Prof. Lin Zhixiu

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Position Associate Director
Office Room 101-D, Li Wai Chun Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tel. (852) 3943 6347
Fax. (852) 3942 0941
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Resume (Education and Working Experience)


  1. BSc in Medical Science (TCM, Guangzhou University of TCM, 1987)
  2. PhD in Pharmacognosy (King’s College London, 1999)

Working Experience:

  1. 1987-1990 Medical Doctor, the Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Provincial Research Institute of TCM, China.
  2. 1991 - 1998 Herbalist and acupuncturist, Institute of Chinese Medicine, London, UK
  3. 1998 - 2002 Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Science, Middlesex University, London, UK
  4. 2002 - 2003 Assistant Professor, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau
  5. 2003 - 2010 Assistant Professor, School of Chinese Medicine, CUHK
  6. 2010 - present Associate Professor, School of Chinese Medicine, CUHK
  7. Start from 2017 Associate Director, School of Chinese Medicine, CUHK
  8. Start from 2017 Director, Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine


  1. Chinese medicine (Clinical practice)
  2. Clinical trials on Chinese medicine
  3. Pharmacology of Chinese medicines

Research Interest
Main research interests/fields of specialism:

  1. Research and drug development of Chinese medicines for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
  2. Clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of Chinese medical interventions, including (1) acupuncture for post-stroke dysphagia; (2) acupuncture for overactive bladder in elderly; (3) topical preparation containing Rubiae Radix for plaque type of psoriasis; and (4) herbal prescriptions for atopic dermatitis
  3. Pharmacological evaluations using in vitro and in vivo models on herb-drug interactions between Chinese medicines and pharmaceuticals in the areas of lung cancer, stroke and diabetes mellitus
  4. Phytochemistry of Chinese medicines
  5. Literature reviews using systematic review and meta-analysis approach on the effectiveness and safety of Chinese medical interventions including herbal medicine and acupuncture & moxibustion

Selected Publications

  1. Huang YF, Zhou JT, Qu C, Dou YX, Huang QH, Lin ZX, Xian YF, Xie JH, Xie YL, Lai XP, Su ZR. Anti-inflammatory effects of Brucea javanica oil emulsion by suppressing NF-κB activation on dextran sulfate sodium-induced ulcerative colitis in mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2017;198:389-398. (Impact factor: 3.055; Ranking: 2/24, Q1 in the Integrative & Complementary Medicine category.)
  2. Xian YF, Fan D, Ip SP, Mao QQ, Lin ZX*. Antidepressant-Like Effect of Isorhynchophylline in Mice. Neurochem Res. 2017;42(2):678-685 (Impact factor: 2.472; Ranking: 150/256, Q3 in the Neurosciences category.)
  3. Yuan Q, Wang CW, Shi J, Lin ZX*. Effects of Ginkgo biloba on dementia: An overview of systematic reviews. J Ethnopharmacol. 2017;195:1-9 (Impact factor: 3.055; Ranking: 2/24, Q1 in the Integrative & Complementary Medicine category.)
  4. Chan YT, Zhang HW, Guo YQ, Lin ZX*. Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture for Poststroke Dysphagia: Study Protocol for a Pragmatic Multicenter Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:2349794. (Impact factor: 1.931; Ranking: 7/24, Q2 in the Integrative & Complementary Medicine category.)
  5. Yiu EML, Chan KMK, Kwong E, Li NYK, Ma EPM, Tse FW, Lin ZX, Verdolini Abbott K, Tsang R. Is Acupuncture Efficacious for Treating Phonotraumatic Vocal Pathologies? A Randomized Control Trial. J Voice. 2016;30(5):611–20. (Impact factor: 1.113; Ranking: 28/43, Q3 in the Otorhinolaryngology category.)
  6. Leung SB, Zhang H, Lau CW, Lin ZX*. Attenuation of blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats by acupuncture was associated with reduction oxidative stress and improvement from endothelial dysfunction. Chin Med. 2016;11(1):38. (Impact factor: 1.580; Ranking: 10/24, Q2 in the Integrative & Complementary Medicine category.)

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