AIM Inst Resource List and book recommendations.

Sources for TCM text
Redwing Books

Required text

  • Machiocia, G. (2015), The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: 3 rd Ed. A Comprehensive Text, New York, N.Y. Elsevier.
  • Machiocia, G. (2007), The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2 nd Ed. New York N.Y. Churchill, Livingston
  • Deadman, P. Al-Khafaji, M. (2007). A Manual of Acupuncture, 2 nd Ed. Vista, CA, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publication
  • Calhoun, DC. (2019) Acupuncture Techniques 101: Safety, CNT, and Needling Techniques, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,
  • Calhoun, DC (2019), Acupuncture Techniques 102: Moxibustion, Three-edged Needle, Cutaneous Needle Therapy, Gua Sha, Cupping and Electroacupuncture, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cats TCM Notes Press,
  • The Manual of Acupuncture is also available as an App at
  • Maciocia, G. (1995). Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Philadelphia, PA. Eastland Press
  • Flaws, B. (2012). The Secret of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, 3 rd Ed. Portland, OR, NY. Blue Poppy Enterprises.
  • Hao, JJ, Hao, LL. Wolfe, HL (2011) Chinese Scalp Acupuncture, Portland, OR. Blue Poppy Press

Recommended Reference text (concise summary of class lectures)

  • Kim, H.B. (2015). Handbook of Oriental Medicine 5 th Ed. Acupuncture Media
  • Kim H.B (2015). Minibook of Oriental Medicine 3 rd Ed. Acupuncture Media
  • Dr. Paul Lam: Tai Chi for Beginners Begin your journey to better health with Six Easy Steps and/or
  • Dr Paul Lam: Tai Chi for Life: Gentle Exercises for Seniors and Beginners

Qi Gong book recommendation

  1. Eight Extraordinary Channels by Dr. David Twicken - this is a reference that is often used for teaching centering on discussion of the central channels/vessels (Du, Ren, Chong & Dai). most recommend for students.
  2. Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei Gong by Damo Mitchell - this book gives an excellent sense of how we work with Qi in the meridians and vessels, and how to use the mind/Yi in Qigong practice.
  3. The Way of Qigong by Kenneth S. Cohen - this book is the very best introduction to Qigong. Although it's less influential on what will be taught in the course. But it may be most applicable for the students to work with.

Recommended for more in-depth study.
Theory and Diagnostics

  • Kaptchuk, T.J. (2000). The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, Chicago, IL. Congdon & Weed.
  • Hseuh, C.C. O’Connor, J. (1981). Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Seattle, WA. Eastland Press.
  • Maciocia, G. (2018), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 2 nd Ed. New York, N.Y. Elsevier
  • Li, H. (2016). The Li Lineage of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, SRP Publishing, Shanghai China.
  • Maciocia, G. (2006). The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, London, UK, Churchill Livingstone
  • Xinnong, C. (2018) Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 3 rd Ed. Beijing, China, Foreign Languages Press
  • Ellis, A. Wiseman, N. Boss, K. (1989) Grasping the Wind: An Exploration into the Meaning of Chinese Acupuncture Point Names. Boulder, CO. Paradigm Publishing


Philosophy and Theory

  • Beinfield, H. (1992). Between Heaven and Earth: A guide to Chinese Medicine, New York, N.Y. Ballantine Books
  • Flaws,B. Imperial Secrets of Health and Longevity, 2007, Blue Poppy Press, Denver,CO

Science Based

  • Keown, D. (2014). The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine, London, UK, Singing Dragon-Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Stux, G. Hammerschlag, R. (2001). Clinical Acupuncture: Scientific Basis. New York, N.Y. Springer Publishing

Historical/Classics of TCM

  • Maoshing, N. (1995). The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen with Commentary. Boulder, CO, Shambhala Publishing
  • A Barefoot Doctor’s Manual: The American Translation of the Official Chinese Paramedical Manual 1990, Philadelphia, PA, Running Press


  • Hammer, L. (2005). Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology & Chinese Medicine, Seattle, WA. Eastland Press
  • Jarrett, L.S. (1999), Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, Spirit Path Press
  • Maciocia, G. (2009). The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, London, UK, Churchill Livingstone

Women’s Health

  • Maciocia, G. (2011). Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2 nd Ed. London, UK. Churchill Livingstone
  • Jun, Y. (2001). Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine: An integrated Approach, Seattle, WA, Eastland Press.
  • Dr. Betts, PhD. Lac. from New Zealand - website on acupressure and acupuncture for pregnancy and post-partum care:


  • Peilin, S. (2002). The Treatment of Pain with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture, London, UK, Churchill Livingstone
  • Chaitow, D.O. Leon, N.D. (1984). The Acupuncture Treatment of Pain: Safe and Effective Methods for Using Acupuncture in Pain Relief. Randolph, VT, Healing Arts Press


  • Scott, J., Barlow, T. Acupuncture in the treatment of Children. Eastland Press, 4th edition.
  • Flaws, B. A Handbook of TCM Pediatrics. Blue Poppy Press, 2006.
  • Loo, M. Pediatric Acupuncture. Elsevier Science Ltd, 2002


  • Oleson T (2013) Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western System for Ear Acupuncture, 4th ed. NY, Churchills Livingston.

Note that earlier editions offer a spiral edition less cost.

Therapy and Techniques

  • Aspell, R. (2019). The Practice of Tui Na. London, UK, Singing Dragon-Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Gold, R. (2019). Seitai (Lymphatic) Shiatsu, Cupping and Gua Sha for a Healthy Immune System. London, UK, Singing Dragon-Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Lin, D. (2006). Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations), Nashville, TN SkyLight Paths Publishing

Sources for TCM supplies and clinical practice.

Lhasa OMS supply

Blue Poppy
Food From East: sharing eastern nutritional ideas, advice & recipes to treat TCM Patterns
Sacred Lotus: resourced for clarification of TCM theory, herbs and formulas.
Yin Yang House: resource for clarification of TCM theory and purchase
Acupuncture Media Works: for educational brochures, standardized charts, and digital products

Symbyx Biome
Cold laser therapy device

Micro-Needling Course with Josh Nerenberg Lac. thru AcuMicro and supplies

Taking the course allows 50% discount x 3 days post completion.

How to find a licensed acupuncturist?

There are several ways to find an experienced licensed acupuncturist in your local area:

  1. Contact the state acupuncture association if one exists.
  2. Contact the state acupuncture board if one exists.
  3. Personal contact or experience as a colleague or patient
  4. Check the board certification status of the acupuncturist with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)