Resources – Whether you are a patient, a prospective student, a current student, licensed acupuncturist, or a doctor, our resource page is designed to provide information for all those interested in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, East Asian Acupuncture and Western Medical Acupuncture, as well as Biomedical Sciences. Please click on the links to the left for more information in each section.




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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal and Botanical Medicine

National and State Acupuncture and Licensing Associations

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Asian Cultural Studies

Martial Arts Studies

Biomedical Sciences

Body Work


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Addictions and Mental Health – community outreach leaders for would like to extend their acupuncture/holistic services to the online community. They have an awesome site filled with informative facts and guidance regarding addiction and mental health issues. They have recently posted a couple of articles about the benefit of acupuncture for mental health and addiction.


Acufinder.com is the leading resource for everything to do with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Asian Medicine. It is the premier Web destination for those seeking health and wellness for themselves and their loved ones through the principles of Oriental Medicine. – for students, practitioners, and the general public. Includes articles, school listings, study resources, and more.

Acupuncture and Acupressure Discussion Groups – listing of various discussion lists, many requiring a Yahoo membership.

Acupuncture Today – http://www.acupuncturetoday.comA news source for the acupuncture community – practitioners, students, and the general public.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture – http://www.medicalacupuncture.orgDirected at physicians practicing medical acupuncture.

California State Oriental Medical Association – –   Whether you are familiar with acupuncture and oriental medicine or just beginning your search for complimentary care, ask our members about the safety and effectiveness of the therapy and treatment they use.

Chinese Herb Academy resource with discussion lists and papers relevant to Oriental medicine. The discussion group is a mailing list for licensed practitioners and matriculated students, as well as postgraduates in related fields, such as Chinese philosophy and pharmacology.

Chinese Medicine Times – – A free ejournal that covers all aspects of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Classical Chinese Medicine – – Classical Chinese Medicine reflects the voices of an international movement seeking to honour and restore the classical origins of Chinese medicine. This site features articles, lectures, and practical demonstrations by Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., L.Ac., and a group of like-minded scholars in China and the West who are committed to transmit the time-honoured science of Eastern medicine as a highly sophisticated and deeply spiritual art form. – informative TCM forums and links to websites of interest to consumers, students and practitioners of acupuncture and related topics. Currently over 600 unique links.

Institute of Traditional Medicine – ITM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1979 and incorporated in 1983, dedicated to furthering the knowledge and pursuit of traditional medicine systems and their integration with modern medicine. Very large database of articles on many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (disorders, herbs, acupuncture, history, theory, etc).

Journal of Chinese Medicine –  Welcome, the Journal of Chinese Medicine is the foremost English language journal on all aspects of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary medicine and Chinese medical history and philosophy.

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association – – Welcome to the website of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association! Whether you are looking to get NADA trained as an Acu Detox Specialist, or hoping to integrate acupuncture protocol into your addictions or behavioral health program, or researching the use of acupuncture in addictions and mental health treatment, you’ve come to the right place. – A website created for students to use as a resource for studying their CNT.  Quizlet makes studying seem more like fun, and not like boring school work! It makes it so much easier to really understand and memorize!

Sacred Lotus Arts – comprehensive resource on all things TCM.

The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness – Journal and Qi Catalog are produced by Insight Publishing in Temecula, California, USA. The first issue of the journal appeared in Spring 1991 and has been published quarterly since. The journal has continued to expand and now has national bookstore distribution and subscribers from all over the world.

TCM Central

TCM Directory http://www.tcmdirectory.comInterested in Acupuncture? The ancient, comprehensive system of medicine is the ideal way to treat a variety of ailments through a holistic and natural approach. But before you head to that local establishment with the sign that reads, “Acupuncture,” keep in mind that…         Not All Acupuncturists Are Created Equal!


Chinese Herbal and Botanical Medicine

Alternative Nature Online Healing – about herbs and wild medicinal plants, herbal remedies, alternative medicine, aromatherapy, herb farming and more. Also contains hundreds of botanical images and herb pictures.

Bioinformatics and Drug Design Group -– Includes a searchable Traditional Chinese Medicine Information Database, which covers thousands of herbs, formulas, and chemical constituents. “TCM-ID currently contains 1197 TCM prescriptions covering 4111 disease conditions, 1104 herbs, and 9862 ingredients (4500 of these with 3-dimensional structure provided). Each prescription/herb/ingredient can be retrieved through multiple methods including prescription name, herb name in 3 languages (Latin, English, and Chinese), substance name, therapeutic effect, and symptom.”

Botanical Studies, an International Journal – An international academic botany journal, with extensive article search options.

Chinese Herb Academy – The Chinese Herb Academy is a privately run organization that was founded in 1999 in order to create an online vehicle for the critical examination of Chinese Herbal Medicine and other forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). This website provides information and services for both the public and healthcare professionals interested in Chinese Herbs, Chinese Medicine, Herb Information, Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, and related topics.

Chinese Herb Dictionary – herbal data with Latin Names, Pinyin Names, Hanzi Characters, functions, contraindication, etc.

Classical Pearls Herbal Formulas – – The Classical Pearls Herbal Formulas™ product line is an organic offspring of Dr. Heiner Fruehauf’s prolific career in the research, teaching, and practice of Chinese medicine. Lectures and articles by Dr. Fruehauf and like-minded scholars can be viewed at

Doc Misha’s Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine – http://www.docmisha.comOur goals are to help you—health care consumer, person who is ill, person attempting to maintain your health, physician or allied health professional, or just interested party—become more familiar with the systems of medicine and healing that come to us from the East.

Dr. Dave’s Herbal Medicine, LLC – – committed to bringing you the highest quality herbal remedies available today.  Instead of bringing you every type of remedy under the sun, we decided to focus our company on respiratory conditions.  Instead of being a Jack of all Trades, we decided to be Masters of One.  Not only do we specialize in respiratory conditions, but in particular respiratory conditions in individuals who are affected by dry conditions. We specialize in the treatment of allergies, chronic sinusitis and dry cough as well as immune system enhancement.

East Earth Trade Winds – http://www.eastearthtrade.comFor over 25 years East Earth Trade Winds has offered the best selection of Chinese herbs available. We carry the most effective, top quality brands of Chinese herbs and unique herbal remedies that you may need. We carry books on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and philosophy.

Ethnobotany Research and Applications– “A journal of plants, people, and applied research.”

Global Information Hub on Integrated Medicine – http://www.globinmed.comInformation on herbs (including Chinese Herbs), Chinese formulas, and supplements.

Henriette’s Herbal Homepage – of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the web. Includes 5000 photos of herbs.

Herb Med –“A categorized listing of most of the main herbal sites and information resources on the World Wide Web.” Includes links to some journals in addition to other resources.

HerbNet One of the most comprehensive sites on the web for those seeking information on herbs, herb products and remedies, herb publication … in fact everything herbal can be found here!

Herb Research Foundation – For over 25 years, the Herb Research Foundation has been helping to educate the world about herbs. We offer solid science and informed opinion, for free. Please use the donate button to support our work, or better yet, JOIN us. Self-care is the key to better health, and self-education is key to self-care.

Herb World Online – Herbal Business Tools – Helping our members grow herbs, market herbs, and herbal products and be an herbalist successfully…

Herb Zoo Study Cards – The comprehensive study system for learning Chinese herbs and formulas. Don’t panic!…  there is a more colorful way to learn individual herbs and formulas. Tie lectures, textbooks* and your imagination together to learn the hundreds of individual herbs and formulas taught in herbs classes. These cards are beneficial from the first herbs quiz to licensing exams and beyond
* Bensky’s Materia Medica and Formulas & Strategies

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Integrated Medicine full-text, objective information on herbs, vitamins, and supplements, especially potential use in cancer care; includes clinical summary and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism – links to medical information, and to any resource on medicinal herbs or herbalism practiced a clinical setting, regardless of the medical tradition or system.

Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Integrative Medicine/Herbs – This information resource, presented by our Integrative Medicine Service, provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine – images, photos, texts, manuals etc. Comprehensive site on botanical medicine.

TCM Health Information – and information on Chinese herbs.

University of Maryland CAM index – Information on the uses and interactions of drugs, herbs and supplements.


National and State Acupuncture and Licensing Associations

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. – – The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (“Candidacy”) throughout the United States of first-professional master’s degree and professional master’s-level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and professional post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine (DAOM), as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

The Commission fosters excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medicine education by establishing policies and standards that govern the accreditation process for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs. Currently, ACAOM has over 60 schools and colleges with accreditation or Candidacy status.

American Acupuncture Council – – Protect your practice and your reputation. Complementary medicine and therapies are finally entering the mainstream in America — accepted more widely than ever by consumers, corporations, and insurance companies. And that not only means greater opportunity to grow your practice, but a more pressing need to protect it — something the American Acupuncture Council has been doing more successfully and cost-efficiently than anyone else since 1972.

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – – Dedicated to the promotion and advancement of high ethical, educational, and professional standards in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in the U.S. We hope you will explore the various features of our site. It provides direct access to services and benefits to our membership and the interested public. Share, collaborate, exchange and grow – that’s why we’re here! Engage and explore anytime from anywhere you are on the Web. Welcome!

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) – – The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) is a non-profit, professional membership organization representing instructors, practitioners, schools and programs, and students of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT).

ABT may be described as any form of therapeutic bodywork with its theoretical roots in Chinese Medicine Theory. Acupressure, Amma, Chi Nei Tsang, Jin Shin Do®, Medical Qigong, Nuad bo Rarn (Thai), Shiatsu, and Tuina are a short selection of ABT modalities known as Forms of ABT.

AOBTA®‘s Certified Instructors (AOBTA®-CI), Registered Instructors (AOBTA®-RI), Council of Schools and Programs (AOBTA®-COSP), and Certified Practitioners (AOBTA®-CP) represent the best in the field of ABT.

Arizona Society of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture – http://www.azsoma.orgThis website serves AZSOMA members, practitioners and members of the general public who may be interested in locating a practitioner or just learning about what Oriental Medicine and acupuncture have to offer.

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professional – – Celebrating 25 years of serving the massage therapy community through practice support, ethical standards, legislative advocacy, and public education.

California State Oriental Medical Association – –   Whether you are familiar with acupuncture and oriental medicine or just beginning your search for complimentary care, ask our members about the safety and effectiveness of the therapy and treatment they use.

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – -–The group that administers the Clean Needle Technique course. Welcome to the web site of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The Council is a 501(c)(6) voluntary membership association for acupuncture schools and programs in the U.S. Established in 1982, the Council’s primary mission is to advance AOM by promoting educational excellence in the field. Currently the Council consists of 53 acupuncture schools. As a requirement of membership, all of the Council’s member schools have obtained either full accreditation or accreditation candidacy status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the national organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit AOM schools and programs in the U.S.

National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance – – An Alliance of Practitioners and Consumers working to advance Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association-

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – http://www.nccaom.orgThe organization for national licensure. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization established in 1982. The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.

State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners The site was designed with consumers and licensees in mind.  The website contains a variety of information including a directory of licensees, applications, and newsletters under the publications link.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Foundation – A nonprofit organization, founded in March 1998 to provide information about alternative medicine to the public and health professionals. Sponsors of HerbMed ® and TibetMed ® databases.

Alternative Medicine Homepage – comprehensive web directory maintained by Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.Lists resources and databases on the web.

BioMed Central– Publisher of 184 peer-reviewed open access journals, including CAM journals and articles. An astounding clearinghouse of free-access medical research articles.

Bandolier – – “Evident based thinking about health care”. Provides summaries, meta-analyses and independent evaluations of evidence-based articles on conventional and alternative health care.

British Homeopathic Library – – Includes a database of articles and book references on homeopathic medicine.

Cancer Monthly – – Cancer Monthly is the only centralized source of the survival rates and side-effects of hundreds of the latest cancer treatments. It also provides access to clinical trials, a cancer encyclopedia, the largest cancer community on the internet, a comprehensive cancer glossary, reports on alternative and integrative approaches, and much more!

Continuum Center for Health and Healing – the Beth Israel Medical Center. Provides concise information on treatments, history, philosophy, and training of different CAM modalities and alternative health systems.

Evident-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine -– International journal that uses modern scientific methods to study CAM, particularly Asian medicines.

Highwire Press, Stanford University– A website with links to hundreds of free journals. They also have a detailed search engine that allows you to search for authors or subjects in 2 million free online medical articles.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine– On-line journal of “research and studies worldwide on the inextricable relationships between human cultures and nature/universe, Traditional Environmental/Ecological Knowledge…, folk and traditional medical knowledge, as well as the relevance of these for primary health care policies in developing countries.”

MedHunt – all medical websites for information about health on the Net. Provided by “Health on the Net (HON)”, an NGO in special consultation status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Natural Health Web – http://www.naturalhealthweb.comOur company’s mission is to provide informative, quality Self Improvement and Natural Health information to help people improve their lives. We provide information ranging from Goal Setting and Stress Management to Natural Health and Alternative Medicine.

Natural Solutions Magazine –

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – to CAM sites and databases.

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients “Archives” – the archives of the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients Online Magazine. Here, you’ll find many interesting articles that were posted through 2001.

Townsend Letter for Doctor and Patients – – Since 1983, Townsend Letter has been publishing a print alternative medicine magazine. As a forum for the entire alternative medicine community, we present scientific information on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics

Zero Balancing – Zero Balancing is an innovative body-mind system of hands-on therapy developed in the 1970s by Fritz Smith, MD, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. The practitioner uses comfortable finger pressure and gentle traction to engage body structure and body energy. Clients experience deep relaxation, internal organization, and improved function. Read more


Asian Cultural Studies

Daoist Studies- – A website that contains scholarly information about Daoism, including books on Daoism, conferences, scholars, a bibliography and general resources for learning about China’s indigenous, organized religion.

The Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim – is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of historical cross-cultural encounters and dialogues between China and the West. At this site you can find links to research databases as well as online publications and events.


Martial Arts Studies

Fong’s Wing Chun Gung Fu Federation – The history of Wing Chun (詠春) is not recorded in writing before our generation. It is only passed down to us orally. This version is what was passed down to us through Late Grand Master YIP-MAN (葉問). He stated that NG-MUI (伍枚)was a nun and was generally credited as the teacher of YIM-WING-CHUN (嚴詠春) the founder of the Wing Chun system of Gung Fu. NG-MUI (伍枚) was one of the five elders (五老) of the SIU-LUM-TEMPLE (少林寺).

Journal of Asian Martial Arts – Dive deep into Asian martial traditions. Our archive of nearly 500 informative articles will improve the quality of your research and the level of your martial art skills. New articles will be added periodically.

National Qigong Association – – The National Qigong Association is the premier membership organization for qigong. Be a part of the Qi Flow and the Qi Excitement that is moving through our country. The mission of the NQA is “Enhancing and nourishing the quality of life through Qigong for all.”

North American Tang Shou Tao Association – The mission of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association Cooperative (NATSTA) is the preservation, research, and dissemination of the traditional Chinese martial and medical arts. The traditional Chinese internal martial arts that NATSTA focuses on include xingyiquan, baguazhang, taijiquan, and liuhebafa (water boxing). Traditional Chinese Medicine practiced and researched by NATSTA includes all aspects of tuina, acupuncture, herbal medicine, qigong, and dietary medicine. NATSTA’s focus on research, preservation, and dissemination of these arts ensures their viability for future generations. The North American Tang Shou Tao Association Cooperative is a fully-recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with Arizona State and IRS guidelines.

Qi Gong and Tai Chi Teachers Conferences – Tai Chi in Paradise has been conducting retreats in beautiful, lush and tranquil settings outside of the “everyday world” for more than 20 years, and is now excited about serving the Tai Chi community further with the development of this website.

 Qi Gong Institute – The Qigong Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong through research and education. Since 1984 it has been a clearinghouse for related news and scientific facts to aid researchers, writers, Qigong practitioners and teachers, members of the Western medical community, and the members of the general public who are interested in learning more about Qigong and Tai Chi.

Shaolin Kung Fu Academy – Ours is a universal school of self, learning about ourselves and others, while unifying and improving body, mind, and spirit through martial arts training. The Shaolin Kung Fu Academy has classes for adults, teens (ages 12-17), and boys (ages 6-12). For girls (ages 6-12), we offer our Girl Power program.

Tai Chi Magazine – T’AI CHI Magazine is the leading international magazine for persons interested in Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), qigong, and other internal martial arts, as well as those interested in similar Chinese disciplines which contribute to fitness, health, and a balanced personal sense of well being.

World Martial Arts Information Center – At we are committed to the entire “village” that is the world of martial arts. We are here for the fighter, the fan, the teacher, the coach, the parents, the traditionalist, the eclectic practitioner, the expert, the novice, the filmmaker, the actor, the celebrity, and the unknown master. We celebrate the diversity of our histories, of our people, of everything that is the best – of – the-best of what we do – and what we are capable of.


Biomedical Sciences

BioMed Central – www.biomedcentral.comPublisher of 199 peer-reviewed open access journals. Free access.

Cochrane Collaboration – free access database of medical journal articles.

Family Medicine Journal – – The publication of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. All articles are available in full for free.

FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

IBIDS (International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements) database.- “Developed to assist the public, health care providers, educators and researchers in locating credible information on dietary supplements. The database was developed by the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the US Department of Agriculture. It contains citations to scientific articles, with abstracts when available, on vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements.

Internet Health Library – http://www.internethealthlibrary.comThe UK’s largest Alternative Medicine, Complementary Therapy and Natural Health Care Resource. In the Library, you will find all of our services are FREE! This includes access to Medical Research where we provide access to the medical databases where you can find out about ANYTHING that has been been published in medical journals all over the world.

MedBioWorld – – “An online resource portal for medical
and biotechnology professionals. Providing access to journals, and organizations; valuable information through directories, targeted search engines & specialized databases; and through reference tools like dictionaries, calculators, blogs, and newsletters.”

MedHunt – all medical websites for information about health on the Net. Provided by “Health on the Net (HON)”, an NGO in special consultation status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Medline Health Illustrated Encyclopedia – Over 4000 entries on medical conditions, tests, injuries and surgeries.

Medscape – – Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web’s most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. After a simple, 1-time, free registration, Medscape from WebMD automatically delivers to you a personalized specialty site that best fits your registration profile.

The Merck Manual – version of the very comprehensive Merck Manual. Also has links to the Geriatric and Veterinary Merck Manuals.

National Cancer Institute – through the NIH on all types of cancers, screenings, treatments, statistics, and medical trials.

National Institutes of Health – The NIH headquarters, known as the “NIH campus” to the local community, are located in Bethesda, Maryland. Administrative and program operations facilities are also located in off-campus buildings in the surrounding area. Here is a list of NIH facilities, both headquarters and off-campus. You can search the list by location, type of service, facility manager, and image map.

NIH Clinical Trials Information Website- information for the public about tens of thousands of different clinical trials.

PubMed Central (PMC) U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.” More information on using this portal is available through the SIOM librarian. – A website created for students to use as a resource for studying their CNT.  Quizlet makes studying seem more like fun, and not like boring school work! It makes it so much easier to really understand and memorize!

Stedman’s Online Medical Dictionary

Student’s Guide to Medical Literature – This site has been designed especially for medical students, but it can be used by anyone who wants a guide to accessing, reading and understanding medical literature.

Radiography Anatomy of the Skeleton – – Images of the entire human skeleton from the UW.

Rx List – free searchable drug information site geared for use by either professionals or consumers.


Body Work

American Massage Therapy Association

Massage and Bodywork Magazine –

Massage Magazine –

Massage Therapy Journals – Keeping you in touch with the latest in the massage therapy industry

Massage Resource –

Massage Today Magazine –


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