Descendant of A Lineage of Physicians
At age 12, I began a rigorous regimen of learning traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) under my father, Shi Yuwen, a certified Doctor of TCM and licensed medical physician since 1950 from the Anqing province. I followed a strict reading schedule of classic TCM texts like Shang Han Lun (“Treatise on Febrile Diseases”) and Wen Bing Xue (“Warm Disease Theory”). Each day I shadowed him in the clinic, and each evening I practiced analyzing his patients' pathologies and recalling all that I had learned about TCM theory, acupuncture meridians, and Chinese herbology. By age 17, I was seeing my own patients.
After practicing independently for four years, I wanted to expand my medical expertise by pursuing formal medical education in integrated Chinese and Western medicine, like my father who had also graduated from formal Western medical education years after receiving his training in TCM under his uncle. For this, I enrolled in Anhui Medical University, graduating magna cum laude, and then completed my postgraduate training in nephrology. In the year of completing my program, my research papers earning both 1st and 3rd places in my Anhui provincial competition.
Today, I have been a practitioner of TCM for nearly 50 years in China and the United States. Since coming to the US, I have also taught at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) for 12 years from 1992 to 2004. In 2003, I published my textbook, Diseases of the Kidney and Bladder: Diagnosis and Treatment with Chinese Medicine (first published under the title of Clinical Nephrology in Chinese Medicine). 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 TCM, reviewed below.
Diseases of the Kidney and Bladder
Diagnosis and Treatment with Chinese Medicine
“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.”
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.”
“Clinical Nephrology in Chinese Medicine [Diseases of the Kidney & ladder] 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. 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.”
“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.”