Resources for TCM Practitioners and Patients

Learn more about Chinese Herbal Medicine from My Herbal Pharmacy

Chinese herbal medicine is part of an integrated system of primary health care, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia.. learn more


The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) is the peak professional body of qualified acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners in Australia. AACMA has represented the profession since 1973 and values high standards in ethical and professional practice.

The accreditation body approved by the US Department of Education to evaluate and accredit programs of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The master’s degree program at Emperor’s College was one of the first AOM programs in the nation to receive ACAOM accreditation in May 1989.

The Emperor’s College doctoral degree received candidacy for accreditation in 2009 and to date is one of five DAOM programs to be awarded accreditation or candidacy status.

An excellent news source for AOM practitioners, students, patients and advocates. Includes basic information about the practice of AOM, research in the field, relevant and timely industry columns, discussion forums and polls. Also produces a monthly print publication.

Acupuncture referral service and a comprehensive resource for those seeking health and wellness information for themselves and their loved ones through the principles of Oriental Medicine.

Licenses and regulates the education and practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the state of California. The CAB administers the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE) which provides licensure to acupuncturists in California; approves and monitors students in tutorial programs; approves acupuncture schools; approves continuing education providers and courses; and enforces the Acupuncture Licensure Act.

In order to practice acupuncture in the state of California, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the CAB to sit for the CALE. Emperor’s College was the fifth AOM school in the US to be awarded CAB approval in October 1984. Click here to access the CALE preparation guide

A council comprised of member colleges, all of which have received ACAOM accreditation or candidacy status, who continually review, refine and expanded the core curriculum of acupuncture and Oriental medicine education.

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MHP guarantees quality herbs for all it’s customers by going straight to the source, testing and more learn more here.

Electronic herbal database, which provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.

The herbal tradition of China is valued scientifically, as well as being a fascinating and popular tradition. Scientists working in China and Japan during the past four decades have demonstrated that the herb materials contain active components that can explain many of their claimed actions. Modern drugs have been developed from the herbs, such as treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese ephedra, hepatitis remedies from schizandra fruits and licorice roots, and a number of anticancer agents from trees and shrubs… learn more


The Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventive Health Care, Inc. (ITM), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1979, incorporated in 1983, and moved to its current head office in 1988. ITM was founded by and is directed by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.

Kamwo Meridian Herb Guide is an online reference tool for practitioners and students of Chinese Medicine that includes detailed information on single herbs and formulas along with audio of each herb in Pin Yin.

NCCAM is the US Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). NCCAM funds and conducts research at scientific institutions around the world, trains new researchers and encourages experienced researchers to study CAM, provides timely and accurate information to the public and medical community about CAM and promotes the safety and effectiveness of proven CAM therapies.

Awards certification in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental medicine and Asian bodywork therapy. National certification or examination is required by most states (with the exception of CA, WY, ND, SD, KS, OK, LA and AL) for the practice of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine. Always confirm the regulations regarding the practice of AOM with the state in question.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. In the United States, people use TCM primarily as a complementary health approach. This fact sheet provides a general overview of TCM and suggests sources for additional information…. learn more


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.
Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge… learn more


RCHM, the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, was set up in 1987 to regulate the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) in the UK and has over 450 members. We aim to set and maintain high standards in Chinese herbal medicine.

A learning resource committed to helping students become more efficient, confident, and ultimately successful test takers. Sacred Lotus Arts is equally committed to facilitating the cultivation of the lifelong path of becoming a more masterful practitioner.

Promotes, advances and disseminates scientific inquiry into Oriental medicine systems by fostering scientifically sound inquiries and stimulating scholarship in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. SAR also sponsors annual symposia on research methodologies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine which addresses clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use and theoretical foundations.