Pi Chiheng,born in December 1940, chief physician of TCM, professor, doctoral supervisor, one of the third and fourth batch of national supervisors for academic experience inheritance to the veteran TCM doctors, enjoys the special allowance of the State Council. He has won the National Special Contribution Award for TCM Inheritance in 2006. In 2011, the Pi Chiheng Studio was established with government funding. Academically, he advocates “follow the ancient while develop the modern” and “learn from the ancients while have no bigoted belief in the ancients”, learning widely from others' strong points and making the past serve the present.
He is a specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics. Over the years, he has developed the expertise in nephrology with traditional Chinese medicine as the main body. For instance, he proposed treating chronic kidney diseases from TCM perspective of “deficiency, dampness, stagnation and toxin”. He advocates five combinations: combining main syndromes and common signs for diagnosis, combining pathology in both western and Chinese medicine, combining clinical syndrome differentiation with medical theory, combining TCM theories about medicinal properties with western pharmacology. He underlines that therapy should be focused on pathogenesis identification when making syndrome differentiation, despite explicit or implicit syndrome. He also thinks doctors should be flexible in selecting prescriptions and choosing drugs, no sticking to the original prescriptions.