Li Zhiming (1927-1987)

Li Zhiming (1927-1987) was born in Tangxian County of Hebei Province in 1927. During his adolescence, he followed his uncle Li Xiugang to learn medicine. He served as a medical worker in the Bethune International Peace Hospital in 1946. He graduated from the Qahar Medical School in 1952. Since 1954, he had followed Dr. Zheng Yulin and studied acupuncture for twelve years. In 1959, he attended the third course of traditional Chinese medicine for Western medical doctors held by the Ministry of Public Health, and studied TCM for two years. Since 1964, he had been working in the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Acupuncture Department of Guang’anmen Hospital until 1987. In the last several decades, Dr. Li has been absorbed in writing and collecting acupuncture literature and in his clinical practice. He concluded that the four methods of promoting the arrival of qi, regulating qi, retaining qi and leading qi could be regarded as the basic maneuvers of heat reinforcing and cold reducing. He contributed to the standardization- of the reinforcing and reducing method. He was good at selecting points from the meridians of the same name and the related meridians. The number of points he selected was less but the quality of his selection was good.He developed the strong points of moxibustion therapy, and he used more than twenty methods of moxibustion. Several dozens of his articles and papers had been published. He was the professor of the Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the executive member of the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. (source : Essentials of Contemporary Chinese Acupuncturist Clinical Experience. Beijing : Foreign Languages.1989)