Philip Suger, Ph.D, L.Ac

Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Charlotte, NC. During my freshman year at Penn State, I was introduced to the Dao De Jing which led me down a rabbit hole of ancient Chinese culture. From which I learned about Chinese medicine. Having decided to pursue a career in this field I left for China after I graduated. At first, I was at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine for an advanced studies program. Upon returning to the states, I enrolled at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine to pursue my master’s degree.

Afterward I moved back to China to earn my doctoral degree at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. I first began practicing in Houston, TX. With the upheaval of the pandemic my family and I moved to Northern California until I was provided with an offer to come work at an integrative clinic in Connecticut.



The History and Development of Saam Acupuncture


Despite the increased interest in Saam acupuncture there is very little known about its origins and development. This presentation is designed to shine some light on how the modern Saam acupuncture came to be. The first portion of the presentation will describe the environment in which Saam acupuncture developed in detailing the governmental, social, medical and religious influences.

The second major development in Saam acupuncture is the writing of a collection of case studies and commentary attributed to an individual named Jisan sometime after 1742. The third section will delve into what we don’t currently know about the development of Saam acupuncture. The final portion will examine the modern era and the multiple streams of Saam acupuncture that have developed during this period.

In This Presentation We Will:

  • Learn about the foundational texts of Saam acupuncture. 
  • Explore the development of Saam acupuncture and how it has changed over the centuries.
  • Consider the future prospects of Saam acupuncture and future opportunities for research.