January 2015 Newsletter

Table of Contents - January 2015

Message from the President

Happy 2015! 

As we roll into a new year, most of us are planning our schedules and setting some achievable goals. As a practicing acupuncture physician, it’s always worth considering setting goals as to what you can learn and how to enhance your skills in the upcoming year. So as you plan on how to do this, I’d like to encourage you to take a close look at the agenda of our Annual Symposium, which will be held in St. Louis in April. Behind the scenes, a lot of effort is put into providing an event that suits the needs of you, our members. Thoughtful attention is paid to the details. The theme “Medical Acupuncture – Ancient Roots, Modern Application” says it all. There will be lots to learn that you can apply to your daily practice to enhance your skills.

For those taking the Board exam, the preceding Review Course has a stellar reputation. The Pre-Symposium Workshops provide the opportunity for a more detailed in-depth day of learning with a great variety of topics. You are sure to find one that will enhance your knowledge. The Plenary Sessions and shorter afternoon workshops are also a nice balance of materials no matter your interest or level of skill. In addition you get to be with a large group of like-minded professionals eager to teach and learn from one another. If you have never attended a Symposium, I strongly encourage you to consider doing so. This is the only opportunity that we as medical acupuncturists get to be together as a large group. It’s fun! Recently a colleague shared with me that she had not attended for several years and that she was astounded by how good it was to be there last year. I urge you to sign up, show up and invite your colleagues to meet you there.   

See you in St. Louis! 
Sandi Amoils   

PS: Anna Kelly, Rick Hobbs and Laura Bowman, the leaders of the Symposium committee, promise they have created what you have asked for! 

AAMA Mourns Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler's Passing

The world of Medical Acupuncture is mourning. Prof. Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler, MD, General Secretary of ICMART, has passed away. The accomplishments of Dr. Walburg Maric-Oehler spanned the globe, its cultures and medical traditions. Her life was devoted to the development, education and integration of Medical Acupuncture and the development of Integrative Medicine worldwide. For 19 years, Dr. Maric-Oehler was President of DAEGfA (the German Medical Acupuncture Association), the largest Medical Acupuncture association in the world. She was the driving force behind the first official recognition of Acupuncture in Germany and the integration of Acupuncture and University Medicine throughout Germany and Europe. 

As General Secretary of ICMART (International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques), she was Medical Acupuncture’s most revered international diplomat, bridging the gap between East and West as ambassador of CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) and Integrative Medicine. Her life’s work focused on transcultural and interdisciplinary exchange and the integration of multiple CAM modalities with the medical traditions of China, Tibet, Korea and Japan. 

Professor Maric-Oehler was a prolific author, lecturer and visionary whose commitment to new forms of acupuncture, including Yamamoto's New Scalp Acupuncture, led to its international adoption. Dr. Maric-Oehler was the recipient of innumerable honors and awards in Germany, Europe and Asia.  She was a talented lecturer and teacher who trained generations of medical students and doctors. She was, in short, the Grand Dame of Medical Acupuncture. 

Walburg Maric-Oehler was a sincere friend of the AAMA and the world of Medical Acupuncture.  Her passing is a great loss for Medical Acupuncture and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). She will be missed.

Dr. Marshall Sager  

New Scientific Research

Don't forget: The AAMA website has a section devoted to current scientific research that may be relevant to your medical acupuncture practice. Check back often to read about these and other industry developments, such as the following recently posted topics: 

Although many of the studies suggested that acupuncture was successful in improving MS related symptoms, lack of statistical rigor and poor study design make it difficult to draw any conclusions about the true effectiveness of this intervention in the MS population.

Anti-inflammatory Acupuncture Protects From Adhesions (HealthCMi)
The research team concludes, “EA (electroacupuncture) ST36 might reduce the postoperative local inflammatory response, attenuate the angiogenesis and alleviate the adhesion formation partly via activating the cholinergic anti-inflammatory mechanism.”

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Cancer Patients 2014 (PMC) 
The global demand for CAM makes it mandatory to investigate its scientific evidence basis. … For this year's special issue, the editors were able to gather a panel of scientists from different fields working on innovative topics.   

Acupuncture for smoking cessation: where now? (Acupuncture in Medicine) 
Those who chose acupuncture showed several apparent benefits in comparison with those who did not, including improved program completion rates and increased long-term smoking cessation.

Sign Up Now for Pre-Symposium Workshops

The Pre-Symposium Workshops provide participants with special opportunities for exploring topics in-depth and acquiring new skills.  In choosing presenters, the Symposium Committee considers your recommendations, compiled from evaluations of the previous three years.  Each time we have completed this process, it has been very clear that we are a heterogeneous group with a broad range of interests.  Reflective of that diversity and of the committee’s commitment to invite speakers from the highest echelon of our profession, we have put together an extraordinary program for 2015. 

  • Neil R Gumenick, Mac (UK), LAc, Dipl Ac, will be presenting a workshop entitled “Five Element Acupuncture:  Blocks to Healing, Causative Factor, and Diagnostic Correspondence.” 
  • Peter Eckman, MD, PhD, will be presenting a workshop entitled “Korean Constitutional Acupuncture:  History, Theory and Practice.” 
  • Weidong Lu, MPH, PhD, MD (China), will be presenting a workshop entitled “Oncology Acupuncture: From Clinical Trials to Everyday Practice.”  
  • Bryan Frank, MD, will be presenting a workshop entitled “Acupuncture Related Techniques: Is There More?” 

The Pre-Symposium program for 2015 provides the opportunity to learn from the best-of-the-best and the range of topics is truly dazzling. There is something for everyone here, and we hope you will be able to take advantage.

Rick Hobbs, Symposium Co-Chair

Physicians Earn Board Certifications

The following physicians recently met the stringent requirements of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) and have achieved Board Certification in medical acupuncture. These doctors have earned the designation DABMA (Diplomate, American Board of Medical Acupuncture): Elizabeth W. Carter, MD, DABMA, of Fort Worth, TX, and Max Haid, MD, DABMA, of Cleveland, WI.

AAMA Facebook Page Gains Momentum

As more and more members like the AAMA page, activity and interaction is increasing. Don't be shy. Share your comments and ideas. Your peers care about your perspective and want to learn from your experience. Like us now and join the conversation. 

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