History

The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences was established in 1982 by Master Wei Tsuei.

At the time, Master Tsuei operated the Taoist Center, a non-profit organization focused on educating the masses in Taiji, Qigong, and meditation, as well as TCM.

Even though the majority of the Western world did not accept acupuncture and TCM as a prominent, viable form of health care, Master Tsuei and the first Academy directors knew that introducing organized TCM to the Western world would be the first step towards realizing health care integration and bridging the cultural gap between the East and West. Thus, the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences was founded as a private, non-profit institute for the training and advancement of traditional Chinese medicine within the context of Chinese culture.

As an accomplished practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Taiji Quan, and Taiji meditation, Master Tsuei paved the way for the first official Oakland TCM program. The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences became the third institution of TCM in the United States.

Wei-Tsuei poster

Historical Poster – Our founder, Sifu Wei Tsuei’s was one of the first to bring all the elements of Chinese Healing Arts to the west coast. Here is a poster from his Taiji classes in Oakland from 1986.

In the years that followed, the Academy flourished, and the need for a larger facility grew. Master Tsuei and the Board of Directors occupied a beautiful building on 14th Street in downtown Oakland until 1989, the year of the great Loma-Prieta earthquake. After discovering cracks and fissures within the 14th Street facility, ACCHS took the opportunity to move the facility to a larger building with five stories and a stronger, steel foundation, the current facility located at 16th Street and Clay.

In 1991, the Academy was approved by the California Council for Private Post secondary Vocational Education as a degree-granting institution, and in 1992, the Academy was accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Throughout its existence, the Academy cultivated a community where people from all walks of life could receive affordable, effective TCM health care. Now, the ACCHS clinic is a busy center for preventative medicine and serves as the institutional teaching clinic where students train to become competent health care providers.

ACCHS, 1600 BroadwayOver the years, the Academy has matriculated over 553 graduates…the passing rate for the California Licensing Exam always reaches 85% or so, and the National Certification Exam is often 100%, which proves the preparedness, competence, and excellence of our graduates. Our program enables the students to lay a solid medical foundation with strong medical ethics.

Currently, the Academy is approved by the California Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education as a degree-granting institution, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Today, we are a bona fide institution of higher learning, recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the integration of TCM within the Western medical modality has become a reality.