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The Lingshu Institute is an educational organization dedicated to the academic study and clinical training of Classical Five Element Acupuncture.


The Lingshu Institute is an educational organization dedicated to the academic study and clinical training of Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA). Unlike modern acupuncture commonly practiced today (TCM), CFEA represents one of the last remaining forms of pre-modern acupuncture. We train students in this ancient system of medicine to both provide a time-tested holistic approach to medicine and to preserve the historical root of modern acupuncture.

Acupuncture licensing is skewed toward a symptoms-based approach developed during the modernization of China – the majority of acupuncture programs teach Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) not CFEA. Existing CFEA training programs do not meet the demand for producing enough qualified senior-level practitioners because there has been limited opportunity for working professional CFEA master practitioners to learn in organized and systematic learning programs with a strong parallel focus on apprenticeship for students. 




MARGARET R. ARENT, Lic.Ac., MAc. Founder, Board Trustee & Faculty Member

Margaret “Peggy” has devoted her entire life’s career to the pure practice of Classical Five Element Acupuncture.  After initial study with J.R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United Kingdom, in 1976 Peggy set up her own practice in California.

Peggy has earned international recognition as a master practitioner and is a Master of Acupuncture, UK, earned a diploma from National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a Certified Acupuncturist in California.  

One of California’s first licensed acupuncturists, Peggy has long recognized the disparity between her training and the options currently available to those wishing to study acupuncture.  She is dedicated to creating a rigorous pathway for future acupuncturist to insure that this method of healing does not disappear.


RICHARD APOLLO, M.D., Faculty & Clinical Advisor

Richard earned his M.D. from Tufts Medical School, did post-graduate studies at Baylor Medical Center in Houston and became a general practitioner working for the U.S. Indian Health Service, spending two years on the Navajo Reservation.  Following this he worked as an Emergency Room physician in Boulder, San Francisco and New York. 

During the last two years as an E.R. doctor, Richard traveled to England to study Classical Five Element Acupuncture at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture with J.R. Worsley where he earned the title of Master of Acupuncture.

For the last 39 years, Richard has practiced acupuncture in New York, Los Angeles and Marin County, California.


ÉLISABETH ROCHAT DE LA VALLE, Faculty & Research Advisor

Élisabeth holds several advanced degrees in Classical Literature, Philosophy and Chinese.  Her career was shaped by collaborations with Fr. Claude Larre († 2001) and Dr. Jean Schatz († 1984) on Chinese thinking, Chinese medicine and Chinese language.  

Élisabeth is a co-founder of the Paris Ricci Institute (1971) and of the European School of Acupuncture (1975) and has held several positions in these organizations. In 2001, under her tenure as Chief Editor, the Ricci Institute published the monumental comprehensive Chinese-French dictionary in 7 volumes. 

Élisabeth lectures worldwide on ancient Chinese philosophy and on classical medical texts.  She is also the author of over 50 books, booklets and articles.


JAMES E. TUCKER, M.D., Lic.Ac., MAc., Faculty & Clinical Advisor

James graduated from University of Toronto Medical School and practiced family medicine and obstetrics for seven years in Victoria B.C.  He started studying with Professor J.R. Worsley in 1975 and continued regular post Master's and MAP study until J.R.'s death.

He co-founded and ran Canada’s first Holistic Health Centre in Victoria in 1976.  In 1985 he co-founded Canada's first East/West Chinese Medical College in Victoria and ran it's Five Element teaching and clinical programs.  He started the Association of Complementary Physicians of British Columbia in 1990, which has grown to embrace and support complementary practices in general medicine. 

James practice of Classical Five Element Acupuncture is located in Victoria B.C.


ALLEGRA WINT, M.S., Lic.Ac., MAc., Faculty & Clinical Advisor

Allegra Wint, who was taught by J.R.Worsley, has practiced Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Oxford, England since 1975.  She was a member of the faculty of the Worsley College, and a lecturer and clinical supervisor from 1978 till 1984. She then became a freelance lecturer.  Allegra researched the history of point location in different traditions and published material and worked as a point location consultant for College of Traditional Acupuncture and College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, UK.  

Since having her first child in 1984, she researched and taught the use of acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.  In recent years her teaching has focused on the use of the intuitive faculty of the mind in order to access a greater resource of awareness and understanding when working with patients.


Phased Development


Phase 1 (2014 - 2017)

Develop a 3-year 2000hr curriculum for healthcare practitioners.  

Successfully completed in 2017.

Phase 2 (2017-2020)

Launch post-graduate training course for existing professional practitioners.

We have successfully run 4 intensives and have provided more than 1000hrs of CEU credits to existing California licensed acupuncturists.

Fundraise for launch of 3-year program.


Phase 3 (2020-2025)

Create clinic for postgraduate training with master practitioners in San Francisco .


Board of Directors

Greg Holmes Board Member
Vice President at Kaiser Permanente

Timothy O’Shea Board Chair
Founder of CleanFish, Trustee for International Educational and Environmental Health organizations

Margaret Arent Founder
Master Practitioner of Classical Five Element Acupuncture


Contact Us

(415) 561-6357

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