Lupo T. Carlota, a medical doctor born in the Philippines, is a leading pioneer of the scientific study and practice of acupuncture.
He has brought acupuncture out of the dark ages by introducing a new, effective, science-based, yet simplified mode of acupuncture. The result is MRA (Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture)® System of Therapy.
An original thinker, Dr. Carlota advanced the “Quantum Theory of Acupuncture,” during the International Acupuncture Society Convention held in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China in 1976. There he explained for the first time how acupuncture works from a scientific perspective.
The novel hypothesis ushered in a paradigm shift in explaining the mechanisms of acupuncture. And has since been regarded as a major breakthrough that marked a radical departure from the empirical tenets that had subserved the foundations of acupuncture over the last five thousand years.
On December 17, 1993, Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos presented the “Pamana Ng Pilipino” Legacy of the Filipino Nation) Award to Dr. Carlota at the Presidential Palace in Manila “for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of medicine, particularly through pioneering efforts in modern scientific acupuncture research…” This prestigious award confers the Philippines’ highest honors for exemplary service by any Filipino overseas.
In 1974, Dr. Carlota founded and now directs MARIA (Medical Acupuncture Research Institute of America,) an institution of higher learning that devotes to the study and practice of modern scientific acupuncture for western-trained physicians.
Over the last 44 years, he has successfully trained hundreds of doctors and helped them establish MRA® (Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture) as an integral part of their existing medical practice.