American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS
ACTCM has been at the forefront of acupuncture and Chinese medical education since its inception in 1980, one of the oldest acupuncture and Chinese medicine colleges in the United States.
Joining CIIS in 2015, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is one of four schools at CIIS, offering the first professional and postgraduate degrees in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. ACTCM has been at the forefront of acupuncture and Chinese medical education since its inception in 1980, one of the oldest acupuncture and Chinese medicine colleges in the United States. The graduate programs provide a truly exceptional professional education in the acupuncture and Chinese medicine field. The acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinics provide exceptional clinical training for student clinicians, while also providing affordable health-care services to the San Francisco Bay Area. ACTCM has also been honored for its leadership role in wildlife conservation and partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Save the Tiger Fund. Currently, many of our faculty and administrative staff members are involved in national leadership roles, supporting and promoting the growth of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a profession.
Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, is an ancient and profound medical paradigm that originated more than 3,000 years ago. It comprises a number of therapeutic practices, among them Chinese herbology, acupuncture, Chinese medical nutrition, t’ai chi ch’uan, and qigong, that have long been used to promote health as well as treat a wide range of disease conditions. At the core of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an understanding that the body, mind, and human spirit are integrally connected, and that restoring and maintaining balance is essential to health and well-being. What the Chinese people discovered through practical experience over millennia is increasingly being validated by modern research. Today, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are practiced side-by-side with Western medicine in hospitals and clinics in China and, increasingly, in the United States. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are part of a broad movement toward integrative medicine and patient-centered care.
ACTCM enrolled its first class of students in 1981. In this same year, ACTCM opened its Community Clinic, which provides affordable care using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to the residents of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. At the Community Clinic, students, under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty, gain practical experience in the application of acupuncture, tuina, shiatsu, and Chinese herbs for the treatment of a wide range of conditions and to promote wellness and health.