Instructors Introduction

Chi-Hsiu Daniel Weng, Ph.D

Huijun Z. Ring, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine

Stanford University

Professor Huijun Ring is an adjunct professor at School of Medicine, Stanford University. She received her PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Cornell University and completed her post-doctoral medical genetics training at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a clinical molecular geneticist and board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics. 

Currently, Professor Ring teaches the course “Science and History of Traditional Chinese Medicine” at Stanford University. This course has been repeatedly rated as one of the most popular courses at Stanford University by Stanford students. Professor Ring’s research primarily focuses on East-West integrative medicine and bio-sustainability innovation. 

Lecture Title: The Science of Taichi

Course Summary:

This comprehensive lecture provides an in-depth exploration of the science of Taichi, detailing its traditional origins, integral components, and the evidence supporting its health benefits. Participants will first gain an understanding of Taichi's fundamentals, including its historical context and primary objectives of enhancing body-mind integration and overall health. The course then transitions into a discussion on the multifaceted nature of Taichi, combining physical movements with cognitive and ritualistic elements, and examines the significant physiological and psychological benefits associated with its practice. A key component of the lecture is the focus on the methodology of clinical trials, emphasizing their crucial role in validating Taichi's effectiveness for various health conditions. The session concludes with a review of recent significant clinical studies to offer valuable insights into integrating traditional Chinese practices with scientific research.


I. Introduction to Taichi

II. The Components of Taichi

III. Role of Clinical Trials in Medicine

IV. Examining Tai Chi through Clinical Trials

V. Summary of Recent Clinical Studies on Taichi

VI. Conclusion and Q&A

Bryant Fong, Prof.

Director of Wushu Program, UC Berkeley

Head Coach USA Wushu Team

1st World Wushu Tournament, Beijing 1991