The body needs exercise, but it should not be excessive. Motion consumes energy produced by food and promotes blood circulation so that the body will be free of diseases just as a door hinge is never worm eaten.

Hua Tuo

About Huatuo Institute

Huatuo Institute is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting meaningful development of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in North America.

We achieve this through our close ties with Chinese medicine organizations and manufacturers in China; through our research projects; and, finally, with our charitable activities. We would like to thank you all for your sponsorship, support and participation in our events and activities. Your help makes this Institute a success!

Dr. Benny XuHuatuo Institute was started in 2015 by Dr. Benny Xu to continue his vision for Chinese medicine in the West. Dr. Xu founded the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM), the first formal acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine school to be established in Alberta, Canada. Over the years the ACATCM has grown to become one of the leading educational institutes for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the nation.

Huatuo Institute is named in honor of one of the most highly respected physician in China’s long history. His name is a household world throughout China because of his contribution to all facets of Chinese medicine. Born around the year 110 AD in what is now Anhui Province, Huatuo famously practiced and helped developed the Chinese Medicine lifestyle which allowed him to live for nearly a century – something unheard of 2000 years ago. Perhaps Huatuo would have lived longer, but his life came to an abrupt end while he was court physician for the King of Wei.

The King of Wei suffered from debilitating headaches. Huatuo’s acupuncture and herbal therapy provided relief but the King sought a more enduring solution. Hua Tuo has the moniker of the ‘Father of Surgery’ and suggested exploratory surgery to understand the King’s condition better. Concluding that Huatou was conspiring with his enemies to assassinate him, the enraged King imprisoned Huatuo and later had him executed.

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