National Institute of Health
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
National Institutes of Health
Combined Health Information Database (CHID)
7830 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 204
Bethesda, MD 20814
CHID Online is a searchable and user-friendly database produced by more than a dozen health-related agencies of the Federal Government This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources, including acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Clearinghouse
PO. Box 9218
Silver Spring, MD 209071-8218
Telephone and TTY/TDY: l-888-644-6226
The NCCAM Clearinghouse, the information arm of NIH's NCCAM, provides information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including acupuncture, and the activities of the NCCAM. The NCCAM Web site has acupuncture information and provides links to the Web sites of 13 CAM research centers (sponsored by the NCCAM), some of which are conducting acupuncture research.
NIH Consensus Program Information Center
P.O. Box 2577
Kensington, MD 20891
Telephone: 1-888- 644-2667
The Center provides free single copies of the Acupuncture Consensus Conference Statement, the 138-page Program and Abstracts booklet, a bibliography of more than 2,000 citations, and other information on NIH conferences. The statement is located online.
U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) MEDLINE
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
The world's largest biomedical library containing more than 9 million scientific and biomedical articles.
An online consumer health information tool.
Books: Information about more than 100 acupuncture books written for the public is located online at Acupuncture.com
A Manual of Acupuncture,
by Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji (East Sussex, England: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, 1998). A detailed guidebook to descriptions of the theories and actual specific methods of acupuncture. It provides information on the c channels, collaterals. point categories, point selection methods, point location, and needling.
Basics of Acupuncture,
by Gabriel Stux (Editor) and Bruce Pomerantz (Berlin, Germany: Springer Vertigo 1995). The most recent of several widely used texts by acupuncture researchers. (Order through AAMA)
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
, by Harriet Beinfield and Efrain Korngold (New York, NY. Ballantine Books, 1991). An overview of Chinese medicine, with case histories of treatments and illustrated explanations of philosophy, components, and treatments.
Principles and Practice of Contemporary Acupuncture
, by Sung J. Liao, Matthew Lee, and Lorenz K.Y Ng (New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, 1994). Contains translations of ancient Chinese medical classics previously unavailable in English. Compares and contrasts traditional Chinese and Western scientific medicine.
The Chinese Way to Healing
- Many Paths to Wholeness, by Misha Ruth Cohen (New York, NY: The Berkeley Publishing Group, 1996). A guidebook to Chinese medicine in the United States with information about diet herbs, acupuncture, and finding qualified practitioners.
The Web That Has No Weaver
, by Ted Kaptchuk (New York-, NY: Congdon and Weed, 1992). An introduction to traditional Chinese medicine, with comparisons of Eastern and Western medical treatments. (Order through AAMA)
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine
, by Maoshing Ni, (Boston, MA: Shambala Press, 1995). A contemporary translation of the classic traditional Chinese medicine text that dates from 2000 B.C.
These periodicals contain information about acupuncture research studies, techniques, effects, and use. Look for "peer reviewed" journals, which publish studies reviewed by researchers in the field to ensure suitability for publication.
Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research
Cognizant Communications Corporation
3 Hartsdale Road
Elmsford, NY 10523-3701
A peer-reviewed quarterly in its 23rd year and indexed/abstracted in MEDLINE.
Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutics
Thorne Research, Inc.
Box 3200 Sandpoint, ID 8386
A peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal indexed/abstracted in MEDLINE.
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
101 Columbia Avenue
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
A peer-reviewed quarterly indexed/abstracted in MEDLINE.
American Journal of Acupuncture
1840 41st Avenue, Suite 102
Capitola, CA 95010
A quarterly peer-reviewed journal.
American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Institute for Advanced Research in Asian Science and Medicine
P.O. Box 555
Garden City, NY 11530
A peer-reviewed journal published three times a year and indexed/abstracted in MEDLINE.
European Journal of Oriental Medicine
179 Gloucester Place
London NW1 6DX
Telephone: 01717 245756
A quarterly research journal.
Guideposts: Acupuncture in Recovery
7402 NE Keith Street
A newsletter concerning acupuncture used to treat addiction, alcoholism, and mental health problems.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice and Policy
Mary Ann Liebert, Publisher
2 Madison Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
Telephone: 1-800-654-3278 or 914-834-3100
A quarterly journal abstracted/indexed in MEDLINE.
Journal of Chinese Medicine
22 Cromwell Road
Hove BN3 3EB
Telephone: 01273 748588
Fax: 0 1273 748588
A professional journal published three times a year.
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Co-sponsored by the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy and the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Distributed by the American Center of Chinese Medicine
3121 Park Avenue, Suite J
Soquel, CA 95073
A quarterly journal on clinical and theoretical research that is indexed/abstracted in MEDLINE.
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture Research Organization
1970 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 330
El Segundo, CA 90245
A professional association of medical doctors who practice acupuncture. The academy provides a referral list of doctors who practice acupuncture. It also provides general information about acupuncture. legislative representation, publications, meetings, and proficiency examinations.
American Association of Oriental Medicine
433 Front Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032
A nonprofit professional organization of acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental medicine. The association determines standards of practice and education through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It also funds research and provides a list of acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners by geographic area. The association provides articles and fact sheets, membership and licensing information, a list of acupuncture schools, and a list of state acupuncture associations.
British Medical Acupuncture Society
Newton House, Newton Lane
Whitley, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4JA
Telephone: 01925 730727
Fax: 01925 730492
A group of doctors who practice acupuncture with more conventional treatments. The Society produces the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, published twice per year, covering original research and reviews.
Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine
122A Acomb Road
York Y02 4EY
Telephone: 01904 785120
Fax: 01904 784828
The Foundation funds the Acupuncture Research Resource Center and provides information about acupuncture research listed by condition, including migraine and lower back pain.
International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques
Rue de I'Amazone 62
Telephone: 03225 393900
Fax: 03225 393692
A nonprofit organization created in 1983 of more than 40 national acupuncture-related associations of medical doctors practicing acupuncture and/or related techniques.
National Acupuncture at A Oriental Medicine Alliance
14637 Starr Road SE
Olalla, WA 98359
A professional society of at state-licensed, registered, or certified acupuncturists, with membership open to consumers, schools, organizations corporate sponsors, and health care providers The Alliance lists thousands of acupuncturists across the country on its Web site and provides information about them to callers to their information and referral line. The Alliance requires documentation of state license or national board certification from all acupuncturists it lists.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
PO. Box 1927
Vancouver WA 98668-1927
A nonprofit organization that training and consultation for more than 500 drug and alcohol acupuncture treatment programs run by local agencies. The organization's clearinghouse provides a library of audiotapes, videotapes, and literature on using acupuncture to treat addiction and mental disorders.
National Acupuncture Foundation
PO. Box 2271
Gig Harbor. WA 98335-4271
The Foundation publishes books, including the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Law Book and the Clean Needle Technique Manual. The Foundation filed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needle reclassification petition of 1996.
Society for Acupuncture Research
6900 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20815
A nonprofit organization that facilitates the scientific evaluation of acupuncture.
Training and Credentialling Organizations
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1270
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Commission, established in 1982, evaluates professional master's degree and first professional master's-level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, with concentrations in both acupuncture and herbal therapy.
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1270
Silver Spring, MD 20910
This Council was formed in 1982 and has developed academic and clinical guidelines and core curriculum requirements for master's and doctoral programs in acupuncture as well I as acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
NAFTA Acupuncture Commission
Standards Management, Inc.
14637 Starr Road SE
Olalla, WA 98359
This group doctors, and naturopathic doctors meet to exchange information and discuss training standards of "competence" for the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in North America. including Mexico and Canada.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
This Commission was established in 1982 to implemented nationally recognized; standards of competence for the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. It provides information and program, on certification standards for acupuncturists.
The Internet is one of the fastest ways to access health information, but much of this information is not controlled or reviewed by qualified health professionals. Approach information from the Internet with caution, as it may be misleading, incorrect, or even dangerous.
A site sponsored by the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance with general information on acupuncture and Oriental medicine, referrals to practitioners, legislative status, national issues, conferences and workshops, publications, and information for potential students.
Describes and summarizes acupuncture procedures, areas of research, and other pertinent information from multiple sources.
Alternative medicine is the practice of healing without the use of traditional prescription drugs. The idea behind alternative medicine is that the energy of the body needs to be in harmony with the mind and soul. There are a variety of healing philosophies, therapies and approaches within alternative medicine.
Health Info Library: Acupuncture
A site by the health care company American WholeHealth that provides acupuncture articles and research.
Medical Acupuncture Web Page
Includes information on international acupuncture associations, Web journals, articles, veterinary acupuncture, books, bookstores, databases, and Internet links.
A gateway to clinical medical resources, including numerous medical journals.
National Library of Medicine. Current Bibliographies in Medicine - Acupuncture
Bibliographies of 2,302 scientific papers collected between January 1970 and October 1997.
Summarizes studies on dental pain, migraine and headache, lower back pain, cervical pain. tennis elbow, dysinenorrhea (menstrual disorders), addiction, respiratory conditions, cardiovascular fitness, stroke, nausea, and sleep disorders.
The NIH does not endorse any of the listed above. You, as a health care consumer, are encouraged to explore these resources fully to determine their relevancy , position on treatment, relative cost, and background of authors or staff. You may wish to discuss this information with your doctor, who can assist you in critically evaluating all resources for their relevance to your diagnoses and circumstances.