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 Online Resources

We recommend the following websites and resources to anyone who wants to explore the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine research.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

NCCAM is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.


This searchable, web-based bibliography of randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture, developed by the OCOM Research Department. It is a prototype bibliographic database that references RCTs and systematic reviews of acupuncture published in the English language, and is compiled primarily from PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and the collection of the OCOM Library, which subscribes to 16 AOM journals that are not indexed in MEDLINE. The AcuTrials® database currently contains approximately 900 indexed citations and is continuously updated. AcuTrials® is a unique resource for practitioners and researchers interested in specific acupuncture research.


NIH's RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions. The database, maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), includes projects funded by the NIH and numerous other federal agencies. Users, including the public, can access the RePORT interface to search for scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques, or identify specific projects and/or investigators. This website can be searched, for example, to find all current federally-funded research in acupuncture and other modalities of East Asian medicine.

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.

Cochrane Collaboration 

International and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare with the dissemination of systematic reviews.


The National Library of Medicine's complementary medicine database on Medline.

Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)

An important research tool (checklist) that takes an evidence-based approach to improve the quality of reports of randomized trials.

Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA)

Crafted to modify a single item on the 22-item CONSORT list — referring to description of interventions — which was considered too generic to be of value for improving reporting of acupuncture trials.

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases 

Comprehensive list of the chemical composition of common herbs.


Electronic herbal database, which provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc.

Qigong Institute

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting qigong through research and education. Database provides the only record in English of the vast amount of research on qigong from China as well from other countries.

 OCOM Library

The college’s library — one of the most comprehensive acupuncture libraries in the United States — supports the learning, teaching, research and information needs of the OCOM community, serving as an information resource on acupuncture and Chinese medicine to health professionals and to the public. Our library staff works to develop, maintain and provide relevant information resources and services.

The college subscribes to many of the major acupuncture and alternative medicine journals. Visit our collection in person, or access the collection online by using Primo, our search discovery tool. OCOM is a member of the Portland Area Health Libraries (PAHL) consortium, an interdisciplinary partnership between the libraries at OCOM, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Western States, and Oregon Health and Science University. Using Primo, users can search the collections at all four libraries, and request materials be delivered to OCOM. Additionally, our Interlibrary Loan service provides users with access to any journals or books not normally available from the library's print or online collections.