Nurturing life through the body, heart, and spirit with the wisdom of Chinese medicine

Wilms, CV

Sabine Wilms, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

  • 2007 to present: Happy Goat Productions LLC and Imperial Tutor: Founder and Director. Translating, writing, publishing, mentoring, and lecturing on classical Chinese medicine.

  • 2012-2018: College of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine(Portland, OR): Professor of courses on Chinese language, history, and culture; gynecology; medical classics; and the Doctoral Capstone Project.

  • 2007-2011: Farmer in Taos, New Mexico

  • 2010: Department of Foreign Languages, University of New Mexico (Taos, NM): Instructor of German

  • 2004 - 2006: Paradigm Publications (Taos, NM): Senior Editor, Translator

  • 1997, 2003-2004: Department of History, Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ): Instructor of courses on Chinese and Japanese history, religion, and humanities, designer of online courses.

  • 2002 - 2003: University of Arizona Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics (Tucson, AZ): Consultant for a research project on the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy.

  • 2001 - 2004: Asian Institute of Medical Studies (Tucson, AZ): Instructor of courses on Chinese culture and History of Chinese Medicine

  • 2001: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.): Visiting Scholar

  • 1991 - 2000: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ): Graduate Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, and Summer Faculty.



University of Arizona, Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (2002) 

  • Major: Chinese Studies

  • Minor: Medical Anthropology

  • Dissertation: “The Female Body in Medieval Chinese Medicine: A Translation and Interpretation of the ‘Women’s Recipes’ in Sun Simiao’s Beiji qianjin yaofang.”

University of Arizona, A.B.D. in East Asian Studies (1997)

  • Major Fields: Early Chinese Thought and Religion, Chinese Buddhism, Medical Anthropology

  • Minor Fields: Japanese Popular Religion, Chinese Archaeology

University of Arizona, M.A. in Chinese Studies (1992)

  • Thesis: “Childbirth Customs in Early China.”

Tunghai-University (Taichung) and Fu Jen University (Taipei), Taiwan (1988-1990)

  • Studies of modern and classical Chinese language

Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, Germany, Zwischenprüfung [B.A.] (1990)

  • Majors: Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies


Selected Presentations


  • “Attuning the Spirit to the Four Qi,” 5-day retreat taught with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée and Z’ev Rosenberg, Orcas Island WA, November 17-21.

  • “The Transformative Power of Yin,” 4-day retreat taught with Lillian Pearl Bridges and Brenda Hood, Orcas Island WA, October 16-20.

  • “Cloud Hidden/Whereabouts Unknown,” 5-day seminar and herbal retreat taught with Z’ev Rosenberg, Taos, New Mexico, August 25-29.

  • “Postpartum Care with Chinese Medicine” (taught with Debra Betts) and “Wang Fengyi’s System of Virtue Healing” (taught with Scott Tower), TCM Kongress, Rothenburg, Germany, May 28-29.

  • “Wang Fengyi’s System of Virtue Healing” and “Classical Chinese Gynecology and Pediatrics: Sun Simiao’s Teachings,” Centrum Chinskiej Profilatyki Zdrowia, Warsaw, Poland, May 25-26.


  • “Introduction to Chinese Language and Writing for Busy Practitioners,” Five Branches University Doctoral Program, San Jose, California, December 9-10, 2018.

  • “Nurturing Life in Classical Chinese Medicine: Introduction to Classical Chinese Medicine and its Key Texts and Concepts” and “Sun Simiao and Classical Reproductive Medicine,” Maryland University of Integrative Health, Maryland, October 5-6.

  • “Cloud Hidden/Whereabouts Unknown,” 5-day seminar and herbal retreat taught with Z’ev Rosenberg, Taos, New Mexico, August 19-23.

  • “Virtue Healing in the Tradition of Wang Fengyi” (with Scott Tower) and “Nurturing Life: Sun Simiao and Yangsheng,” TCM Kongress, Rothenburg, Germany, May 9 and 12.

  • “Virtue Healing in the Creation of Happy Families: From the Yellow Emperor and Sun Simiao to Wang Fengyi,” Integrative Fertility Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 28.

  • “Classical Chinese Medicine and Yangsheng,” Wellington, New Zealand, April 21.

  • “Classical Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Care,” “The Ten Months of Pregnancy,” and “Birth and Postpartum Care, Classical Neonatal Care and Development, and Ethics” (the latter two taught together with Dr. Debra Betts), day-long seminars taught April 7-9 in Sydney and April 13-15 in Melbourne, Australia.

  • “Nurturing Life by Venerating the Root: Classical Chinese Medicine and its Contemporary Applications in Reproductive Care,” Evolve Health, New York City, March 25.

  • “The Divine Farmer's Message to Modern Practitioners of Chinese Medicine,” Shennong Society Annual Conference in New York City, March 24.


  • “Women’s Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine,” Pacific Rim College, Victoria BC, Canada, November 5-6.

  • “Chinese Culture Immersion Retreat,” Trout Lake Abbey, Washington, September 28-30.

  • “Venerating the Roots: Classical Chinese Perspectives on Paediatrics and their Contemporary Clinical Applications” (with Dr. Michael Weber); “Wang Fengyi’s Teachings on Five-Element Virtue Healing: Treating Disease at the Three Levels of the Inner Nature, Heart, and Body” (with Scott Tower); “Nurturing Life: Treating Illness or Pursuing Transcendence? Inner Alchemy, Self-Cultivation, and Medicine in early China and today”; and “What is Classical Chinese Medicine,” TCM Kongress, Rothenburg, Germany, May 23-29.


  • “Nurturing the Yin,” seminar at Pacific Rim College, Victoria, Canada, October 4-6.

  • “What would the Yellow Emperor do? Fertility Treatments in the Context of Classical Yangsheng (Nurturing Life)” and “Nurturing the Fetus” (with Debra Betts), Integrative Fertility Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, April 28-May 1.


  • “Ten Times More Difficult to Treat: An Exploration Women’s Medicine and Gynecology,” seminar taught on June 27 in Ymir, BC (Canada).

  • “Yang Sheng (Nurturing Life) & Yang Xing (Nurturing the Inner Nature): Sun Si Miao” and “Nurturing the Fetus: The Ten Months of Pregnancy (with Debra Betts, PhD),” TCM Kongress, Rothenburg, Germany, May 12-16.

  • “Practicing Medicine in Classical China Sun Simiao’s Vision of the Great Physician (da yi 大醫),” “Venerating the Root: An Introduction to Sun Simiao’s Teachings on Pediatrics,” and “Ten Times More Difficult to Treat: A Text-Reading Workshop on Sun Simiao’s Teachings on Gynecology,” International Congress for Chinese Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel, March 24-26.


  • Biweekly Zhuangzi readings, held every other Thursday evening, 5:30-8:30 in Portland, OR.

  • "Free and Footloose Roaming: Understanding Chinese Medicine Through Zhuangzi," one-day CEU seminar, Between Heaven and Earth Acupuncture (Fairfax, CA), March 15, 2014.


  • “Sun Simiao's Teachings on Self-Cultivation for Physicians, With Special Attention to ‘Nurturing the Inner Nature’ (養性)” (keynote speech), International Conference of the Korean Society for the Oriental Medical Classics (Sancheong, S. Korea), October 13, 2013.

  • “Reading Classical Chinese Medical Literature,” biweekly evening seminar held Jan.-March 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

  • “Ancient Chinese Self-Cultivation for Today’s Practitioners and their Patients: Sun Simiao’s Wisdom on Nurturing the Body, Mind, Heart, and Heavenly Nature” and “Nurturing Women’s Bodies with Classical Gynecology,” 2-day CEU seminar, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (Portland, OR), February 16-17, 2013


  • “Classical Perspectives on the Female Body in Health and Disease: Why the 7th Century Hermit Sun Simiao Cared about female bodies and what he has to teach us today,” and “Yangsheng (nurturing life) as Practiced and Taught by Sun Simiao,” International Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture, Scholars Retreat 2012 (Trout Lake Abbey, WA), August 25-26, 2012.

  • “Do You Practice What You Preach? Nurturing the body, mind, and soul according to Sun Simiao’s advice on Yangsheng and medical ethics (with discussion)“; “Supporting Pregnancy According to The 10-Month-Rules by Sun Simiao”; “Nurturing the Female Body: The Connection between Yangsheng and Female Health in classical Chinese Medicine”; and “Learn from the Yijing.” 44th TCM Kongress (Rothenburg, Germany), May 15-20, 2012.

  • “Learn to Read the Chinese Medical Classics!” (6-class series), Between Heaven and Earth Acupuncture (Fairfax, CA), May-October 2012.

  • “Classical Chinese Medicine, from the Seventh-Century Master Sun Simiao to You” (4 lectures), American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Houston, Texas), February 25-26, 2012.

  • “Nurturing the Fetus: Supporting Pregnancy with Classical Chinese Medicine” (2-day seminar), Between Heaven and Earth Acupuncture (Fairfax, CA), February 4-5, 2012.


  • “Ten Times More Difficult to Treat” (Plenary lecture) and “Roots of Gynecology” (afternoon workshop), Pacific Symposium (San Diego, CA), November 4-6, 2011.

  • “Text Reading and Discussion on Sun Simiao’s Essays on Ethics” (90-min. workshop), “Ten Months of Gestation: How Might Classical Texts Inform Contemporary Protocol?” (half-day workshop, with Debra Betts and Sarah Budd), and “What Does it Mean to Practice Chinese Medicine?” (keynote lecture), British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Old Windsor, United Kingdom), September 17-18, 2011.

  • “Life and Work of Sun Simiao” (4-hr lecture) and “The Ten Months of Pregnancy” (6-hr lecture with Debra Betts), 3rd Scandinavian TCM Congress (Aalborg, Denmark), September 1-4, 2011.

  • “Sun Simiao on Nurturing Life and the Professional Practice of the Eminent Physician” (Plenary lecture) and “The Roots of Chinese Gynaecology: Diagnosis and Treatment in Early and Medieval China” (3-hr workshop), Canadian Oriental Medicine Symposium (Vancouver, Canada), March 11-13, 2011.

  • “Nurturing the Fetus: Making Healthy Babies in Classical Chinese Medicine” (4-hr workshop), “Sun Simiao and the Traditional Art of Yangsheng (Nurturing Life)” (4-hr workshop), and “Ten Times More Difficult to Treat: Why the Seventh Century Hermit Sun Simiao Cared About Female Bodies and What He Has to Teach Us Today” (plenary lecture), International Congress of Chinese Medicine (Tel Aviv, Israel), February 27- March 2, 2011.


  • “Sun Simiao and Classical Chinese Gynecology.” 1-day special seminar organized by the California State Oriental Medical Association (Berkeley, CA), November 20, 2010.

  • “Der weibliche Körper in der Chinesischen Medizin.” 2-day special seminar, ABZ-Mitte (Offenbach, Germany), May 29-30, 2010.

  • “Nurturing Life through Food: The Volume on Dietetics (shi zhi 食治) in Sun Simiao's Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang)” (3-hr lecture), Wellcome Institute (London, U.K.), May 25, 2010.

  • “The Ten Months of Gestation from Ancient and Modern Perspectives: An Evening Lecture with Debra Betts and Sabine Wilms” (3-hr lecture), University of Westminster (London, U.K.), May 24, 2010.

  • “Sun Simiao, Dietary Therapy, and Yang Sheng: Food as the Key to Nurturing Health, Prolonging Life, and Preventing Disease” (3-hr lecture) and “Embryology and Gestation in Classical Chinese Medicine” (full-day workshop), 41st TCM Kongress (Rothenburg, Germany), May 15-16, 2010.

  • “Fertility and Embryology in Early Chinese Medicine.” 3-hr lecture, TCM-TV Fertility Webinar Conference, February 7, 2010.

2009 and earlier

  • “The Roots of Chinese Gynecology” and “The Life and Work of Sun Simiao” (two one-day workshops), School of Integrated Medicine, University of Westminster (London, U.K.), July 18-19, 2009.

  • “Embryologie in Mittelalterlicher Chinesischer Medizin” (2-day seminar), International Society for Chinese Medicine (SMS) (Munich, Germany), July 4-5, 2009.

  • “The Roots of Chinese Gynecology. Diagnosis and Treatment in the Early Chinese Classics in both Theory and Clinical Practice” (5-hr lecture), “A Seventh-Century Pine Cone Eating Hermit. Discussing Sun Simiao’s Life and Work on the Basis of Legends, his own Writings, and Historical Biographies” (5-hr lecture), and “The Importance of Sun Simiao for Today’s TCM / Die Bedeutung Sun Simiao’s fuer die heutige TCM” (plenary lecture), 39th TCM Kongress (Rothenburg, Germany), April 30 - May 3, 2008.

  • “Leaking, Flooding, and Gushing Below the Girdle: The Origins of Gynecology in Early Chinese Medicine.” Sixth International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine (ICTAM VI) (Austin, Texas), April 27-30, 2006.

  • “Spirit Possession in Japan's New Religions. A Case Study in the Ideology of Academic Research.” Rocky Mountain/Southwest Japan Seminar: Japanese Identities, Past and Present”(Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ), April 5-6, 1996.

  • “Nourishing the Fetus in Medieval China: Illustrating the Ten Months of Pregnancy in the Ishimpō.” Conference on “Chinese Medicine: A Visual History,” (Beijing, China), September 14-17, 2005.

  • “Female Pathologies and Treatments in Medieval Chinese Manuscripts.” 11th International Conference on the History of Science (Munich, Germany), August 15-20, 2005.

  • “From Leaking Discharge to Irregular Menstruation: The Conceptualization of Female Pathology in Medieval China.” Association of Asian Studies, Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA), March 4-7, 2004.

  • “On Intercourse with Ghosts and Other Gynaecological Matters in Medieval China.” Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine (London, U.K.), January 28, 2003.

  • “The Art of Menstrual Balancing in Medieval China.” Conference on “Menstruation: Blood, Body, Brand,” Liverpool University Medical Institution Conference Centre, (Liverpool, U.K.), January 25, 2003.



A. Books on Chinese Medicine

  • Channeling the Moon: A Translation and Discussion of Fú Qīngzhù’s Nǚ Kē Bǎi Wèn 女科百問 (Hundred Questions on Gynecology), Part One (Happy Goat Productions, 2019).

  • The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Needling: Translation of the Huangdi neizhen 黃帝內針 by Liu Lihong and Yang Zhenhai (translator, The Chinese University Press, forthcoming in 2019).

  • With Liu Lihong (author), Heiner Fruehauf (editor), Gabriel Weiss and Henry Buchtel (co-translators), Classical Chinese Medicine (The Chinese University Press, 2019).

  • With Nigel Wiseman, Concise Introduction to Chinese Medicine (Paradigm Publications, forthcoming).

  • Humming with Elephants: A Translation and Discussion of the Great Treatise on the Resonant Manifestations of Yin and Yang (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic, Suwen Chapter 5 (Happy Goat Productions, 2018).

  • Shén Nóng Běncǎo Jīng: The Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica (Happy Goat Productions, 2016).

  • Venerating the Root: Sūn Sīmiǎo’s Beì jí qiān jīn yào fāng, Volume 5 on Pediatrics. Parts One and Two (Happy Goat Productions, 2013 and 2015).

  • With Nigel Wiseman, Jin gui yao lue: Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer (Paradigm Publications, 2013).

  • Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi’s Teachings (Happy Goat Productions, 2014).

  • With Liu Zuozhi, translators, Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth: Lectures on Virtue, by Liu Yousheng (Happy Goat Productions, 2014).

  • With Nigel Wiseman, Jin gui yao lue: Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer (Paradigm Publications, 2013).

  • With Nigel Wiseman, Concise Introduction to Chinese Medicine (Paradigm Publications, forthcoming).

  • Formulas from the Golden Cabinet with Songs, Jin Gui Fang Ge Kuo, Vol. 1 (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2010).

  • The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Zhen Jiu Da Cheng, Volume 1 (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2010).

  • With Andreas Noll, eds., Fertility in Chinese Medicine (Thieme International, 2009).

  • Bei ji qian jin yao fang: Essential Prescriptions worth a Thousand in Gold for Every Emergency: Volumes 2-4 on Gynecology (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2008).

B. Modern Translations

1. German-English translations:

  • Renata Horst, Neuromuscular Arthroosseous Plasticity (Thieme International, forthcoming).

  • Von Koerber and Hohler, The Joy of Sustainable Eating (Thieme International, 2013).

  • Christina Matern, Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats (Thieme International, 2012).

  • Sun/Kapner, Tuina Therapy: Treatment of Adults and Children (Thieme International, 2011).

  • Eric Hebgen, Visceral Manipulation in Osteopathy (Thieme International, 2010).

  • Philipp Richter and Eric Hebgen, Trigger Points and Muscle Chains in Osteopathy (Thieme International, 2009).

  • Paul U. Unschuld, Chinese Medicine. Historical Artefacts and Images (Prestel Verlag, 2000).

2. Chinese-English translations:

  • Yan Shilin, Pathomechanisms of the Five Viscera (separate books on the Heart, Liver, Lung, Spleen, and Kidney) (Paradigm Publications, 2005-7).

  • Three articles for the China Medical Board on Soviet Medicine, Japanese Medicine, and Epidemics and Public Health for a publication on Medical Transitions edited by Bridie Andrews (forthcoming in 2013).

  • Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, “Why Weisheng is Not About Guarding Life. Alternative Conceptions of Hygiene, Self, and Illness in Republican China” (2008).

  • Li Jianmin, “They Shall Expel Dmons: Etiology, the Medical Canon, and the Transformation of Medical Techniques Before the Tang” (2008).

C. Selected Articles

  • Review of Transforming the Void: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions by Anna Andreeva and Dominic Steavu, eds., for Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, 2019.

    “Nurturing the Fetus in Medieval China: Illustrating the Ten Months of Pregnancy in the Ishimpō 醫心方.” in Vivienne Lo and Wang Shumin, eds., Globalizing Chinese Medicine: An Illustrated History (Brill: 2014).

  • “Eating for Long Life: Sun Simiao on Dietetics." Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine Journal 10: 2 (Nov., 2013), pp. 28-34.

  • “Nurturing the Fetus in Early Medieval China. Information from the Classic of Childbirth.” In TJ Hinrichs and Linda Barnes, ed., Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History (Harvard University Press, 2012).

  • “Nurturing the Fetus in Medieval China: Illustrating the Ten Months of Pregnancy in the Ishimpō 醫心方.” in Vivienne Lo and Wang Shumin, eds., Globalizing Chinese Medicine (Brill: 2013).

  • “Nurturing Life in Classical Chinese Medicine: Sun Simiao on Healing without Drugs, Transforming Bodies, and Cultivating Life.” in Journal of Chinese Medicine 93, June 2010.

  • “Die Kunst der ‘Regulierung der Menstruation’ im frühmittelalterlichen China.” in Chinesische Medizin (2010 issue).

  • “Worth a Thousand in Gold: The Quest for Perfect Children in Early China.” in Andreas Noll, ed., Fertilität und Kinderwunsch (Thieme, 2007)

  • “‘Ten Times More Difficult to Treat’: Female Bodies in Medical Texts from Early Imperial China.” In Angela Ki Che Leung, ed., Medicine for Women in Imperial China (Brill, 2006).

  • Entries on Sun Simiao, Tao Hongjing, and Ge Hong in W.F. and Helen Bynum, eds., Dictionary of Medical Biography (Greenwood Press, 2006).

  • “The Formation of Textual Knowledge in the Development of Medieval Chinese Gynecology.” in Hans Ulrich Vogel, Christine Moll-Murata, Gao Xuan, eds., Studies on Ancient Chinese Scientific and Technical Texts (Elephant Press, 2006)

  • “The Transmission of Medical Knowledge on ‘Nurturing the Fetus’ in Early China.” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 2, 2005.

  • “The Art and Science of Menstrual Balancing in Medieval China.” In Andrew Shail and Gillian Howie, eds., Menstruation: A Cultural History (Palgrave, 2005).

  • “Menstruation,” Entry in Edward N. Davis, ed., Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (Routledge, 2005).


Fellowships and Awards

  • 2002-2003 China Times Cultural Foundation: Scholarship for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Chinese Studies

  • 2001-2002 Graduate College, University of Arizona: Dean's Fellowship for Dissertation Research

  • Spring 2001 Center for Chinese Studies (Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China): Research Grant to Assist Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies

  • 1997 Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona (Tucson): Graduate College Fellowship

  • 1991-97, 2000 Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona (Tucson): Graduate Tuition Waiver and Teaching Assistantships

  • 1990-1991 University of Arizona and the Federation of German-American Clubs: Oscar-von-Grunow Fellowship for Graduate Studies



  • German (native language)

  • English (native proficiency)

  • Classical Chinese (reading)

  • Modern Chinese (fluency in reading, speaking, and writing)

  • Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish (reading and basic speaking)

  • Latin and Classical Greek (basic reading)