The foundations of AAHW are built on its strong academic program and curriculum; the core of the program is a pioneer project that became the cornerstone of AAHW’s curriculum for the master’s program, doctor’s program, and tuina program.
In order to build a highly reputable and unique academic program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, AAHW, under the leadership of Dr. Gong, organized the remarkable minds of hundreds of experts in the field to write and compile 102 volumes of classical acupuncture points and classical formulas: Essential Chinese Acupuncture Points (Twenty Volumes); Acupuncture Clinic Manuals (Ten Volumes); Classical Chinese Herbal Formula Series (Seventy Two Volumes). It was from these volumes that AAHW was able to establish its name in the acupuncture field, share the wisdom of ancient medicine, and build its curriculum through utilizing these resources in its faculty training.
This pioneer project extrapolated the ancient secrets and paired them with modern application of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The 102 volume project has become the brand name for AAHW and has since been attached to the recognition of the academy. This project is the most exhaustive collaborative effort on compiling conditions, acupuncture points, and classical herbal prescriptions in publication.
Most importantly, AAHW has built its reputable program by extending the standard textbooks into these volumes as a core part of AAHW’s faculty training.
While all acupuncture and Chinese schools’ curriculum surrounds this information, for the first time in history AAHW organized efforts to compile them together in written form, creating a pivotal reference for Chinese medicine teachers and practitioners to use as manuals, references, textbooks, or teaching materials. They provide not only the foundation but an adjunct for our institution’s curriculum building and refinement.
In order to bring China’s thousand-year multi-millennial healing wisdoms, traditions, skills and techniques to the United States it was essential to build on Western-medicine’s sophisticated approach. In order to effectively bring these concepts to the United States in particular, AAAOM took this into deep consideration when formulating the volumes and curated an analytical approach to address the different subject matters.
In the Classical Chinese Herbal Formula Series, the authors deciphered ancient remedies for the modern society by first listing out the formula, then carefully dissecting the history, the explanation for each component of the formula, and also supporting results by modern clinical studies and lab research. In total, the herbals prescriptions included in the volumes are the most commonly used and highly effective prescriptions across Chinese medicine treatment from ancient until now, from China to the world.
In the Essential Chinese Acupuncture Points series, the authors examined 20 acupuncture points used every day in every clinic. Each volume first examines the origin and historical record of the acupuncture point, followed by modifications, applications to ancient diseases and modern conditions, as well as modern clinical studies and lab research. Within these twenty points, combinations with other points are deeply explored.
In the Acupuncture Clinic Manuals series, these ten volumes cover 700 conditions by acupuncture—the most exhaustive coverage of ancient acupuncture applications for modern conditions. It’s divided into 10 sections: Internal Medicine (I), Internal Medicine (II), Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Neurology, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology, and Supplementary Care.
The translated titles of the volumes are listed below: