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library Welcome to the Eastern School of Acupuncture's Library Resource Area.

The Julie Puretz library contains books, journals and multi-media resources on Acupuncture Medicine, Western Medicine, and other healing modalities. Students and faculty may access the internet using the library's computers. A printer/photocopier is also available.

Food and beverages are strictly prohibited in the library. Also, please restrict cell phone conversations to the student lounge next door to the library, and turn off ringers while in the Library.

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Faculty and students at the ESATM:
Books, articles, and other items not available in the Julie Puretz Library can be obtained through interlibrary loan (ILL). To place a request, please contact the librarian in person or by email, and provide details on the item(s) needed, including title, author, edition, ISBN, and format. The loan period for items usually is four weeks, we do not loan reference books or multimedia. Please send requests via email to: library@esatm.edu.

Other Libraries:
The loan period for items usually is four weeks. We do not charge for photocopies. We do not loan reference books or multimedia. Please send requests via email to: EasternLibrary@esatm.edu.

Library Page Menu
Library Catalog
Citation Resources
Articles and Research
Government Sites
Herbal Medicine

libraryTo determine if the library owns a particular title, use the link below to check the library's catalog. If you are unsure of an item's exact title, notice that the box, "Exact Words," can be de-selected. Also, you can search by an author's last name or subject. For further assistance searching the catalog, please contact the Eastern School librarian.


The two sites below are excellent guides to APA, MLA, and Chicago documentation and citation styles. The sites also provide extensive guidance on grammar, research and writing.


The following are internet resources relevant to the study and practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine:

Acupuncture Today
This site contains the full-text of articles from this monthly newspaper, from 2000 to the present. It also has a multitude of other useful links, including: Acupuncturist Locator - a database of every licensed acupuncturist in the United States; acupuncture organizations- state, local and international; acupuncture laws, codes and acts by state.

Alt HealthWatchTM via EBSCO Host
The Eastern School has a subscription to this online database which features full-text articles from journals and reports on complementary and holistic medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese, and herbal medicine. If you would like to research this database, please contact the librarian for a password.


BioMed Central
The BioMed Central website provides open access to peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, engineering, and medicine, including Chinese Medicine.

Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Manual, 7th Edition
As of September, 2015, CNT courses are based on the 7th edition of this manual, which includes a review of the literature on safety issues pertaining to acupuncture and related modalities, updated information on pathogens, with new coverage of health care associated infections (HAI). Download and print the manual at no cost at this site.

Cochrane Collaboration
This international and independent organization reviews, evaluates, and then makes available current information on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for specific issues in healthcare. Abstracts of Cochrane Reviews are free and available on the Internet. The Cochrane Library also provides links to abstracts from other medical journal articles.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
This resource covers a wide range of subjects, including acupuncture. DOAJ leads you to full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals. All are free of charge.
Visit Site: https://doaj.org

Eastern Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
a peer reviewed journal affiliated with the Eastern School of Acupuncture
(To access an entire issue, click on the volumes below.)

Free Medical Journals
This site allows you to search for articles in medical journals by specialty, title, or keyword. Only publications free on-line are available.

History of Chinese Medicine - Chronology
Visit Site: http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/history/chronology.html

Merck Manuals - resources on medical conditions

Sacred Lotus
"Sacred Lotus Arts integrates TCM's teachings...[so that] volumes of information can be searched, compared, and combined..."
Visit site: https://www.sacredlotus.com

TRIP Database – Turning Research into practice "Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care." The database covers a wide range of content that includes images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
Visit site: https://www.tripdatabase.com

library National Cancer Institute

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
"The mission of NCCIH is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions and their roles in improving health and health care."

National Center for Health Statistics
The NCHS is the ultimate source for vital statistics and health statistics. Here you can find statistics on specific diseases; for example, the site has over 2100 documents on heart disease.

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health, with a mission of providing funding and doing research on diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases. Nearly one third of its website is on diabetes and its related diseases. The NIDDK website includes information on clinical trials, reports on work at the NDDK laboratories, and research opportunities.

National Library of Medicine - Resources:

The goal of MedlinePlus is to provide accessible health information. This website includes material in several languages, and references a wide range of sources, from encyclopedias to articles and research organizations. MedlinePlus also covers complementary and alternative medicine. This is an excellent site to use when exploring a medical topic.
PubMed comprises citations to biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. However, only a portion of the citations are available in full-text through PubMed. If you are interested in obtaining the full-text article of a citation, please contact the Eastern School librarian.
PubMed Central (PMC)
The PubMed Central database, a subset of PubMed (see above), is a collection of free full-text journal articles covering biomedicine and life sciences. It is also a depository for peer-reviewed NIH funded research.

The American Botanical Council [Publisher of HerbalGram]
The mission of the Council is to provide science-based information and also traditional knowledge of herbal medicine. American Botanical Council also sees its purpose as promoting the responsible use of herbal medicine. This website includes HerbalGram, the journal of the American Botanical Council. Fulltext articles from the publication are available at this website.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)- About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
This website provides searchable clinical summaries on each agent, including potential benefits, adverse effects, and interactions.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
This is the only national organization that certifies competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM). The District of Columbia and the 43 states which require NCCAOM certification, or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations, account for 98% of the states which regulate acupuncture.

American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
According to its website, "The mission of the AAAOM is to support our members and the AOM community through education, occupational resources, media support, and legislative advocacy in our commitment to facilitate access to the highest quality of healthcare in the United States." The official publication of the AAAOM is The American Acupuncturist.

The Auriculotherapy Certification Institute
The ACI is the only organization in North America to offer certification in auriculotherapy, auricular acupuncture, and auricular medicine – "the treatment of various health conditions through the utilization of ear reflex points."

Mayo Clinic – Patient Care and Health Information
Visit site: https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
This is a not-for-profit organization. The site provides information on training to become an Acu Detox Specialist, and how to integrate acupuncture protocol into an addictions or behavioral health program.

The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)
The mission of SAR is to promote scientifically sound inquiries into the clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use, and theoretical foundations of acupuncture, herbal therapy and other modalities of traditional East Asian medicine. SAR organizes an annual research conference and welcomes individual affiliates including researchers, educators, students, acupuncturists, healthcare practitioners, and members of the public.