Joe Davis, a California State Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), herbalist, and Associate Professor at ACCHS, came to Chinese medicine via his study of the martial arts of Tai Chi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang. These subtle practices rely on the cultivation of relaxation and sensitivity to generate health and skill. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he subsequently traveled and lived in Asia, studying meditation, martial arts, yoga, and Chi Gong in Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and India. Here he also witnessed Traditional Chinese medicine in public health settings, where it was being used to address the needs of large populations of people.
Returning to the States, he completed his Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS). He teaches didactic courses for the acupuncture program at his alma mater, and supervises MSTCM candidates in the student clinic. He is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) as an Acudetox Specialist, and has been an intern at the clinic of renowned fertility specialist, Dr. Lifang Liang. He has also studied the organic cultivation of Chinese herbs at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm in Petaluma. Joe is currently completing his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DAOM), focusing on orthopedic acupuncture approaches and classical Chinese herbology.
Joe brings his knowledge of the context, breadth, and philosophy of Eastern cultures to his practice of medicine. His years of study with local Daoist sage Liu Ming were influential in his evolving sense of wellness and pathology. Health cultivation is not a “fix” that a doctor or acupuncturist gives you, but is a process that the practitioner and patient engage in together. Movement, lifestyle, diet, and meditation, as well as acupuncture and herbs, are all life-giving parts of this journey.
He lives with his family in north Oakland, and is delighted to be able to offer his community the many approaches to wellness of Chinese medicine. Joe is not currently seeing patients at Octagon, but remains involved in supporting the staff and the clinic.