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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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September 2, 2021

What’s an Herbal Medicine “formula” All About?

What’s the difference between picking up recommended herbs off the grocery co-op shelf and visiting an East Asian Medicine-trained Herbalist?

The differences an Eastern medicine-trained herbalist can have on building your formula plan is huge. In this blog, we cover the differences between what you may find on the shelves and why finding an herbalist is so important to gain the full benefits of herbs and Eastern medicine. Learn more!

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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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June 25, 2021

Doctoral Alumni Spotlight: Author & Acupuncturist Kristen “tank” Conner

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, East Asian Medicine, and the Art of Being a Self-Published Acupuncturist

We recently had the chance to sit down with Licensed Acupuncturist, self-published author, and AIMC Masters & Doctoral graduate Kristen “tank” Conner and chat about their book, their experience as a two-time student at AIMC, and their unique style of practice. Tank uses they/them pronouns, which we will be using throughout this article.

Ehlers-Danlos & the Difficulty of Diagnosis

Tank had lived with a web of various symptoms and discomforts since early childhood before finally receiving a diagnosis in their mid-30s that brought it all together: Hypermobile Type Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). They came to this self-diagnosis before any of their doctors were willing or able to recognize it, and, during their time at AIMC while studying to earn their Master’s degree, a doctor finally referred them …

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April 28, 2021

How Period Tracking Works (And the Chinese Medicine Perspective)

Learn the what, why, and how of period tracking with our student, Ally Magill. Ally recently presented a class on menstrual cycle tracking and the Chinese Medicine perspective on our Facebook live. Check out the presentation or read our blog for key takeaways!

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March 15, 2021

How Herbal Medicine Can Help Fight COVID-19

Herbal medicine is just one way we treat the individual, not the symptom. Read our blog to learn more about how it can help those who have been affected by COVID-19!

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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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September 17, 2020

Herbal Support for Wildfire Smoke

Breathe easier with Chinese Herbs

Wildfire season is no joke here in California. Chinese herbs can help your respiratory system during the smoky time of year. Keep reading to learn more!

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July 9, 2020

TCM and COVID-19: What Every Practitioner Should Know (Part 2)

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An AIMC student spoke to a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, about how acupuncture can help COVID-19. Read our blog to learn more!

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