Bryon Leon Powers, L. Ac., MSOM
Leon Powers is a board certified acupuncturist and Diplomate in Acupuncture. His work focuses on treatment of pain and systemic medical conditions at Cypress Pavilion in Scottsdale, Arizona. Through community interactions and teaching he seeks to foster understanding of Chinese medicine and expand its application through research.
In 1999, facilitated by the Association for Traditional Studies, Leon had the honor of pursuing medical and martial arts studies under the late Dr. Xie Peiqi until 2003. Through studies with Dr. Xie, Leon received extensive insight in the application of the bagua for understanding all aspects of life and the martial and medical arts of Yin Style Baguazhang. Dr. Xie’s extensive success in treatment and training at major hospitals throughout China were honored when he was designated as a Chinese national treasure. Leon continued his studies in Taoism and Taoist Zang Fu bodywork with Professor Wang Jin-Huai. Most recently, since 2008 Leon has focused his efforts on the application and understanding of the Balance Method of acupuncture as he learned from the late Dr. Richard Tan.
Leon has his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Physics from the University of Texas and Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA). He is an active member in local and national Oriental Medicine Organizations and a faculty member at PIHMA where he has provided instruction in a wide range of Western and Chinese Medicine classes since 2008.
Unlike most individuals my interest and involvement with Chinese medicine did not start with a personal, friend or an acquaintance’s health condition. Instead, it was the result of a road of study and research in philosophy and martial arts. I started studying various schools of Chinese thought (Taoism, Moism, Confucianism, etc.) in my early teens, an approach which continued through and post university. At the same time I became involved in the study of various martial arts based upon these schools of thought.
My first trip to China was to study martial arts with Dr. Xie Peiqi. During one of his lectures Dr. Xie stated that a coin only has value when both sides are imprinted. Martial arts and medicine are two sides of the same coin, and for either to be of value both must be studied. It was then that my first efforts into Chinese Medicine were started. For four years during subsequent trips I learned more about the underpinnings of the lineage and how everything can be approached from an understanding and application of the Bagua, and its extension the Zhou Yi (Yi Jing). This was the first time I had experienced an organic presentation of the schools of study I had followed since my teens. It wasn’t some stale quoting of concepts but a vibrant all encompassing approach to life.
After Dr. Xie’s passing I began medical studies in Applied Channel Theory and the Balance Method of Drs. Wang Ju-yi and Dr. Richard Tan respectively. Dr. Xie taught me the basis for understanding through the Bagua/Zhou Yi. Dr. Wang enabled me to apply this knowledge through an understanding of the channel systems and their relation to physiology and systemic function, and Dr. Tan guided me in the directions of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment
All three of these great men and doctors have unfortunately passed away. But, they have left for posterity, through their vast experiences and unselfish sharing of knowledge, the way for the continued advancement of not only Chinese Medicine but Medicine as a whole.