Webinar Summary: Treating Autoimmune Disorders with Chinese Herbs – Featuring John Chen


In July, we hosted John Chen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., O.M.D., L.Ac. for another one-hour free webinar.






In today’s world, lifestyle and environment are very different from what it was many years ago when Chinese herbs were first used as medicine. In response to the change, our bodies are trying to adapt and as a result, new patterns of diseases have surfaced. Nowadays, patients are given medicated prescription drugs from their medical doctors which may not work very well, so they start to look for an alternative…a second opinion. This is where we, as Acupuncturists and Herbalists, come in.

Dr. John Chen, a doctor in both Western pharmacology and Chinese Medicine and author of Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology and Chinese Herbal Formulas & Applications, will discuss the etiology and dynamic usage of Chinese herbs in treating autoimmune disorders relating to connective tissues (skin, joints, glands, blood vessels) and internal organs (thyroid, intestines, heart, lung, CNS).




Who Should Watch:

  • Practitioners and students looking to learn more about Chinese herbs
  • Practitioners and students looking to learn more about treatment of autoimmune disorders
  • Practitioners and students with difficult patient cases looking to add to their treatment tool box
  • Practitioners and students with questions about treating autoimmune disorders with chinese herbs

About Our Speaker:

Dr. John Chen, Ph.D., Pharm.D., O.M.D., L.Ac.

Medical Consultant, Evergreen Herbs & Medical Supplies

Dr. John Chen’s participation in the family tradition has led him to become a recognized authority in both western pharmacology and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has taught herbology and pharmacology at:

  • University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, California
  • Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Santa Monica, California
  • Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles, California
  • Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington
  • Five Branches Institute, San Jose, California
  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon
  • Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, Texas
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, California
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, California

He has also given seminars on herb-drug interactions for regional and national associations and organizations, including:

  • The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • The California State Oriental Medical Association
  • The Queen’s Physician Group of Hawaii
  • The North Carolina Acupuncture Association

Dr. Chen is currently a member of the Herbal Medicine Committee for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; he is an herbal consultant for the California State Oriental Medical Association and is on the review/editorial committee for American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program, and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Chen has published numerous articles and several books. His most recently published works are Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology (2003, AOM Press) and Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications (2008, AOM Press) for which he was lead author.

“The effectiveness of treatment is of utmost concern to me, for each and every patient. The safety, quality, and potency of the herbs are crucial factors in determining treatment outcome. My goal is to make both Western and Oriental medical communities aware of herbal alternatives to drugs, and of the importance of identifying herb-drug interactions. I hope to see us eventually bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine by integrating use of herbs and related TCM modalities with modern technological medicine,” said Dr. Chen.