Welcome to the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Located in Houston, Texas, American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) offers four graduate degree programs for individuals interested in pursuing alternative medicine and wellness.

As one of the few regionally accredited acupuncture schools in the nation, our acupuncture college is able to cultivate the knowledge base from its 6 sister schools in China and Taiwan. With its collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital Healthcare System, ACAOM has successfully integrated Eastern and Western medicine to provide a strong training in holistic medicine and natural health.

The college has an extensive knowledge base, and in 2014 ACAOM hosted the World Federation of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Societies, which attracted 907 participants from 36 countries and presented over 200 abstracts. Notable guests included Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Boli Zhang, and many others.

To learn more about these specialized degree programs and begin your journey to career advancement, fill out the “Request Info” form.

News and Developments in Eastern and Western Medicine Collaboration

December 29, 2015 – Houston, TX

youyoutuIt has been an exciting year for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  On October 5, 2015, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Dr. Youyou Tu for her research on artemisia annua, an herb used in TCM herbal prescriptions, which resulted in a breakthrough new malaria treatment.  Dr. Tu, who is a chief professor at American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine’s sister school China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, delved into old herbology texts to find hints on how to best extract the herbal essences in her quest to unlock new tools to treat malaria.  This serves as renewed inspiration for students of TCM to combine the best of Eastern and Western medical research to offer patients the best care, and American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) congratulates Dr. Tu on this monumental achievement.

Cultural and Research Exchange

ACAOM also wants to highlight the cultural and research exchange that took place on the ACAOM main campus, located at 9100 Park West Drive, Houston TX 77036, from November 30- December 5, 2015. Assistant Dean Dr. Zhantao Du of the Graduate School at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), led a faculty member and eight Ph.D. students in visiting ACAOM and participating in the international extension program, focusing on clinical and class observation.

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The international scholars also visited The University of Houston, The University of Houston Pharmacology Lab, Methodist Research Institute, The Texas Medical Center Library, and NASA Space Center, and learned about the college and hospital management systems in the United States, in a collaborative effort to improve similar systems in China.  The visit was highlighted by the presentation of numerous medical round-table discussions and presentations on topics including: Traditional Chinese Medicine for Endometriosis Associated Infertility, Acupuncture Research on Hot Flashes and Xerostomia, Breakfast Consumption Versus Breakfast Skipping and Cardio-metabolic Risk Factors, and Traditional Chinese Medical Research in the United States, among numerous others. Let us hope that 2016 brings further developments in quality patient care in both Eastern and Western medicines, and further collaboration among all medical communities.