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General Information about Dr. Lan’s Credentials

Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine

Indian Ayurvedic Medicine


It is very important to make the distinction between someone who has an L.Ac and those who do not (these people would only have a Master’s degree or other academic credentials).  Similar to the Bar Exam for law school graduates, only physicians with L.Ac are state-licensed acupuncturists.  California was the first state to legislate L.Ac, with some of the strictest requirements.  It is certainly not uncommon for degree holders to make multiple attempts at passing the state exam, while others give it up altogether.


Dr. Lan, on the other hand, received her L.Ac in the same year she was awarded her Master’s degree (M.S.TCM) AND her Ph.D in another healing art, a rare feat in her field.


Dipl. OM

Diplomate in Oriental Medicine is the highest-level certification granted by the National Certification Commission in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  As the name of the commission suggests, it is a recognition at the national level, compared to L.Ac; the latter’s requirements vary across states.  Dipl. OM is awarded to practitioners that have proven their knowledge and skills in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Oriental medical theory.



Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a 4-year, 3000-hour degree program offered by the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA.  The curriculum covers Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.



Clinical Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree is the highest educational credential available in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States.  It provides significant supervised clinical work in a student’s area of specialization.   Students represent true pioneers in the profession, whether as highly skilled practitioners, clinical researchers, or teachers.


D.Ayur, Ph.D

Ph.D in Ayurveda is a healing-arts degree obtained through a rigorous 4700-hour coursework.  It confers the highest level of academic and clinical status as a BPC. 


Dr. Lan’s classes, research, and writing involved a doctoral dissertation on the integration of Indo-Tibetan Ayurveda with Chinese Medicine. 



The title of Master Ayurvedic Herbalist is conferred based on the Educational Guidelines for Professional Herbalists of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). Its 1800-hour curriculum includes 1380 hours of Ayurvedic theory and 420 hours of clinical practice.






Click here for Dr. Lan's thesis on "Manic Depression (Bi-Polar) with Emphasis on Treatment of Manic Aspect with Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda".


Click here for Dr. Lan's presentation at Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences.


Click here for Dr. Lan's doctorate degree capstone in Five Branches University, California.