August 2019 Newsletter
From the Chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists

Dear Colleagues, Supporters, and Friends:  

This is a busy time for acupuncture with recent calls for commentary from both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)  click here for more information on NCCIH . CMS is in the process of developing research guidelines to study the use of acupuncture for low back pain in seniors, and the NIH is looking for feedback on the development of a database for acupuncture points . The American Society of Acupuncturists responded to both of these calls. Please take time to look at our CMS commentary ( For CMS commentary, click here ) as well as our commentary to the NIH NCCIH (for NIH Repository on Acupuncture Points, click here) ).

We continue to see interest in the provision of acupuncture to the American public, and we are striving to ensure that Licensed Acupuncturists are among those who provide this service. As national agencies engage this topic, there is a strong need for both practitioners and the public to speak out in support for Licensed Acupuncturists to be included. Strange as it may seem, the current direction would lead to the inclusion of acupuncture as a service in national healthcare, but omit Licensed Acupuncturists in the provision of that care. Acupuncture is more than the simple insertion of needles, but rather it is a part of a millennia-old, whole systems medicine that can truly be a treasure to American healthcare. No other licensure group is fully dedicated to the study of this art in its ancient and modern forms, and so the inclusion of Licensed Acupuncturists is critical in maintaining the richness of the field. 

Please keep your eyes open for calls to action and requests for your support. Only together as part of a grass-roots movement can we preserve the vast body of wisdom that brought this ancient art to our modern shores. These next few years will be a critical time in the development this medicine; a medicine that can not only fix us when we are broken, but nurture us and teach us how to stay well and thrive.


David W. Miller, MD, LAc
Chair, American Society of Acupuncturists
Welcome to the ASA Job Openings Board! 
We encourage all submissions which promote gainful employment in our profession. Please do not hesitate to submit job postings, office space rentals or if you know someone who wants to sell their practice, we would be more than happy to add them as well. Please submit to so your submissions can be added to the board.
The ASA does reserve the right to edit one’s posting for tact, tenor, and tone, if it may be perceived as potentially inappropriate by others. To ensure the job openings board remains easy to use, please let me know when your submission is filled.

Thank you for all you do for our profession.
Christine Cronin
Board Member at Large

Come check out the official Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists
 Atlantic Symposium 2019! 

The east coast acupuncture societies have come together to host the first annual Atlantic Symposium! Designed to highlight all the resources, talent and expertise present on the east coast, please join us for exciting presentations and speakers, continuing education, exhibitors, a silent auction and networking opportunities with your colleagues!

Early Bird Registration Ends Friday September 13th! After this date, any members of ASA State Associations will receive a 10% discount for registration. We encourage all to join their state associations. A list of ASA State Associations can be  found here

There are single day options for $299, and with the Early Bird Discount, the entire event is only $399!

Vendor booth rates are $1500 for event.

Hotel rates are $129/night. Deadline for hotel discount is Sept 13th.

16 PDAs Pending (NCCAOM)


Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT


Hilton Newark Airport Hotel  
1170 Spring St
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

For Inquiries:
Kallie Guimond
Atlantic Symposium Coordinator

Integrative Healthcare: Acupuncture in the Mainstream

Trigger Point Acupuncture:
Structural Unwinding and Removal of Pain Patterns
Preparing for Birth and Sitting the Month
Introduction to Chinese Medicine Psychology 
Billing Practices in Acupuncture
Using Goals, Process, and Data to Drive Practice Success
Postural Assessment, the Channel Sinews ( Jingjin ), and the  Zangfu
TCM’s Critical Role in Solving the Lyme Epidemic
One Formula. Many Diseases:
The Flexible Applications of Chai Ge Jie Ji Tang
Acupuncture Policy Efforts & Effects
National Advocacy:
The Work of the American Society of Acupuncturists

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture:
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Acupuncture Research an its Role in the Taking Acupuncture into the Mainstream
Selected Legal Issues to Consider in Starting and Running an Acupuncture Practice
Dear Colleagues,

Please consider joining us at the 5th annual ATCMA/TCMAA conference in Los Angeles, CA on October 5-6. This will be an outstanding opportunity to see top lecturers from China, and experience a truly intercultural event. Many lectures will be in Chinese with simultaneous English translation.

This is one of the best opportunities to connect with the Chinese practitioner community, and make connections with experts from mainland China.
Monthly Legislative & Regulatory Report
Our legislative/regulatory focus this month: Submit feedback to NCCIH by September 3, 2019!

All Acupuncturists, Acupuncture Associations, Schools, Students and Patients are asked to submit feedback to NCCIH by September 3, 2019!

Dear Colleagues:

The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (  NCCIH  ) is requesting feedback on the development of a database for "acupoints". The deadline for submission is  September 3rd  . (The original due date was August 4, but it has been extended.) The call is entitled, “Request for Information (RFI): Important Considerations for Potential Creation of an Open-Access Repository or Database for Physiological and Anatomical Ontology of Acupoints”

The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) has prepared responses to the requested information. If you would also like to comment, please do so by September 3rd!

The ASA responses can be found here:   NIH Repository of Acupoint Responses

The original call to action can be found here:    Click here for more information

and the submission portal is here:   Click here to reach submission portal

The NCCIH seeks comments on the following topics:

  • The impact the repository/database could have on the acupuncture or related peripheral stimulation research community
  • Appropriate standards/metrics for acupoint stimulations (e.g., needle size, stimulation frequency, amplitude, duration)
  • Appropriate anatomical references and anatomical regions for acupoints
  • Appropriate nomenclature standards for “acupoints”
  • Value of acupoints for treatment of complex diseases and disorders
  • Appropriate outcome measures (e.g., biochemical responses, physiological responses) for acupoints
  • Other key data standards
  • Minimum data requirements for acupoints
  • Importance of harmonizing standards with publication requirements
  • Other types of transcutaneous peripheral stimulation paradigms that might be included (e.g., acupressure, laser, skin surface electrodes)
  • Necessary analysis tools for the most value
  • Minimum size in terms of number and diversity of acupoints for maximum usefulness
  • Desired key features and functionality from different perspectives including: users, data contributors, and/or research community

Please feel free to note that you support the ASA comments, or add ideas of your own. This is an exciting project and as much guidance from the community as possible would be valued.

The Board of the American Society of Acupuncturists

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ASA Members: State Associations in Action
Greetings AOM professionals,

Our next CEU workshop is quickly coming up (Sept.22), so please register online or send your registrations in soon. As we all know medical lab tests have been upgraded with new systems and new technology, sometimes we face some challenges to incorporate these new test panels into our AOM diagnostics. This class will teach how to do that.

Dr. Elizabeth Livengood is a practicing NMD, and is a very experienced educator and conference leader. This class will be very stimulating and informative, and it will be held at a beautiful venue. Take advantage of AMAAZ's very reasonable fees and sign up for this 8 CEU learning opportunity.  Approved for continuing education by NCCAOM, State of California, and the State of Arizona.

Hope to see you here in Arizona!

The AMAAZ Leadership Team

Lab Interpretation and Utilization
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Livengood, NMD
When: Sunday, Sept 22nd, 2019
8 AM-5 PM
Where: Phoenix Indian School Visiter Center
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012 
Mail this form and with payment (payable to AMAAZ) to:

Susan Wagner, DAOM, L.Ac. 4626 E Fort Lowell Ste. K. Tucson, AZ 85712

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AMAAz Practitioner Member’s Fee | $89.00
AMAAz Practitioner Non-Member’s Fee | $129.00
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Student Non-Member’s Fee | $89.00
Registration Deadline 09.13.2019


Special Note: Space is limited, so Please register ASAP.
Please call AMAAZ at 480-665-6243 to confirm any details regarding the seminar.

Battlefield Acupuncture by John Howard

Course Description: 

This class covers the Basic Battlefield Acupuncture protocol on Saturday and Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture and Clinical Pearls on Sunday. Both days are didactic in the morning and there are clinical demonstrations* in the afternoons. You will learn the histories of Basic and Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture, when to use them, and the outcomes you should expect. There are several Clinical Pearls to incorporate into your practice. There is time for discussion, Q&A and case review. You will also learn how to integrate Battlefield Acupuncture into your practice immediately

When:  Sat & Sun, Nov 9&10

Where:  Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

CEU's:  7.5 per day, you can take one or both days
Lonny Jarret

Lonny S. Jarrett

Treating Trauma with Chinese Medicine: Untying the Knot

September 28-29, 2019, 9 AM - 5 PM
14 NCCAOM CEU/PDA available
(California CEs Pending)

In this two-day seminar, Lonny Jarrett, acclaimed acupuncture practitioner, author and teacher will discuss how to diagnose and treat trauma with Chinese medicine. This class will consider the heart/kidney axis as the physiological foundation of stability and how to restore integrity to this most important relationship. Lonny will emphasize the importance of the practitioner's awareness of the dimension of self that is never wounded or traumatized as a gold standard in diagnosis and treatment. In this regard, the practitioner's own integrity will be considered as the root of efficacy in treatment. The class will be rooted in an appreciation of the core dimensions and capacities of the self, including the spirit, ego, emptiness, soul, conscience, and the will.

Participants will learn how to:

       Diagnose and treat shock to the heart and circulatory system on the pulse
       Diagnose and treat qi stagnation in the diaphragm
       Properly test for and drain "Aggressive Energy" - xie qi
       Understand and treat "possession" in a contemporary context
       Diagnose the separation of yin and yang
       Understand the deeper functions of acupuncture points: Source, luo, xi-cleft, and "spirit" points
       Use herbal formulas and point combinations for taking a person out of shock
       The importance of the patient/practitioner relationship


Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Saturday Membership Meeting Dinner for MAS Members Only

Cancellation Policy:
Cancel after August 28th 2019 - no refund 


  • September 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Location: 2 Heritage Drive, Quincy, MA


  • Registration for fellow ASA members – $85.00
  • Registration for members of other state associations, who are members of the American Society of Acupuncture.
  • Registration non-members – $180.00
  • Registration for non-members of the ASM or other state AOM associations for the seminar with Dr. Amy Moll.
  • Registration: ASM Member – $75.00

Functional Approaches to Concussion Recovery for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

This course provides the necessary foundational understanding of post-concussion syndrome, and a roadmap to successfully merge the fields of clinical neuroscience and Chinese Medicine for optimal patient outcomes. This seminar will cover assessments to pinpoint where a patient's deficits exist, skills to measure neurological improvements and concrete examples of how to combine Chinese Medicine differential diagnosis with neurological findings to create a specific treatment plan.


10 am - 11:30 am - Annual Meeting
11:30 am - 1 pm - Vender Showcase, Networking with Colleagues & Food Truck Yummies for Lunch
1 - 5 pm - Seminar w/ Amy Moll, DAOM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
5-6 Beer Garden Social

PLEASE LOGIN BEFORE REGISTERING (this includes all individuals with existing online ASM accounts such as members, past members and event attendees) If you have interacted with AOMSM/ASM previously you will likely have an ASM online account, even if you've never logged in. This will ensure that you are able to choose the correct registration type/cost and will be part of your account history. There is a link to change your password if you need it.

Cancellation Policy: ASM MUST receive all cancellations and changes to registrations in writing at You may be able to make a substitution; please notify us as soon as possible.
The Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania is pleased to present the following 14 CEU class:

What: The Inner Functions of Acupuncture Points with Lonny Jarrett L.Ac

When: 10/12/2019 - 10/13/2019, 

Register by September 14th to get early bird discount!

Where: 137 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038

Class description: 

The imagery contained in the acupuncture point names will be discussed as it relates to the point’s deeper functions. Acupuncture points will be discussed as archetypes that embrace the full realm of human expression. The meridians as maps of the body, soul, and spirit will be presented as they pertain to the integral functioning of the evolving human being. The diaphragm as the demarcation between consciousness and unconscious will be considered as well as the importance of opening it early in treatment in order to create a stable foundation for health. Points and herbs that open the diaphragm will be presented along with this. Points on every channel will be considered as icons of Chinese philosophical, cosmological, and medical concept.
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State Association Membership:
There are many avenues to being involved with the American Society of Acupuncturists. To enjoy the full benefits of membership, we encourage Licensed Acupuncturists to join their state association that is a member of ASA. You are considered a member of the ASA at no additional charge. State Associations that are currently members of ASA can be found here . State associations who are interested in membership with ASA may contact our Board Secretary LiMing Tseng at .

Other Ways to Be Involved:

Licensed Practitioners and Acupuncture Students who are unaffiliated with state associations may receive information about the state and federal regulatory and legislative environments, along with newsworthy announcements about the acupuncture industry by becoming an Associate of the ASA. Options for sitting on the Council, serving on Committees, or voting are not included in this option. For more information, please contact ASA Board Member Dr. Christine Cronin, DAOM, L.Ac at . You may also sign up to receive information directly at

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