Online Resources

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Study guides, handbooks, application procedures 

Main NCCAOM page

Practicing your Profession, Liscensing Laws and Regulations, State by State.

In Colorado: Office of Acupuncture Licensure

In New Mexico: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Board

All the other states

On writing research papers. This is a good place to start.

9 Questions To Help You Make Sense of Health Research - From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

H.B. Kim's Forum – similar to a study guide

Jooble - Job Search - Acupuncturist

Colorado Databases
Databases at Boulder Public Library
You will need a Boulder PL card for access to the databases. Fortunately, you can sign up online for immediate access. Among the databases available is Consumer Health Complete that includes some Acupuncture titles.

University of Colorado-Boulder databases are not available from remote locations. You have to go on-campus to use them, but this is an enormous resource. Some of the specialized business or hard science databases may not be available to walk-in users.

Colorado Library Access

Denver Public Library instructions on getting a card
Taking registration for eCards (online access)

Boulder Public Library instructions on getting a card
Issuing temporary online library accounts

For Colorado students, borrowing from other Colorado libraries via the Prospector system:

New Mexico Databases
Databases available through the State Library of New Mexico interface, El Portal. El Portal is free to any resident of New Mexico. No password or ID required.

New Mexico Library Access 

Santa Fe Public Library instructions on getting a card
Issuing cards for temporary online access

For New Mexico students, borrowing from other NM academic libraries:

General Medical Resources

Nursing Career Guide Website  
A platform that offers detailed information about Nurses and various Nursing Careers. It could be a one-stop solution for all the queries related to Nursing Profession. From best schools to licensure procedure, salaries in a different states of U.S. to job outlook and job description, Education Requirements, Duties and their responsibilities, Work Settings and Cost of Course, you get it all here.

PubMed National Library of Medicine (abstracts and some full text)

ABC-Chemistry: Directory of Free Full-Text Journals in Chemistry
Free chemical information. Full text in PDF format.

BioMedicine is the official peer-reviewed publication of China Medical University

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
A free database produced by the National Library of Medicine. Offers information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to determine what ingredients are in specific brands and to compare ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the health benefits claimed by manufacturers. There is also a link to search PubMed on specific supplements. The results contain some full text, some citations.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Open access, as in free, full text articles. Not specifically TCM/OM, but definitely worth searching.

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements
Free database produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health, IBIDS contains citations and abstracts to scientific research literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. IBIDS covers the years 1999-2010; more current citations can be found via PubMed, using the Dietary Supplements limit.

Images from the History of Medicine
Not really critical, but a lot of interesting imagery. Do check the copyright statement on the left hand side of the page if you intend to publish any of the imagery. Class use for non-publishable papers is fine under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

PDQ Comprehensive Cancer Database
The National Cancer Institute's summaries of the most recent cancer research, treatments, supportive care, clinical trials, etc. PDQ also contains the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, with definitions for 6,800+ cancer and medical terms, and the NCI Drug Dictionary, which has information on 2,300+ agents used in the treatment of cancer or cancer-related conditions.

PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Database developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details, some full text links,  and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Most trials on the database have been rated for quality to help you quickly discriminate between trials which are likely to be valid and interpretable and those which are not.

Public Library of Science: Medicine
PLOS Medicine is the leading open-access medical journal, providing an influential venue for outstanding research and commentary on the major challenges to human health worldwide. We specifically seek to publish articles relevant to clinicians and policymakers across a range of settings that adhere to the highest standards of methodology, ethics and reporting and address the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health. Full text.

VitaSearch: Current Research in Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
Published by Tishcon Corporation, it includes the "Clinical Pearls" database that summarizes research in the field of nutritional science; also includes an IBIDS database, and consumer advice healthnotes. Citations and abstracts only, but still useful.

TCM/OM, General Resources
Created by Oregon College of Oriental Medicine's Research Department, AcuTrials is a comprehensive collection of citations to randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews that address the use of acupuncture for a variety of health conditions. Content is all citations rather than full text, but much of the material may be available full text through PubMed. You have to sign up to use the thing, but it is relatively quick to do so.

Chinese Medicine
Online open access journal with full text articles. Searchable online, indexing in Medline and PubMed. Coverage back to at least 2006.

Chinese Medicine Specimen Database
Through the joint collaboration by the School of Chinese Medicine and University Library, Chinese Medicine Specimen Database is established to help promoting people's awareness of the variety, authenticity, and effective use of Chinese Medicines. The database currently has a collection of all exhibits of Chinese Materia Medica specimen that are displayed in the Chinese Medicine Center.

eCAM: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Online open access journal with full text articles. Searchable online. Indexing and full text available through AltHealthWatch back to 2007. It is not clear how far back full text goes on the eCAM web page. The journal started in 2004.


MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary
Free online dictionary features sound files, radicals, stroke order, and links to online flash cards. Accepts English, pinyin, and Chinese characters. Selected for the Best Free Reference Web Sites 2007 list by the American Library Association.

MedlinePlus CAM Page
Mainly a gateway to a huge amount of information. You can sign up for email notifications. Since it is from the National Library of Medicine the authority quotient is fairly high.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Part of the National Institutes of Health. The mission of NCCAM is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. "Rigorous scientific investigation" are the operative words here

Osteopathic Medical Digital Repository
Index to and repository for the literature of osteopathic medicine, but with some useful TCM material and it is full text.

Sacred Lotus Chinese Medicine - TCM and Acupuncture Information web site

TCM Student: The World of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Many, many, topics of interest for TCM/OM students including notes on the latest research, assorted blogs and message boards, new or interesting books, and a lot of ready reference links.

TCM Tests - Test-drive on the first Tuesday of each month. Based on Eastern Standard Time (EST), you can test drive, from midnight to midnight, for a full 24 hours with our Free One Day Pass. You can also sign up for their free TCM Daily question. Many students have found this site helpful when studying for board exams.

Zotero Free Citation Management Software

Acupuncture Resources
Acupuncture specific sources are few. Many of the links in the TCM/OM section above contain acupuncture related material. Check there as well as looking at:

Acupuncture in Medicine
A quarterly scientific and clinical journal aimed at Western-trained physicians and other health professionals, and uses the prevailing understanding of neurophysiology and anatomy to interpret the effects of acupuncture. The Journal largely restricts its full text published articles to this western approach. Clinical reports of the effects of traditional acupuncture will be considered, and theoretical aspects that are evidence-based.

Acupuncture Today
An online journal that covers a wide range of acupuncture related topics. Monthly, full text going back to 2000. Searchable on-site, but not indexed in either Medline or AltHealthWatch.

Herbal and Natural Medicine Resources
The National Agricultural Library's two databases that index the books and articles of the agricultural research literature, including botanical/herbal research. HerbalGram, for example, is indexed in AGRICOLA's Journal Article Citation Index (it's not indexed in Medline). For a directly link to HerbalGram go here.

American Botanical Council Resources
Includes a number of databases and full text materials regarding herbal medicine information

About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products
Integrative Medicine Service database of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Provides clinical summaries of herbs for oncologists and other healthcare professionals, and evaluations of alternative cancer therapies. A nice search engine that differentiates, for instance, between American and Asian Ginseng.

HerbalGram HerbalGram the official publication of the American Botanical Council. It contains, among lots of other things, HerbClip, a data base of information on 6,000 (and growing) two- to three-page summaries and critical reviews of scientific journal articles covering medicinal plant-related human clinical research, analytical methods, regulatory data, market information, ethnobotanical reviews, conservation and sustainability studies, and much more.

A partially free herbal database. An interactive, electronic herbal database - provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. This public site provides access to 20 of the most popular herbs. If there is suffcient demand for the pro version of this database we will look into subscribing.

Herbs, According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
A series of "At a Glance" information sheets on herbs. They include whatever scientific evidence exists, for or against, the efficacy of each herb in treating various ills.

Institute for Traditional Medicine
This Is largely aimed at herbal medicine although other areas of traditional medicine are covered, with a good deal of it being full text.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that aims to promote the exchange of original knowledge and research in any area of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine.

Journal of Chinese Medicine Archive- full text back to 1979. The JCM must be accessed from a SWAC Library computer.

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine All articles are immediately and permanently free to read and download.

The Journal of Pharmacopuncture is an international, peer-reviewed open-access journal published in English. Published by the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI). As an international journal, the Journal of Pharmacopuncture also aims to present major advances and new developments contributing to the advancement of complementary and alternative medicine, with a special focus on pharmacology, acupuncture and a combination of pharmacology and acupuncture. (open access)

Native American Ethnobotany
Free database of the University of Michigan--Dearborn that indexes books, articles, and other materials pertaining to food, drugs, dyes, and fibers derived from plants by native peoples. Links to various information sources.

Natural Medical Protocols
Natural medicine protocols for treatment of medical conditions. Includes references. Primarily useful for the botanicals database, but check other categories as well.

Integrative Medicine Resources
Natural Medicines
Founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. If there is sufficient interest we'll look into subscribing to the full version of the database.

Resources: Qi Gong

The National Qi Gong Association
Dedicated to promoting Qi Gong, but generally regarded as being a reliable source of information on the topic.

A Few Extras
The Great Library Database. Combined catalog of over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Search for books, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, and other library materials.

Free downloads
Assorted medical texts from Medmaster Books.


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