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Acupuncture resources

Key databases

Access Medicine provides you with thousands of online resources that are updated weekly with the newest research and emerging trends across a number of healthcare professions.

You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.

Alt HealthWatch focuses on the multiple perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care. Full-text content comes from more than 180 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.

You might select this database if you are looking for multiple perspectives, or a discussion, on a specific treatment or method.

AMED – The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database is an alternative medicine database designed for students, researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. It contains details of relevant journal articles from over 500 journals many of which are not indexed elsewhere. It is a bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature* CINAHL, the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 760 journals. CINAHL with Full Text also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions.

Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.

HerbMedPro is an interactive, electronic herbal database provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.

Natural Medicines a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.

PubMed: Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed. Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine journals are included

ScienceDirect provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.

UpToDate–this database focuses on patient care, it uses current evidence to answer clinical questions quickly and easily. The goal is to save clinicians’ time, while improving outcomes, and lowering health care costs.

Selected ejournal titles

  • Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – 1999 – 2003. This journal was formally discontinued in 2003, it would be useful to use when dealing with changes within the field to understand past perspectives. This journal is focused on Chinese Medicine, and was established to foster discussion, share information, establish standards of translation, research, study, and to conduct an ongoing critical assessment of the English language literature of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Oriental Medicine Journal – available from 1996. You can access this through AltHealth Watch. This journal focuses on Chinese Medicine, but contains information of a variety of Alternative Care Treatments as well.
  • World Journal of Acupuncture-Moxibustion – 2012 – present. The focus of the journal includes, but is not confined to, clinical research, summaries of clinical experiences, experimental research and clinical reports on needling techniques, moxibustion techniques, acupuncture analgesia and acupuncture anesthesia.
  • American Acupuncturist – 1994 – 2015. You can access this through AltHealth Watch. Presents a wide variety of academic & political articles concerning the Oriental Medicine professional. Topics range from new techniques & treatments to updates on important legislation & reports from various AAOM committees.

Browse print books

  • Find shelves on 3rd floor with call number ranges below.
  • Books within these call number ranges are organized by subject, so you can find other related books.
Keyword Call # range
Acupuncture RM 184
Chinese Medicine R 581 – RM 602


Handbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine this gives you access to three volumes of this textbook. This textbook, based on the unique characteristics of TCM, discusses its principle theories and presents a comprehensive daily practice guide for health maintenance and disease treatment.

Selected ebook titles

ebook Central: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

eBook Collection: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

Hathi Trust: This is a digital library with the mission of research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This resource has information about Acupuncture available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.

Professional Organizations

To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.

The Connecticut Society of Acupuncturists – A non-profit, professional organization for Acupuncturists who are based in the state of Connecticut.

The Society for Acupuncture Research– (SAR) – Promotes, advances and disseminates scientific inquiry into Oriental medicine systems, which include acupuncture, herbal therapy and other modalities. They value quantitative and qualitative research addressing clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use and theoretical foundations.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture – This group promotes the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training in order to synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. They have their own academic journal, and other resources available to members.

The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine – (IASTAM) – Promotes and encourages the study of traditional Asian medicine, including both the ‘classical’ systems and local traditions, in all their aspects – historical, philosophical, philological, anthropological, sociological, and scientific.

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine– (AIHM) – An emphasis is put on treating the mind, body, and spirit, members are dedicated to integrative health and want to transform the health systems globally to include traditional, complementary and integrative health in universal healthcare for all.

American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine– (AAOM) –The AAOM focuses on Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There is networking, volunteering opportunities, and events, as well as discounts available to members as well as some job postings. The University of Bridgeport pays for your admission to this organization, you would need to contact your faculty member to find out how to be registered.

License Information

Connecticut Department of Public Health Acupuncture Licensing
This page includes information about how to obtain an Acupuncture License in the state of Connecticut.

National Certification Commission for Acupunctureand Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) This page includes information on becoming a board certified Acupuncturist.

US Government Divisions and Information:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – (NCCIH) – The Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

Acupuncture in Depth – (NCCIH) – An in-depth site from the NIH Division that reviews specialized health information, The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine – (OCCAM) – This is the National Cancer Institute’s page on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Their mission is to improve the quality of care of cancer patients, as well as those at risk for cancer and those recovering from cancer treatment. This includes resources from research to funding opportunities to further your own research as well.

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