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Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin is one of the leading experts in the practice of Chinese herbal medicine in the West, with particular expertise in dermatology, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Over the past 25 years, he has taught his successful and innovative approach to clinical practice to hundreds of students worldwide. Originally brought up and educated in the Middle East and later the UK, Mazin began his studies in acupuncture and modern and classical Chinese in 1979. From 1983 onwards, he studied in Nanjing, Taiwan, and Shanghai, specializing in herbal medicine. His thorough grasp of the Chinese language earned him the first Sino-British scholarship to study internal medicine at the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside Chinese students, graduating as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine in 1987. On his return to the UK, he founded the Avicenna Centre of Chinese Medicine, where he has been in practice for the last 27 years. He runs his own traditional herbal dispensary and has developed the Avicenna range of topical products and skin creams to use as supportive treatment to internal therapy. Mazin also lectures at a postgraduate level and at conferences worldwide, and runs the diploma course in Chinese medicine dermatology and the Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatologists. He is co-author of the international textbook A Manual of Acupuncture and is working on his long-awaited book on the treatment of dermatological conditions.

John Chen

John Chen

John is a recognized authority on Chinese herbal medicine and western pharmacology. Holding doctoral degrees from both USC School of Pharmacy and South Baylo University. He currently teaches at USC and numerous universities of traditional Chinese medicine. John actively participates in education and research and lectures widely at conferences at local, state, national, and international levels. He also appeared in the Discovery Channel six-hour documentary on complementary and alternative medicine in 1999. John is the author of three textbooks: Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology, Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications, and Chinese Herbal Formulas for Veterinarians.

Jeffrey Yuen

Yuen is a frequent lecturer at Pacific Symposium. Coming from a classical Chinese medical approach, he offers different perspectives to understanding the rigors of Chinese medicine. He comes from two Daoist traditions, the Shangqing and Quanzhen schools. He was instrumental in developing the first classical Chinese medicine doctoral program in the state of California and is the Director of Classical Studies in Daoist Traditions at an acupuncture school in Asheville, NC.

Yuen was the first recipient of the “Educator of the Year” award, conferred by the AAAOM. He is most noted for bringing the influence of Daoism into the practice and teachings of Chinese medicine. He resides in New York City and serves as President of the International Tai Chi Institute.

David Allen

David Allen

David graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2007, having studied pediatrics as a specialty. He primarily treats children in his private clinic, with a sub-specialty in treating autism with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Using existing Chinese medical pathomechanism theory, as well as developing ideas based on the clinical experience of himself and others, David brings together a wide-ranging experience to his diagnoses and treatments. He travels extensively to further his studies and is currently a faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.