The clinical training of Alhambra Medical University consists a total of 960 hours and is divided into three Levels with:
• Level I as Observation (200 hrs)
• Level II as Assisting practice under supervision (320 hrs)
• Level III as Solo practice under supervision (440 hrs)
Each phase has an increasingly level of responsibility for patient care resulting in the ability to function independently by graduation. 960 instructional hours acupuncture training is dedicated to patient care and management during the internship program to prepare interns for future private practice as primary healthcare providers.
Level III. The main objective for Level III internship is to prepare the interns for solo practice so that upon graduating from the program, they are ready to perform on their own. Level III interns are to provide under supervision the comprehensive patient charting, diagnoses, treatment with acupuncture and herbal formulations. Toward the end of their Level III Phase, Interns may be assisted by a beginning Level II intern or be observed by a student observer.
Alhambra Medical University Clinic is an acupuncture clinic, providing specialized medical clinic service and medical consultation. Integrating professional skills, comprehensive treatment and sincere follow up services, the medical clinic has operated up to satisfaction and trust of the patients and customers.
Our Clinic equips diagnostic and treatment services in various fields of medical treatments by specialized physicians and licensed acupuncturists. In addition, professional massage therapists and technicians are available to provide acupressure massages.
We emphasize combination services of inner care and external care, utilizing holistic natural therapy using acupuncture, herbs, nutritional and massage therapy. AMU University Clinic is a foremost teaching clinic where interns of traditional Chinese Medicine are receiving their hands-on practical training. Staff and interns uphold the mission to provide effective quality care for all patients.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A TREATMENT?
A session begins with a 15-20 minute interview (longer during initial visit) about your health concerns. Vital signs are taken and recorded before you are positioned onto a treatment bed to have the hair-thin sterilized disposable needles inserted onto specific parts of your body. You are to relax and rest for approximately 20-30 minutes while the practitioner prepares an herbal prescription (if applicable). Afterward, the practitioner will remove the needles and give follow-up instructions. Most patients feel relaxed and refreshed after the treatment. The number of treatments varies depending upon the severity of the ailment.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting hair-thin sterilized disposable needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. The classical Chinese explanation of how acupuncture works is that the hair-thin-needles can influence the energy channels (meridians) which run in regular patterns through the body, nourishing the tissues.
The acupuncture needles unblock obstructions and promote the regular flow of energy (Qi) through these channels. Acupuncture treatments can therefore harmonize the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. One modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling the specific trigger points stimulates the peripheral and central nervous system to release chemicals which may change the experience of pain, improve energy, or influence the body’s internal regulating system. Therefore, acupuncture enhances the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well- being.
WHAT IS TUINA?
Tuina is a complete system of body alignment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The term literally means “pushing and grasping” and the techniques involved includes acupressure, stretching and gentle manipulation to restore balance and harmony. Tuina/acupressure is often performed not only as part of a treatment but as a good preventative modality.
WHAT IS MOXIBUSTION?
Moxibustion is a form of applied heat therapy where the Chinese herb Ai Ye or mugwort is burned to warm acu-moxa points. This stimulates circulation and induces a smoother flow of blood and qi. It is often used to dispel cold or dampness in debilitating conditions such as arthritis and pain.
WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping is a technique where a vacuum is created either by heat or suction to vent toxicity, increase blood flow to stagnant areas of the skin and muscles, and to stimulate the peripheral nervous system. It’s often used for neck, shoulder and back pain as well as common cold and influenza.
WHAT TYPES OF CHINESE HERBS ARE OFFERED?
AMU Clinic carries over 300 high quality Chinese Raw herbs as well as individual herbs in concentrated powdered extract form. Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are an effective way of stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Most formulas consist of two to fifteen different types of herbs. Raw herbs are boiled together to drink as adecoction or tea while powdered extract could be easily dissolved for ingestion. In addition, patent formulas in pills or tablets forms are available for more convenient ingestion. Chinese herbology is considered quite safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Oriental Medicine.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
- PAIN MANAGEMENT:
Migraine Headaches, Neck and Back pain, Arthritis and Joint Pain, Tendonitis, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
- NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS:
Paralysis, Post stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy & Trigenminal Neuralgia, Numbness and Tremors
- NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS:
Insomnia, Anxiety, Tension, Depression, Addictions to Nicotine, Alcohol and Drugs
- RESPIRATORY DISORDERS:
Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Laryngitis, Common Cold and Flu
- CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS:
Hypertension, Palpitation and Coronary Heart Disease
- DIGESTIVE DISORDERS:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea and Heartburn
- DERMATOLOGICAL DISORDERS:
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Hives
- URINARY AND REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS/GYNECOLOGICAL:
Cystitis, Endometriosis, Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, PMS, Menopausal Symptoms and Sexual Dysfunction
- IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION:
Chronic Fatigue, Allergies and the Effects of Chemotherapy.
- GENERAL WELLNESS AND COSMETIC SUPPORT:
Facial Rejuvenation, Weight Loss and Stress Management
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AMU Campus Office
2215 W. Mission Rd., Suite 280
Alhambra, CA 9180380
Tel: (626) 289-7719
Fax: (626) 289-8641
Mon - Sun : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Appointment with Director Ms. Ma
Tel: (626) 289-7719 ext. 115
AMU Acupuncture Clinic
28 S. Palm Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Tel: (626) 458-8805
Fax: (626) 458-8873
7 Days a Week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Night clinic available on selected days