Mission and History: Northwestern Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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The purpose of the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program at Northwestern Health Sciences University is to offer professional, graduate degree and advanced programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We are committed to training competent and compassionate practitioners. In so doing, we support the mission of the University, the advancement of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and the integration of the profession into the healthcare system of the United States.

One woman’s quest for natural healing

Edith Davis‌  

Edith Davis

The Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program came into being thanks to the groundbreaking work of the late Edith R. Davis, the earliest leader of acupuncture in Minnesota and one of its first teachers. In the late 1970’s, Ms. Davis’ Tai Ji instructor demonstrated how acupuncture behind her knee could instantly relieve her low back pain. Davis immediately realized the significance of a simple, natural technique with demonstrable effects

She spent the next decade learning and mastering acupuncture, then in 1990 created Minnesota’s first acupuncture school. It was the first not-for-profit program of its kind in the Midwest - the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal Studies.

Within ten years, Davis’ school became the hub of a flourishing Twin Cities acupuncture community. To ensure the future of the school, she eventually helped facilitate a merger with Northwestern Health Sciences University and the institute was re-named as the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The college was later re-branded as the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University. In 2015, the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program was re-organized under the newly created College of Health and Wellness as the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program.

Edith Davis’ vision lives on at Northwestern. Our acupuncture program addresses the potential of the entire human body, mind and spirit. We train students who regard caregiving as something more than a list of quantifiable symptoms.

Thanks to the work pioneered by Edith Davis, we offer students the independence and traditional Chinese roots of a small acupuncture school with the strength of a major university.

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