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Welcome to ASAOM's library resource page! Find helpful links on the right side of this page. Many of these web sites offer free content, making them useful for acupuncture and TCM research. For further inquiries and suggestions, please speak with the library staff during regular office hours.

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"Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength." - Tao Te Ching, 33 . Feng & English, 1997 .


A recent publication explores the benefit of acupuncture for Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) . Referencing multiple past studies, this paper examines how acupuncture can help pain, neurogenic bowel conditions, neurogenic bladder conditions and more. They conclude, "given the evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture, we recommend that physicians should support the use of acupuncture therapy for SCI complications." See Fan, Cavus, et al.


Results from a study on Meniere's Disease show that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine had a "100% total effective rate" at treating the disease. All patients improved significantly and a majority of patients were still asymptomatic two years later. The treatment protocol combined traditional acupuncture with scalp acupuncture and herbal formulas.  See full article: Meneire's Disease.


Acupuncture involving e-stim was recently used to treat Achilles Tendon injuries in military personnel. Two patients with Achilles Tendon injuries received treatment that promoted rapid relief of symptoms. See the protocol used, and read the full article at:


Genetic editing technology CRISPR raises concerns according to new research. Geneticist Allan Bradley claims that we have "seriously underestimated" the potential for DNA damage through CRISPR. See article by: Sharon Begley .


A scientific consortium led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri concludes that human beings did not evolve from a single population in Africa, but rather from a diverse group of populations separated by environmental boundaries. See article from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History .

  • Populi. Portal to ASAOM student website.
  • Quizlet. A create-your-own flashcards study tool.
  • Flashcard Machine. Another flashcard creation tool.
  • Clean Needle. Test administered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) .
  • ACAOM. The organization that oversees accreditation of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine schools.
  • TCM Tests. A popular paid service that helps students study for boards. Some free questions and occasional discounts offered.
  • Easybib. Create your works cited page for papers. It's easy!
  • Wikipedia. Vast online encyclopedia. User-edited and free to use.
  • Wolframalpha. A powerful online calculator. Give it a math problem or ask it a question.

Note: Many large research databases require you to purchase articles or memberships. However, if you have ever attended a large university, you may have alumni access privilege using your college login credentials. Before you pay money to use a database, consider searching for your college under "sign-in via institution" and try your old username and password - this works for many people.

  • DOAJ. The Directory of Open Access Journals. A large collection of freely available peer-reviewed journals.
  • CORE. A search engine for millions of open-access research papers.
  • Springer Open. A large number of open-access journals covering many topics.
  • Google Scholar. Like the regular Google search engine, but for peer-reviewed articles.
  • Free Medical Journals. A collection "promoting free access to medical journals."
  • Science Open. Search over 42 million articles using this tool (many open-access.)
  • Science Direct. Large collection of peer-reviewed science and engineering articles.

  • Herb Med. An interactive electronic database.
  • American Dragon. An encyclopedia of Chinese herbs as well as other TCM topics.
  • Herbalgram. Herbal news and articles (some free and some members-only.)

  • Web MD. Lots of basic information on medicine, plus blog articles.
  • The Merck Manual. Practitioner resource for medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more
  • Scientific American. A popular science magazine with many articles online.
  • Biomed Central. "A pioneer of open access publishing." Lots of academic journals on medicine.
  • FDA Website. Federal government's Food and Drug Administration.
  • NIH Clinical Trials. Government database on ongoing and completed clinical trials.
  • Drugs dot Com. Lookup drug information, identify pills, check interactions and more.