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AAMA Message from the Board: Moving Forward with Gratitude

We sit on the cusp of the change of seasons—from the bright hot sun and hard work of summer, to the robust harvests of autumn. The long days give way to the longer nights and the colors of deep orange, red, and greens as the leaves burst forth in their changes.   

The predominant emotion of empathy (worry or obsession) can morph into gratitude in the fullness of this season. Gratitude for all of our family's support, our teachers, our traditions, our heritage, as we embarked on what some consider an unusual journey—into the contemplative art and science of medical acupuncture. This must be considered at least impractical, if not overtly crazy in these times of ever-present administrative intrusion into the practice of medicine.   

The most credit and thanks must be reserved for Dr. Joseph Helms who planted the seeds of medical acupuncture and reaped the harvest of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He brought energetics to an audience steeped in the Western paradigms of physicality. Against a current of disbelief, he forged forward, withstanding the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes. He did not sleep, but dared to dream a new world into being. We will shortly hear of his ACUS Foundation work and amazing results in an Air Force Family Practice Residency setting, using 62% less narcotics and100% less muscle relaxers. Breathtaking.   

But, what shall we dream together?  

A humanized medical practice incorporating the best of the Western principles and Eastern—a caring, contemplative approach—combining both to achieve what each of us can be in our fullest expression; multiple therapies which have no side effects, no drug interactions, and no down-side. A reasoned and effective response to the growing opiate epidemic.   

We hope to work together with all members of the AAMA to understand the cultural deficits that led to this overdose epidemic. We hope to devise a workable preventive strategy, as well as treatment plans. And we will reap the harvest of healthier patients, healthier and more stable practitioners, nursing staff members who are not prone to burning out, and, finally, patients who manifest their potentials, unfettered with burdens of their pain, dysfunction, or demons.   

Stay tuned. And be part of the future. Join an AAMA committee that suits your abilities or desires. Come and be with like-minded medical acupuncturists at our symposia or other educational activities. But, most of all, enjoy this season of abundance with gratitude.   

Douglass N. Powell, MD, FAAMA
AAMA Board of Directors, Treasurer   

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in August 2017: 

  • Udaya S DeSilva, MD of Palmdale, CA 
  • Christina White, DVM of Florence, MA 
  • Richard P. Petri, Jr, MD of El Paso, TX 
  • Roberta Lee, MD of Tucson, AZ 

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 Thomas Etges, MD, the membership committee chair.   

From Joseph Helms, MD — Medical Acupuncture Meets the Military

"In 2008, Cols. Richard C. Niemtzow (MD, PhD, MPH) and Arnyce R. Pock (MD) introduced me to Gen. Bruce Green (MD, MPH), then the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. He was interested in introducing acupuncture into Air Force medicine and coordinated the first military-exclusive courses in 2009 and 2010. After the Air Force programs, the U.S. Navy followed with a series of courses, to which the U.S. Army sent students as well. In 2012, the three services started sending their candidates to the Helms Medical Institute (HMI) semiannual civilian programs rather than funding smaller military courses. To date, more than 200 military physicians have completed the comprehensive 300-hour training through these courses." Read more.   

JAMA – Recent Coverage of Acupuncture

The June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included three pieces on acupuncture. 

Call for Abstracts -- International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

Baltimore, MD
May 8-11, 2018

The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Program Planning Committee invites proposal submissions for consideration. The International Congress theme, "Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy," reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program. Clinicians, investigators, and other professionals, including fellows, students and trainees in all areas of integrative health and medicine-related disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts of original work for presentation at the Congress. Abstracts are being accepted for the following types of sessions:   

  • Pre-Congress Workshop 
  • Panel Discussion Symposium 
  • Experiential Workshop Research Abstract (oral or poster presentation) 
  • Non-Research Abstract (oral or poster presentation)   

Membership Renewal Reminder!

AAMA Membership Renewal season is coming to a close. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to submit your renewal information and your annual dues. Don't risk losing your membership benefits — or access to your dedicated and talented peers in the AAMA. (Please be prepared to log-in to the AAMA site with your member information.)     

Integrative Physician Market Landscape Survey

Last year the AAMA participated in a research study with Pure Branding to learn more about integrative physicians. As the sole physician-only acupuncture professional society in North America, we have a great interest in how doctors integrate not only acupuncture into their practice, but what our members share with other integrative physicians. We invited our members to take the online survey, and many of you did. The Integrative Physician Market Landscape 2017 press release has now been published and you can learn more about it.  

FREE CME Article: The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques

Conclusions: Seven empirically supported strengths of the approach were identified that make it especially suitable for use with veterans and active military: (1) the depth and breadth of treatment effects; (2) the relatively brief timeframes required for successful treatment; (3) the low risk of adverse events; (4) the minimal training time required for the approach to be applied effectively; (5) the simultaneous reduction of physical and psychologic symptoms; (6) the utility and cost-effectiveness of clinical EFT in a large group format; and (7) the method's adaptability to online and telemedicine applications.   

Professional Development Opportunities

Herbalism in Action: Annual Symposium
October 5-9, 2017
Silverton, Oregon
The 28th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. This year we are making the 28th Annual AHG Symposium accessible to everyone by offering a live stream of selected sessions. Each session will be streamed live from a designated classroom specially equipped with video and audio recording capabilities. For those of you who can’t attend the Symposium in person, now you can participate from the comfort of your own home.    

The 3rd American TCM Congress
September 16-17, 2017 
Washington, D.C. At this conference, attendees will attend advanced lectures, seminars, and, most importantly, watch live demonstrations of a variety of needling techniques by world-renowned professionals. Participants will earn 15 CEU credits issued by the conference. (There are not AMA category 1 hours; conference hours are valid for continuing education hours towards ABMA board recertification and they are of course valid for AMA category 2 CME.)     

Integrating Osteopathic Manipulations and Functional Medicine with Medical Acupuncture:  Techniques to Release Channels and Clinical Pearls
Presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, DABMA, FAAMA 
Save the Date: January 27-28, 2018
Las Vegas, NV  
Dr. Sandweiss is board certified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the American Osteopathic Association in neuro-musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is a popular speaker at AAMA functions. This workshop is planned in response to requests from attendees at his 2017 pre-symposium workshop. Additional details will be available soon!   

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

UPDATE - Academy-wide Outreach about Pain/Opioids  
With the heightened awareness of the opioid crisis in patient treatment, there is increasing attention being given to alternative treatment options. The AAMA has sent letters to every state medical board and to every state medical society a letter introducing them to the Academy and offering to be available to them should they need our expertise as they consider changes to their laws and regulations regarding alternative approaches to the treatment of pain which avoid drugs where possible. We are pleased to report that we have already been contacted by a couple of organizations about setting up meetings. Please contact the leadership of your state medical board and state medical societies to reinforce the message that medical acupuncture is an acceptable alternative. Hearing from someone in their own state always carries a lot of weight. Email the AAMA if you would like a copy of the letter sent to you again.   

AAMA's FREE Social Media Webinar – Available On Demand
If you missed the AAMA’s first social media webinar last week, don’t worry: We recorded it so you can watch it when it’s convenient for you. Members can log in with their passwords and find the webinar here.   

Call for Research Articles: Contribute to the Journal of Medical Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture can only continue to mature and maximize in quality if you, the readers, come forth with articles. Your input brings enhancements, improvements, and credibility to the journal. Your contribution adds to our collective experience; it unleashes the power of Medical Acupuncture. Please contact Richard C. Niemtzow directly if you have an interesting article to submit or an idea for the journal. E-MAIL: N5EVMD@GMAIL.COM      

Save the Date!
AAMA 2018 Annual Symposium - Kansas City
April 12-15, 2018   

New Scientific Research

Effects of electroacupuncture stimulation at different spinal segmental levels in a rat model of diabetes mellitus
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
Conclusion: EA at Weiwanxiashu and BL15 had differential effects on metabolic markers in the STZ-induced rat model of DM. These effects may be explained neuroanatomically by variations in the segmental innervation of the tissues at these locations. 

Acupuncture in Temporomandibular Disorder Myofascial Pain Treatment: A Systematic Review
[Journal of Oral Facial Pain Headache]
CONCLUSION: Despite the weak scientific evidence supporting its efficacy, acupuncture treatment appears to relieve the signs and symptoms of pain in myofascial TMD. More controlled and randomized clinical trials with larger sample sizes are needed in this field of research to verify these initial findings.    

Conference Paper: Types of control in acupuncture clinical trials might affect the conclusion of the trials
[2017 SAR Conference]
Conclusion: We conclude that type of control is likely to affect the conclusion in acupuncture trials. The effectiveness of blinding should be carefully assessed when using superficial needle-insertion control in studying pain conditions. The findings will support developing an acupuncture clinical research methodology guideline.    

Top 7 Acupuncture Articles
[Health CMi]
At the Healthcare Medicine Institute, we have received the most acupuncture information requests about the following research publications in the last several months. 

Membership Renewal Time!

The membership year ends June 30, 2018. Renewal dues invoices have been mailed to all members earlier this month. If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2018-19, you can pay online through the website. Log into your member account and go to the Store to find renewal products or to this page.

Symposium Recordings

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Journal CME

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the AAMA, now contains selected articles that are approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Mary Ann Liebert, Inc publishers anticipates that 6 articles per year will carry CME credit. 

CME credit is available for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for a small fee. 

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