Clinic Staff


Prof. Ming Qing Zhu, L.Ac.

Prof. Zhu was born in Shanghai, China in 1940. After graduating in 1964 from the first acupuncture class at the Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine, Prof. Zhu was sent to work in Guizhou. In no time, he earned the reputation of a seasoned doctor because of the remarkable results of his works.

On November 24, 1987, he demonstrated an innovative acupuncture technique on a hemiplegic stroke patient at the 1st International Conference of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Beijing, where the patient stood up and ambulated without support. He has continued to garner international recognition since then.

Prof. Zhu is the original founder of Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture, one of four scalp acupuncture systems known in China. He is also a major contributor to the International Standardization of Scalp Acupuncture, published in 1984.

From 1964-1987, Prof. Zhu served as Director or Assistant Director at the following institutions:

  • Physician-in-charge, Guiyang Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Guiyang TCM College
  • Acupuncture Anesthesia Office of Lishui District, Zhejiang
  • Acupuncture Department, Lishui Hospital
  • Educational and Research Office of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Zhejiang TCM University
  • Research Institute of Acupuncture and Traumatology, Beijing
  • Scalp Points Research Group of the Chinese National Acupuncture Association

Prof. Zhu has authored more than 15 articles, professional papers and books on acupuncture. Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture was published in Chinese, English and Japanese.

In 1987, Prof. Zhu was invited and honored by the Red Cross and the Academy of Chinese Medicine in Taiwan as the Outstanding Individual from Mainland China. This was the first formal invitation bestowed upon a Chinese medical professional in 40 years. The sensational response to his visit in Taiwan was described by the media as the “Whirlwind of Zhu’s Magic Needles.” Prof. Zhu was also presented with the 1990 Acupuncturist of the Year Award by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong. He was listed in the 1996 issue of the Who’s Who of Chinese and Foreign Celebrities.

Throughout his 50-year career in TCM, Prof Zhu has never stopped teaching and treating patients, and is sought after from every corner of the world. Since 1989, Prof. Zhu has been lecturing throughout Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He serves as an advisor to several Acupuncture associations, and is currently a faculty member of the Doctorate program of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the President of Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture Research & Education Foundation (ZSAREF), and the Director of Zhu’s Acupuncture Medical & Neurology Center.



Moyee Siu, L.Ac., CSAS

Ms. Siu is an expert in Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture, one of four scalp acupuncture systems in the world.  She is co-founder of Zhu’s Neuro-Acupuncture Center and has a comprehensive background in Chinese Medicine and rehabilitation. While she is trained in treating a variety of ailments, her true passions are Bell’s Palsy, strokes, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and migraines. She has close to 100% success rates in treating Bell’s Palsy and migraines.  As a specialist in all these areas, she works to raise the patients’ awareness of self-healing power, and teaches them self-care through breathing, relaxation, meditation, physical exercises, rest and nutrition.

In addition to private practice, Ms. Siu teaches other established acupuncturists Zhu’s needling techniques.  Ms. Siu is fluent in English and Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), which enables her to bring the latest Eastern medical research to her patients.  She is also a frequent speaker and organizes seminars for scalp acupuncture throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. She was the only acupuncturist invited to speak at the 2009 Congress on Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Ms. Siu ‘s academic background is extensive, including a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine.  She is nationally board certified and  licensed by the State of California in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She has been fortunate to intern under Prof. Ming Qing Zhu, a world-renowned master of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and the originator of Zhu’s scalp acupuncture.  After a decade long of apprenticeship with Prof. Zhu, Ms. Siu has inherited the fine qualities of a good and caring doctor. She is known for her gentleness and putting her patients at ease with their situation.



James Lu, PT, DPT, LAc, Dipl. OM, OCS, MTC, CSAS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Diplomat of Oriental Medicine

Orthopedic Certified Specialist (ABPTS)

Manual Therapy Certified

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) Trained

Certified Scalp Acupuncture Specialist (CSAS)

Dr. Lu, licensed Acupuncturist and Physical Therapist, has been in the medical profession for over 20 years.  He has worked as Director of Rehabilitation and Senior Physical Therapist in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private clinics. His primary experience has been in the realms of orthopedics, stroke rehabilitation, balance/vestibular disorders and pain management. Dr. Lu holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine, and a Master’s of Science from The American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

In 2003, he completed advanced training in manual therapy and received his certification from The University of St. Augustine, and in 2004 was certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty as an Orthopedic Specialist. Dr. Lu also has extensive training in the neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) approach tailored to post-stroke and neurologically-impaired patients.

Through his study and experience, Dr. Lu found that combining acupuncture with rehabilitation enabled maximum potentials for patients’ recovery, with a minimum of pain. He has, ever since, dedicated his career to this integrative treatment approach.

In 2011, Dr. Lu began following Professor Ming Qing Zhu’s work, and completed two years of courses in Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture training. In the same year, he pioneered the first outpatient acupuncture program at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a company that includes 162 hospitals and 113 free-standing surgery centers in England and 20 U.S. states. Shortly thereafter, this acupuncture program was extended to the pre- and post-operative ICU/in-patient care for patients undergoing cardiac and thoracic surgeries. In 2014, this integrative approach was introduced to the Bayshore Interdisciplinary Inpatient Rehabilitation Center to facilitate the recovery of stroke, surgery and other illnesses.

In addition to his specializations in orthopedics and stroke rehabilitation, Dr. Lu also has extensive experience in treating gastrointestinal, neurological, chronic, allergic and cancer treatment-related disorders. Along with all that, Dr. Lu has been a national champion in Chen TaiChi for five consecutive years in China and the U.S.!



Julia Kao L.Ac., MTCM

Julia is a California board-certified acupuncturist who hates to write about herself in the third person. What brought me into Chinese medicine was the simple yet elegant concept that good health is achieved when there is a state of balance, between opposing forces of yin and yang.

That balance was what I had lacked in my younger years of bouncing around different cities between Beijing and New York as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. I enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and help tell their stories. I trekked the Tibetan plateau with monks who were recognized as reincarnates of many lifetimes, hung out with first female rockers in China and worked for dot-coms before they became dot-gones.

But the richness of the experience took a physical toll. I suffered from constant headaches as well as a variety of digestive and gynecological issues that stemmed ultimately from an unbalanced lifestyle. That’s what experiencing Chinese medicine first-hand as a patient taught me. I was not crazy about getting poked and drinking dark herbal brews that weren’t the tastiest of teas. But gradually my different symptoms came under control and I was intrigued.

Dr. Zhu’s unique method of scalp acupuncture coupled with a series of exercises he termed as Daoyin to encourage patients’ active participation in their recovery deepened my fascination with this medicine that taps into the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful ZSA team. Our goal is to bring optimal balance to others by connecting the mind, body, and emotions, especially focusing on mood, sleep disorders, memory and speech impairments.

I received my BS in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. My previous MS was from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.


T. Sundar Sanchez L.Ac., MTCM DMQ


Tomás Sundar Sánchez Martínez is California State Board Licensed in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. A native of Spain, he is Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Healing Tao, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and Aquatic therapist in practice since 1999. He obtained a college degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine by the Five Branches University, USA.

Sundar holds a Doctorate Degree in Medical Qigong Therapy from the International Institute of Medical Qigong, the overseas Medical Qigong College of the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, (China). He underwent exceptional academicals and clinical training and he was licensed as a Clinical Doctor of Medical Qigong Therapy and Doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine DTCM by the People Republic of China’s Ministry of Health.

Sundar was accepted as a 65th Generation Dizi or disciple of the Tian Shi Sect of Zheng-Yi Daoist tradition. His dedication and hard work promoted him to being ordained as a Daoshi (Daoist Priest) 1st “Lu” at the 900 Year Anniversary of the Founding of the Celestial Master’s Mansion in the ancient Shangqing, Jiang Xi, China. This happened on the very auspicious day 11/11/11, November 11th 2011. After four years of service, further studies and discipline; he was ordained as a Daozhang (Taoist Abbot) 2nd “Lu” The ritual was held on Longhu (“Dragon and Tiger”) Mountain at the Celestial Master’s Mansion in Southern China’s Jiangxi Province on November 25th 2015.

He has traveled in Asia, Europe, North Africa and North, Central, and South America teaching students and sharing his knowledge with different Shamans, Healers, and Spiritual Masters. Sundar has a dedicated daily practice of Qigong, Meditation, and Spiritual ceremony, bringing together the mind and body connection and integrating Eastern and Western medicine and practices.

Famous physician and alchemist, Sun Si Miao is known for the text “On the Absolute Sincerity of Great Physicians”, often called “The Chinese Hippocratic Oath, which is still required reading for Chinese physicians:

“A Great Physician should not pay attention to status, wealth or age; neither should he question whether the particular person is attractive or unattractive, whether he is an enemy or friend, whether he is a Chinese or a foreigner, or finally, whether he is uneducated or educated. He should meet everyone on equal grounds. He should always act as if he were thinking of his close relatives.”