While Dr. Tao Tian was born and raised in china, his study of acupuncture took him to Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jinan, China where he received a MD Degree in 1993.

In 1996, Tao Tian got a master degree focusing into advanced acupuncture techniques in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and undertook 2 years internship at shuguang hosipital in Shanghai China, where he studied with Dr. Xiang Li Min, a most famous and respected Acupuncturist.

In 1999 Tao got a Ph.D in pathophysiology, the principle of disease development, from Shanghai Medical University and moved to United states. Right now he is working as a research scientist in Medical College of Virginia and provide acupuncture service in Holden's Acupuncture Clinic.

 Tao Tian L.Ac. & MD & Ph.D is a licensed acupuncturist with 11 years of training and more than 10 years of clinic experience.  He practices Acupuncture because he has a thorough understanding of traditional chinese acupuncture theory and believes in natural, holistic healthcare which should be available and affordable for everyone.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is broad in scope and therefore can treat many health problems effectively, especially those illnesses which are chronic in nature and which Western Biomedicine has difficulty in addressing. Tao believes integrated Eastern / Western Medicine to be at the forefront of healthcare, especially with the rising cost of Medicines, Insurance, and the downturn of the economy.


Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of virginia

Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl. AC.), certified by the National Certification   Commission for Acupuncture     and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Ph.D from Shanghai medical University

Masters degree of advanced acupuncture from Shanghai university of traditional Chinese Medicine

MD degree from Shandong university of traditional Chinese Medicine


Some of the

1. Limin xiang, Tao Tian. The Clinic trials of acupuncture anesthesiology.  The annul journal of chinese medicine, 1994, p109

2. Tao Tian, Linmin xiang. The treatments of optiatrophy by acuppuncture.   The Journal of Shanghai acupuncture, 1996,15(5).-40-41

3. Tao Tian. Clinic trial of optiatrophy treated by acupuncture. The Journal of Shanghai acupuncture,1998,17(2).-3-4

4.Tao Tian, Zhaohui Wu, Huiming Jin. Progress of study on denervated muscular atrophy. Shanghai Medical Journal. 1999,22(3): 163-165

5.Tao Tian, Zhaohui Wu, Huiming Jin. The changes in proliferation dynamics of myoblasts in denervated atrophic skeletal muscle in rats. Chinese Journal of Hand Surgery,1999,15(1): 36-38

6. Tao Tian, Zhaohui Wu, Huiming Jin. Apoptosis of skeletal muscle cells. Progress in Physiologic Science, 1999,30(1): 63-66

7. Zhaohui Wu, Tao Tian, Huiming Jin, et al. Molecular mechanism of the effect of elenbuterol on delaying skeletal muscle atrophy following brachial plexus injury.  Chin J Hand Surg, December 2000, 16 (4): 198-200

8. Zhaohui Wu, Tao Tian, Huiming Jin, et al. Effect of extracts of Ginkgo biloga, creatine and clenbuterol on retarding denervated skeletal muscular atrophy. Chin J Traumatol , November 2000, Vol, 16 (11): 681-684

9.Huiming Jin, Zhaohui Wu, Tao Tian, et al.  Apoptosis in Atrophic Skeletal Muscle Induced by Brachial Plexus  Injury.   Journal of Trauma 2001;50:31-35

10.Steven P. Arnoczky, Tao Tian. Upregulation of stress-activated protein kinases (SAPK) in response to increased cytosolic calcium levels due to cyclic strain: a potential cellular mechanism for repetitive stress injuries in tendons. Accepted by 47th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. . Trans Orthop Res Soc ORS, 26 (0020) 2001

11. Tao Tian, Steven P. Arnoczky, Schuler paul, et al.  Frequency vs. amplitude in the upregulation of stress activated protein kinases induced by cyclic strain in canine tendon cells: an in vitro experimental study. Trans Orthop Res Soc 26 (0573) 2001.

12.Tao Tian, Steven P. Arnoczky, Michael Lavagnino, et al. Hyperthermia increases the magnitude and duration of stress activated protein kinase (SAPK) expression in tendon undergoing cyclic strain. Trans Orthop Res Soc 27 (0602), 2002.

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