Dr. Yangyang Xu graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in immunology and infection. During her studies, she became increasingly fascinated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) because of its holistic principles and focus on working with one’s own body to heal itself. After graduation, she decided to go to China and pursue her studies at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. She completed her Master’s degree and then was subsequently offered a full Chinese Government Scholarship by the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Education to complete her PhD degree.
As part of her TCM studies, she attended several conferences and published articles in reputed academic journals. She studied and practiced in TCM hospitals and clinics under the tutelage of renowned doctors in areas such as neurology, gynaecology, internal medicine, dermatology, and more. She also participated in joint research programs with the TCM Research Center at the Medical University of Graz in Austria. With a firm knowledge base in western scientific method and principles, she believes that Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine can work together harmoniously to give the patient the best treatment possible.
During her time in China, in addition to her studies, she translated for and gave instruction to foreign interim students and facilitated practicum sessions for them at the University’s hospitals and clinics. She also volunteered her time as an instructor at the Harbin Disability Association (China) and taught basic English and TCM principles to the blind, giving them useful skills needed to operate their own Chinese massage clinics in order to support themselves in the future.
Dr. Xu is currently a Council Member of the Specialty Committee of Collateral Diseases and Specialty Committee of Classical Prescriptions of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, an organization dedicated to promoting international academic study and the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine subjects.
Dr. Xu has extensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine in both a western setting and in the traditional Chinese setting and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She is also an avid practitioner of Taichi and Qigong, having over 6 years of training at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in China, and has participated in numerous competitions and performances with the University Wushu Society.
Dr. Xu has seen firsthand the power of TCM and acupuncture to heal a wide variety of conditions and is excited to help her patients get started in taking control of their health. She believes that prevention and maintenance are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. After all, what better way is there to treat a disease than by not allowing it to manifest in the first place. Dr. Xu has a keen interest in neurological diseases, women's health, pain and trauma management, and internal diseases.