AIMC Berkeley’s talented Clinic Intern Practitioners provide quality care under the supervision of a licensed faculty supervisor. We treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) pain management, fertility, women’s health, colds and flus, digestive issues, stress, mental health, autoimmune conditions, aging support, pediatrics, and immune support. You can be sure that you will be taken care of by distinguished faculty, experienced supervisors, hardworking staff, and innovative intern practitioners.
AIMC Berkeley’s emphasis on education encourages a detail-oriented and holistic approach to each treatment. Because our Intern Practitioners are currently enrolled in classes with some of the most highly respected LAcs in the area, their knowledge of both classical and modern techniques are at the forefront of their minds, allowing them to provide you with the best care. Before beginning work in the clinic, all interns have completed at least 60 semester units of an undergraduate degree and at least one year of Masters of Science Oriental Medicine (MSOM) curriculum, including observing treatments with experienced practitioners.
Acupuncture & Bodywork treatment from a team of 2 Clinical Interns & their licensed supervisor. Moxibustion, guasha, cupping, contact needling, and other modalities may be used in this hands-on treatment after a thorough diagnostic intake so that your treatment team can design a well-rounded, meticulous, and effective session. Learn about our COVID-19 Safety Plan.
A 60 minute virtual appointment with 2 Clinic Interns & their licensed supervisor. Your individualized treatment may include an herbal prescription from our in-house pharmacy, movement and mindfulness coaching, dietary & nutritional guidance, acupressure instruction, or other wisdom from the Chinese & Integrative Medicine traditions. Shipping or contactless pick-up available for herbal prescriptions. Cost of consult does not include herbal prescriptions. Learn more about our telehealth appointments.
Our version of “Grand Rounds,” a 60 minute virtual appointment with a Licensed Acupuncturist & an observing cohort of Junior Interns. Your treatment may include an herbal prescription from our in-house pharmacy, movement and mindfulness coaching, dietary & nutritional guidance, acupressure instruction, or other wisdom from the Chinese & Integrative Medicine traditions. Shipping or contactless pick-up available for herbal prescriptions. Cost of consult does not include herbal prescriptions. Learn more about our telehealth appointments.
We’re glad to be thoughtfully re-opening our doors to treat patients with acupuncture & bodywork. We have been carefully aligning our plans with the recommendations of the CDC, the State of California, Alameda County and City of Berkeley to allow our patients to receive the benefits & care of in-person Chinese Medicine treatments.
The AIMC safety plan in response to COVID-19 is comprised of three important mechanisms: face coverings, physical distancing, and site-specific protocols and procedures.
You will receive a call from our front desk personnel within 24 hours of your appointment to ask pre-screening questions about possible COVID-19 exposure. We require anyone coming on campus to sign a COVID-19 Self-Assessment & Consent to be on Campus form each time they arrive. If you are able to print this and sign before arriving, please do so. We will have copies available on campus.
Our campus is open by appointment only & our front door is now locked. Please request entry by ringing the doorbell or joining the queue 6 feet from the person in front of you if a line has begun to form. Someone from our Clinic Team will come out shortly to do a no-contact temperature check and to check that you are wearing an appropriate face mask. We require a mask which covers the nose and mouth in a form-fitted way & does not require the individual to touch the covering. Examples of unacceptable face coverings include bandanas, scarves, or valve-equipped masks. We will offer disposable face masks for those in need.
Upon entry, you will be required to use hand sanitizer provided at the entrance & sign in. Your Clinic Intern will lead you directly to the treatment space. We are utilizing our classrooms as spacious treatment rooms to allow for physical distancing during the intake process and to have adequate airflow. Your team of two clinical interns & their supervisor will be wearing face masks as well as face shields for the duration of your treatment. During your treatment, your oxygen saturation will be checked with a pulse oximeter.
There are designated, single occupancy restrooms just for patients; ask your clinic team where to find them should you need one during your time on campus.
Please sign out at the designated exit. Your Clinic Interns will complete a thorough disinfection of all surfaces and the treatment space in preparation for our next patient. Our safety plan includes a comprehensive protocol for communication & contact tracing should someone on campus test positive for COVID-19. Per our Self Screening & Consent to be on Campus Form, if you, someone in your household, or someone you are in close contact with shows signs of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website to schedule a free COVID-19 test. Please notify the AIMC Clinic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, of your symptoms, date of onset, and intention to test for COVID-19. Your personal identification information will be kept private from the wider school and public as our Clinic Director privately identifies & notifies the interns & supervisors potentially exposed so that we can enact isolation & protective measures immediately.
Just like the appointments you’re used to at AIMC, you’ll be given the full attention of your practitioners who will ask thorough and thoughtful questions about your health. In your 60 minute session, your practitioners will weave together a custom plan of care to address any health concerns you’re facing and enhance your sense of vitality, peace, and wellness. All the things we do with acupuncture (what we call enhancing the flow of qi in the body, building yin and yang, clearing stagnation that is felt as pain or discomfort) are available through the other manifold branches of this medicine.
Practitioners can prescribe formulas that have been refined over centuries, verified by modern research, and are tailored to your specific presentation. Interns are trained in pharmacological interactions and are carefully supervised by experienced supervisors when designing herbal treatments. Prescriptions are filled by our in-house pharmacy with the highest quality herbs available. Your prescription will be available for contact-less pick up outside the AIMC, Berkeley campus or can be shipped directly to you.
We’ll provide you with the tools and education to be your own best at-home wellness practitioner. Self-care is a modern buzzword attached to a dizzying amount of contradicting information. Our practitioners will provide you with specific, simple instructions for the kinds of activities that would be most beneficial to you and your needs at this time. Recommendations could include simple self-massage, acupressure, and mindfulness practices that you can really get behind.
Throughout AIMC’s curriculum, students learn the simple and peaceful movements of Qi Gong. As a moving meditation much like yoga, qi gong incorporates movement and mindful breathing. In
one meta-analysis of modern research, qi gong has been shown to
increase white blood cell count, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve measures of depression in adults managing chronic health conditions. The movements and sequences are more gentle than yoga and can be easily taught over our telemedicine sessions.
Modern micro and macro-nutritional knowledge guided by traditional wisdom to nourish the body and mind on the deepest levels. Our dietary guidance is not based on fad diets nor is it one-size-fits-all. We know that every single body is different, and we want you to feel best in your own body.
"One of my favorite things about AIMC is the sense of community. We come together to support each other through challenges. Instead of a sense of competitiveness between students, there is a caring community that lifts everybody up. The faculty and staff are approachable and provide wonderful support during your graduate journey."- Master’s Student