38 generations of Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians and acupuncturists

Dr. Daoshing Ni, Hua-Ching Ni (OmNi), and Dr. Mao Shing Ni


We begin with the founder of the College of Tao. Yo San Ni was born in China in 1879. He belonged to the 36th generation to which the spiritual and medical knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist tradition had been passed downed in the Ni family.

When Yo San was seven, his father died in a roadside accident while away from home treating children with smallpox.

At sixteen, he began rebuilding his family’s healing wisdom by seeking out relatives, friends, and patients of his father – spiritual leaders and TCM masters who had fled political oppression and lived as hermits in the countryside and mountains – and spent many years studying with them.

In his thirties, Yo San began his own medical practice and opened a school for Traditional Chinese Medicine, The College of Tao and Chinese Healing, in the village of Wen Zhou.

Yo San Ni died at the age of ninety, after fulfilling his goal of preserving his family legacy.


Yo San Ni’s son, Hua-Ching Ni, the 37th generation of the Ni legacy, was born in China in the early 1900s. 

Brilliant and energetic as a child, Hua-Ching longed to pursue a more fulfilling education than modern schooling offered at the time. Recognizing his son’s frustration and potential, Yo San opened The College of Tao and Chinese Healing. It was here that Yo San transmitted the Ni family legacy to his son and other students.

In 1949, Yo San advised his son to leave their small town in a rapidly changing, war-torn country and to seek a better life outside China. Hua-Ching then moved to Taiwan where he taught Traditional Chinese Medicine for twenty-seven years.

In the 1970s he moved with his wife and two sons to the United States and established The College of Tao in Los Angeles, CA. where he continued to share the teachings of The Integral Way.

In 1989, along with his sons, Daoshing and Mao Shing, Hua-Ching founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has since returned to China and still resides there as an active member of his community.


The 38th generation of the Ni legacy, Drs. Dao and Mao are internationally-known and respected TCM practitioners.

Their private practice, The Tao of Wellness based in Santa Monica, CA, is one of the largest practices in the country.

They established Yo San University as a pledge to pass on the teachings of their father, grandfather, and the ancient masters of Chinese medicine to future generations—to provide students with a place of learning based on the guiding principles of Taoism, where each may explore his or her own spiritual growth as an integral part of learning the healing arts.

Learn more about The College of Tao and the teachings of The Integral Way