SIEAM’s single purpose is to train the most effective practitioners possible through our programs.


The Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM) represents a modern take on the age-old model of apprenticeship training: one experienced teacher working with a small group of students focused on the clinical interaction with a patient.

Using this approach not only allows us to provide the highest level of clinical training available today, it also grounds our program in the traditional methodologies used for centuries in the training of medical practitioners.

Our philosophy is that a small group of committed students, working in the clinic and classroom with experienced faculty practitioners, will gain a deep awareness of the vitality of East Asian approaches to health.

The educational approach at SIEAM emphasizes learning a variety of approaches to the medicine with a hands-on focus that insures sufficient practical and clinical expertise for graduates to be competent and successful in our profession.   

What is Unique about SIEAM?

  • Real clinical training begins within weeks of entering the program. 
  • Our small size means our students receive individualized attention from faculty. 
  • The SIEAM curriculum includes a variety of approaches to qi cultivation, channel and point palpation, diagnosis, acupuncture techniques and herbal therapies from China, Japan, Europe and American medical systems.  
  • A minimum of ten years of experience treating patients is required for our clinical faculty. 
  • SIEAM students learn medical Chinese. 
  • 90% of our alumni are in active clinical practice.