Subject Guides

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

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

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.                                                                                      


Herbal & Dietary Supplement Resources

 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.

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 Integrative Health (NCCIH)
The National Institutes of Health’s NCCIH explores complementary and integrative healing practices in the context of scientific practices, trains CAM researchers, and disseminates information.

The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH)
The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) 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.


Regulation & Ethics

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.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material for students and researchers worldwide. Contains instruction and examples of citing in APA, MLA, and Chicago.


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.