About Us

The Oriental Healing Arts Institute (OHAI) is a nonprofit educational organization affiliated with the Brion Research Institute of Taiwan, one of the most prestigious research institutes for Oriental medicine in Asia. Founded in Los Angeles in 1976 by the late Dr. Hong-yen Hsu, a scholar who devoted four decades to researching the medicinal properties of herbs, OHAI is dedicated to disseminating the knowledge and improving the practice of Chinese medicine—a goal pursued through publication of the International Journal of Oriental Medicine, as well as books and other informational literature for health professionals, academicians, and students.

Book and article manuscripts are received from researches, scholars, and practitioners of Oriental medicine throughout the world, and all manuscripts are subjected to an international peer review committee. By making available English translations of these important works, OHAI seeks to stimulate an interest in and an appreciation of Chinese medicine in an audience, which might otherwise never be exposed to its principles and practices. In this way, Eastern and Western medical systems may someday cease to be adversaries and begin forming a partnership based on the integration of their knowledge and on their shared vision of improving humanity’s well being.

In addition to publications, the Institute sponsors symposia and seminars/workshops, awards grants for the student of Oriental medicine, and supports pharmacognostic research, most notably, our development of herbal formulas to treat AIDS, drug addiction, clinical depression, and psychoses. For the past, OHAI is funding pharmacological studies into the immunity-enhancing properties of Chinese herbs at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, researches and studies in Hyperlipidemia, Hepatitis C, menopausal symptoms, Geriatric studies, etc.

Membership is available in three categories (professional, associate and student) and includes the following benefits and privileges: subscription to the quarterly International Journal of Oriental Medicine; access to OHAI’s extensive medical reference library with material in English, Chinese and Japanese; consultation with health advisors and visiting scholars; and discounts on all books, seminars, and symposia.

Meet the Founder Four decades to researching medicinal properties of herbs


Dr. Hong-yen Hsu Scholar