Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Resources for Patients

There is increasing scientific evidence that proves the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of medical ailments including chemotherapy-induced nausea, autoimmune disorders, chronic back pain, hypertension, and allergic rhinitis.  Acupuncture is also used for fertility, facial skin tightening, weight management, and a host of other common complaints.

What can we treat?

Recognition of Chinese medicine as an important and necessary part of American healthcare is increasing. Acupuncture is increasingly covered by major insurance plans in the U.S., and AOMA is a preferred provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare.

National Institutes of Health

Find links to current and past research on acupuncture and Chinese medicine on the National Institutes of Health website.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization recognizes almost a hundred diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture is effective.

Chinese Medicine Nutrition Free eBook

Nutrition is an essential component to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the dietetic theories center around the energetic properties, tastes, and seasonal variation of foods. Download our free Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition eBook for an introduction to:

  • The energetic properties of many common foods
  • The five essential flavors
  • How food relates to the organ systems 
  • Eating with the seasons
  • Fun recipes for each season
Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions about Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at AOMA.

Community Classes

The community classes at AOMA aim to transform lives and communities through a comprehensive informal curriculum in integrative medicine. We offer classes to the public that delve into natural health including healthy cooking, mindfulness, movement therapies, and mind-body practices.

Know Your Acupuncturist

Not all acupuncturists are created equal.

The rich practice of Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive, whole person approach. Chinese medicine consists of many modalities including acupuncture, herbs, Asian bodywork (e.g. acupressure, tui na, shiatsu), nutrition, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation. Much importance is put on the overall lifestyle of the patient and how this effects his/her mind, body and spirit.

A Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) who has obtained a graduate education from an ACAOM-accredited college and has passed the national certification exams administered by the NCCAOM receives approximately 80% of their education exclusively in this field and has had extensive clinical training averaging 3-4 years. Licensed Acupuncturists may treat a broad range of health issues, including chronic disease, pain, internal medicine, rehabilitation, and prevention. These practitioners are trained in many modalities including herbs, Asian bodywork, nutrition, etc.

Other health care practitioners may only use acupuncture, which is one of the many therapies of Chinese Medicine, as a technique in their primary practice. It is possible for a medical doctor, osteopath, naturopath, or chiropractor to go through 300 or fewer hours of training and to use acupuncture as a supplemental technique for pain and other simple complaints. The World Health Organization recommends that medical doctors have a minimum of 200 hours of training to know when to refer to a more fully-trained Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine practitioner.

Additionally, it is possible to complete a 100 hour training to become a detox/auricular acupuncture technician to treat addiction and pain only.

The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) offers guidelines for how to choose a qualified acupuncturist.   They provide a chart that is designed to illustrate the varying levels of acupuncture education undertaken by health care professionals.  View the chart here: Know your acupuncturist!

Ask your practitioner about his or her education in order to ensure that you receive the most professional acupuncture care available for your optimal health and wellness.

Patients of AOMA’s clinics benefit from faculty experts who have decades of clinical experience and have taught many of the acupuncturists currently practicing in Central Texas. Many of AOMA’s doctors publish and present findings and conduct and participate in international training. Read more about about our expert practitioners.