Welcome Letter

Dear Prospective Students and Patients,

The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has been at the forefront of Traditional Chinese Medicine education since its inception in 1980. Our four degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM), the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), the Transitional Doctorate of Chinese Medicine (DACM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—provide a truly exceptional professional education. Our Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, as well as our off-site clinics, serve as a diverse and demanding training ground for our students, while also providing affordable health care services to the community. Additionally, ACTCM’s Asian Body Therapy training in Tui Na and Shiatsu and its introductory classes for the public offer further opportunities for study to current ACTCM students, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient and profound healing art that originated more than 3,000 years ago. It comprises a number of therapeutic practices—among them Chinese herbology, acupuncture, nutrition, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong—that have long-proven efficacy in treating a wide range of disease conditions. At the core of TCM is an understanding that the body, mind and human spirit are integrally connected, and that restoring and maintaining energetic balance are essential to health and wellbeing. What the Chinese people discovered through practical experience over many centuries is increasingly being validated by modern science. Today, acupuncture and TCM are practiced side-by-side with Western medicine in numerous hospitals and clinics in China and, increasingly, in the United States.

In a rigorous medical training program such as ACTCM’s, the quality of the faculty is essential to the quality of the education. We have a dynamic mix of faculty members committed to educational excellence. Trained in China and in the United States, our seasoned faculty members are well versed in the healing arts, many holding credentials in both TCM and Western medicine. Together, ACTCM’s faculty, students and alumni have been instrumental in bringing acupuncture and TCM into hospitals and community health care clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

We invite you to visit our campus and experience our vibrant educational community. And, of course, we invite you to explore the incomparable city of San Francisco—a city with a strong connection to Chinese culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thank you for your interest in the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Lixin Huang, ACTCM Executive Director

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