A New Blending of East and West

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Preserving the core of Chinese medicine

As a graduate of the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, you will help transform the future of health care by changing the way people heal.

Chinese medicine has existed for thousands of years and its introduction in the modern Western world is nothing short of revolutionary. Chinese medicine is a whole new way of understanding life. Its practice is steeped in an ancient philosophy committed to individual uniqueness, innate wholeness and oneness between humanity and nature.

Connecting two forms of healing

As a Northwestern student, you will understand the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine. However, to be an effective practitioner in Western health care, you must speak the language of modern medicine. Your courses in Western biomedicine give you the knowledge and skills most relevant to your future practice.

These classes teach you Western concepts about the cause and treatment of disease – which is essential for you to care for your patients, as well as communicate with physicians and other healthcare providers.

Integrating research with ancient traditions

In addition to teaching ancient traditions, we teach you the best way to practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine drawing upon modern research findings. There is a robust acupuncture research community providing a body of evidence supporting the use of acupuncture.

Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years in the East, and because of its emerging use in the West, the field is ripe for more research. Strong evidence already favors acupuncture to treat pain and post-operative nausea. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies indicates that acupuncture and Oriental medicine may also be affective treatment for insomnia, osteoarthritis and overactive bladder. More research is being conducted to investigate its impact on healing.

Increasing the availability of acupuncture and insurance coverage for acupuncture depends largely on our profession’s ability to demonstrate – through research – that these treatments are effective.

We expanded our evidence-informed curriculum with a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Our curriculum helps you understand how to incorporate research into your practice, and be part of building that body of evidence yourself.

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