Research & Organizations


Learning & Research

5 ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE INFORMATION SITE  –  A non commercial resource for those interested in finding out more about 5 element style of acupuncture.

ACUBRIEFS.COM  –  Acubriefs was established by a grant from the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF). Its purpose is to make available online the most comprehensive database of references on acupuncture in the English language.

ACUPUNCTURE.COM  –  A resource for anyone wanting to learn about acupuncture.


ACUPUNCTURE LINKS  –  Links to many acupuncture sites.

BRITISH ACUPUNCTURE COUNCIL  –  Offers links to a set of Briefing Papers which review the evidence of effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of specific conditions.

CHINESE MEDIA GUIDE   –  Comprehensive guide on overseas Chinese media. It contains a complete list and descriptions of major overseas Chinese newspaper, Chinese TV stations, Chinese radio stations, and Chinese websites.

CHINESE MEDICAL PSYCHIATRY  –  This site provides students researching and writing papers on Chinese medical psychiatry with articles and links.

DR. MERCOLA  —  Stay informed of all sides on the latest medical news and health information & discover how to prevent disease, optimize health and weight, and live longer.

GEOMANCY.NET  —  The oldest & largest authentic traditional feng shui on the web. The words Feng Shui in Chinese literally means Wind and Water. In Asia, it is popularly called Geomancy.

HEALTH WORLD ONLINE  –  Information about acupuncture.

HOLISTIC BULLETIN  – features a round up of stories and articles relating to alternative/complementary healthcare and spirituality from around the world.

IT RESOURCE  –  A comprehensive directory of computer-related websites.

MASSAGE THERAPY 101  —  Your online guide to massage therapy.

MEDITATION INFO GUIDE  —  A complete guide on meditation with information on meditation techniques, meditation methods, meditation music and meditation furniture.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE  –  This acupuncture bibliography has thousands of citations.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE  –  Our mission is to support rigorous research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), to train researchers in CAM, and to disseminate information to the public and professionals on which CAM modalities work, which do not, and why.

NATURAL BLOOM – ADVENTURES IN HOLISTIC HEALTH  —  Learn about complementary therapies and share your own personal experiences. Acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, stress-busters and more.

NIH CONSENSUS STATEMENT ON ACUPUNCTURE  –  Each National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus statement is the product of an independent, non-Federal panel of experts and is based on the panel’s assessment of medical knowledge available at the time the statement was written.

TCM FERTILITY  —  A place for information on the treatment of infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic bodywork.

TCM HEALTH INFO  –  TCM Health-info is an informational site for students and practitioners. It has pictures and information on over 300 Chinese herbs, information, theory, point location, and disease treatment via acupuncture, internal med, gynecology, diagnosis, foundations, prevention, and much more.

TCM TESTS  –  Offers online quizzes related to TCM.

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MEDICINE  —  Information about Japanese acupuncture. This page is aimed primarily at acupuncturists, body workers and students.

TRULY ORGANIC  —  Learn about many different natural medicines. Including Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, herbs and chiropractic.

VILBERTO’S ACUPUNCTURE & TCM LINKS  –  Comprehensive list of acupuncture links.

YAMOMOTO NEW SCALP ACUPUNCTURE  –  Site with extensive information on scalp acupuncture.

YIN YANG HOUSE  –  Yin Yang House .com is an informational site for the student and practitioner of oriental healing practices. This site focuses on the theory and application of Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture as well as Zen Shiatsu.

WEBMD  —  ”Trustworthy, Credible, and Timely Health Information.”

Medical Search Engines

ACRONYM FINDER – The web’s most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. 320,000+ definitions!

HEALTHLINE – Allopathic site.

MEDEXPLORER — Health & medical search engine.


Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA)

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)

The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)

National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NAAOM)

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

National Sports Acupuncture Association (NSAA)

Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)

World Health Organization (WHO)


This course is a practical study of the internal and external causes of disease within the Eastern medical model. A clear understanding of 'TCM pathologies' is needed in order to apply the sophisticated system of Oriental Medicine based on sign and symptom patterns.
This course consists of procedures of physical and neurological examination; providing an understanding of the methods used in making physical diagnosis.
Courses begin with a review of the normal physiological  processes and then discuss how these are altered by disease.  Students will be able to recognize pathological indicators and biochemical pathways to better correlate the basic science of pathology with physical diagnosis and disorders related to nutrition.
This course is a review of the basic sciences focusing on chemistry, microbiology and human biology. Includes an overview of the basic structures of organic molecules sufficient to understand the structure of chemical compounds studied in human chemistry. This course prepares students for courses in physiology, pathology and other western clinical sciences.
This directed learning paper develops additional competencies in basic sciences. Five pathological disorders from different systems are assigned.
This class concentrates on the processes involved with taking in and utilizing food substances by which growth, repair and maintenance of activities in the body as a whole or in any of its parts are accomplished. This includes ingestion, digestion, absorption and metabolism, as well as, basic nutritional needs and the use of vitamins, minerals and supplements.
This class includes topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Mechanisms of the nervous system are covered as related to the scientific basis of Acupuncture and its application to the treatment of disease. Students in this class gain the ability to explain the mechanisms of Acupuncture in modern medical terms. Communication skills between Acupuncturists and Medical professionals are stressed.
Students continue to practice needle insertion with combinations of points that would be used in treatment.  There is emphasis on safety with difficult points and more complex point prescriptions.
Students review the anatomical structures through which needles pass at progressive depths of the body.  This includes proper insertion, angle, depth, duration and withdrawl of needles.
At the beginning of the second year, students begin developing needle insertion skills. Students receive intensive instruction in techniques of clean needle insertion as approved by current national standards.
This course helps students develop their skills in organization and analysis of presenting symptoms.  The clinic review class includes evaluation of the physical and psychological components of an illness and specific treatment strategies.
This class covers the basis of treatment using the eight principle and secondary vessel pathology. Students learn to formulate a treatment using the information gathered from pulse and tongue diagnosis. Practical use of classical point categories such as antique points, influential points and windows of the sky points in the treatment of eight principle disease patterns will be covered.
It is in this class that the prior three quarter of TCM theory begin to flower and faculty can see the "light bulb go on", as students get a sense of how well the TCM theory fits together.  At this point, students are beginning their next phase of clinic and now have responsibility of using this information in a clinical setting.
A continuation of Anatomy 1, this course is an in-depth study of visceral structure and physiologic function of the human body.
This course is an in-depth study of the somatic structure of the human body: skeletal, muscular, ligamentous, and an introduction to the peripheral nerves. There is attention given to the palpatory anatomy that will be needed for Point Location and Needle Technique classes.
In this course, students are oriented to the procedures and protocol needed to successfully complete internship. Physical assessment skills needed in the practice of Oriental Medicine are covered including: vital signs, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Standards of history taking, SOAP noting and unique documentation found in TCM clinical records are part of this course.
This course includes discussion that brings up pertinent issues in healthcare practice and examines the approach taken by a counselor. It focuses on ethical decision-making and the patient practitioner relationship.
The directed learning paper traces the development of Chinese medicine including: the classics, historical figures and periods, and a discussion of important theoretical developments. It gives students a respect for the ancient traditions from which the modern, clinical practice of TCM developed.
The moral and ethical principles that are the core of the teachings of Confucius and Lao Tzu are taught in a manner that can be applied in present day. The influence of these schools on the development of Chinese medicine is stressed in this course.
This course continues massage techniques to regions of the body for local and systemic problem. Good Tui Na technique combined with accessory techniques is an important adjunct to an acupuncture practice.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese massage that includes different hand techniques applied to specific areas of the body. Students will gain proficiency in manipulation skill and sensitivity to energy balancing as they practice techniques in class and apply them in clinic.
Students will attend lectures, demonstrate and practice in the traditional and modern accessory techniques of Oriental Medicine: moxibustion, magnets, guasha, cupping and auricular techniques.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
In this course, students will use charts, models and their fellow students as subjects to locate and mark the most important acupuncture points. Students will spend six quarters developing the sensitivity needed to achieve the Qi sensation required for effective treatment.
This course further studies the eight principle theory as it applies to the pathology of the five phases, the Zang Fu organs and the triple burner.
The rigorous clinic –based educational experience is designed to take classroom learning and first year theory so have students see the clinical application of concepts during their internship activities and experiences.
This is the first class in Chinese medical theory and introduces students to the language and refinement found in Midwest’s academic program. This class will also establish the foundation from which student’s understandings will grow.