December 2013 Newsletter

AAMA e-Newsletter -- December 2013

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 President's Message

 Get ready for an exciting 26th Annual Symposium, full of fun & surprises

By Rey Ximenes, MD, FAAMA
President, AAMA

Hello, everyone!Dr Ximenes

I hope everybody is having a great holiday season! Despite the fact that there are a lot of problems in our world, we have so much to be thankful for.

Things are coming together with the next Symposium, and it promises to be a great one. With Drs. Yuan-Chi Lin, Rick Hobbs and Anna Kelly at the helm, we are looking good for April 10-13, 2014 in Denver, CO. Sign up on the AAMA website by Feb. 1 for early-bird registration fees. Online registration will open soon. (See related article in this issue)

In fact, the following Symposium, in 2015, is also underway in a preliminary fashion, and it should be great, as well.

Our website is up and running, and the blogsite is doing great also. Those of you who have been on it, have been putting up great tips. I am picking up a lot myself and have followed this more than I thought I would. This is another great perk of membership in the AAMA, so tell your non-member friends they need to join!

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally wish each and every one of you a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

Happy holidays!


 Symposium 2014

Check out Pre-Symposium, program, faculty, contests, hotel details

Program details on AAMA’s 26th Annual Symposium, April 10-13, 1014 are posted online, and registration will open soon on the Academy's website. Sign up by Feb. 1, 2014 for early-bird registration fees.

Check out offerings being planned by Chair Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, FAAMA and Vice Chair Richard F. Hobbs, III, MD, FAAMA at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO.

Dr. Hobbs is planning these workshops:

Workshop I: "Eight Modalities for Working with Qi"
Gabriel Stux, MD

Workshop II: "Pearls of Medical Acupuncture: From Philosophical, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Perspectives"
Steven K. H. Aung, MD

Workshop III: "Living the Dao: Illuminating the Path to Healing"
Jeffrey Yuen, LAc

Workshop IV: "Korean Hand Acupuncture"
Patrick Yue-Pang Mok, MD

Symposium Highlights

• Welcome Reception to honor Diplomats of the ABMA
• Exhibitors with acupuncture-related products and services
• Sharing ideas with your peers
• Group Luncheon
• Symposium Dinner: Five Elements Wine Tasting with Drs. Jay Sandweiss and Robert Gross
• “Early Morning Gong with Aung” with Steven KH Aung, MD
• The Joseph M. Helms Founders’ Lecture “Clinical Science Research in Medical Acupuncture,” by Joseph Audette, MD
• Annual Membership Meeting
• Poster Presentations, Wine and Cheese Reception (featuring “Calligraphy: The Art of Healing,” AAMA fundraising event by Dr. Aung)
• Research Paper presentation
• Free Paper session
• Exciting sessions
• Outstanding Faculty

Faculty being planned in Denver include: Joseph Audette, MD; Steven KH Aung, MD; Jimmy Wei-Yen Chang, LAc; Jen-Hwey Chiu, MD, PhD; Brenda Golianu, MD; Francisco Lozano, MD; Patrick Yue-Pang Mok, MD; Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LAc; Narda G. Robinson, DO; Glenn Rothfeld, MD; Jay Sandweiss, DO; Louisa Silva, MD; Gary Stanton, MD; Gabriel Stux, MD; and Jeffrey Yuen, MD.

Hotel DetailsGrand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80202
303/295-1234 (be sure to mention AAMA)
Room rate $195 (sgl/dbl)
Cut-off: March 9, 2014 (or when our block of rooms sells out, whichever comes first)
You can also book online using a special Hyatt web page.

The Academy has negotiated a block of rooms at the specially discounted rate of $195/night (single/double). To reserve a room at that rate, call the hotel at 303/295-1234 and be sure to mention the AAMA Symposium. You must make your reservation by March 9, 2014 (or when our block of rooms sells out, whichever comes first) in order to get that discounted rate. The Hyatt also has set up a special web page you can use to book rooms online.

Entries are now being accepted for Poster Presentations, the Research Paper competition and Free (Oral) Paper Presentations. Details on those submissions, which will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2014, are listed in this issue.

Check out transportation options, hotel information, Pre-Symposium Workshop sessions, preliminary speakers, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities (just added) and topics posted on the AAMA website. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Jason Jishun Hao Register by Jan. 15 to save money on Jason Jishun Hao course

Act by Jan. 15, 2014 to take advantage of early-bird registration and discounted hotel room rates on AAMA’s education opportunity, Chinese Scalp Acupuncture. This will be presented by Jason Jishun Hao, Feb. 15-16, 2014 in Dallas, TX.

Chinese scalp acupuncture (CSA) is a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods with Western biomedical knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cerebral cortex. Scalp acupuncture has been proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. Scalp acupuncture often produces remarkable results with just a few needles and usually brings about immediate improvements.

Acupuncture has been used to prevent and treat disease in China for thousands of years. Scalp acupuncture, however, is a modern innovation and development with just 40 years of history. Scalp acupuncture is frequently used in the rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, automobile accidents, and Parkinson’s disease. It is also used in pain management, especially that caused by the central nervous system, such as phantom pain, complex regional pain, and residual limb pain. It has been proven to have very effective results in treating PTSD, TBI, aphasia, ataxia, and Menière’s disease.

This course introduces CSA to you through didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and clinical experience for participants. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp, in order to show the location and indications of scalp acupuncture points. Demonstration and hands-on segments cover needling technique and stimulation of needles on your classmates. This course contains many case studies from Dr. Hao’s clinical practice and seminars. The range of his successful cases spans the past 30 years.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

February 15-16, 2014
The Westin Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas

Call 800-598-1864 and ask for AAMA Workshop room rate of $95 (sgl/dbl)
(Available until Jan 15 OR when block sells out)
Use the Hotel's online reservation system.
The schedule for the workshop will be as follows:
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – Noon

*There will be a 15 minute break each morning and afternoon and a one and hour a half luncheon break on Saturday (lunch is not included – participants are on their own for lunch).

Please don’t delay – secure your spot in this workshop and make a room reservation as soon as possible. Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel and hotel expenses. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


Nominees sought for AAMA Board of Directors

AAMA members interested in being considered for nomination to the Board of Directors are encouraged to submit a letter indicating their interest, along with a resume, by Feb. 15, 2014. Full members and Fellows are eligible to serve on the Board, which is responsible for developing AAMA policies and overseeing operations. Address your letter to Chairman of the Nominations Committee, c/o AAMA, 1970 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 330, El Segundo, CA 90245. Also, the Academy is looking for volunteers for committees. For a list and responsibilities, click here, or contact Executive Administrator C. James Dowden (, or a member of the committee that interests you.

Call for entries for Poster Presentations at 2014 Symposium

This is the call for entries to submit Poster Presentations by Feb. 28, 2014 for AAMA's Symposium 2014, in Denver, CO April 10-13, 2014.

Please follow all instructions carefully to allow your application to be fully considered. Poster Presentation Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place presentations, with $750, $500 and $250 awarded, respectively.

Awards will be announced at the close of the Symposium at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Winners will be notified by March 15, 2014.

Full details are posted here.

Research Paper competition entries accepted until Feb. 28, 2014

Entries will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2014 to present an Acupuncture Research Paper at the AAMA Symposium 2014 in Denver, CO on April 10-13, 2014. AAMA expects a hearty number of great submissions from international colleagues.

First, second and third-place awards will be presented at the AAMA Symposium. Prizes offered include: First Place: $1,500, Symposium Registration, travel to $500, and three night's hotel lodging for the presenting author. Second Place: $750, Symposium Registration, travel to $500. Third Place: $350 and Symposium Registration.

The First Place winning paper will be presented in a 30-minute Plenary Session at the Symposium. Papers for second and third place will be announced at the Symposium.

Winners will be notified by March 15, 2014.

Full details are posted here.

Call for Free (Oral) Paper Presentations for 2014 Symposium

The deadline is Feb. 28, 2014 to apply to present a Free (Oral) Paper at the AAMA Symposium 2014, in Denver, CO, April 10-13, 2014.

Please follow all instructions carefully to allow your application to be considered fully. Abstracts should have the title, author, affiliation, contact information and abstract text of no more than 250 words. Free Paper topics may be clinical or research (basic or clinical) related.

Those selected for Free Paper (Oral) Presentations are responsible for their own transportation and housing costs and must pay Symposium registration fees in order to participate in the Free Paper Presentation Sessions. All paper authors and presenters will be listed in the final Symposium program.

Full details are posted here.

Redesigned AAMA website offers discussion group

Also, access valuable features, such as online renews, patient referral

Members are encouraged to check out the recently redesigned AAMA website, where you can join your peers in a new discussion group, conveniently pay your 2013-’14 membership dues online and more.

The site includes a Member Only feature that requires that each member have a unique user name and password in order to access the full features of the website. For instance, when you sign on the site as a member, you can access the current and all past issues of the Medical Acupuncture Journal. You need to be signed in as a member in order to access the Webinar recordings, as well.

Discussion Group
Many Academy members have been presenting cases, getting solutions to problems and discussing issues related to medical acupuncture in AAMA’s new Community Google Group. This email discussion group allows members to communicate, ask questions, and share ideas with each other. Invitations were sent by email, but members can also ask to be added directly to the group by clicking here and then entering your user name and password, or registering.

Also, a complete directory of Academy members can be accessed only when you are signed in as a member. As staff continues to build out the new website, other features, such as case discussions, a Q & A forum among others, will be added for access by members only.

Getting Started
Academy staff has set up online accounts for most members. Each member was assigned a discrete username and a temporary password. Once you log in as a member (the login link is in the upper right hand side of all pages), you can change your password, and update or change other information in your account, but your assigned username will be permanent. See the information below on your assigned user name and temporary password. Please save this information in a safe place for future use.

Web address:
Username: (your 5 digit AAMA member ID #)
Temporary Password: acupuncture

Patient Referral Program
Those members who are Associate, Full or Fellow level members may participate in the Academy’s Patient Referral Program if they are available to accept new patients. Those who participate are included in the online listing of physician acupuncturists. The Academy website gets hundreds of queries each week from patients looking for a physician acupuncturist.

Interested members can sign up to be included in the program by signing on to the Academy website with your user name and password, and then going to the “For Physician” tab. Click on the pull-down menu to see the link to sign up for the Patient Referral Program.

Contact the Academy offices if you have any problems or need additional information.

AAMA looking for members to present webinars

The Academy continues to offer educational webinars as a value-add to membership in the organization and as such, needs your involvement.

If you have an interest in offering a webinar for the membership, please provide the title and a short summary for consideration by the Education Committee. Webinars are typically 45 minutes to an hour in length and can either be personal case presentations or literature reviews. Dr Harsh

The Academy has hosted and archived free webinars for members – among them: “Cash-Based Acupuncture: Creating a Successful Practice,” by Laura Bowman, MD; “Acupuncture & Fertility” by Claudia E. Harsh, MD; “Acupuncture Trauma Protocol” by Mitchell Elkiss, DO, FAAMA; and “Advanced Auricular Therapy: Enhanced Clinical Results” and “Acupuncture Related Techniques for Sports and Pain Medicine,” by Bryan L. Frank, MD, FAAMA.

Details on future webinars will be posted on the Academy’s website, in this newsletter and sent via email.

Come be a part of the 21st Century education. Send suggestions to AAMA staff or Dr. Claudia Harsh (

Dr. Nakazawa leads 45 at seminar in Japan

Hiroshi Nakazawa, MD, FAAMA, of Catonsville, MD, led 45 Japanese physician acupuncturists and LACs in the 14th Annual AAMA-Japan Seminar at the MDr Nakazawaamiya Clinic in Hamamatsu, Japan.

“My concentration has been practical, impromptu teaching and demonstrations on actual patients,” he said. “I have always asked that the attendees jot down their impressions, tentative diagnoses, ‘sho’ and their approach to solve the patient’s problem. At the end of the day, all cases were reviewed and discussed. I have found the method of teaching is most stimulating and valuable to all attendees.”

All sessions during the three days were videotaped for future reference. The next session will be mid-September 2014.

Medical Acupuncture Research News

The following is a review of reported research results and related news recently announced or released through Internet outlets:Dr Ochi

•The abstract, “Acupuncture instead of codeine for tonsillectomy pain in children,” was published in International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology (Vol. 17, Issue 12, December 2013, pgs. 2058-2062). Fifty-six children underwent tonsillectomy during three months, 31 of which received acupuncture for postoperative pain. Statistical analysis supported the conclusion that adolescents 2-17 who had a tonsillectomy experienced reduced pain after acupuncture. Author AAMA member James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA, of San Diego, CA, outlines results in this video.

•The abstract, “Randomised clinical trial of five ear acupuncture points for the treatment of overweight people,” was published in Acupuncture in Medicine (Dec. 16, 2013). The study evaluated the efficacy of the 5 ear acupuncture points for treating obesity, and compare them with the Hunger acupuncture point, in 58 participants during eight weeks. Researchers concluded that the 5 ear acupuncture points are more effective than the Hunger point to treat obesity.

•The abstract, “Acupuncture for patients with mild hypertension: study protocol of an open-label multicenter randomized controlled trial,” was published in Trials (Nov. 11, 2013). This trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for 428 patients with mild hypertension in four groups. This is the first large-scale, multicenter, randomized, sham controlled trial of acupuncture for essential hypertension in China seeking to clarify acupuncture as a treatment for hypertension in 11 hospitals. Details of more studies on acupuncture lowering blood pressure and protecting kidneys are posted here.

•The abstract, “Clinical study on electroacupuncture for cervical intervertebral disc herniation,” was published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science (Dec. 3, 2013). This study compared therapeutic efficacies between electroacupuncture (EA) and medication for cervical intervertebral disc herniation (CIDH) in 420 patients. Researchers concluded that EA is better than medication in comparing both short– and long–term therapeutic efficacies in treating CIDH.

•The abstract, “Acupuncture and Acupressure and Massage Health Outcomes for Patients with Anorexia Nervosa: Findings from a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial and Patient Interviews,” was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Oct. 8, 2013). This Australian study compared acupuncture with a control in an inpatient setting, to examine experiences of interventions, clinical outcomes, and to integrate data to explain trial findings. Researchers concluded that acupuncture and acupressure and massage improved patients' sense of wellbeing.

•The abstract, “The effectiveness of acupuncture in prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting - a systematic review and meta-analysis,” was published in PLoS One (Dec. 13, 2013). This paper included a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effect of acupuncture and acupoint selection in postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) prevention and treatment. Thirty randomized controlled trials, 1,276 patients (intervention) and 1,258 patients (control) were identified. Researchers concluded that acupuncture and acupoint selection are beneficial in preventing and treating PONV.

•The abstract, “A randomised trial of electro-acupuncture for arthralgia related to aromatase inhibitor use,” was published in the European Journal of Cancer (Oct. 28, 2013). The study conducted a randomized controlled trial of electro-acupuncture (EA) compared to waitlist control (WLC) and sham acupuncture in 67 postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Compared to usual care, researchers found EA produced clinically important and durable improvement in arthralgia related to AIs in breast cancer patients.

Please send information you find on research involving the efficacy of medical acupuncture to

Acupuncture use being studied to help dental patients

Acupuncture could help people who reflexively gag during procedures like teeth impressions, according to Italian researchers, Holistic Nutritionalist reports. Up to 20% of the US population has severe anxiety at the dentist's office. Acupuncture may be one strategy to solve that problem.

Researchers recruited 20 people with a history of gag reflex in the dental chair to have upper and lower teeth impressions taken under normal circumstances and then immediately after acupuncture. For the first round, they reported an average gag reflex score of 7 on a 0-10 scale, with 10 representing the maximum nausea sensation. During the second round, researchers applied acupuncture needles about 30 seconds before taking impressions and left the needles in until the procedure ended. On average, gag reflex scores dropped to just 1.

In England, the British Dental Acupuncture Society offers training for dentists in certain dental applications of acupuncture. Researchers in the current study placed needles in the PC6, EX 1 and CV24 acupuncture points on the face and wrist. With acupuncture, a patient may choose to drive home after a procedure, which is not possible with general anesthesia.

AcuTrials Database available as acupuncture resource

The AcuTrials Database is now available as a public resource at: (for new members, click “login now” and “sign up” to create a free account). AcuTrials is updated monthly, contains more than 1,250 articles from more than 300 journals, and is open to the public. Articles included are English language RCTs and systematic reviews that report on medical conditions in human subjects treated by needle acupuncture. Study details are indexed by 14 key domains, such as acupuncture style and needling protocol, to create an acupuncture-relevant, searchable keyword catalogue. For a full resource description, visit

AAMA Member News

The Academy is looking for volunteers interested in working on AAMA committees. Among those seeking volunteers are the Symposium Program Committee and the AAMA Membership Committee. Click here for a list of committees and responsibilities of each. Contact Executive Administrator James Dowden (, 310/364-0193) if you have questions or are interested in becoming more directly involved in a committee.

Jay SandDr Sandweissweiss, DO, FAAMA, will teach a weekend course April 26-27, 2014 entitled, The Thorax: An Integrative Manual Approach for Diagnosis and Treatment, at the University of Michigan Spine Center in Ann Arbor MI. Also scheduled is his course, Getting Better Results in Difficult Cases, May 9-10, 2014 in Aix en Provence, France. For details, contact Dr. Sandweiss (, 734/995-1880).

If you are a Full Member or Fellow of the AAMA with DABMA certification, you should be printing the Medical Acupuncture certification mark on your stationary, business cards or other listings to promote your special accomplishments in medical acupuncture. The certification mark is available only to Full Members and Fellows of the AAMA who are currently Board Certified by the ABMA. The mark has been registered with the US Patent Office as a Certification Mark that is available for the exclusive use of those who meet the specified credentials. See Certification Mark Guidelines for standards on how the mark should be used in printed materials including acceptable type face, size, color, etc. For an electronic copy of a reproducible jpeg copy of the logo to provide your printer, Full Members and Fellows who are currently Board Certified through the ABMA may send a request to Upon verification of your status, a jpg file will be sent to you.
Dr Frank
Bryan L Frank MD FAAMA, AAMA past-president, is looking for members to join him on Global Mission Partners excursions to Kenya, India, Nepal, Ecuador and Mexico in 2014. Please visit and plan a vacation with a purpose. This is a great way to see the world and may be the most fun you have had in medicine in years.

AAMA achieved a major new milestone this year: the Academy’s official Journal, Medical Acupuncture, increased from quarterly to bi-monthly – six times each year. Academy members receive the Journal free as part of their membership. Also, members have access to all back issues of the Journal published by the Mary Ann Liebert Co. when accessed through the Members feature of the Academy’s website.

Thomas Burgoon, MD, DABMA, AAMA Membership Committee chair and Board of Directors member, says if each member recruits at least one fellow physician acupuncturist into the Academy, membership can double in the next year. So please contact Dr. Burgoon and make that a special priority to help support and promote physician acupuncture in the US.

Editor-in-Chief Dr. Richard Niemtzow of the journal, Medical Acupuncture, is seeking volunteer reviewers to review manuscripts. Reviewers will access manuscripts online. Reviews must be completed and returned within one business week. Reviewers successfully completing a series of timely, high-quality reviewDr Grouts may be invited to join the Editorial Board (at the discretion of the editor in chief). Please send brief qualifications and contact information to

Check out how AAMA Arizona Chapter President Martha M. Grout, MD, MD(H), FAAMA, got into the world of alternative medicine in this video.

The Academy has syllabi available from the 2013 Symposium (print or CD format) and four Pre-Symposium workshops. There are also books available by Drs. Charles Moss and Steven and Sandi Amoils at discounted prices for Practice members, other books and audio tapes from sessions in Baltimore. Contact AAMA headquarters for details.

The 2014 spring schedule for "Alternative Medicine Seminars" is now available on the events calendar of the AAMA website. Empower your practice with learning the powerful techniques of "Auricular Therapy" both basic and advanced and the amazing techniques of "Auricular Medicine" based on Nogier's discoveries. Learn the sophisticated techniques of the "SAAT" and treat any allergy permanently with one auricular needle. Also featured is "Auricular Medicine Workshop" to help polish your auricular medicine practice and the study of the the three phase hand acupuncture. Details available at

The 16th International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) World Congress XVI will be held June 6-8, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The current and future practices of acupuncture will be discussed with the world-renowned academics of acupuncture from across the globe who will attend the Congress. New practices will be explained in workshops.

Attention all DABMA designees: The ABMA is into the second year of certification renewals. More recent Diplomates have been completing the renewal process quicker, as they are aware of the requirements and are prepared to meet them. As a reminder, you must document completion of 150 hours of continuing education credits in medical acupuncture-related courses at the time of re-certification. Those who are short are asked to complete those credits before your certification comes up for renewal.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine by the Mary Ann Liebert Co. will celebrate 20 years in 2014.

Drs. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, Canada; Angelica Fargas-Babjak, Canada; Jay P. Shah, Bethesda, MD; Claudio Couto, Brazil and others will be leading Contemporary Acupuncture Advances: Technology-Based Approaches and Applications in Musculoskeletal Medicine, May 23-25, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hosted by McMaster University Health Sciences, this event will be sponsored by the Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association.

Drs. Yuan-Chi Lin and Richard F. Hobbs, chair and vice chair, are working hard with the Symposium Committee to prepare for the 2014 Symposium April 10-14, 2014. With some very special speakers being planned, the 26th Annual AAMA Symposium will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202. The Review Course will be on April 8-9, 2014; Pre-Symposium on April 10, 2014, the Symposium April 11-13, and the Board Certification Exam on April 13, 2014.

Details and registration for the 2014 ABMA Review Course are posted at Also, the Review Course has been recorded and is available on DVDs. Those can be purchased here.

The International Symposium on Acupuncture Research: Impact of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Research on 21st Century Global Healthcare will be held May 30-June 1, 2014 in Beijing, China. Co-sponsors are the Society for Acupuncture Research and China Association for Acupuncture-Moxibustion.

The Academy has hosted free webinars for members – among them: “Acupuncture & Fertility," by Claudia E. Harsh, MD; “Acupuncture Trauma Protocol” by Mitchell Elkiss, DO, FAAMA; “Advanced Auricular Therapy: Enhanced Clinical Results” and “Acupuncture Related Techniques for Sports and Pain Medicine,” by Bryan L. Frank, MD, FAAMA, and “Cash-Based Acupuncture: Creating a Successful Practice,” by Laura Bowman, MD. Those are archived on the AAMA website.

The Second International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine will be held July 3-6, 2014 in Paris, France. The 2013 congress was a great success, with 42 countries represented.

As part of AAMA membership, members are being offered access to more than 400 journal articles categorized by disease/health application that promote the efficacy of acupuncture. Contact the Helms Medical Institute at to obtain your unique password to access this information anytime. Then go to and click on "Published Articles." Scroll down to "View Articles Not in the Public Domain."

Please send news items and photos to

AAMA Chapter News

Arizona Chapter meetings are held at 9 am the second Saturday of the month at Dr. Martha Grout’s office, Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, 9328 E. Raintree Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. For details, call 480/240-2600 or e-mail There are monthly speakers on topics related to medical acupuncture, as well as Chinese and Functional/Integrative medicine. Email Dr. Grout to get on the email list for meeting announcements.

The Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists invites everyone to visit their website to learn more about their organization’s philosophy, mission, events and much more. Their site includes a “Member” page, which includes contact information for each GAMA member. For information regarding membership and seminars, contact GAMA President Carlos Parrado, MD, at

The goal of President Lorene Wu, MD, DiplAc, and Secretary/Treasurer Anthony DeLorenzo, DO is to provide education and support to members. TheJeffrey Yueny plan to interface more with the wider acupuncture community by serving on the Illinois Acupuncture Board and by attending meetings of the local acupuncture society.

The chapter is planning an event with Jeffrey Yuen in April 2014. Director of classical studies at the College of Chinese Medical Arts, Yuen is also presenting at AAMA's 2014 Symposium in Denver, CO. Watch for more details in future issues.

Meetings are held every other month at Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, IL.

The Maryland Society of Medical Acupuncture offers educational programs and wants to increase participation. Treat yourself to an interesting evening. It is free, and members whose dues are paid receive a free meal. The lecture is on the Chapter. Contact Dr. Joan Ordman at to join MSMA.

The Ohio Chapter would love to see more active participation of the current membership, as well as new members. Please join them and invite medical acupuncture colleagues. For more information or questions, contact President Dr. Steve Amoils at

New Jersey & Pennsylvania
John Kohler, MD, FAAMA, is the president of the Pennsylvania Chapter. Visit for details on this chapter.

Washington State
Members are looking for fresh blood and qi to reinvigorate the Washington State Chapter. Please contact Secretary J. Kimber Rotchford, MD, at if interested in a leadership role or just to discuss possibilities.

Click here for an up-to-date listing of AAMA Regional Chapter officers, their contact information, Websites and members. Think about joining a Chapter to learn more about medical acupuncture specific to your area. And if there’s not a Chapter in your region, please consider forming one by contacting Jim Dowden, AAMA executive administrator, at Chapters provide fellowship, professional camaraderie, education and curbside consults.

Chapter representatives, please send your news and photos for the AAMA Newsletter via e-mail to

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