Founded in 1990 as the Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the
oldest school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Texas.
Founders of this College, Lisa and Paul Lin, sought to create an
educational institution qualitatively superior to others in the
acupuncture and Oriental Medicine field. The Lins were particularly
dissatisfied with the reductionist approach entailed by subsuming the
rich traditions and scholarship of the discipline to a homogenized and
Westernized "Oriental Medicine," and were concerned about the quality
of practitioners trained in this country.
With over 24 years
as practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Lins have always
been mindful of the greater scrutiny to which their profession, as a
relative newcomer to the West, is exposed, and have been tireless in
their quest for ever-higher standards of professionalism and education
for practitioners. Wishing, therefore, to improve the quality of
training and education of future practitioners, and wishing further to
ensure that the discipline be regarded as a serious profession, the
Founders patterned this institution after the successful model for
similar schools in China. As a consequence, the College's curriculum
and program of study is distinguished by its emphasis on the study of
the canonical texts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and by its
curricular focus on the integrated use of both acupuncture and
traditional Chinese herbs. The curriculum was, at the time of its
adoption, a revolutionary translation of the Chinese model into a
The Founders' dedication to the advancement
of the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine was not limited, however,
to the mere adoption of a Chinese-style curriculum. The Lins were
immediately confronted with the lack of adequate English-language
versions of certain canonical texts, and answered this deficiency, not
by the simple expedient of excluding these materials from their
curriculum, but rather by producing and publishing their own original
translations of these works. In 1993, the Lins released The Essentials of Dr. Zhang Zhoonjing and A Professional Guide to Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine, helping to introduce the theories, principles, and foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine to a broader Western audience.
was in the same year as the successful culmination of their educational
and advocacy efforts on behalf of acupuncture in the state of Texas.
In recognition of her pioneering role in acupuncture and in acupuncture
education, Lisa Lin was appointed by then-Governor Ann Richards to
Chair the first Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners' Education
For the fifteen years of its operation, the Texas
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine has been Texas' premiere
educational institute for practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional
Chinese Medicine. The College has been at the forefront of the
profession of acupuncture in the state, actively participating in the
development of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as both a
serious academic discipline and as a profession fully capable of
integration into the modern healthcare system.
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