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Category: Acupuncture Articles

October 5, 2021

How do you become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

A guide to choosing an Acupuncture school & starting the career of your dreams from a recent graduate.

Every Acupuncturist has an origin story. You can ask any of us about the treatment or series of moments that led us to the big, scary thought “I want to be an Acupuncturist.” We had already asked our Acupuncturist why they look at our tongues or why some points feel spicier than others, we’d listened to podcasts about East Asian Medicine or maybe even read The Web That Has No Weaver, we’d tried some meditative practices, and stacks of books about herbalism and the energetic body threatened to topple over on our nightstands. Some of us took AIMC’s Introduction to East Asian Medicine course just to peek a little further.

And then maybe we looked up some information about …

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July 21, 2021

How often do I need to get acupuncture treatments? (and other common curiosities about the course of treatment)

Best practices to get you out of the treatment room and back into your life (and sending all your friends and family our way).

The goal of any acupuncturist is to get you out of their clinic– and hopefully shouting from the rooftops about how your pain went away or that you haven’t slept this well since you were a teenager or one of the other 10,000 benefits of treatment. In order to get you out of our clinic and back into your life (and sending all your friends and family our way), we’ll ask you to commit to a consistent course of treatment for a specific length of time, and then we’ll re-evaluate along the way. You can expect a course of treatment to involve getting acupuncture once or twice a week, some lifestyle or movement coaching, and, when appropriate, a custom herbal prescription.

Consistency is Key

When people …

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May 7, 2021

Quiz: Is AIMC Right For You?

If you want to pursue a future in acupuncture and herbal medicine, going to the right school is the first step. To find out if AIMC is a good fit for you, take our quiz!

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March 9, 2021

Self-Care for Springtime Qi Stagnation

Learn to move your Qi Stagnation & transform feelings of stuckness or frustration into hope & creativity.


We’ve approached the one year mark of restrictions on our day to day lives due to COVID-19. What’s more, we’ve arrived at springtime: a time known to 5 Element Theory as an era for movement, growth, and change. All things considered, you wouldn’t be alone if you find yourself experiencing wide emotional swings from hope to frustration to despair and back to hope again.

If you’re feeling a little stuck, flustered, or bored, you may have what we Acupuncturists diagnose as “Qi Stagnation”. Qi stag, as its known shorthand, can show up as depression or irritability, pain or discomfort that comes and goes, a sense of bloating in the belly, PMS, or a stifled feeling in the chest or throat.

Luckily, you don’t need …

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March 8, 2021

Celebrating Dr. Miriam Lee on International Women’s Day

The story of her arrest & her advocacy for Acupuncture in America

Today, on International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the legacy of Dr. Miriam Lee. She was a pioneer in the field of Acupuncture in the U.S., and helped legalize & popularize the practice. All California Acupuncturists owe her a great debt of gratitude & respect for our right to practice this medicine.

Good Trouble

Dr. Miriam Lee was a nurse, midwife, & acupuncturist in Asia before coming to the US. In her book Insights of Senior Acupuncturist she shares,

“When I first came to California acupuncture was illegal. I worked on an assembly line at Hewlett Packard and attended church, building a life for myself in this country where my medicine was against the law.”

Seeing the suffering of members of her community, she began to provide acupuncture …

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August 19, 2020

Japanese Medicine & Shakuju Therapy

Shakuju Therapy is a treatment style that evolved in Japan and utilizes gentle, noninvasive techniques to deeply restore our patients.

AIMC’s Japanese Foundations

Since its founding in 1990 by the Meiji School of Oriental Medicine in Japan & its alumni, AIMC has always had a close relationship with Japanese styles of acupuncture & herbal therapy. Our Board Chair, Dr. Goto, is the president of our sister college, GOTO College of Medical Arts & Sciences in Tokyo. In addition to offering Japanese acupuncture electives & clinical supervision to our Master’s students, we have a continuing education Japanese Medicine certificate program that has been forged in relationship with some of the great teachers of Japanese Medicine in the U.S. and abroad. We regularly bring Japanese teachers to the U.S. for seminars, and we hope to reschedule our

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June 19, 2020

Zine: Acupuncture as Activism by Maya Zitrin

A look at the movement & The Black Panther Party's fight to bring health to the BIPOC community

AIMC Master’s candidate’s zine on racism in the health care system and how the Black Panther Party & other activists fought for public health initiatives. Keep reading to learn more!

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October 11, 2019

What Is Acupuncture and Why Does It Work?

What is acupuncture? What can it treat? Our guide goes through some of the history behind this ancient technique and what it is used for today.

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July 23, 2019

Back Shu Points: How a Needle in My Back Helped My IBS

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Instead of choosing points on my abdomen or along the intestinal channels, Dr. W selected ones parallel to my spine called the back-shu (shu) points. After the successful treatment, I found my Western

AIMC student shares her experience with back shu points and how this form of acupuncture helped heal her digestive issues.

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April 15, 2019

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help the Opioid Crisis

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the opioid crisis “is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.” Every day millions of lives are affected and many are lost due to opioid addiction and overdose. While Doctors of Medicine (MDs) are doing their part to reduce the number of opioids available, we have to ask ourselves, as educators and practitioners in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine what we can do to end the epidemic.

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) seeks to educate our students and our communities on what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can do to help move our society toward an alternative answer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine …

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