Edward Neal, MD, LAc, has been actively involved in the practice and teaching of Chinese medicine for over 20 years. Originally trained as a Western allopathic physician, Dr. Neal first studied traditional acupuncture with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy. Dr. Neal was the founding director of the International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture (ISSCA), and is currently the director of the Xinglin Institute (www.xinglininstitute.org), a multi-disciplinary research and educational institute dedicated to the study of early Chinese medical texts with the express purpose of identifying classical treatment strategies that can be used to address global healthcare challenges. More information about Dr. Neal and his work can be found at www.edwardnealmd.com.
Dr.Neal attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he participated in one of the earliest case-based medical programs in the US and graduated with honors. He received training in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He currently maintains active licenses in both Western and Chinese medicine.
Early in his career Dr. Neal became interested in East Asian medicine. In the early 1990′s he began training in acupuncture and began incorporating complementary medicine within his work in the allopathic field. He studied acupuncture for four years with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy. His training then continued with post-graduate studies in Chinese languages at Portland State University, as well as advanced studies in classical Chinese language at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China. He is a graduate of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he was employed for six years as Associate Professor. As a professor at NCNM, he has taught a variety of classes on subjects such as classical text translation, advanced topics in Classical Jing Luo (channel) theory, Chinese medical diagnostics, integrative Chinese and Western medical diagnostic theory, classical case studies, clinical case studies and Chinese medical ethics.