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    At the Forefront of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    ACTCM has been leading holistic, healing education for almost half a century. At our two Bay Area campuses, we’re constantly adapting to the changing demands of modern healthcare, integrating new research and methodologies with 3,000 years of Chinese medicine.

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    Career Choices, Stellar Pass Rates

    An ACTCM diploma distinguishes you in the field. Hands-on clinical experience and comprehensive coursework prepare you to practice the best patient-centered care.

    Our grads are sought after by hospitals, clinics, and universities. We also boast one of the highest pass rates on the licensure exam.

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    Teachers Invested in Your Success

    Our faculty are student-focused, engaged mentors who specialize in today’s most pressing issues, including women’s health and pain management.

    They’re passionate about your personal growth, professional development, and helping you build the relationships you need to succeed at ACTCM and flourish in your career.

    Meet Our Faculty

  • Mission-Driven, Diverse Students

    Learn with compassionate, creative, and deeply committed students who are shaping the future of integrative medicine.

    Study alongside peers with diverse work experience and education who share the same calling and are bringing Chinese medicine to underserved communities.

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    Hands-On Clinics +  Herb Garden

    Gain real-life experience and the confidence to treat patients at our acupuncture clinics. Intern at hospitals and health clinics in the Bay Area and China, where you learn to treat addiction, strokes, and women’s health issues.

    And tend to our student-run herb garden while you tend to your studies.

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ACTCM: A Half-Century of Health, Holism, & Chinese Medicine

ACTCM has been educating students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for almost half a century—teaching millennia-old traditional Chinese medicine, integrated with modern Western research and training. Students learn to use acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, massage, meditation, exercises, and movement to comprehensively treat chronic pain, illness, disease, trauma, addiction, and fertility.

Now in a world where healthcare means whole-body, patient-centered care, and choice, more and more patients are making informed decisions and choosing acupuncture. Prescribed by medical professionals and now part of many insurance plans, acupuncture is fast-becoming mainstream, not just an “alternative” option.

Our graduates are busy, thriving, and making their marks as Chinese medicine practitioners, researchers, and teachers—in community clinics, holistic businesses and alongside western medical practitioners in prestigious medical centers such as Stanford and UCSF.

We offer four nationally and regionally accredited degree programs taught by passionate teachers who are invested in your professional and personal growth. ACTCM’s merger with CIIS in 2015 has further expanded opportunities in integrative health through multimodal collaborations with the university’s broader mental health and wellness community.

Featured Blog Posts

Acupuncture for the People: ACTCM Alum María José Montijo on Volunteering in Puerto Rico

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Chinese Medicine is Gaining Ground in Mental Health Treatment

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Acupuncture with Animals: Q & A with ACTCM Alum, Ella Woods

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ACTCM Alum Partners with UCSF to Shift Western Research Paradigm

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Happenings at ACTCM

Contact us for a personal tour of our school or take a look at our recorded webinars.

MSTCM & DACM Online Info Session October 15th 6:00-7:00pm
(New to studying TCM, or hoping to start your career? This info session is for you!) – Please RSVP

ACTCM open house November 9 10:00 am-1:30 pm
Come visit our campus to learn more about our college and degree programs. Lunch and acupuncture provided – Please RSVP

Yin, Yang, and Everything in Between Speaker Series

ACTCM is excited to announce the launch of our new education series, Yin, Yang, and Everything in Between. At ACTCM we are committed to the notion that health care is a right for all people. In the spirit of providing holistic, life-affirming health care for all members of our community, this series focuses on the experience and perspectives related to gender diversity, with the intention of raising awareness and understanding of how to provide sensitive, caring, and appropriate healthcare in our practice of Chinese medicine. The series is open to students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. All events will take place in the Community Room at Arkansas Campus with simulcast at Mission street Room 311.

Thursday, October 17th, 12:15 – 1:15pm, Katrina Hanson, L.Ac, founder of Prism Acupuncture

About the Speaker: Katrina Hanson is an acupuncturist and owner of Prism Integrative Acupuncture in Oakland, CA, which specializes in Holistic LGBT Wellness and Transgender Medicine. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she teaches classes on Gender & Pronouns, Western and Eastern Transgender Medicine, and approaches for creating an LGBTQI+ inclusive practice at alternative medicine schools and community clinics throughout the greater Bay Area, and through her local and nationwide CEU courses. Her article, ‘First Steps Towards Making Your Clinic Trans-Inclusive’, was published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (Fall ‘15).

 

Thursday, October 24th, 12:15 – 1:15pm, Cody Dodo, L.Ac; founder of IChing and Gender

About the speaker: Cody Dodo graduated from the acupuncture program at Swedish Institute in 2010, under the tutelage of Jeffery C. Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest. The program comprises of the study of the Complete Channel System that includes the Sinew, Luo, Primary, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary channels. After graduation, Cody continued his studies with Dr. Yuen in Chinese Nutritional Therapy and Advanced Acupuncture. In 2015 Cody began teaching the Complete Channel System internationally in Israel, Denmark, Belgium, and Poland. In 2019 he joined the faculty at Pacific College in Manhattan.
In addition, Cody developed an understanding of gender through the eyes of the I-Ching and Chinese medical philosophy, which he presents to forums of educators around the country.  He practices in New York and lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

 

Wednesday, November 6th, 12:15 – 1:15pm, Jordan Decker; founder of TransHeartline

o   About the Speaker: Jordan Decker is a National/International Speaker, Executive Director, and Accidental Activist. Having known the depths of bullying, Suicidal ideation Fear for his life, and his learning that 57% of transyouth will attempt suicide, threw him into the spotlight and out of the closet once again! His non-profit “Trans HeartLine” builds bridges between Faith, Spirituality, and Gender using education and advocacy to provide safe post-op housing for gender affirming surgeries. He can be reached at jordan@transheartline.org

 

Thursday, November 21st, 12:15 – 1:15pm; Emiliano Lemus, founder of Energetic Herbalism

o   About the Speaker: Emiliano Lemus is a clinical herbalist, medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and fourth-generation healer/plant meddler. Their Oakland-based herbalism practice centers both social justice and energetic herbalism, based on the teachings of Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Emiliano also spent a decade working as a community organizer, workshop facilitator, researcher and educator, on topics including sexuality, sexual health, transgender-affirming care and the impacts of structural violence on health and wellbeing. As a queer and trans chicano (Purépecha and Chichimeca), Emiliano is passionate about combining experiential and professional knowledge to provide trainings to health professionals and the broader community, as well as holistic health consultations in their clinical herbalism practice. www.emilianolemus.com

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