About the Author

Charles A. Moss, MD, has been practicing integrative medicine and Five Element acupuncture in La Jolla, California, since 1978, when he established The La Jolla Clinic of Integrative Medicine, one of the first holistic health medical clinics in the United States. The clinic was the subject of Caring and Responsibility by June Lowenberg, PhD, a text that is used at several universities in their health policy studies departments.

Dr. Moss attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, completed his residency in preventive medicine and family practice at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and received a master’s degree in acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, UK. While at the University of Arizona he developed the first holistic health course in the United States for medical students and residents.

A pioneer in combining Eastern wisdom and the best of scientific integrative medical practice, Dr. Moss studied traditional Five Element acupuncture with J. R. Worsley in England in the 1970s and was the first American physician to combine the Five Element system with other areas of holistic health practices. He has taught Five Element acupuncture through the UCLA School of Medicine, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and his own Five Element Acupuncture Physician Training Program, which has trained physicians from throughout the United States and several foreign countries. His unique approach to stress-induced and chronic medical problems attracts patients from all over the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

Dr. Moss participated in the founding of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the American Holistic Medical Association, and he is a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture as well as a Diplomate (Board Certified) of the American Board of Family Medicine. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, and he is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

Dr. Moss has written multiple articles on Five Element acupuncture and is the author of The Adaptation Diet: The Complete Prescription for Reducing Stress, Feeling Great and Protecting Yourself Against Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease. He resides in San Diego with his wife and continues to teach physicians at medical conferences throughout the United States and abroad. His two sons also live in Southern California.