Message from the AAMA Board

Renew Your Membership Now — Together We Thrive!

— Donna Pittman, MD, FAAMA, AAMA President

For more than 35 years, the Academy has worked to promote the integration of all forms of acupuncture with Western medicine to synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. This mission is the backbone of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and now, more than ever, is in the front of our minds.

Your membership is vital to the success of our organization.  Likewise, the AAMA is vital to the success of your medical acupuncture practice. Here is a reminder of the many great things that your membership provides:

Professional Development/CME

Journal CME

  • The AAMA provides one free hour of Category 1 CME with each issue of our journal, Medical Acupuncture.
  • Members can now earn up to six free hours of Category 1 CME through the journal each year.

Online CME

  • A wealth of Category 1 CME credit is available online in the form of archived symposia and webinars. These are available now for members and cover a wide variety of acupuncture topics.


  • Regular webinars provide an opportunity for your ongoing acupuncture education needs. Recorded webinars are available on demand on the AAMA website, and there are more live activities planned.

Medical Acupuncture Journal

Academy members receive the journal every other month and have access to an online version through the Academy’s website including past issues. The journal, edited by Dr. Richard Niemtzow and an international editorial staff, is a reliable educational resource. We are pleased too that the journal is indexed in PubMed Central which affords greater exposure to the scientific community as well as broader dissemination of our acupuncture colleagues’ research.

Annual Symposium

The annual symposium typically includes four days of scientific and clinical presentations and workshops presented by some of the best teachers in the field.

Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation

Over the last couple of years, efforts have been made surrounding and supporting medical acupuncture research. MARF – the charitable research foundation arm of the AAMA – has been working on supporting and mentoring members’ research efforts and has funded a pilot grant project through the Allen McDaniels grant – named after one of the AAMA’s founding fathers.

Website & Social Media Support

  • The website ( continues to grow and expand. The site is inviting and engaging to the public as well as to members.
  • The AAMA member portal is available to meet member needs. From the member portal, YOU have control over your member account, address, contact information, etc. The portal offers access to the webinar recordings you have purchased or wish to access along with other member-only resources.
  • You can follow AAMA on Facebook and Twitter. Our members-only closed group on Facebook has been growing. It was created as another avenue for discussion and support. Take a look! (

Supporting the Growth of Medical Acupuncture

There are many important aspects to creating and securing the future of medical acupuncture, including: communication and organization, patient referrals, legislative oversight, practice management and reimbursement, promoting understanding of our specialty among our colleagues in medicine and amongst the public, and staying abreast of and supporting continued research and scientific advancement in acupuncture. The AAMA is headed in a positive direction with a spirit and culture of respect for all who advocate for acupuncture as part of our medical system.

The most important part of the Academy is YOU! Through your membership and participation, the Academy will continue to advance in stature and quality. Your membership supports your success as a physician who practices medical acupuncturist. Thank you for your AAMA membership and for your dedication to medical acupuncture. We ARE in this together and together we will thrive! Please be sure to take a few minutes and renew your membership today! (Access Renewal Form — log in required.)

Upcoming Professional Development & Educational Opportunities

AAMA Webinar: Acupuncture Energetic and Segmental Approaches to Treat Pelvic Pain
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
Presenter: Joseph Audette, MD, MA

2nd Annual Force-Based Manipulation Investigator Meeting
Thursday, June 29, 2023
11:30am-1:30pm (EDT)

AAMA Annual Symposium
Purchase access through October 1, 2023
28+ possible credits

NCCIH Joint Pain Event
Understanding and Restoring Whole Joint Health in Pain Management
July 25, 2023
Virtual Event

ICMART 2023 – Amsterdam
September 29-Oct. 1, 2023
AAMA Members register as ICMART Members

Applied Kinesiology: Manual Muscle Testing Comes Alive!
October 28-29, 2023
Ann Arbor, MI

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 May 2023.

  • Amy A. Falkenberg, MD, of Strum, WI
  • Hoang Pham, MD, of Boerne, TX
  • Traci Pritchard, MD, of Cave Creek, AZ
  • Catherine Reese, MD, of Indianapolis, IN
  • Judy Ungerleider Hennessey, MD, of Kensington, CA
  • Larry S. Wu, MD, of New Albany, OH

And a medical student member:

  • Kalli Thea Barrett of Bethesda

And a warm welcome back to our returning member:

  • David L. Riegleman, MD, of San Antonio, TX

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 Kendra Unger, the membership committee chair. And if you would like to sponsor a medical student member for $75/year, please email AAMA today and let us know.

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

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

  • Adam B. Howes, MD, DABMA of Napa, CA

AAMA Legislative Committee Report

The committee is monitoring 71 bills concerning acupuncture, chronic pain, and dry needling.

Also of note, the Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act is now officially HR3133. It was introduced on 05/09/2023 by Rep. Judy Chu (D – California). Co-sponsors are Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R – Pennsylvania) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D California). The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means.

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:

It’s Not Too Late!
On-Demand Recordings 2023 Symposium

Missed the Annual Symposium in Texas? Don’t worry! Nearly all of the Symposium sessions were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing. AAMA members can now purchase access to the on-demand recording package. Access is available until October 1, 2023. Topics include:

  • Stroke Recovery
  • PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Battlefield Acupuncture
  • Electroacupuncture
  • Laser acupuncture
  • And many, many more!
What Does the On-Demand Package Fee Cover?
  • Symposium Session recording access
  • Up to maximum of 28.75 CME credits (must complete quiz for each session for credit where applicable)
  • Review of all symposium documentation and materials
  • Exhibit company access
Purchase access now and view all the recorded sessions until October 1, 2023!

Check Out Photos from 2023 Symposium!

If you want to relive some of the exciting moments from the event or see if you made a photo debut, CLICK HERE to view all the photos from the meeting.

AAMA Webinar – Acupuncture Energetic and Segmental Approaches to Treat Pelvic Pain

Live: Wednesday, June 28, 2023
8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
Presented by Joseph Audette, MD, MA
** Recording available to all registrants following live webinar

This webinar will discuss the current scientific evidence for the treatment of pelvic pain conditions with acupuncture. The focus of the discussion will highlight the treatment protocols used and their deficits. We will then propose an Acupuncture Energetic approach with a  discussion of the neuroanatomy of pelvic pain and the importance of including adequate segmental treatments. The focus will be on use of the Very Point® technique and dry needling approaches to treat both local and segmental dysfunction in pelvic pain.

Learn more and register. Can’t make the live webinar date? Register anyway and access the recording later at a time that works for your schedule!

NIH – 2nd Annual Force-Based Manipulation Investigator Meeting

Thursday, June 29, 2023
11:30am-1:30pm, EDT

AAMA members are invited to join the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for the open session of the 2nd Annual Force-Based Manipulation Investigator Meeting on June 29 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The open session will feature programmatic network vision and goals, updates from the three research networks, and a keynote presentation by Dr. David Ginty of Harvard Medical School. Learn more.

NCCIH: Gathering Data Points for Acupuncture Research

From Helene M. Langevin, M.D., NCCIH Director: 

In the field of complementary and integrative health, few topics have generated more controversy than acupuncture. This is driven by an ongoing discordance at the core of this ancient therapy: although a growing body of evidence demonstrates acupuncture’s potential role in managing different conditions, like chronic pain or insomnia, the practice itself isn’t well understood. In particular, critics of acupuncture research have repeatedly pointed out that “acupoints,” one of the fundamental tenets of acupuncture, aren’t based on an objective understanding of the body.

I’m proud that the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has put into motion an effort to address this problem with a new initiative that will result in the development of an open-access repository and database for the anatomical and physiological correlates of acupoints. This data initiative has long been needed to advance the work of researchers in the field. More.

New! Student Member Sponsorship Opportunity

Young physicians represent the future of medical acupuncture. To encourage their involvement in our organization, the AAMA recently launched an initiative to invite current members to sponsor a medical student member for $75/year. Would you like to sponsor a medical student member? Or would you like more information about the option? Please email AAMA today and let us know.

Member Portal — Resources & More!

From the member portal, YOU have control over your member account, address, contact information, etc. The portal offers access to the webinar recordings you have purchased or wish to access along with other member only resources. For renewals, you can log in to the member portal and renew your membership through secure payment portal. We intend to send fewer invoice mailings to cut down on mailing expenses and staff time and allow you to be in control of your account. If you haven’t already, please check out the member resources.

AAMA invites leadership volunteers

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:

In Case You Missed It Last Month

Invitation: Exclusive Member Facebook Group

Did you know the AAMA has a members-only closed Facebook group dedicated to connection and idea-sharing between physicians who practice medical acupuncture? Be part of the conversation. Join today so you can ask questions, offer your opinions, and share your experiences. Visit the AAMA Members – Information & Interaction group and ask for permission to join. You’ll be accepted once your membership is verified.

Submit Ideas for 2024 Annual Symposium

Dates & Location Coming Soon!

Do you have ideas for lectures, presentations or workshops for the next Annual Symposium? Reach out and let us know now so the Symposium Committee can consider your topic proposals. Submit a proposal.

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 email the AAMA at

New Scientific Research Related to Acupuncture 

Clinical evidence for acupuncture for adult asthma: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised sham/placebo-controlled trials
[Complementary Therapies in Medicine]
Acupuncture versus sham/placebo control appeared to improve quality of life, FEV1%, symptoms, and asthma control, and reduced exacerbation frequency per year. Further studies with appropriate controls, more participants, and high-quality evidence are needed.

Reduction of Pain After Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery by Personalized Checkpoint Acupuncture—Data of a STRICTA Conform Pilot Study
[Obesity Surgery]
Conclusion: Checkpoint AC may be an effective tool in postoperative pain therapy after bariatric surgery. Vegetative functional involvement might be associated with pain relief.

Electro-acupuncture promotes gut motility and alleviates functional constipation by regulating gut microbiota and increasing butyric acid generation in mice
[Journal of Integrative Medicine]
EA-mediated resolution of constipation occurs through rebalancing the gut microbiota and promoting butyric acid generation.

The effects and mechanisms of acupuncture for post-stroke cognitive impairment: progress and prospects
[Frontiers in Neuroscience]
In conclusion, the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on PSCI involves anti-neuronal apoptosis, promoting synaptic plasticity, alleviating central and peripheral inflammatory reactions, and regulating brain energy metabolism disorders (including improving cerebral blood flow, glucose utilization and mitochondrial structure and function, etc.), etc. The therapeutic effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on PSCI summarized in this review provides scientific and reliable evidence for acupuncture clinical application for PSCI .

Retrospective Outcomes of a New Acupuncture Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center
[Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine]
Conclusion: Both outpatient and inpatient participants in this pilot acupuncture program reported clinically significant improvements in symptoms after a single acupuncture treatment. Some differences between the outpatient and inpatient settings warrant further investigation.

A Randomized Sham-Controlled Mixed Methods Pilot Study of the Feasibility of Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy: Lessons Learned From Patient Experiences in Integrative Cancer Care
[Integrative Cancer Therapies]
Conclusions: Patients experienced that the neuropathy negatively changed their life and that acupuncture was pleasant and valuable. Patients receiving genuine acupuncture had short-term effects regarding pain and unpleasant sensations in the face compared to patients receiving sham acupuncture, while hands and feet did not improve. The patients were successfully blinded and complied with the acupuncture. We welcome future full-scaled randomized sham-controlled acupuncture studies.

Efficacy of Scalp Acupuncture with the Long-Stay Method on Motor Dysfunction in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial
[Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment]
Conclusion: Scalp acupuncture with the long-stay method can improve neurological deficits and the ability to perform daily activities among AIS patients, which may be related to the improvement of CVR function in patients.

Acupuncture combined with moxibustion mitigates spinal cord injury-induced motor dysfunction in mice by NLRP3-IL-18 signaling pathway inhibition
[BMC: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research]
Conclusion: Acupuncture combined with moxibustion treatment mitigates SCI-induced motor dysfunction in mice; this protective mechanism may be related to the NLRP3–IL18 signaling pathway inhibition in astrocytes.

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