Subject Guide

Acufinder Learning and Resource Center
Articles about a wide range of acupuncture-related topics, including legislation, herb lists, and an events calendar.

Blue Poppy TCMinfoline
Research tool from Blue Poppy Enterprises, publisher of TCM books and seller of TCM supplies.  Blue Poppy also offers continuing education resources.

Chinese Medicine Times 

A free ejournal published three time a year, the Chinese Medicine Times is also a source of online seminars, acupuncture supplies, and a book shop.

TCM Student
Online resource for news, editorials, and information for both TCM students and practitioners.

Herbal & Dietary Supplement Resources

Acupuncture Media from the Handbook of Oriental Medicine
The New Revised 4th edition (2014 version) includes comprehensive analysis of every aspect of TCM in preparation for the California State Board and NCCAOM exams. New individual herb charts include color photos beside a listing of their nature and functions.  More detailed explorations of the formula section include 83 new CA board formula charts as well as a chart of 160 new NCCAOM formulas. Unique charts synthesizing vital information streamline the study experience.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. The site includes health information and links to related databases.

American Botanical Council Online
Sponsored by the American Botanical Council (ABC), the site includes links to herbal information and educational resources.

Dietary Supplements – USFDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
An overview of the FDA’s oversight efforts, including links to adverse effects and warnings. The page also provides links for consumer education and general information.

Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement

An international, sponsor-supported project designed to select, validate and publish scientific methods for use in analyzing raw botanical materials. Also includes information for consumers.

Medicinal Herb Garden – University of Washington
A resource for herbalists, medics, and botanists containing images and corresponding MEDLINE citations and entries to the Plants for a Future database.

Sloan-Kettering: About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
Evidence-based information for health professionals and consumers on the therapeutic uses and effects of herbal medicines and dietary supplements. Maintained by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the site emphasizes cancer therapies.

Professional Organizations

American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)

AAAOM is a professional organization active in public outreach, advocacy, education, and legislative issues related to acupuncture and oriental medicine.

American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

The AHPA promotes the ethical commerce of herbs and herbal products, and is an advocate for related research, legislation, and education.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
The National Institutes of Health’s NCCAM explores complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of scientific practices, trains CAM researchers, and disseminates information.

The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)
The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative not-for-profit charitable organization created to improve patient care. This mission is accomplished through fostering mutual respect and understanding between various disciplines and emerging fields, mainly through interprofessional education, engagement in key policy initiatives, and the promotion of whole-person research.

World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS)
WFCMS is a global organization that advocates academic development, policy, and standardization.

Regulation & Ethics</strong

Model Code of Ethical Practice for Practitioners

From Acupuncture Today.

Texas Medical Board – Acupuncturists

Contains licensing information, application forms, continuing education for professionals, and information on the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners.

World Health Organization Traditional Medicine Strategy

The WHO works to include traditional medicine into national health care systems, to promote professional standards and guidelines, and as an information resource.

Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Manual 7th Edition

The Clean Needle Technique Manual summarizes important principles that govern safe practice suited to support the work done in introductory acupuncture technique courses in acupuncture colleges and the Clean Needle Technique course offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM).

Research Tools


EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Instructions for Downloading EndNote can be found here.


Tableau is a Business Intelligence and Analytics software that is free and available for students for a one-year free trial.  It offers in-demand skills for scientist and marketers alike that need analytical skills to be competitive in today’s job market.  It is easy to use with Tableau’s drag-and-drop interface, you’ll analyze and present with ease.  It offers creative freedom so that you don’t get stuck in chart wizards. Unleash your creativity with beautiful visualizations. Read more and download the free one-year trial here.