I have 38 years of experience in Western medicine and Chinese medicine in practice in university, hospital, and private clinic settings, in teaching Western medical doctor students and acupuncture and herbal medicine graduate students, in research about mechanisms of neurological diseases, epigenetics in oncology, and acupoints and dry needling.

Professional Narrative

My vision in practice is that everyone can live better. Patient-centered medicine can help people live their best life in harmony with body, mind and spirit._x000D_
My mission is to treat diseases, prevent illnesses and promote wellness._x000D_
My philosophy in practice is treating patients as human beings instead of machines by providing health-wellness care as well as disease care. _x000D_
I was apprenticed with my grandfather in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and inherited Zhu Danxi’s Nourishing Yin School. I am also the 5th generation practitioner of Cheng’s acupuncture. It is my privilege to apply TCM in practice to offer Western people more options when they need it. I have mastered a variety of techniques and skills of TCM that have been used widely in my practice, such as TCM acupuncture, 5-Element acupuncture, electronic acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, bleeding, Chinese herbal medicine, acu-herb rejuvenation, Chinese dietary consultation, Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN), trigger point acupuncture, Pi acupuncture, Cheng’s acupuncture, Health-wellness coach. _x000D_
My clinical practice covers the common and recurrent diseases-symptoms and diseases that have not responded as expected with Western medicine, not limited to, fascial and musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, neurological disorders (Parkinson’s diseases, post-stroke, Bell’s palsy, cerebral palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, neuropathy), cardiovascular diseases (coronary artery disease, post-heart attack, hypertension), GI diseases (indigestion, gastritis, stomachache, constipation, diarrhea, colitis), respiratory diseases (common cold, asthma and seasonal allergy, viral infection), urinary infection and stone pain, chronic diseases (overweight, diabetes, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, low libido, menopause), et al._x000D_
I have spent a lot of time doing research although our school is not a research institution. For example, I published the article Dry Needling is One Type of Acupuncture on Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed, Western medical doctor-acupuncturist predominant journal. And I won the debate against illegal dry needling practice. The article received the High Impact Article in 2016 and was recommended as a course of Continued Education Unit for the Western medical doctors. And the article was also widely cited as evidence fighting against the illegal dry needling practice by many acupuncture organizations._x000D_
I am an acupuncturist, teacher and scientist in the field of acupuncture and oriental medicine. I have practiced, taught and researched conventional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for more than three decades. I love teaching Chinese and Western medicine. My interests are integrating ancient wisdom with modern science, applying biomedical research to clinical practice, and bridging East and West. My aspiration is to be an understanding practitioner and professor. My goal in teaching is to help students succeed in their present study and future practice.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Book: Surface Anatomy of Acupuncture. Heming Zhu, Tatyana Maltseva and Kimberlea Freeman. Xlibris Corporation, USA, 2009

1. Heming Zhu and Heidi Most. How to Pass the NCCAOM Exams First Time. Acupuncture Today. October 2020.

2. Faming Zhang, Ting Zhang, Heming Zhu, Thomas J. Borody. Evolution of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Methodology and Ethics. Current Opinion Pharmacology. 2019, 49:11-16.

3. Heming Zhu and Heidi Most. Response to Dr. Greg Goddard re: ‘‘Dry Needling Is One Type of Acupuncture’’. Medical Acupuncture. September, 2017, 19(1).

4. Heming Zhu and Heidi Most. Response to Dommerholt and Stanborough re: ‘‘Dry Needling Is One Type of Acupuncture’’. Medical Acupuncture. 2016, 28(4):288-289.

5. Heming Zhu and Heidi Most. Dry Needling is One Type of Acupuncture. Medical Acupuncture. 2016,28(4):184-193.

8. Heming Zhu. The Wisdom of Wellness in Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture Today, January 2012, 13(2): 32-33.

6. Faming Zhang and Heming Zhu. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. (a letter to editor on Chinese herbal medicine and fecal microbiota transplantation). American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2015, 110(12):1731-2.


Present courses: Biomedical Integration with Oriental Medicine I and II, Foundations of Oriental Medicine III, AOM Comprehensive Exam Past courses: Foundations of Oriental Medicine I, Surface Anatomy of Acupuncture, Physical Assessment, Integrative Science of Acupuncture, Neuroscience of Acupuncture, Experimental Acupuncture Interesting area: the courses that can help graduates build up their clinical competence.


First Place of Excellent PhD Graduate Thesis, Hubei Province, China, 1997. Fellow Award for Excellent Research, National Institute of Health, 2007. Herbert C. Brown Community Service Award, Tai Sophia Institute, 2010.

Personal Narrative

I am an American citizen and came from China. I live in Columbia, MD with my wife. We were classmates in medical school. We both were apprenticed with my grandfather in learning TCM. _x000D_
I like fishing. But I often enjoy lying down in a recliner and watching water and sky when I and my wife go fishing. My wife usually would catch a lot – a true fisherwoman. My task is eating the fish because she needs an eater and craves for the word, delicious. I wanted to be an artist in Chinese calligraphy and painting since I was a kid. Then I bought a lot of materials for the “hobby” but I just had time to watch them lying in the closet a couple of times a year. I love gardening. It seems this hobby is very productive after more than 10 years of hard work. A variety of fruits are hanging on the trees in my self-cultivated garden in summertime. My wife said, you finally have made something I can eat. Ha-ha! _x000D_
Life is short. I enjoy life when I am going forward. My CF must be Water because I believe that Shang Shan Ruo Shui, Chu Xia Bu Zhen; Hou De Zai Wu, Dao Fa Zi Ran / The superior-good is like water, it stays in the low place without contending; the great virtue carries everything with it, the Dao follows natural self-being.

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