susanandmiriam.jpgMiriam Lee (left) with her student, Susan Johnson, L.Ac. Photo taken from:

Miriam Lee is an innovative and amazing woman who was at the forefront of helping acupuncture and TCM become a common practice the U.S. Those of us who experience the benefits of acupuncture have her to thank for her hard work, belief, and perseverance in Chinese medicine.

She was arrested for practicing acupuncture in California, but the incident led to the legalization of acupuncture in the state of California and eventually other states. Lee also introduced innovative as well ancient traditions of TCM in North America, such as bloodletting, Dr. Tung acupoints, and other insights for practicing acupuncturists. More information is on the website of Susan Johnson (see photo above), who was one of her students.

You can read more about the history of acupuncture in the United States on the Insights for Acupuncturists website where Lisa Hanfileti, LAc, MAcOM, also discusses the famous acupuncturist.

Two of her books are: Insights of a Senior Acupuncturist: One Combination of Points Can Treat Many Diseases, and Master Tong's Acupuncture: An Ancient Alternative Style in Modern Clinical Practice can both be found on, and Insights can be found at Portland's