NAME: Fang-Pey Chen
TITLE: Professor
Center for traditional Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital,
No. 201, Sec.2, Shipai Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei 11217, Taiwan, R.O.C.
TEL: ( Office ) 886-2-28757453 ext.250
FAX: 886-2-28757452
E-mail: fpchen@vghtpe.gov.tw

M.D., National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, R.O.C. 1976/9-1983/6

Medical Doctor and Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor

Professor, Institute of Traditional Medicine,
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 2020-
Visiting Doctor, Center for Traditional Medicine,
Taipei Veterans General Hospital 1989-

Director, Center for Traditional Medicine, VGHTPE 2008-2020
Rotating Internship, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei 1981-1983
Resident, Acupuncture Department, VGHTPE 1983-1987
Chief Resident, Acupuncture Department, VGHTPE 1987-1988
Associate Professor, Institute of Traditional Medicine,
National Yang-Ming University 2016-2020
Assistant Professor, Institute of Traditional Medicine,
National Yang-Ming University 2008-2016
Clinical Assistant Professor, National Yang-Ming University
Clinical Professor, National Defense Medical College, National Defense University
Doctor, Medical Aid Group to Liberia, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, R.O.C. 1989-1990
Researcher, Department of Anesthesiology,
South California University, U.S.A.
(With financial assistance from
National Science Council, R.O.C. 1992-1993
MEMBERSHIPS: The Association of Family Medicine, R.O.C. 1989-
Taiwan Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 1991-
The Chinese Medical Association of Acupuncture, R.O.C.
(Routine Director) 1997-
Taiwan Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine of Family 2009
AWARDS: Outstanding Physician, Veterans Affairs Council, R.O.C.
2007, 2011 & 2015
Clinical Teaching Doctor, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
1991, 2001, 2004 & 2009
Research Awards of B Kind, National Science Council 1991


  1. Hsin-Fu Yeh, Tsai-Feng Li, Cheng-Hung Tsai, Pei-Wen Wu, Yi-Hsiu Huang, William J. Huang, Fun-Jou Chen, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Fang-Pey Chen* and Ta-Peng Wu* (2020, Oct). The effects of a Chinese herbal medicine (VGHBPH0) on patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia: A pilot study. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 83(10), 967-971.
  2. Ching-Hsiung Liu, Tzu-Chen Yeh, Yen-Ying Kung, Hung-Pin Tseng, Ching-Ju Yang, Tzu-Yi Hong, Chou-Ming Cheng, Jen-Lin Yang, Ta-Peng Wu, Jen-Chuen Hsieh, Fang-Pey Chen* (2020, Feb). Changes in restingstate functional connectivity in nonacute sciatica with acupuncture modulation: A preliminarystudy. Brain and Behavior. Brain and Behavior, 10(2), e01494.
  3. Liu, C. H., Kung, Y. Y., Lin, C. L., Yang, J. L., Wu, T. P., Lin, H. C., … & Chen, F. P.* (2019, Dec). Therapeutic Efficacy and the Impact of the “Dose” Effect of Acupuncture to Treat Sciatica: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Journal of Pain Research, 2019(12), 3511–3520.
  4. Huang, Ching-Wen; Tran, Diem Ngoc Hong; Li, Tsai-Feng; Sasaki, Yui; Lee, Ju Ah; Lee, Myeong Soo; Arai, Ichiro; Motoo, Yoshiharu; Yukawa, Keiko; Tsutani, Kiichiro; Ko, Seong-Gyu; Hwang, Shinn-Jang; Chen, Fang-Pey* (2019, Aug). The utilization of complementary and alternative medicine in Taiwan: An internet survey using an adapted version of the international questionnaire (ICAM-Q). Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 82(8), 665-671.
  5. Chen, C. C., Wu, Y. T., Su, Y. C., Shen, Y. P., & Chen, F. P.* (2019, Jul). Efficacy of laser acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome: A study protocol for a prospective double-blind randomized controlled trial. Medicine, 98(30), e16516.
  6. Ching-Hsiung Liu, Yen-Ying Kung, Tzu-Chen Yeh, Pei-Shan Hsu, Ching-Ju Yang, Chou-Ming Cheng, Hong-Chun Lin, Jen-Lin Yang, Ta-Peng Wu, Ching-Mao Chang, Jen-Chuen Hsieh, and Fang-Pey Chen (2019, Jun). Differing Spontaneous Brain Activity in Healthy Adults with Two Different Body Constitutions: A Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(7), 951.
  7. Tsai-Feng Li, Yen-Ying Kung, Cheng-Hung Tsai, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Fang-Pey Chen (2019, May). A bibliometric analysis of acupuncture research in Taiwan from 1988 to 2017. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association Issue, 82(5), May 2019, p 428-435.
  8. Ching-Wen Huang, I-Hsuan Hwang, Ye-seul Lee, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Seong-Gyu Ko, Fang-Pey Chen, Bo-Hyoung Jang (2018, Dec). Utilization patterns of traditional medicine in Taiwan and South Korea by using national health insurance data in 2011. PloS one, 13(12): e0208569.
  9. Ta-Peng Wu, Cheng-Hung Tsai, Yu-Ting Su, Chu-Chiao Wang, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ching-Mao Chang, and Fang-Pey Chen (2018, Sep). The Evaluation of Professional Divisions of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan through Patient Visit Records of 2012. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2018, 15(9), 1992.
  10. Ching-Wen Huang, I-Hsuan Hwang, Young-Hee Yun, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Fang-Pey Chen, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Seong-Gyu Ko (2018, Aug). Population-based comparison of traditional medicine use in adult patients with allergic rhinitis between South Korea and Taiwan. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 81(8), 708-713.
  11. Chiu JH, Chen FP, Tsai YF, Lin MT, Tseng LM, Shyr YM (2017, Aug). Effects of Chinese medicinal herbs on expression of brain-derived Neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its interaction with human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells and endothelial HUVECs. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 17(1), 401.
  12. Kung YY, Hwang SJ, Li TF, Ko SG, Huang CW, Chen FP (2017, Aug). Trends in global acupuncture publications: An analysis of the Web of Science database from 1988 to 2015. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 80(8):521-25.
  13. Chen FP, Chang CM, Wu TP, Yang JL, Kung YY, Huang YH, CW Su, KH Lan, SC Chiang, SJ Hwang (2017, Jan). Clinical efficacy of Rong-Yang-Jyh-Gan-Tang on patients with chronic hepatitis C: A double-blinded randomized placebocontrolled crossover study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 196:1-8.
  14. Hong-Jhang Chen, Yii-Jeng Lin, Pei-Chen Wu, Wei-Hsiang Hsu, Wan-Chung Hu, Trong-Neng Wu, Fang-Pey Chen, and Yun-Lian Lin. (2016, Apr). Study on Yang-Xu Using Body Constitution Questionnaire and Blood Variables in Healthy Volunteers. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume , Article ID 9437382.
  15. Yi-Hsien Lin, Jing-Huei Shiu, Fang-Pey Chen (2015, Oct). Building an Integrative Outpatient Care Program for Breast Cancer Patients in Taiwan. Integrative Cancer Therapies.
  16. Fang-Pey Chen, Ching-Mao Chang, Jing-Huei Shiu, Jen-Hwey Chiu, Ta-Peng Wu, Jen-Lin Yang, Yen-Ying Kung, Fun-Jou Chen, Chang-Ming Chern and Shinn-Jang Hwang (2015, May). A Clinical Study of Integrating Acupuncture and Western Medicine in Treating Patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.



Ministry of Science and Technology plans: 

  1. Evaluation of automatic frailty screening followed by acupuncture intervention for the older adults at traditional Chinese medicine outpatient clinic (110/8/1〜111/7/31)
  2. Applying service-learning model in evaluating the education of medical humanities-Traditional medicine services and professional medical training in remote areas overseas. (109/8/1〜111/7/31)
  3. The Effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (VGH-BPH1) on Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia : A double-blinded randonmized placebo-controled cross-over study (107/8/1〜109/1/2)
  4. The Education Evaluation of Medical Humanities of International Chinese Medical Service Learning (107/8/1〜108/7/31)

Ministry of Health and Welfare Program

The Study of clinical observation about Chinese Medicine Zhengyi Prescription Tea Bag (109/9/1〜110/12/31) 

Taipei Veterans General Hospital Program

  1. Clinical Potential of TF601 Herbal Drink on Ameliorating Indicators of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study (110/1/1〜111/12/31)
  2. Study of Traditional Herbal Medicine combined with Western Medicine in the treatment of type 2 diabetes (109/1/1〜109/12/31)
  3. The evaluation of scaple acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease (108/1/1〜109/12/31)
  4. The effect of chronic pain relief over knee joint area by gua sha therapy
  5. (108/1/1〜108/12/31)
  6. Acupuncture treatment on chronic sciatica: the efficacy, mechanism and functional neuroimaging pain-network study. (107/1/1〜107/12/31)

 Taipei Veterans General Hospital Clinical Innovation Center Program

The efficacy and follow up of the patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis treated with traditional Chinese medicine (109/9/23〜110/6/1)

Multicenter Clinical Trial

Efficacy of Acupuncture on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN): A Phase III, Randomized, Sham-controlled Clinical Trial


  1. Clinical Potential of TF601 Herbal Drink on Ameliorating Indicators of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study
  2. The Pilot Experiment of middle-aged and elderly with Low Back Pain between Pain, Stress, Constitutional Types and Meridian Energy by Acupuncture Therapy.
  3. Explore the relationship between Acupuncture,Orthopedics and Traumatology of TCM (OTTCM) and the Usage of Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Muscle Relaxant in Patients with Myalgia
  4. Evaluation of Acupuncture effects for Complications after Surgery of Cerebellopontine Angle Tumor in Skull Base
  5. To evaluate the use pattern and efficacy of CHM treatment for diabetic patients by
  6. retrospective big data analysis in TPEVGH
  7. The effect of moxibustion on heart rate variability for patients with irritable bowel syndrome : a controlled clinical trial.

-Laboratory Introduction

As a Chinese and Western doctor in Center of Traditional Medicine,Taipei Veterans General Hospital, professor Fang-Pey Chen has nearly 40 years of experience in treating diseases of Chinese and Western medicine with acupuncture and moxibustion.

With Professor Chen’s research mainly based on clinical experiments, she has conducted several interdisciplinary research with excellent western medicine teams from Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Researches include the world first database analysis of National Health Insurance for traditional Chinese medicine. and carry out research of traditional Chinese medicine compound prescriptions efficacy in clinical use. Throughout the years, we have cooperated with Department of Family Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Urology, Breast Center, Chest Surgery, Cranial Neurology Group, Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Metabolism Medicine, Dermatology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Otolaryngology and Oncology, etc… With these abundant resources to enhance the vision of Chinese and Western medicine. graduate students have excellent performance in their career. In addition to domestic students, there are also medical doctors from Vietnam to study master and doctor degrees at Institute of Traditional Medicine at YMCU. and doctoral students and research scholars from Malaysia.

Professor Chen respects every graduate student’s unique research idea, such as scraping for knee pain, moxibustion for colitis, laser therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome, taking traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture for different kinds of diseases. These acts inspire interdisciplinary researches between traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine.

Database analysis of Taiwan National Health Insurance for traditional Chinese medicine

The world’s first to use the Database of National Health Insurance of Taiwan for traditional Chinese medicine. We analyze the treatment of TCM including chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture traumatology, tuina as well as the overall usage rate and the indications of traditional chinese medicine. It is the first time where we utilize big data analysis as Evidence-based medicine literature, and the first to provide Chinese herbal arrangement methods, thus leading the Traditional Chinese medicine community to establish the analytic use of dry lab and aspiring by nations abroad.

Clinical Trial of Traditional Chinese Medicine Compound – Rong-Yang-Jyh-Gan-Tang

Through the cooperation of Taipei Veteran General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University, we have created a new decoction called “Rong-Yang-Jyh-Gan-Tang” through analyzing the National Health Insurance database for herbs that are commonly used nationwide. The decoction works as an adjuvant therapy to treat chronic hepatitis C and the efficacy is statistically significant.

Multivariate TCM Syndrome Analysis Using Brain Imaging

For the first time in the world, using functional magnetic resonance imaging to analyze the regional homogeneity and low-frequency fluctuations in sciatica patients, to understand the underlying mechanisms of brain activity changes, and to recognize the importance of TCM constitution in individualized treatment strategies.

Acupuncture Dosage and Efficacy – Sciatica

A randomized controlled trial was conducted to investigate the “dose” effect of acupuncture on the treatment of sciatica. It has been confirmed that acupuncture can effectively and safely relieve the symptoms of acute sciatica regardless of the dosage, dispelling the doubts of the medical community and the public about acupuncture, and providing another treatment option for patients with sciatica.

International influence and cooperation

UCLA, Center for East-West Medicine, has invited Prof. Chen to give a speech, affirming the development of traditional Chinese medicine in Taipei Veterans General Hospital/National Yang Ming Chiao Tong University. She was also invited to the KIOM-International Research Conference in South Korea, and the University of Tokyo in Japan. In addition, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean physicians have conducted a study investigating the use of CAM in the three countries. Prof. Chen even led traditional Chinese medicine physicians to teach in India and discussed with Ayurveda practitioners.

With a history of 25 years in advocating the internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine education, there are foreign students visiting the hospital every year, from Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and other places, as well as foreign guests, for example, American Veterans Association’s annual visit to learn acupuncture and Chinese medicine herb application. All of them have been received enthusiastic guidance during their visits.

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