An Anthropology of American Chinese Medicine


The study of humankind.

Chi·nese  med·i·cine
/ˌCHīˈnēz/ /ˈmedəsən/
The medicine [found in China] of the scholarly elite during the imperial era and also to the subsequent transformations [of this medicine] in course of the Republican, Maoist, and post-Maoist periods.1


The study of American Chinese Medicine comes with two questions:

1) What forms Chinese medicine in America?
2) How is it enacted?

These two questions are examined from an applied anthropological position where the research puts the practice of anthropology to the field across the United States. Through interviews with practitioners, students, teachers and administrators as well as observation of schools and clinics  in the United States, the research will encompass a holistic perspective on what shapes American Chinese Medicine.

Already, several people from Chinese medicine schools and private practices have reached out to participate in the project. If you are affiliated to any of the schools or organizations below, please contact Tyler at or

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  • Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)

Schools (by state)


  • Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) – Oakland
  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) – San Francisco
  • Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine (Emperors) – Santa Monica
  • Five Branches (Five Branches) – Santa Cruz
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) – San Diego
  • Yo San (Yo San) – Los Angeles


  • National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) – Portland
  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) – Portland
  • POCA Tech (POCA) – Portland


  • Han University (Han) – Tucson
  • Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) – Phoenix


  • American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) – Houston
  • Academy of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (AOMA) – Austin
  • Texas Health and Science University (THSU) – Austin


  • Academy of Five Element Acupuncture (AFEA) – Gainesville
  • Dragon Rises (Dragon Rises) – Gainesville

North Carolina

  • Daoist Traditions (Daoist Traditions) – Asheville
  • Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (Jung Tao) – Sugar Grove


  • Maryland University of Integrative Medicine (MUIH)

Southwest (Colorado & New Mexico)

  • Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) – Denver, CO
  • Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) – Louisville, CO
  • Southwest College of Acupuncture (Southwest) – Santa Fe, NM


1. Scheid, V. (2002). Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 3.

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