Research & Scholarship

Students begin initial work on their capstone projects in their first year of study and continue throughout the program. The capstone projects are scholarly endeavors and need to demonstrate critical thinking and a synthesis of the skills and knowledge learned during the DAOM program.

The capstone project enables the students to enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence in two specialty areas taught in the program: TCM Gynecology and TCM Pain Management. Students may complete their Capstone Project in one of three areas: a research proposal, clinical case studies, or a translation. Each DAOM student will be assigned a mentor for their independent capstone project classes.

DAOM Capstone Title List

All capstone projects are available in the reference section of the ACTCM Shuji Goto Library.

9th Cohort 2017 Graduates

  • Exploring Pathways to Optimal Patient and Societal Outcomes: The Role of Chinese Medicine in Integrative Health, Aaron Cashman
  • Comparative Analysis of Acupuncture Protocols and Dry Needling in Pain Management, Johnson Chiu
  • The Effects of Short Term Traditional Acupuncture and Qi Gong Intervention on Long Term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans, Caitlin A. Conner
  • An Analysis of Channel Based Acupuncture in the Integrative Treatment of Postpartum Depression, Sandra S.L. Fielding
  • An Exploration of Treating the Spirit and the Emotions with Acupuncture, Daniel Geren
  • Treatment of Migraine induced Nausea and vomiting using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs: A Literature Review and Case Study Report, Anita Yuan Yi Huang
  • Home-Processed Human Encapsulated Placenta: Benefits and Adverse Events Associated with Recent Use for Postpartum Supplementation, Valerie Hobbs
  • The Integration of Myofascial Trigger Point Needling With Traditional Acupuncture Therapies for the Treatment of Repetitive Stress Injuries of the Upper Extremity, Christina M. Kung
  • Magnets Applied To Acupuncture Points as an Adjunct To Conventional Acupuncture Treatment or As Stand-Alone Therapy, Jong Ho Lee
  • Acupuncture for Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, Viktoriya Neverov-Krstic
  • Exploration of Integrative Treatment for Eczema Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nirali Patel
  • Acupuncture and Fibroids: A Critical Review of Available Relevant Literature, Jessica E. A. Payne
  • Using Acupuncture to Treat Constipation and Sedation from Opioid Use for Chronic Pain Management-A Proposal for a Randomized Controlled Study, Kara Romanko
  • Local Corticosteroid Injection Therapy Vs Tung's Two Needle Acupuncture Protocol for De Quervians Tenosynovitis: A Comparative Study Proposal, Edward Shober
  • Treating Stroke Patients with Scalp Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach, Reginald A. Stout
  • The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress with Short Term Treatment Using Traditional Chinese Medicine, Susan K. Wagner
  • Acupuncture Anesthesia for Labor and Delivery: A Systematic Review, Patricia A. Washington
  • Acupuncture, Motor Points and Bioelectric Medicine for the Treatment of Bell's palsy Sequelae, Jonathan Dunn Wheeler
  • An Integrative Approach to Treating Adhesive Capsulitis, Tony Woo
  • Embracing Qigong as a Special Medicine, Liping Zhu

8th Cohort 2016 Graduates

  • Treating Migraine in Pregnant and Lactating Women: A Literature Review of Biomedical Research and Traditional Chinese Medicine Texts, Jules Bogdanski
  • The role of traditional Chinese medicine in the management of Pharmaceutical induced phlegm conditions, Anju D. Gurnani
  • Study of Wu Ling San through Original Texts, Clinical Researches, and Translation of Case Studies, Mariko Horie
  • Chinese Medicine as a Foundation for Palliative Care, Laurie Martin
  • Immune and Lymphatic Systems and Protective Energy Flow, Justin E. Sieg
  • Review of Common Herbs in the Book, Yakucho:A Comparative Review with Herbology and Western Pharmacognosy, Noah Dong Seon Yoo
  • Controlling Progression of Juvenile Myopia with an Integrative Approach of Auricular Acupoint Pressing and Scalp Acupuncture, Xinchen Zhang

7th Cohort 2015 Graduates

  • Translation of Changjianbing Tese Zhenjiu Zhiliao, (Special Acupuncture Techniques for Treatments of Common Diseases), Angeli Cheng
  • The Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Integrative Oncology, Bianca Di Giulio
  • An Academic Study of Insufficient Lactation: Reference Literature of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Nicole L. Fancher
  • Development of Twenty-Five New Extra Acupuncture Points, Tracy Hackett
  • The Efficacy of the Role of Scalp Acupuncture In a Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Jennifer Garcia Horton
  • Perinatal Qi and the Human Microbiome: A New Lens for Understanding Chinese Medicine, Natasha Khallouf
  • Translation and Analysis of Selected Sections of the Jing Yue Quan Shu-Gynecology Rule and Fu Qing Zhu's Gynecology Concerning Menstruation Disorders, Lili Qiao
  • A Comparison of the Clinical Effectiveness of Dry Cupping as Practiced in China and Wet Cupping as Practiced in Iran and the Greater Middle East, Shahram Sean Radan
  • An Integrative Review of Classical and Contemporary Literature of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels, Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer
  • An Integrated Approach to Menopause, Leslie Brink Tarpening

6th Cohort 2014 Graduates

  • A Comparative Exploration of the Chinese and Western Medicine Approaches to Coronary Artery Disease / Chest Bi Syndrome and Its Treatment, Chris Cannon
  • Mythology and Healing: The Meaning Behind the Five Elements and the Soul's Journey, Roxanne S. Chan
  • An Exploration of How Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Japanese Moxibustion Techniques May Improve In Vitro Fertilization Success Rates, Michael Fiorani
  • Safety Concerns Regarding Pesticide Residues On Imported Chinese Herbal Medicines Prescribed for Pain Management, Jennifer L. Henderson
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Estrogen Dominance: An Integrative Approach to Hormonal Imbalance, Emily N. Hooker
  • Parallel Correlations of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics With Functional Blood Chemistry Analyses Seven Patterns Compared, Paula Kristian
  • TCM Approach of Hypothyroidism Effects On Infertility, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding, Rophine Moriah Kenfack
  • The Ancient Ways of Pricking and Bleeding: Treatment of Pain in the Modern Age, Kenneth D. Morris
  • An Examination of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians in the Treatment of PTSD, James M. Munson
  • An Analysis of the Progressive Effects of the Hepatitis C Virus According To the Theory of Warm Diseases, Wen Bing, Melody L. Sams
  • The Use of Sulfur In the Preparation of Chinese Herbs, Skye Sturgeon

5th Cohort 2013 Graduates

  • Grasping a Sleeping Tiger by the Tail: Contextualizing Perceptions of Qi in Japanese Meridian Therapy, Heather Biery
  • The Role of Cholesterol and Fats to Restore Kidney Yin, Yang, and Essence, Aaron Nickamin
  • Transcendental Medicine -A Brief Introduction to A New System of Medicine for the Treatment of Body/Mind/Spirit and the Transformation of Consciousness, Truth Sayer

4th Cohort 2012 Graduates

  • Leave Your Shoes At The Door: An Invitation to Explore Infertility Treatments in a Japanese Acupuncture Clinic, Cameron Bishop
  • Enteric Nervous System: Regulating the External World inside the Gut Applied Enteric Symbiosis Through Localized Acupuncture Therapy, Gale O'Keefe
  • Case Study Research on Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy and the Benefits of Hinaishin Needles at Kidney 27, Coleen Smith
  • Water: Its Qualities, Properties, and Functions in Pain Expression, Diagnosis and Treatment, Keith Stevens
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Initiation of Labor in Nulliparous Women at Term, Including Pre-Birth Treatments 2-3 Weeks Leading Up to Term, Sadhna Singh
  • Dr. Dong Jia-Hua's Academic Theories in Treating Spleen and Stomach Disease, Qizhi Wang

3rd Cohort 2011 Graduates

  • Case Study Translation of EENT by Dr. Qing Hua Peng and His Associates, Portia Barnblatt
  • The Well-Vet Clinic: A Model for Integrated Treatment of Pain and PTSD in the Veteran's Affairs Health Care System, Carla Cassler
  • The Treatment of Migraine Headaches with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Max Fried
  • Contradiction and Analysis in Acupuncture Research: An Examination and Review of Acupuncture Studies and Bench Science, Sharon Hennessey
  • Prevention of Nosocomial Infection in Acupuncture Practice: a Missing Standard for Lancets, Gene London
  • Holograms, Microcosms and Mirroring: A Scientific Exploration of Microsystems in Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain, Andrea Natta
  • Laser Scalp Acupuncture for Neuro Rehabilitation, Kampol Poophawatanakij
  • The Neurophysiological and Multi-Mechanism Process of Acupuncture as a Pain Management Modality, George Stretch
  • Menopausal Insomnia: Proposal for Evaluating Acupuncture Treatment and Effectiveness, Sherry Yang
  • TCM Research Challenge: A Mixed Methods Approach to HPV Related Anal Cancer, Carla Wilson

2nd Cohort 2010 Graduates

  • Evaluating a New Corrective Technique for Malpositioned Fetuses: Clinical Outcome Study, Jennifer Ashby
  • Fetal Education in Early Chinese Medicine, Uma Bhatnagar
  • Chronic Lyme Disease As a Condition of Systemic Parasitism (Gu Syndrome), Tatiana Gaidarenko
  • Tai Chi Chuan and Pain Management, Phillip Kang
  • Introduction and Translation: Saam Acupuncture, Jung Kim
  • Exploring Autoimmunity in the Pi Wei Lun: Chinese and Western Medicine Approaches to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kathleen Loscocco
  • Translation: "One Needle Therapy for Pain" by Wei Chieh Young, Anita Chen Marshall
  • Translation: "The Emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine" by Elizabeth Rochat De La Vallee, Laurence Mourey
  • Translation: "Tongue Analysis for Clinical Diagnosis" by Yang Yun-feng in Qing Dynasty, Dean Ren
  • Literature Review: Study of Japanese Moxibustion and Its Effectiveness in Pain Management, Setsuko Sage
  • Study the Efficacy of Tuina and Acupuncture in Treating Chronic Lumbar Pai, Darby Srisuksate
  • The Menstrual Cycle: A Review of Literature and Clinical Cases, Julie Lanning Von
  • Integral Medicine and Psychiatry: A Clinical Model, Scott Von
  • Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Using Acupuncture and Physical Medicine Techniques, Devin Wu
  • Translation: Dr. Yunong Zhuo's Experience in Woman's Infertility, Ping Wu
  • Annotated translation: "Muscle Attachment (counter-Ashi point) Therapy for Pain due to Soft Tissue Injury", Chulong Xue

1st Cohort 2009 Graduates

  • The Effect of Acupuncture to Decrease the Dosage Necessary to Achieve and Maintain the Desired Result of the Medication TOPAMAX in Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine Headache in Women, David Amato and Susie Choi
  • A Closer Look at Dayan Qi Gong, Erlene Chiang
  • Management of Preeclampsia Using Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Case Study, Jamie Hampton
  • A Pilot Study: The Effects of Acupuncture on Panic Attacks in Menopausal Women, Therese Hui
  • Treatment of Uterine Myomata Using A Standardized Traditional Chinese Medicine Protocol, Daniel Jiao
  • Comparing Pregnancy Outcomes Associated with Combined Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy Administered Before IVF with Conventional IVF Protocols: A Pilot Study, Heidi Kao and Laurie Terzo
  • Evaluating the Efficacy of Acupuncture on Primary Dysmenohrrea, PD: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trail, Gerie Keh
  • The Use of Acupuncture As An Alternative or Complement to Reduce Osteoarthritic Pain of the Knee, Danielle Lee
  • The Use of Chinese Medicine for Treating the Concurrent Pattern of Generalized Anxiety and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Study, Te-Hsin Lo
  • A Case Study of Oriental Medicine Treatment of Diabetes Assisted with (Ku Gua) Bitter Melon Tea, Maria Phillips
  • Translation: Gynecology Lecture Note of Dr. Cheng Menxue, Jason Su
  • Prevalence of Veterinary Acupuncture Use: A Pilot Study, Ella Woods

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