Joseph Adams

Joseph Adams was certified as a massage therapist in 1992. Although his initial training focused on Swedish style massage, he gained expertise in Asian techniques while pursuing his Acupuncture Degree. Joseph is a second-generation acupuncturist and often calls upon needling techniques and formulas that were handed down to him. In addition to his formal training and family lineage, Joseph spent many years serving as a senior student to William Morris, Ph.D., L.Ac. Ultimately, Joseph was entrusted with the mission of teaching the specialized pulse systems he had mastered with Dr. Morris. Following in the footsteps of his significant teachers, Joseph continues his own research of classical Chinese literature with the goal of bringing practical systems to life. Joseph has published articles relating to health, pulse diagnosis, and Chinese philosophy and also works as a peer review editor for The American Acupuncturist. He regularly teaches a variety of pulse and secondary vessel classes at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley and is a visiting instructor at ACCHS-Oakland, Five Branches-San Jose, Emperor’s College-Santa Monica, and at a variety of other locales throughout California.


  • L.Ac.
  • MTOM, Emperor’s College


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