In July 2000, Dr. Chow was appointed by President Clinton to the original 15 member White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Recipient of the "Visionary of the Year 1997" "The Humanitarian of the Year 1999" and "The Visionary of the Decade 2000" Awards, Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow has for over thirty years been working to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Western Medicine. Toward this goal, she founded the East West Academy of Healing Arts (EWAHA) in 1973 in San Francisco. In 1988 an arm of that organization, The EWAHA Qigong Institute, was established within EWAHA to promote research and clinical work in medical Qigong. In 2003 she was appointed by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to their National Task Force on The 21st Century Initiative on Life and Health. In 2004 she was invited onto the 15 member international Advisory Board of the CAM Health Expo, and in 2005 onto the 20 member Advisory Board of the National Library of Medicine-Asian American Health Website Users Group. May 1, 2005 the Vancouver General Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association awarded Dr. Chow as the "Most Distinguished Nurse Graduate".
Clients come from all parts of the world to consult with Dr. Chow. She travels internationally to see clients, give seminars and train practitioners. She has personally made presentations to over 350,000 people of all cultures, and to more than 600 corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, health clinics, universities, and governmental agencies.
Dr. Chow has a Ph.D. in higher education, and a master's degree in behavioral sciences and communication. She is a registered public health and psychiatric nurse and Qigong Grandmaster with 35 years' experience. She is a National Diplomate in Acupuncture(NCCAOM) and a California-licensed acupuncturist since 1977. Dr. Chow received her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the United States. Her Qigong experience includes Frolic of Five Animals, Six Sounds, Taoist Qigong, Eight Silk Brocades, Dayan, Taiji (Tai Chi), Wai Tan Kung, Shaolin, Microcosmic Orbit, and others.
She is the only Qigong Grandmaster-Nurse-Acupuncturist in North America who has been active in the development of national health policies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the field of cultural diversity, alternative and ethno-medicine. In the early development (1970's) of acupuncture licensing law in California, Dr. Chow was a consultant to Senator Moscone and other legislators. For over 45 years she has been consultant with the DHHS in various areas, such as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Minority Task Force. She has served as an appointed member of the National Advisory Council to The Secretary of DHHS on Health Professions' Education for Medicine, Osteopathy, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry, Pharmacy and Podiatry (MODVOPP).
Dr. Chow was recognized for her expertise in the field of alternative medicine, Qigong and TCM through an appointment to the first Ad Hoc Advisory Panel of the Congress-mandated Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (research Division of DHHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. Other appointments include: the Editorial Advisory Board of Rodale Press for special publications on alternative medicine; Editorial Consultant to Time/life Books; Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; and the scientific Advisory Board of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Alternative/Complementary Medicine at Columbia University in New York; advisor to the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences at the University of California San Francisco and a teacher to the medical students; Advisory Board for a special project of Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine, Seattle, WA. She received honored recognition by the Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellowship Program of the American Nurses Association.
She has made over 350 television appearances including Dini and Canada Am. Dr. Chow has been interviewed frequently on radio, and has been the subject of many news media publications in both North America and Europe. She participated in a four-part television series on alternative medicine which has been shown worldwide. She has received a number of awards and other recognition for her significant contributions in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Qigong, & health care. Included are: