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While the other boys in Omaha, Nebraska were out wrestling in the mud hoping to become the next star quarterback of the Cornhuskers, Al Stone was asking deep questions of his rabbi and anyone else who could come up with answers about life, God, and destiny. Fascinated by philosophy and comparative religion he took the transcendental meditation course in 1973 and began his path of understanding the deeper human experience at the tender age of 15.
His college years included formal education at the University of Kansas studying music therapy. Later, he took his first baby steps into radio at California State University in Long Beach. Finally, Al attended the University of California, Irvine, where Al honed his teaching and leadership skills.
While employed as a radio announcer in Big Bear Lake, California in 1987, Al began to study martial arts and the Buddhist way of life. It was here that Al had his first taste of traditional Chinese medicine in the form of the defensive and therapeutic disciplines of the Shaolin temple.
In 1990, Al began his studies at the Taoist Institute of Los Angeles, a martial arts school in the lineage of Sifu Share Lew of San Diego. One of the requirements for the Kung Fu black belt was a course in Tui Na or Chinese acupressure. This course also included a healthy dosage of Chinese medicine. It was at the Taoist Instite where the idea of Chinese medicine as a profession first emerged.
That's when he enrolled in the masters degree course at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California. While still a student, Al created the web site: Acupuncture.com. By the time he graduated in 1997, this site had won numerous international awards and enjoyed millions of visits from computer users all around the world. Al's websites continue to recieve industry notice and traffic from consumers and practitioners alike. Websites directly under Al's supervision include: PointInjection.com, Gancao.net, BeyondWellBeing.com, and EagleHerbs.com.
Following his graduation and successful passing of the California state acupuncture board examinations Mr. Stone flew off to Kunming, China for a four month internship at the Yunnan Province Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Treating patients there, he witnessed the profound effects that acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies had in painful, gastrointestinal, and stress related disorders.
In 2007, Al Stone became Dr. Stone when he earned his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Emperor's College's Doctoral program.
Al periodically teaches Oriental Diagnosis techniques and herbal medicine at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He is also a supervisor overseeing student interns in the intern clinic there.
Here's an excerpt from a recent magazine article in which Dr. Stone was interviewed:
Co-Author of The Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Study Guide with Qiao Yi. Eastland Press, 2008
Chen Da-can, Xuan, Guo-wei, Stone, Al. (ed.) The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine: Lupus Erythematosus. People's Medical Publishing House. 2007, Beijing, PRC.
Chen Da-can, Xuan, Guo-wei, Stone, Al. (ed.) The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine: Scleroderma and Dermatomyositis. People's Medical Publishing House. 2007, Beijing, PRC.
Co-Author of The Traditional Chinese Medicine Formula Study Guide with Qiao Yi. Snow Lotus Press, 2000
Cover and internal graphics for Jade Remedies, Chinese Herbal Reference for the West Vol. 1 & 2. Snow Lotus Press, 1996
"Sometimes, the most potent medicine is just being understood.