandfather are both Chinese medical doctors. Her father, a well-known university professor, is an expert in dietary therapy and herbal preparation. Whenever she got sick as a child, Dr. Tan recalls always being treated with acupuncture and herbs and not western medicine. This was her inspiration to pursue her PhD in traditional Chinese medicine at Chengdu University of TCM.

Chinese herbs are second nature for Dr. Tan. Growing up, each season they would drink different herbal teas and cook specific herbs in their food as preventative medicine. Every month they visited the herbal market where her father taught her to distinguish the highest quality herbs by their smell and taste. She also remembers hearing case discussions over the dinner table between her father and other professors.

After completing her PhD, Dr. Tan worked for four years as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical supervisor in the ENT and Ophthalmology Department of the teaching hospital of Chengdu University. She is the first PhD-trained TCM practitioner specializing in ophthalmology to teach in the United States.

Dr. Tan brings energy, knowledge, and clinical expertise to AOMA. Her clinical specialties include eye disease, ENT (ear, nose, and throat), allergies, digestive disorders, female disorders, pain management, stress, insomnia, and cancer.

Dr. Tan has personal and professional experience with using acupuncture and herbs for treating the side effects of cancer. After her grandmother died from pancreatic cancer, she devoted herself to researching the herbal treatment of cancer symptoms. Over the last ten years she has received much positive feedback from the cancer patients she has helped.

While the focus of her education has been on ENT and ophthalmology, Dr. Tan always comes back to the basics of classic TCM. “Returning to the root of Chinese medicine reminds me that everything is connected,” she explains her philosophy of the medicine. “TCM treats each person and each disease as a holistic system, so if you understand the principles of the medicine one can effectively treat all kinds of problems. In western medicine, if you specialize in something like ophthalmology, you can only treat the eyes.”

Dr. Tan believes in always showing compassion for her patients and really listening to them. She also is constantly studying and learning more about the ancient practice. “TCM is not just a medical science but a healing art which will not just help you physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Chinese medicine is an integration of Chinese art, Daoism, Buddhism, Chinese painting, calligraphy, taiji, martial arts, and astrology. TCM balances the body and the soul; it is a holistic healing system.”

Dr. Tan and her husband (who is a TCM orthopedic specialist) have two year-old son. They enjoy jogging and hiking on the greenbelt. She also loves practicing medical qigong, cooking with Chinese herbs, doing Chinese calligraphy, and painting.

Clinical Specialties:

Eye disease, ENT (ear, nose, and throat), allergies, digestive disorders, female disorders, pain management, stress, insomnia, and cancer.


1. "Clinical Research on Treating Pancreatic Cancer by the Method of herbal medicine", Traditional Chinese Medicine Education. 2005;1.

2. "The Overview of Herbal Treatment Towards Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)", Traditional Chinese Medicine Education. 2007;2.

3. "The Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) with Chinese Medicine", Thieme Almanac. 2008 :79-85.

4. "The Treatment of Vitreous Hemorrhage with Chinese Medicine", Gansu Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2008;5.

5. "Wu-Lun and Xuan-Fu Theory of TCM Ophthalmology", Forum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2010;5.
6. "Application of Wu Wei Zi ( Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis ) in Compatibility Rules", Shanxi Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine . 2010;10.


1. Classic herb preparation skill and techniques (Pao Zhi), Munich, Germany, July, 2011

2. Herbal treatment towards sinusitis, Chengdu, China, June 2010

3. Chinese ophthalmology theory and its application, Chengdu, China, March 2010

4. Standards for Processed TCM-drugs, Workshop of European Pharmacopoeia Commission , Chengdu, Guangzhou, China, September 2009

5. Acupuncture for eye diseases, The 1st Sino-German Int’l Symposium on Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Chengdu, China, July 2009

6. The secret of TCM, Promoting the Recognition of TCM to be Listed as a World Cultural Inheritance, Chengdu, China, June 2009