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Traditional Chinese Medicine vs. JING FANG Six Syndrome Diagnosis

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a diagnostic system that was compiled and disseminated from China in the late 20th century. It was an attempt to create a  teachable and reproducible system of Chinese medicine that took into account various methods and teachings that existed in China at the time of its formation.  Its diagnostic system is based in Zhang Fu channel theory related to the acupuncture meridians and five element theory of balancing energies. Although it functions in many ways to aid health, those who study beyond it often see it as a necessary foundation whose limitations can be surpassed. 

Jing Fang (Classical Chinese medical prescription) consists of teachings and lineages of practitioners who study classic texts from the ancient past and how to apply the knowledge in them in a clinical setting to treat disease.  

Six Syndrome Diagnosis is a JING FANG system that differentiates disease by symptom patterns that identify syndromes and uses classical herbs and formulas that alleviate various syndromes through complex combinations.  It is in my opinion a more complete, reproducible,  reliable, and comprehensible system of diagnosis and treatment than TCM and produces more reliable outcomes. Probably due to its older origins and continued practice over millennium.    

In my doctoral studies I discovered and fell in love with Six Syndrome Diagnosis. I continue to study in this Chinese lineage going back many generations whose greater dissemination started with Dr. Hu Xi Shu, was passed to Dr. Feng Shi Lun, and which is now being taught widely by my mentor Dr. Suzanne Robidoux.

JING FANG six syndrome theory views the body, mind and spirit as inseparable. It views disease as predictable and comprehensible within the framework of recognizable combinations of syndromes that can be treated systematically to properly restore health.   Developed through thousands of years of clinical practice, it is a deliberate, mindful approach that is both safe and effective. In choosing a classical approach for your treatment, you will work with me so that I may identify syndromes of disease through the signs and symptoms you present.  I will then guide you through  a course of treatment designed to bring your body back into balance and health. Your treatment will include herbal medicine (JING FANG) and possibly acupuncture, both which stimulate the body’s natural capacity for self-healing, as well as diet and exercises aimed toward overall health. Above all, your treatment will be holistic and gradual, and it will be addressed to your immediate and your long-term healthcare concerns—physical, mental or emotional.

As a practitioner of both Classical Chinese Medicine and TCM, I view my patients as travelling companions on a path to healthy living. I work with them to recognize what does and does not contribute to a state of bodily harmony, and to adjust their lifestyles accordingly. Through this process, my patients become attuned to their bodies, and they acquire the tools necessary to achieving optimal health.

If you would like to join me in this venerable healthcare tradition, or if you simply want to discuss further the benefits of acupuncture  or Classical Chinese Medicine, please call me for a consultation or book an appointment today.




I am proud to hold the title of Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) having  finished my doctoral studies at ACCHS and am continuing my mentorships with Dr. Suzanne Robidoux and Dr. Clayton Shiu . 

I am also now teaching telemedicine Fridays, supervising Masters degree students in the ACCHS teaching Clinic in Oakland. 

In order to focus more on my own endeavors I will no longer be managing Shen Clinic and look forward to bringing exciting new developments to SF BAY ACUPUNCTURE. 

About Me

   is a California licensed and Nationally certified acupuncturist and classical herbalist.  He received his Doctorate and Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA.  He wrote his doctoral thesis at ACCHS on how to treat Covid-19 with Jing Fang Six Syndrome Diagnosis, a system taught by Dr. Suzanne Robidoux in the lineage of Dr. Hu Xi Shu. He is also pursuing certification in Nanopuncture and Xing Nao Kai Qiao stroke rehabilitation as taught by Dr. Clayton Shiu of New York who studied under Dr, Shi Xue Min.  Prior to studying Chinese Medicine he studied fine art, receiving his BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA and an MFA from Frank Mohr Institute in The Netherlands.  When he’s not studying and practicing Chinese medicine he enjoys spending time with his wife and stepdaughter, cooking, practicing painting and drawing and photography, playing trumpet, and caring for plants and  bonsai trees. 

Dr. Rodney Artiles DACM, L.Ac.

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