College of Traditional Chinese Medicine celebrates 30th anniversary 

Lixin Huang, president of the San Francisco-based American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, will help host a 30th anniversary gala at War Memorial on April 18, beginning at 2 p.m.

What is ACTCM? It's a graduate school that trains students to become licensed practitioners in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

How many students are enrolled? We currently have a student body of 280. For a master's degree, the program costs about $55,000.

Is Chinese medicine popular in San Francisco? Yes — I would say not only in San Francisco, but in the U.S. Forty-three states have passed legislation for the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine. ACTCM has a community clinic where we see 20,000 to 30,000 patient visits per year.

In the Year of the Tiger, how is ACTCM helping wild tigers? ACTCM has been working with the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Tiger Fund and Animals Asia Foundation to launch a campaign of not supporting any use of tiger products in traditional Chinese medicine.

How are tigers used in Chinese medicine? Chinese medicine used tiger bones for over 1,000 years. In 1993, the Chinese government completely banned the use of tiger bones in medicine.

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