Volume 3 | March 31, 2018
ASA March Review '18
A Message From Our Chairman
Dear Colleagues,

Our profession just had an amazing national meeting! We are coming together as a professional group more than we ever have before, and the timing could not be more critical. Our work to enter organized medicine is coalescing, and we are beginning to gain a “voice at the table” in numerous arenas in which we never previously held representation. There is still far to go, however. For us to be as powerful as we need to be, your participation is essential. We are a sizable licensure group, but not nearly so massive as others that are seeking to gain access to acupuncture through short-course training. 

The American public deserves to have the choice to see those most extensively trained in the art and practice of Acupuncture, and to be cared for by those who understand how acupuncture fits into the broader system of holistic health provided by Chinese medicine. We have asked for jobs to be created. Will we step up to those when those emerge? We have asked for inclusion in hospitals. Will we play as part of the team when doors open? We have asked for good governance and transparency of process in our organizations. Will we be mindful members who demand such and help co-create the teams we need in each and every state? These questions are becoming more pressing as possibilities turn into realities. 

The next couple of years will bring great opportunity to our licensure type, and our licensure type is what we have in common in this quest for growth and development. When you invest in your state association memberships, when you bring your skill sets to volunteer to do the work, and when you set aside internal differences for the bigger picture, you contribute to changing the environment in general for your own success and for the benefit of the public who will be more globally able to access our care. The medical playing field is opening rapidly to acupuncture, but only together will it open to Acupuncturists. The time to invest in this profession is now! Join. Volunteer. Collaborate. Thrive.

Please take time to enjoy this summary of state and national activity, and do review our post-Council Congress report.


David W. Miller, MD, LAc
American Society of Acupuncturists
3rd Annual Council Congress
Our third annual ASA Council Congress was held in Denver, Colorado. The meeting was attended by 27 state associations represented by 41 delegates, as well as representatives from CCAOM, NCCAOM, AAPAS, and DVCIPM.

ASA Council 2018
Our goals for 2018 include (but are not limited to…):
  • Development of a comprehensive web platform to advance the industry’s cyber presence and better unite the state associations. This platform would also offer a low-cost, high-quality platform for individual practitioners looking to create or improve their web presence. • Amplified income generation through the development of non-voting supporter categories.
  • Expansion and focusing of legislative efforts via the ASA legislative committee.
  • On-going maturation of relationships with existing partner organizations such as ACAOM, CCAOM, NCCAOM, TCMAAA/ATCMA, AAPAS, EBA, ANF, ETCMA, SAR, SIO, IHPC, and others.
  • Continued refinement of board and leadership manuals.
  • Enhanced benefits for member organizations.
  • Increased industry visibility.
  • Attendance at industry meetings including PCOM, IFS, SIO, the AMA CPT meetings, ISO, EBA, and the Academic Consortium, and World Acupuncture Day – a UNESCO event in Paris.
  • Board development including identification of future board members.
  • Support for the entry of Licensed Acupuncturists in the military.
  • Development of a cohesive policy development platform for state associations and the national organization.
  • Planning for a 2019 industry-wide, national meeting! 
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NCCAOM Sponsored Luncheon
NCCAOM Holds Q&A Session
The NCCAOM generously sponsored lunch on the first day of the Council Congress and took the time to answer questions that were generated by professional members both inside and outside the ASA. They issued a written report of the questions along with their report in the general session.

Defense & Veterans Pain Rating Scale
New Clinical Tool Measures Function As Part of Pain Assessment
The ASA was honored to be joined by US Army retired Colonel Kevin Galloway, now Deputy Director of DVCIPM to present both the new DVCIPM Pain Scale and to give an overview of the history and future of Licensed Acupuncturists in the DoD and Veterans Administration. These agencies are very interested in Licensed Acupuncturists, but much work is needed to assist in inclusion. ASA is partnering with these agencies to work towards meaningful job opportunities in this arena. ASA is recommending that all acupuncture schools and practitioners initiate usage of the DVCIPM pain scale, as this is a validated tool that improves considerably on previous pain rating tools. CCAOM will also be promoting this resource.

ASA to Hold Inaugural National Meeting
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We are thrilled as well to announce that next year’s 4th annual ASA Council Congress will occur in conjunction with our first profession-wide national meeting in Washington, D.C.! Please keep your eyes open for more information (coming soon) on this industry-wide conference. This will be a phenomenal event which will bring our industry into the national arena.
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State Associations In Action
Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
ILaaom Asian New Year Dinner
Illinois had a successful Asian New Year dinner with 115 people in attendance. Colleagues enjoyed an evening of networking, delicious food, and learning about the opioid issue and how we can work with other professionals to combat this epidemic. Our very own David Miller, MD, L.Ac., spoke about how our profession can help and the advocacy work that was done in Washington DC last fall. He was joined with Katie Schneider, LCPC, who has a non-profit organization getting those addicted to use physical activity and meeting new people to get out of the relapsing cycle. She also spoke about the importance of combining talk therapy with acupuncture. Finally, John Sullivan, JD, spoke to us about medical cannabis and its benefit along with some common misconceptions. It was a wonderful evening ending with a silent auction and raffles.
ILaaom Launches "Find an Acupuncturist" Tool on Website
ILaaom just launched a "Find an Acupuncturist" tool on their website. This feature allows prospective patients the ability to find an Illinois acupuncturist/herbalist by geographical area or by specialty. It also allows ILaaom members to find other nearby members with whom to network and share similar interests.

This plug-in is a Wordpress feature and illustrates one of the many reasons why an open platform is ideal: there are many options and add-ons to employ as we grow and change needs.

Please click IL Find an Acupuncturist , take a look and encourage your members to play with it. This will help their SEO.
Michigan Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
MAAOM Spring Members Meeting
MAAOM held the first of three annual membership meetings in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 31st from 2-4pm in the Wege Rm. 7/9 of Mercy Health Wege Institute, Wege Building, 300 Lafayette Avenue SE, Suite 3400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Open to all members, the agenda covered Financial and Membership Updates, 2018 Legislative Plans/Updates, Fundraising Activities, and the ASA Annual Meeting Report.
Upcoming State Association Events
AAC's 35th Annual Conference
Join us for highly requested presenter Jeff Nagel, MA, LAc to mark our 35th Annual AAC Conference!

Classical Chinese Medicine traditions raise the question: What causes and promotes health and vitality and not just dis-ease? Some of the most effective answers and solutions to this question will be covered in this class:

“7 parts patient lifestyle adjustment + 3 parts doctor’s treatment”

Teachings include:   
  • How to cultivate Relax & Calm Down Qigong Breathing & Taiji Ruler Heart Calming Qigong for patients and practitioners. 

  • Learn simple & effective methods of Acu-Touch Pulse for diagnosis & treatment.

  • Learn how to use Internal-external herbal polarity-5 phase nutrition

  • Learn practical clinical applications to diagnose and treat stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and pain before dis-ease sets in using Master Tung's Acupuncture and the 5 Phase Organ-Meridians and 12 Attitudes Method.

  • Learn how to harmonize the emotions with Temporal Pulse Balancing, the “10 Essentials of Life” & Geopathic Medicine for stress-anxiety-depression-PTSD and pain. 

ILaaom Annual Meeting
& Ethics Class
08 Apr 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E. Wacker Place, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Ethics class taught by Lynn Palmgren will be held from 10AM - 12PM followed by lunch and meeting. We want to hear from you and this is a great opportunity to discuss where you would like to see ILAAOM go as well as get involved.  

Prices for the class:
Members are free
Non-member professionals: $50
Non-member students: $30

Items on the agenda with more to come

  • Bylaws revisions (required 5 year update review)
  • Board Nominations. If you know someone or are interested yourself, email info@ilaaom.org and we will send you the forms.
  • Legislative Update
  • Strategic Planning Update

MAAOM Annual Meeting/Symposium
Maine has an event on April 7-8th!

The MAAOM is hosting the  2018 MAAOM Annual Meeting/Symposium  which was developed around the theme of integration. 

Each morning will start with qi gong.

Lectures are presented by both Eastern and Western Medicine practitioners, and include the following topics: 
  • Mechanism of Pain
  • Evidence-Based Research to Support the Use of Acupuncture
  • Understanding the Legislative System and Effectively Communicating with Legislators
  • Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity
  • Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence.

In addition, Sharon Weizenbaum will present The Shang Han Lun and Herbs. Attendees will receive information that can be immediately used in practice, and will enhance their ability to communicate with medical practitioners from various disciplines.

New York
Upcoming ASNY Events
In New York, on Saturday April 14, we have both our Annual Meeting at 3pm an our SOLD -OUT Annual Banquet (250
+ tickets sold!) at 6:00 pm.  

May 15 we will have about 30 acupuncturists participating in our Albany Lobby Day.

North Carolina
Upcoming NCSAAM Events
Ishizaka Ryu Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, used for Pain Control, Concussion, Face and Body Rejuvenation
Presenter: Naoki Kubota, L.Ac
5 CEUs (awaiting NCALB approval)

$50 for NCSAAM Members; 
$100 for non-Members

20 May 2018
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kubota Acupuncture, 4
7 Orange St # A,
Asheville, NC 28801

During this course, practitioners will obtain an explanation of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Ishizaka Ryu Including: Theory, History, Diagnosis, and Techniques. Additionally, they’ll obtain a demonstration and hands on practice of methods to control pain, concussion treatment protocol, face and body rejuvenation.  

Deepening Perspectives on Pulse Diagnosis
Pulse diagnosis is one of the “Crown jewels” of Chinese medicine. Competency with the pulse is a significant part of the difference between symptomatic treatment and achieving a truly preventive level of care. Pulse diagnosis is vital to cultivating a deep intuition in medical practice. It is imperative that we can communicate to others what we are seeing and how we have arrived at any given diagnosis or treatment principle. This class will lay the foundation for a broad and deep appreciation of pulse diagnosis

April 28 th – 29 th , 2018
14 NCCAOM PDA (pending)
Association for
Professional Acupuncture
8030 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Lonny Jarret
ASVA Annual Spring Workshop
& Membership Meeting
Orthopedic/Trigger Point Acupuncture:
A Hands-On Approach to Lower Back, Neck and Upper Extremity Pain
presented by Jamie Chaves, L.Ac.

Saturday & Sunday
April 21st & 22nd, 2018 
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(Registration starts at 8:15 AM)
16 NCCAOM PDA and 16 California CEU Category 1 Live approved

Plus, the 2018 ASVA Annual Membership Meeting from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Please check for event details and register separately.

Fairfax Marriott Fair Oaks (Virginia)

Description of Course
This 2-day workshop will provide participants with the fundamentals needed to assess, treat, and prevent a variety of common injuries. The course will consist of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice integrating a variety of physical examination skills. Participants can expect to gain proficiency in clinical anatomy, palpation, range of motion assessment, manual muscle testing, orthopedic testing, and trigger point needling techniques. As a preventative strategy, biomechanics and ergonomics will be discussed.

Legislative Updates
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