Current Research Projects



Influence of Neijing Classical Acupuncture Therapy on Tumor Growth and Cancer Recurrence


Preliminary clinical experience indicate that Neijing classical acupuncture therapy appears to have a positive clinical effect on both tumor growth and cancer recurrence across a broad range of Cancers.  Institute researchers are currently performing a prospective clinical trial to examine the degree and reproducibility of this type of therapy on Cancer diseases.


Huangdi Neijing - Sinew Research Project


The Neijing tendon research project is an ongoing clinical investigation into the classical description of the Jin ("Connective tissue") body described in the Huangdi Neijing Lingshu and Suwen.  The descriptions of the courses and pathologies of the Jin sinews describe units of functional anatomy that define the human body’s movement and structure within three dimensional space. This project involves classical text translation, correlation with modern anatomical and fascial science and investigations into clinical applications.


History and Application of Luobing (Collateral Vessel Disease ) Theory


The concept of Luobing ("Collateral Network Vessel Illnesses") has a long and complex history dating back to the Huangdi Neijing.  It experienced a resurgence at the hands of the famous Qing dynasty (1644-1911) clinician Ye Gui (1667-1746) and has once again become a popular research topic in the last 15 years in mainland China.  This project seeks to explore the uses and transformations of the concept of network vessel illnesses across time.  It combines three goals: (1) to survey an important clinical concept which is little known in the English speaking world, (2) to explore potential contemporary clinical uses of this concept in all of its various forms, (3) to examine the historical processes by which this concept has been transmitted, transformed and applied throughout Chinese medical history.


Influence of Neijing Classical Acupuncture on Chemotherapy-related Cognitive Impairments


Up to 30% of Cancer patients experience significant cognitive impairment following chemotherapy treatment.  In conjunction with the Samueli Institute (, researchers at the Xinglin Institute are working to predict which patients are at risk for this type of impairment using traditional methods of diagnosis.  They are also exploring clinical strategies to treat these impairments.


Mathematical Modeling of Neijing  Classical Descriptions of Space/Time Motion


Early Chinese medical texts give detailed theoretical description of the patterns of nature's Space/Time motions.  These qualitative descriptions appear to provide a “unified field” theory of natural phenomena.  Institute researchers are currently collaborating across different academic disciplines to explore the possibility of mathematically modeling these classical descriptions of the natural world.


Warm Disease Text Translation


Although it was the last major development of Chinese medical theory and practice before the 20th century, the Warm Disease  Current (Wenbing) was deeply rooted in the Chinese medical classics.  Warm disease clinicians criticised the indiscriminate use of herbal formulae designed to treat cold damage, but drew heavily upon the Shanghan Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage ) and Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic ) in formulating new responses to epidemic febrile illness.  Our understanding of classical Chinese medicine and its application to modern illnesses is incomplete without a deep understanding of warm disease theory, its last major premodern development.  This project will produce high quality, historically and medically accurate translations of the core warm disease texts in order to enhance the understanding of this important development of Chinese medical theory and practice.  The first translation, the Wenbing Tiaobian (Systematic Differentiation of Warm Diseases ) is scheduled for publication in 2014 by the Chinese Medicine Database.


Classical Chinese Medical Approaches to Malaria Treatment


Malaria (Nüe relapsing febrile illness) is one the oldest named diseases in Chinese medicine and one of the few Chinese medical diseases to overlap to a large extent with a Western medical disease.  In recent years, a new class of anti malarial drugs, the artemisinin derivatives, have been developed based on research into the Chinese herb Qing Hao (Artemisia annua Herba) which has long been used to treat malaria in China.  However, the vast majority of Chinese medical experience in the treatment of malaria remains unexamined.  In part, this is due to modern Chinese medicine textbooks reinterpreting the concept of nüe to emphasize its similarity to contemporary biomedical descriptions of malaria, in the process discarding the wealth of clinical knowledge amassed in pre modern Chinese medical texts.  This project explores the original Chinese medical texts on malaria to shed light on earlier approaches to its treatment.  We anticipate that this exploration will lead to new and effective means of treating the world’s most deadly illness, as well as other contemporary febrile illnesses that fall within the category of nüe in Chinese medicine.