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April 15, 2024

Products of Medicinal Culture

Perspectives from Chinese Classical Texts on Aging and Reproduction

Processes of the body are learned through a combination of direct experiences and formal education shaped by the culture we’re raised within. As the latter becomes more intellectualized we are – socially, spiritually, politically – naturalized to specific expectations of our human condition.

A Daoist Evolution of Health
During the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC) Daoism began its initial rise in popularity, blending religion and science through observation of the Dao – the way of life as told by patterns of the natural world.

The Dao Jia Yi Xue (Daoist Medicine Doctrine), emerged during this period – tying longevity and immortality to spiritual enlightenment. This heavily motivated the advancement of medicinal disease prevention and clinical effectiveness of doctors at the time further endowed the growing faith with living …

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February 24, 2024

Alumni Spotlight: Colette Matison Legarrigues

From her time at a Daoist alchemical clinic, through her own experience of pregnancy, and learning with the role of ritual, Colette’s practice lays foundation for intimate collaborations with clients

Colette Matison Legarrigues

Transferred to AIMC from ACTCM in the spring of 2020, graduated in winter of 2021

How would you like to be introduced?
My name is Colette, and my family name is Colette Matison Legarrigues. I am the wife of Martin and the mom of Bodie. My recent ancestors were settler-colonialists to New York and San Francisco from present-day Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, and France. I am a daughter and a sister and a friend. I am an East Asian Medicine practitioner, a postpartum educator, a poet, and a film producer. I am licensed to practice acupuncture and Chinese Medicine herbalism in the states of Massachusetts and California, and I am nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM. I hold …

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February 2, 2023

The Year of the Yin Water Rabbit

This Water Rabbit year we look ahead with hope for prosperity, growth, kindness, community, and peace.

With the recent shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, we honor those whose lives have been lost, and are holding in our hearts all those who are grieving among the AAPI community. This time of year is supposed to be a time of celebration. While this year’s celebrations are clouded with trauma and grief, we can look to the Water Rabbit for hope.

Rabbits in the Chinese Zodiac

Each year, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar cycle, a heavenly stem, one of the five elements, is paired with an earthly branch, one of the 12 zodiac animals. This year is the Gui Mao, or Water Rabbit year. Gui represents water, while Mao represents rabbit. Both of these hold significance, and can offer insights into the …

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October 25, 2022

The Kitchen Herbalist: Jing-Nourishing Superfood Bars

Try out these Jing-nourishing superfood bars that tonify and strengthen many vital substances in our bodies.


1 bar gui ban jiao, or 2 sheets of gelatin, or 1 teaspoon agar agar powder*
Handfuls of:

Walnuts (Hu Tao Ren)– Tonify Yang
Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)– Tonify Blood & Yin
Chinese Dates (Da Zao)– Tonify Qi
Dried rose petals (Mei Gui Hua)– Regulate Qi
Black sesame seed (Hei Zhi Ma)– Tonify Yin


If using Gui Ban, soak Gui Ban Jiao in yellow wine for 72 hours.
Gently simmer gui ban in yellow wine until it has a jelly-like consistency, add sugar or honey to preference.
As that’s coming to a simmer, line your mold/pan with rose petals & lightly toast nuts and seeds to release their nourishing oils.
Mix the nuts & seeds into the pot with Gui Ban & remove from heat.
Pour the mixture into the pan lined with roses and …

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November 16, 2020

An Interview with the Academic Director: AIMC’s Online Doctorate Program

Expanding what's possible for Acupuncturists

A conversation with our Academic Dean & Program Director, Thomas Siemman, about our re-vamped Doctoral Completion program launching mid-January 2021. We’re now enrolling Licensed Acupuncturists into our two-semester program with the option of completing coursework fully online. Future cohorts may continue to be offered in at least a partially online format.

The Interview

Q: COVID-19 and shelter-in-place required creative re-imagining of how we could run a doctoral program of the same quality and caliber that we ran when we were able to host students on campus & in our hands-on internships. We’ve graduated two cohorts of Doctoral students already, what’s different this time around?

A: It’s the same program that we start in 2018, but this time it will be all online, distance-learning. The …

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October 26, 2020

AIMC Student Clinic: What To Expect at Your Telehealth Appointment

As 2020 comes to a close, many of us are a lot more familiar with telehealth/virtual appointments than we were at the beginning of the year. If you’re thinking about making an appointment with us and aren’t sure what to expect, we can help. At Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, we’ve been working to perfect our telehealth services since the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Telehealth has allowed us to continue to give our students the practice and training they need to become successful Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture practitioners after they graduate, while also providing care to new and current patients. Anyone who has been curious about making an appointment at our clinic can …

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August 7, 2020

The Garden’s In Bloom!

Summer is the season of flowers and its in full swing here at AIMC. Open the blog post to check out our gallery of medicinal blooms!

Summer is the season of flowers and it’s in full swing here in the AIMC Garden.

Check out our gallery of beautiful and medicinal blooms, all grown with love here at AIMC:

Jie geng
Platycodon grandiflorus, Balloon Flower

The root is used to ease coughs of all kinds, clear phlegm, and aid the Lung qi.

Huo Xiang
Pogostemon cablin, Patchouli

Very effective to soothe nausea and vomiting of all kinds. A household staple!

Zhi Zi
Gardeniae, Gardenia

The fruit is used to clear heat and restlessness from the body. The flowers’ sweet, pure aroma lifts depression and sadness.

California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica

It’s not Chinese, but California Poppy has a place in our medicine as a cooling herb that acts on the Liver and the …

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July 13, 2020

Why Now Is A Great Time to Further Your Education

You’ve heard the words “unprecedented” and “uncertain” a thousand times. We’re not here to talk about that. Instead, we want to talk about why now is the perfect time to take control of your future.

Over the last few months we’ve all heard the words “unprecedented” and “uncertain” too many times to count. While those words still hold true, we’ve chosen to focus on the positive. We’re here to tell you that now is a better time than ever to further your education and prepare for a future as a healer.

At AIMC Berkeley, we’re currently offering online classes so our students can continue their education while staying safe at home. We are running both our theoretical and clinical courses, and we are offering a telemedicine clinic. We are hard at work getting our campus and clinic ready to welcome students back this Fall for a limited offering of hands-on courses & a strategically designed in-person clinic. We are …

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June 8, 2020

AIMC Berkeley Presidential Statement & Anti-Racism Action Plan

AIMC, Berkeley’s President Yasuo Tanaka issued the following statement today (June 8th, 2020):

During this challenging time, please know that AIMC Berkeley firmly stands by its founding principles of diversity and inclusion and that the administration is fully committed to addressing the need for action. AIMC Berkeley condemns racism, injustice, and violence.

Over the past 3,000 years, our medicine has fought against various forms of pathogens in an effort to protect the health, well-being, and lives of those we treat. We are currently faced with two horrifying pathogens simultaneously – the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic of continued racism and discrimination. While one is considered novel, the other has always existed, infesting our way of life, our society, and our well-being. The senseless killing of George Floyd …

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May 6, 2020

Herban Herb Walk: Chinese Medicinal Herbs in the City

Do your landscaping plants have medicine to offer?

Athene is back with another installment of our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy Video Blog!

People and plants are always in communication- the plants we choose to grow in our yards are often
those that have a medicine to offer us. And, a great many of our common landscaping plants are actually
Chinese medicinal herbs. In this “Herban” walk, we explore the medicinal Chinese Herbs growing in
downtown Berkeley.

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