Message from the AAMA Board

Ten Thousand Things

— Barbara de la Torre, MD, FAAMA, Board Member

Giving birth to One…

There’s a jaw-dropping sense of wonder and excitement when you discover a new way of seeing the world. Remember how that felt when you started medical training? Think back to the time you started to study Western medicine. Discovering organ systems, physiology, pathology, and all the reasons that make humans so extraordinary. Or cultivating how you can make a difference in the world by making an impact on the health of individuals and communities. Being a physician is a profession rich with history and legacy. But the bottom line is to be an effective healer.

Now recall the time in your life when the spark of inspiration faded into the fractured state of the health care system. You graduated with amazing skills in observation, technical abilities, and leadership. You delved into gathering information, performing procedures and focusing on problem solving. You expected, as your training promised, that you would be directing care, only to find out your autonomy eroded over the last several decades into data entry, bureaucracy, shorter visits, and the missing patient narrative.

One gives birth to Two…

This brings you to a second stage of wonder when you first discovered the world of Chinese medicine. What brought you to expand outside the system holding the modern scientific method? Was it burnout, curiosity or your own direct experience with acupuncture?

Your reverence for both acupuncture and Chinese medicine, while still valuing the wonders of Western medical training, are at the heart of why Medical Acupuncture should be an integral part of medical education.

Put yourself in the shoes of future doctors in medicine. What if medical students could learn what we know now from the very beginning? What if medical education embraced Medical Acupuncture? Do you think it’s possible? After all, at the end of 2022, it’s seeming like nothing ever changes.

But what if I told you that I traveled back to my alma mater in November 2022 to give a talk on acupuncture to medical students, faculty and the public?

I spent months preparing for this lecture, hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Would they be receptive to the idea of learning acupuncture as a part of practicing modern medicine? Would they object to a blended discipline we all know as Medical Acupuncture? Would they dismiss it altogether?

Two gives birth to Three…

The response was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, the students were the very best part of the trip. One medical student said: “Just to see that there are other ways of practicing medicine and helping patients has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and to see that there is more out there. Prior to this, I didn’t know too much about acupuncture or that physicians could do acupuncture.”

I had lunch with seven medical students the day after the talk to learn about their stories. Each student shared what inspired them to pursue medicine and where they hoped to be in the next five years. The greatest reward was to capture their imagination in that moment of their sense of wonder with Western medicine by introducing Chinese medicine, not as an alternative, but as an additional way of knowing and being.

Three Becomes Ten Thousand Things…

The birth of knowledge that we hold dear as physicians is born in stages. The birth of a movement to transform medicine into a blended practice like Medical Acupuncture is possible with each one you sharing your sense of wonder with others. This is what gives birth to ten thousand things.

Wishing you a safe, restful and joyous holiday into the new year.




[1]                Inspired by Dao De Jing, Chapter 42

Upcoming Professional Development & Educational Opportunities


Fast and Effective Diagnosis and Treatment Techniques for the Cervical Spine Region Workshop
January 21-22, 2023 
Madison Heights, MI 
Presenter: Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA

Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium
February 28-March 2, 2023
Chicago, IL

AAMA Annual Medical Acupuncture Review Course
Online: On-demand & Live Sessions
February 17-March 16

AAMA Annual Symposium
April 13-16, 2023
Dallas, TX Metro Area
Save the date!

SAR 2023 Conference
From Mechanism to Patient-Centered Care: Research in Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine
May 18-21, 2023
New York City, NY, USA

AAMA Website: Education Listings
The AAMA maintains an ongoing calendar of educational events and professional development opportunities related to medical acupuncture. The calendar is accessible on the AAMA website. Members are encouraged to share events and calendar items from their regions and about educational topics that may be of wider interest among peers and fellow AAMA members.

AAMA News & Announcements

Welcome Our New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the Academy in November 2022.

  • Kristin B. Bradford, MD, MPH of Corvallis, OR
  • Isabelle Kao, MD, of New York, NY
  • Sungjin Kuon, DO, of Los Angeles, CA
  • Adriana Isabel Rojas, MD, of Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sita Yerramsetti, MD, of Las Vegas, NV
  • Maria P Zalduondo, MD, of Guaynabo, PR

If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t currently members of the AAMA, please encourage them to learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting the website or contacting Janice Brown, the membership committee chair.

AAMA Legislative Committee Report

The Legislative Committee continues its work monitoring and responding to legislation relevant to our members and their practice of medical acupuncture. Currently, the committee is monitoring bills regarding acupuncture, chronic pain, substance use disorder, and dry needling.

Recently, the committee has been in communication with organizations in Hawaii and New Mexico to discuss future legislation in these states. Committee members also reached out to an acupuncturist in Oklahoma who is working on a new acupuncture practice act. Acupuncture is currently unregulated in Oklahoma.

The Legislative Committee will continue to watch for bills that affect AAMA members and respond to the authors and co-sponsors appropriately. The committee members will contact YOU when legislation in your state may affect your ability to practice acupuncture. In that event, you are encouraged to write your representatives and senators since they prefer to hear directly from their constituents. If you learn of relevant legislative activity, please connect with the committee by email:

Physician Earns ABMA Certification

Congratulations to the following physician who has completed the process ( set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) to be certified as a Diplomate for 10 years:

  • Justin Neill, MD, DABMA, of Kettering, OH

Physicians Complete 10-Year Re-Certification Process

Congratulations to the following physicians who have completed the process ( set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) to be re-certified as a Diplomate for another 10 years:

  • Mary K. Jeffries, MD, DABMA, of Roseland, VA
  • Canh Q. Tran, MD, DABMA, of McLean, VA
2023 Symposium Ad

2023 Annual Symposium – Dates, Deadlines & Details

The 2023 AAMA Symposium will be held April 14-16, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. Make plans now to re-connect with friends and colleagues at this four-day educational event!

Symposium Objectives

  • Expand awareness of scientific research into the effects of acupuncture.
  • Focus on clinically relevant treatment approaches that can easily be integrated into clinical practice.
  • Introduce attendees to a variety of approaches for the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice.
  • Teach attendees new ways to tailor acupuncture treatments to their individual patients.
  • Provide time for networking with leaders, peers and friends who practice medical acupuncture.

Early-Bird Discount

Register now and save up to $50! The early-registration discount ends February 1, 2013. Registrations received after March 15 will be charged the late registration fee. Register now.

Hotel Details

The Annual AAMA Symposium will be at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel in Dallas, TX. The AAMA has negotiated a discounted rate of $169 + tax/night. Book your room now. The discount expires March 21, 2023, or whenever the room block sells out.

Pre-Symposium Workshops

The following workshops are scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2023. Attendees may select one workshop as an optional add-on to expand the educational opportunities provided at the Symposium. (There is an additional fee to attend a Pre-Symposium Workshop.) View workshop schedule.

  • “Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain: Combining Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Myofascial Meridian, and Acupuncture Traditions” – Peter Dorsher, MD
  • “MU-SHU-PULSE & Other Special Points: New Concepts and Constructs for Treating Meridian and Channel Disturbances” – Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA
  • “The Western Medical Acupuncture Approach to Headache” – Mike Cummings, MD
  • “Introduction to Neijing Nature-based Medicine” – Ed Neal, MD, MSOM

Annual Research Paper Competition – January 6 Deadline

The deadline to apply to submit a paper for consideration for the 2023 Research Paper Competition is January 6, 2023.

We are pleased to offer the following financial awards for the winning papers:

  • First Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration. Paper to be presented at the 2023 AAMA Symposium.
  • Second Place: $500 stipend, Symposium Registration.
  • Third Place: $350 stipend, Symposium Registration.

If your paper is selected as one of the winners, you will be notified by February 15, 2023. As noted, the First-place winner will have the opportunity to present their paper at the AAMA 2023 Symposium at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel in Dallas, TX, April 14-16, 2023. See full submission details.

Call for Poster Presentation Abstracts

Members are invited to submit an abstract for a Poster Presentation at the AAMA 2023 Symposium to be held April 13-16, 2023 at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel in Dallas, TX. Acupuncture research of all types is welcomed, including observational studies, surveys and clinical case series. Presentation of educational or quality improvement projects is also encouraged. Submission deadline: February 17, 2023.

Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 15th reception. If your poster submission is accepted for presentation, you will be notified by March 3, 2023.

NEW for 2023!! If accepted for presentation, the poster presenter is expected to submit a short (no more than 3 minutes) video presentation describing the work/presentation. The videos will be made available to meeting registrants during and after the meeting to highlight the presenter’s work. More.

LAST CHANCE: Apply for Allen McDaniels Research Grant Funding

All members who are engaged in clinical research are encouraged to apply for up to $30,000 in research support through the Allen McDaniels Grant – Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2023. The foundation encourages applicants to submit only pragmatic clinical trial proposals rather than placebo comparison trials. See full details and application.

Review Course: Register By January 13, 2023 to Save $

The Medical Acupuncture Review Course provides a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The review course is especially useful as a refresher for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. Last year, the course was reorganized into an online/virtual product with eight pre-recorded lecture sessions that are available on certain release dates. Course participants will have 7-10 days to review the lectures at their convenience and complete short quiz after each section. There also will be a live summary/discussion session for every two sections of material. Early pricing ends January 13, 2023. Course begins Friday, February 17. Register now!

JAMA Article Cites “Low Certainty” of Evidence to Support Acupuncture

A new systematic review published by JAMA Open Network concludes that “despite a vast number of randomized trials, systematic reviews of acupuncture for adult health conditions have rated only a minority of conclusions as high- or moderate-certainty evidence, and most of these were about comparisons with sham treatment or had conclusions of no benefit of acupuncture. Conclusions with moderate or high-certainty evidence that acupuncture is superior to other active therapies were rare.” Read more.

Two Resources from Acupuncture Today

Acupuncture Today recently published two articles that may contain useful information for AAMA members:

NCCIH: Asking the Right Questions on Pain

NCCIH Director Helen M. Langevin, MD: “In the quest to suppress pain, are we blocking our body’s own ability to heal? That’s one of the key questions explored at recent scientific meetings, including the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) World Congress on Pain, which I attended in September, and the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) meeting a few weeks ago, where I serve as chair.” Read more.

Call for Papers: Sports Injuries & Acupuncture

AAMA members are invited to contribute their clinical experience and research on the use of acupuncture and electroacupuncture in treating sports injuries. Your paper will undergo blinded peer review, and if accepted for publication, it will be included in the special issue and promoted globally. The issue will provide a broad overview of the best practices of acupuncture to palliate and assist in healing acute and chronic sport injuries. Learn more.

SAR: Call for Workshop Presenters

The Society for Acupuncture Research invites AAMA members to submit ideas to present and pre- or post-conference workshop at the 2023 SAR Research Conference in New York City, May 18-21, 2023. Workshops should be planned to include substantive group interaction and/or hands-on learning experiences rather than lecture format. Act fast! Submission deadline: January 3, 2023. See more.

Call for Proposals: Pain Management Presentations

The 2023 Integrative Pain Management Conference at the University of Vermont will address the needs of a broad, interdisciplinary community of health care providers, including acupuncturists, advanced practice nurses, chiropractors, medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, nurse practitioners, osteopathic doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists and more. Presented by the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UVM on May 5, 2023. See more.

Are You Following Us?

Join the conversations online with fellow physician acupuncturists from around the country! You can find AAMA on:

There’s even a closed group on Facebook for discussion between members:

2023 Review Course Dates

In Case You Missed It Last Month

Call for Webinar Presenters

The Education Committee invites AAMA members to propose and present an educational webinar to their AAMA peers. Share your expertise so your colleagues can gain insights and knowledge to help them take their practices and skills to the next level, while earning valuable CME credits. Learn more. Interested parties should complete the proposal form and return to the AAMA at

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture is planning a Special Issue focusing on how acupuncture and related therapies can be used for humanitarian purposes to support people affected by disasters, displacement, environmental devastation, poverty, and human conflict. In humanitarian crises, individuals, families, and entire communities are affected by traumatic events. The editors invite manuscripts from clinicians who have utilized acupuncture and related integrative medical therapies to help people cope with physical and emotional injuries stemming from traumatic experience with a focus on humanitarian service efforts. We are interested in submissions from all cultural perspectives. We also welcome submissions that focus on the impact of traumatic stress on children and animals. Case series, original research, as well as review articles with a focus on practical application, are encouraged. The deadline for manuscript submission is: February 1, 2023. Learn more.

AAMA invites leadership volunteers

New Scientific Research Related to Acupuncture 


Treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with acupuncture during hospitalization: a three-arm double-blinded randomized sham-controlled trial
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
Acupuncture seems to be efficacious in the treatment of AECOPD among inpatients hospitalized in internal medicine departments.

Development of Provisional Acupuncture Guidelines for Pelvic Pain in Endometriosis Using an e-Delphi Consensus Process
[Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine]
Growing evidence suggests that acupuncture can improve pelvic pain in women with endometriosis. The treatments used in research vary considerably. It remains unclear which treatment could be recommended for clinical practice. This research project aimed at clarifying how acupuncture could be used when treating this condition.

Connecting the dots: alterations in bioelectric activity at acupuncture Ting (Jing-Well) points following CV4 cranial manipulation
[Journal of Osteopathic Medicine]
This research suggests that CV4 has demonstrable biophysical effects on the acupuncture meridian system occurring via the ANS, and that the underlying mechanisms of OCMM and acupuncture may be related.


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