Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


Helpful Links


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine – - Website for students, practitioners, and the general public. Includes articles, school listings, study resources, and more.

Acupuncture and Acupressure Discussion Groups - - A listing of various discussion lists, many requiring a Yahoo membership.

Acupuncture Today - http://www.acupuncturetoday.comA news source for the acupuncture community – practitioners, students, and the general public.


American Academy of Medical Acupuncture - - Directed at physicians practicing medical acupuncture.

Chinese Herb Academy - - Aprofessional resource with discussion lists and papers relevant to Oriental medicine. The discussion group is a mailing list for licensed practitioners and matriculated students, as well as postgraduates in related fields, such as Chinese philosophy and pharmacology.

Chinese Medicine Times - - A free ejournal that covers all aspects of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine.


Classical Chinese Medicine - - This site features articles, lectures, and practical demonstrations by Heiner Fruehauf.  It discusses many aspects of classical Chinese medicine. - - Contains informative TCM forums and links to websites of interest to consumers, students and practitioners of acupuncture and related topics. Currently over 600 unique links.

Institute of Traditional Medicine - - Very large database of articles on many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (disorders, herbs, acupuncture, history, theory, etc).


Sacred Lotus Arts - - A comprehensive resource on all things TCM.


Chinese Herbal and Botanical Medicine

Alternative Nature Online Healing - - Information about herbs and wild medicinal plants, herbal remedies, alternative medicine, aromatherapy, herb farming and more. Also contains hundreds of botanical images and herb pictures.

Bioinformatics and Drug Design Group - -– Includes a searchable Traditional Chinese Medicine Information Database, which covers thousands of herbs, formulas, and chemical constituents. “TCM-ID currently contains 1197 TCM prescriptions covering 4111 disease conditions, 1104 herbs, and 9862 ingredients (4500 of these with 3-dimensional structure provided). Each prescription/herb/ingredient can be retrieved through multiple methods including prescription name, herb name in 3 languages (Latin, English, and Chinese), substance name, therapeutic effect, and symptom.”

Botanical Studies, an International Journal - An international academic botany journal, with extensive article search options.


Chinese Herb Dictionary - - Online herbal data with Latin Names, Pinyin Names, Hanzi Characters, functions, contraindication, etc.


Ethnobotany Research and Applications -– “A journal of plants, people, and applied research.”

Global Information Hub on Integrated Medicine - - Information on herbs (including Chinese Herbs), Chinese formulas, and supplements.

Henriette’s Herbal Homepage - - One of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the web. Includes 5000 photos of herbs.

Herb Med –“A categorized listing of most of the main herbal sites and information resources on the World Wide Web.” Includes links to some journals in addition to other resources.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Integrated Medicine - - Provides full-text, objective information on herbs, vitamins, and supplements, especially potential use in cancer care; includes clinical summary and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems.

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism - - Contains links to medical information, and to any resource on medicinal herbs or herbalism practiced a clinical setting, regardless of the medical tradition or system.

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine - -Botanical images, photos, texts, manuals etc. Comprehensive site on botanical medicine.

TCM Health Information - - Images and information on Chinese herbs.


University of Maryland CAM index - - Information on the uses and interactions of drugs, herbs and supplements.


National and State Acupuncture and Licensing Associations


Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. - – Includes a bi-annual newsletters for information about the accreditation process.


American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine -


Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - -–The group that administers the Clean Needle Technique course.


National Acupuncture Detoxification Association-


National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - - The organization for national licensure.


Washington Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association - - Washington State’s TCM association.


Washington State Department of Health Acupuncture Licensing - -Get information on state acupuncture licensure, or search for licensed practitioners in Washington.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Foundation - - A nonprofit organization, founded in March 1998 to provide information about alternative medicine to the public and health professionals. Sponsors of HerbMed ® and TibetMed ® databases.

Alternative Medicine Homepage - - A comprehensive web directory maintained by Falk Library of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.Lists resources and databases on the web.

BioMed Central - -– Publisher of 184 peer-reviewed open access journals, including CAM journals and articles. An astounding clearinghouse of free-access medical research articles.

Bandolier - - “Evident based thinking about health care”. Provides summaries, meta-analyses and independent evaluations of evidence-based articles on conventional and alternative health care.

British Homeopathic Library - - Includes a database of articles and book references on homeopathic medicine.

Continuum Center for Health and Healing - - From the Beth Israel Medical Center. Provides concise information on treatments, history, philosophy, and training of different CAM modalities and alternative health systems.

Evident-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine - -– International journal that uses modern scientific methods to study CAM, particularly Asian medicines.

Highwire Press, Stanford University - -– A website with links to hundreds of free journals. They also have a detailed search engine that allows you to search for authors or subjects in 2 million free online medical articles.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine - -– On-line journal of “research and studies worldwide on the inextricable relationships between human cultures and nature/universe, Traditional Environmental/Ecological Knowledge…, folk and traditional medical knowledge, as well as the relevance of these for primary health care policies in developing countries.”

MedHunt - - Search all medical websites for information about health on the Net. Provided by “Health on the Net (HON)”, an NGO in special consultation status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - - Links to CAM sites and databases.


Asian Cultural Studies

Daoist Studies- - A website that contains scholarly information about Daoism, including books on Daoism, conferences, scholars, a bibliography and general resources for learning about China's indigenous, organized religion.


The Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim - is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of historical cross-cultural encounters and dialogues between China and the West. At this site you can find links to research databases as well as online publications and events.


Biomedical Sciences

BioMed Central – - Publisher of 199 peer-reviewed open access journals. Free access.

Cochrane Collaboration - - Online free access database of medical journal articles.

Family Medicine Journal - - The publication of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. All articles are available in full for free.

FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - -

IBIDS (International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements) database.- “Developed to assist the public, health care providers, educators and researchers in locating credible information on dietary supplements. The database was developed by the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the US Department of Agriculture. It contains citations to scientific articles, with abstracts when available, on vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements.

MedBioWorld - – “An online resource portal for medical
and biotechnology professionals. Providing access to journals, and organizations; valuable information through directories, targeted search engines & specialized databases; and through reference tools like dictionaries, calculators, blogs, and newsletters.”

MedHunt - - Search all medical websites for information about health on the Net. Provided by “Health on the Net (HON)”, an NGO in special consultation status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Medline Health Illustrated Encyclopedia - – Over 4000 entries on medical conditions, tests, injuries and surgeries.

The Merck Manual – - Online version of the very comprehensive Merck Manual. Also has links to the Geriatric and Veterinary Merck Manuals.

National Cancer Institute - - Information through the NIH on all types of cancers, screenings, treatments, statistics, and medical trials.

NIH Clinical Trials Information Website- - Up-to-date information for the public about tens of thousands of different clinical trials.

PubMed Central (PMC) - - The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.” More information on using this portal is available through the SIOM librarian.

Stedman’s Online Medical Dictionary

Student’s Guide to Medical Literature - - This site has been designed especially for medical students, but it can be used by anyone who wants a guide to accessing, reading and understanding medical literature.

Radiography Anatomy of the Skeleton – - Images of the entire human skeleton from the UW.

Rx List - - A free searchable drug information site geared for use by either professionals or consumers.


Body Work

American Massage Therapy Association -