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The Eighth Generation in a Lineage of Healers

Wei Li, LAc, Dipl Ac, MD(China)

Despite being the youngest of four in my family, I inherit the sum of my father's knowledge in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which I started studying at the age of 12 by reading classics such as Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Febrile Diseases), while shadowing my father at his practice. By the age of 17, I went on to open my own practice in acupuncture as well as the prescription of herbal formulas.

After practicing for four years, I enrolled in Anhui Medical University with aspirations to study both Eastern and Western sides of medicine. I graduated magna cum laude with my MD degree, and then went on to specialize in nephrology likewise in Eastern and Western medicine. Within the first year of completing my studies, my medical research publications were twice awarded first place within the Anhui Province.

I have practiced TCM for more than 40 years now. Previously, I also taught at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) for 12 years, and published my first textbook in 2003. I have since, however, chosen to refocus my career on patient care through my clinical practice in Portland, Salem, and Tigard, Oregon, and through online consultations offered via telemedicine. Over these many years, I'm extremely glad to have been able to help so many people through my practice, and I hope to continue doing so for as long as I can. See my patients' testimonials.

My textbook, Diseases of the Kidney & Bladder, was initially published under the title of Clinical Nephrology in Chinese Medicine in November of 2003. It is the first complete textbook and clinical reference published in the English language on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney and bladder diseases in traditional Chinese medicine. See my reviews below.

Diseases of the Kidney & Bladder

Diagnosis & Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Diseases of the Kidney & Bladder, by Wei Li et al.

“A remarkably well written and scholarly book on clinical nephrology from a Chinese medicine perspective. It integrates the essence of traditional Chinese medicine with Western differential diagnosis, with comprehensive and well-organized content based on both Chinese medicine pattern identification as well as Western clinical diagnosis. The first of its kind to be published in the English language, this book will be an indispensable resource not only for Chinese medicine practitioners and students, but also for any western-trained physician interested in learning about the diagnosis and treatment of renal and urological diseases with Chinese medicine.”

Lawrence Lau, MD, LAc, Dipl Ac

Academic Dean/Chief Administrator
Yo San University, Los Angeles

“Dr. Li is very knowledgeable and has a lot of clinical experience regarding the differentiation and treatment of diseases in nephrology. More importantly, she is willing to share this experience throughout the many chapters of this book. I believe that this book will help its readers learn a lot.”

Wen-shuo Wu, Dean of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Southern California University of Health Sciences

Clinical Nephrology in Chinese Medicine [Diseases of the Kidney & Bladder] is a wonderful book. It clearly describes how to treat modern Western medical kidney and bladder diseases with Chinese medicine. This book reflects Dr. Wei Li's extensive clinical experience from the perspectives of both Chinese and Western medicine. I highly recommend this book and I think it will definitely help practitioners' treatment of these diseases.”

Dr. Haihe Tian, AP, PhD, MD(China)

Largo, FL

“Dr. Wei Li's Clinical Nephrology in Chinese Medicine [Diseases of the Kidney & Bladder] is comprehensive, well organized, and thoroughly indexed. Therefore, I found the material easy to access and, more importantly, easy to understand. The Clinical Tips sections are another excellent addition for a Western practitioner like myself. I can easily refer to this text when seeking concise herbal remedies and answers for my patients with nephrological diseases. This is a terrific addition to the reference resources for practitioners such as myself who seek to assist our patients in attaining optimal health.”

Betty A. Ehrlich, DC, CCN, DACBN

Essential Health, Los Angeles

“This is an excellent, much needed book on Chinese medicine and nephrology in which the authors discuss various common kidney disorders in depth. Those who read this book will benefit many patients suffering from common but often difficult to treat illnesses of the kidneys and other organs. Without hesitation, I strongly recommend this book to all students and practitioners of Eastern medicine.”

Young K. Park, DO

Westview Center for Integrated Medicine, Indianapolis