Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Parents says acupuncture has alleviated boys adhd


At school, 8 year old Alex couldn't focus and sit still which made his grades decrease.  His mother read about another alternative, acupuncture.  Read full article here.

Beating Tourette's, Gaining Life

2014 Miss Arizona, Jennifer Smestad suffered from Tourette's at 10 years old.  She was bullied and was getting bad grades in school.  Her mother read about acupuncture and willing to try anything to help her daughter.  Read more here.

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Although the exact number of people who use TCM in the United States is unknown, it was estimated in 1997 that some 10,000 practitioners served more than 1 million patients each year. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health approaches by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous year. The number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007. As of April 2014, there are currently 565 licensed acupuncturists in the state of Arizona and as of December 2013 there are a total of 27,854 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S.

Research studies have spread throughout in China, but in the west, it is restricted due to the limited expertise and the rigorous evidence provided by western medicine. In 2012, the U.S. had 29 studies in acupuncture in pain management which had better results than those who did not receive treatment and 7 out of the 29 were with herbal medicine. We would like to continue to make research numbers grow to educate the public, practitioners and anyone who is interested..


Arizona Research Institute of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine offers services to help practitioners, the community and patients.  Each service provided is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It consist of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Tui-na, cupping and moxibustion. 

 As stated in the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), TCM is rooted in the ancient philosophy and dates back more than 2,500 years. Traditional systems of medicine also exist in other East and South Asian countries, including Japan (where the traditional herbal medicine is called Kampo) and Korea. Some of these systems have been influenced by TCM and are similar to it in some ways, but each has developed distinctive features of its own. TCM encompasses many different practices, including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), and cupping.