About YSU


Yo San University was founded by brothers Dr. Daoshing Ni and Dr. Mao Shing Ni, who named the University after their grandfather, Master Yo-San Ni, a healer and teacher in the Taoist tradition. The Ni family enjoys a rare, unbroken lineage of 38 generations of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. YSU was established to carry on this lineage; to promote standards of educational excellence in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine; and to establish a program in this country that fosters the medicine’s Taoist roots. The Ni brothers’ father, Master Hua-Ching Ni, a well-known practitioner and educator in Los Angeles, served as University Chancellor in the early years. Our first first class of eight students began their studies in January 1989.
From those modest beginnings, the University now has some 200 students in our Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. They come from around the globe and bring a richness of experience and perspective to every class. The Yo San University Community Clinic not only serves as a training center for our students, but also provides residents of the West L.A. area with affordable acupuncture and TCM.

YSU Today


Yo San University, a non­profit organization, educates students to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist healing arts. The school facilitates the development of students’ spiritual and professional growth, and provides the community with an integrative medical care model and services.


Inspiring the next
generation of healthcare


Yo San University through its faculty and staff is committed to serving our students, the healthcare professions, and the community by fostering an environment that promotes:

  • The Pursuit of excellence
  • Compassion and care
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Awareness of Taoist principles: Self-reliance, Self-responsibility, Self-discipline.
  • Cultivating and transforming lives


  • Yo San University graduates demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the theories and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Yo San University graduates will have acquired the clinical skills and; proficiency to competently evaluate patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine examination techniques, formulate a medical diagnosis and treatment strategy, and carry out the treatment in a skillful and professional manner.
  • Yo San University graduates understand the importance of Qi­-cultivation in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and demonstrate practical skills in the various techniques of Qi-­cultivation.
  • Yo San University graduates will have acquired the necessary skills to begin their professional practice and be able to effectively communicate, educate and work with the public in integrative medical care models.
  • Yo San University graduates recognize the importance of conducting their practice in an ethical and professional manner, and engage in the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine within the appropriate federal and state legal requirements.

Our Legacy

Our founders Daoshing Ni and Mao Shing NI established Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to “pass on the teachings of their father, Hua-Ching Ni, their grandfather, Yo San Ni, and the ancient teachers of Chinese Medicine to future generations . . .

Our Founders

The Ni family enjoys a rare and unbroken lineage of 38 generations of healers practicing Chinese Medicine. The University was established to carry on this lineage . . .

Our History

Founded in 1989, Yo San University has grown from eight students in the first class to more than 200 with two fully accredited programs of study and a comprehensive acupuncture clinic.

Our Philosophy

The essential art of Chinese medicine is the foretelling and prevention of disease rather than the treatment of illness . . . .” ~ The Subtle Universal Law, Lao Tzu


Yo San University is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization organized and devoted to educating all those who seek to become practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are fully accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Welcome from Our President

AY_YS_Lois-175WWhen I joined YSU, it was with great respect and admiration for the University’s legacy and commitment to excellence. In my time here, I have met countless people who share their stories and hopes for themselves, our field, and for the University.
Each day I become more convinced of what a very special place Yo San University is. It brings together people with a deep concern for one another and for the health of our communities.

Yes, we provide highly-valued career training, but Yo San University is more than that. It represents the summative effort, experience, and dedication of the past, coupled with an excitement for the future. It represents our dedication to inspiring our students and graduates—the 39th Generation. And to inspiring the next generation of healthcare in which holistic, person-centered care seamlessly blends the best of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine practices.

I am excited by the growing opportunities, yet aware of this critical stage in the evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine in America. I believe our educational programs in the classroom and clinical settings distinguish us among students seeking to claim their role in integrative healthcare. Our areas of concentration provide focus, and our Integrative Learning Experiences apply and deepen knowledge and confidence.

I am committed to listening to thoughtful advice on how we can make YSU the best it can be for our students and patients, but also as a place to work and grow a career. The stories I have heard and actions observed support the notions of who we are, and who we strive to be. I look forward to hearing more from you, and remain proud to serve our community.


Lois Green, M.H.S.A.


The Yo San University Board is comprised of community leaders who bring a wealth of personal and professional experiences and dedication to steering the University toward inspiring the next generation of healthcare.


Our dedicated staff work each day to make our students YSU’s first priority and our partners in implementing the strategic vision.



As a non-profit educational provider located in the State of California, Yo San University strives to be transparent and accountable to our constituents and all California residents. 

Our Location

Located merely blocks away from historic Venice Boardwalk and nestled near the vibrant West Los Angeles communities of Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica, and Culver City, YSU students, faculty and staff enjoy all the advantages of outstanding weather, cultural diversity, and a vibrant business climate to live, work, and play!

Los Angeles is leading the way in the 21st century as our country increasingly looks across the Pacific for business and cultural exchange. Los Angeles is a multicultural city, boasting a wonderfully diverse range of ethnicities. This is reflected in its local cuisine, the visual and performing arts, and community organizations.

There are plenty of sunny days when you can venture from Yo San’s campus to the beach in Venice or Marina del Rey to study, bike, stroll, enjoy the street performers, the fresh ocean breezes, or catch a sunset. Santa Barbara and the vineyards of the Santa Ynez valley are a two hour drive north. San Diego lies about two hours south. Palm Springs and the ski resorts around Big Bear are about two hours east. The Los Angeles International Airport is only five miles away.

Our Campus

LP5_YS_Exterior-369WYo San is housed in a modern, three-story building designed in accordance with the principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements Theory.

With easy access to both the 405 (San Diego) and 10 (Santa Monica) Freeways, our students find us to be conveniently located near many desirable neighborhoods. You will find ample parking on the premises and on adjacent neighborhood streets. The campus is easily accessible by public transportation with bus stops on our corner of Washington Blvd. & Redwood. With the expansion of the LA subway system to West L.A. getting around is easier than ever.

We are located at 13315 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, California.

TCM Today

Acupuncture and TCM is a rapidly growing career field with interest mirroring the expansion in acceptance of complementary and alternative treatments for mind and body throughout the United States during the last twenty years. Acceptance is only growing. As exciting for us at YSU, knowledge is growing both of career options and of methods to treat patients all of which makes it a great time to study acupuncture and TCM!

That’s why we have dedicated this section of our website to helping the entire YSU community stay up to date with the current news and research or regulation or career options that you need to know about. Check back often.


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