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July 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - July 2017

AAMA Message from the Board: What Is a Google Alert?

Search engines comb the web looking for answers to your questions when you have them, but are you aware that you can use a search engine, like Google, to automatically search for topics of interest on a daily basis? For the search engine Google, they are appropriately called “Google Alerts.” Here is how it works: 

  1. Pick a topic of interest. For the sake of relevancy, let’s pick “acupuncture.”   
  2. Go to the webpage “Google Alerts” (   
  3. In the box at the top that says, “Create an alert about…", enter “acupuncture” (or another topic you want to follow). You can select how often you get notifications, language preferences, types of sites included in the search, and a number of other choices by clicking “show options.” You can opt to have the info sent to you “as it happens” by selecting that option when you set up the alert. (I prefer to get one email with all the happenings of the day rather than many, so I selected “at most once a day” for all my alerts.)   
  4. Click “create alert.” How easy was that!   This Google Alert will now send you an email of all of the web pages that showed new content on that topic for the day.   
I have Google Alerts set up for topics of "acupuncture," “medical acupuncture,” “traditional Asian medicine,” “moxibustion,” and “Japanese medicine.” Whenever there is new content for those topics, I receive an email overnight letting me know about them. If there is nothing new, there is no Google Alert for that topic. It’s an easy and efficient way to be prepared for patient questions coming from press releases as well as learning about advances in the fields you’re interested in.

Leslie Smith, MD, DABMA
AAMA Board of Directors   

Welcome New AAMA Members

Last month we welcomed a record number of new members to the AAMA. We’re excited about the organization’s continued growth! Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in June 2017:

  • Richard Andrew Elliott, MD, of St. Petersburg, FL
  • Afsaneh Karimi, MD, DABMA, of Beverly Hills, CA
  • Rollin Oden, MD, of Santa Fe, NY
  • Nneka Udonna Ichoku, DO, of St. Louis, MO   

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.   

Membership Renewal Reminder!

AAMA Membership Renewal season is here. Need a reminder about the many perks of being a member? Read through the list of membership benefits. Please take a moment to submit your renewal information and your annual dues. To renew, log in to your member account on the website and either (1) visit the Store to find renewal products or (2) proceed directly to the membership renewal page.       

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. This is a quick follow-up to our discussions at the Pittsburgh Symposium and the letters that were sent 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. The Academy wants to be sure that officials at the state medical boards and with the state medical associations are aware of the Academy and the substantive assistance we can provide in their consideration of medical acupuncture as an alternative treatment for pain. We are pleased to report that we have already been contacted by a couple of organizations about setting up a meeting. As these are scheduled and convened, we will provide further updates, but want to share the news that the word is getting out and there is interest!   

You can still make a big difference in the reception our letter gets if you would contact the leadership of the state medical board and the state medical societies to reinforce the message that medical acupuncture is an acceptable alternative in these situations. Hearing from someone in their own state always carries a lot of weight.   

Please email the AAMA if you would like a copy of the letter sent to you again.   

Patient Education Information Brochures:  "Doctor, What's This Acupuncture All About?"

Members can use this brochure as an introduction for patients who are new to acupuncture. It's perfect for an office reception area or general information mailings and can be ordered in bulk from the Academy. Download the order form and return it to AAMA headquarters to order brochures — or order through the AAMA's online Store.      

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

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):

  • Eloise D. Bradham, MD, DABMA, of Charleston, SC
  • Stephen Chee, MD, LAc, DABMA, of Beverly HIlls, CA
  • Julie Rowin, MD, DABMA, of Westchester, IL   

Dr. Jay Sandweiss: Special Winter Workshop for AAMA Members

Integrating Osteopathic Manipulations and Functional Medicine with Medical Acupuncture:  Techniques to Release Channels and Clinical Pearls
Presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, 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!    

New Medscape Video: Does Acupuncture Work? A Quick Review of the Latest Evidence

In the short video, Dr Hansa Bhargava, a medical advisor for Medscape and a practicing physician, talks about the benefits of acupuncture. Might be a nice addition to your website or social media channels to help educate patients.    

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

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

Professional Development Opportunity: Auriculotherapy
9th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy
August 10-12, 2017
Novotel, Clarke Quay, Singapore   

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      

Last Month’s CME Article from Medical Acupuncture
The Regulation of the Practice of Acupuncture by Physicians in the United States (AAMA member and subscriber access only.)   

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

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture Found Effective For Stroke Paralysis Recovery
Acupuncture is found effective for the treatment of paralysis caused by a stroke. Researches tested the Shujintongluo acupuncture protocol for the treatment of hemiplegia, a type of stroke affecting one side of the body. The addition of acupuncture to standard drug therapy following an acute cerebral infarction increased the positive patient outcome rate by 11.77%.   

Clinical Effect of Electroacupuncture on Lung Injury Patients Caused by Severe Acute Pancreatitis
This study aimed to investigate the effects of electroacupuncture at the Lieque, Chize, and Zusanli points in patients with lung injury caused by severe acute pancreatitis.

Resting-state Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis of Brain Functional Activity in Rats with Ischemic Stroke Treated by Electro-acupuncture
(Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases)
EA at ST 36 and LI 11 could enhance the neural activity of motor function-related brain regions, including motor cortex, dorsal thalamus, and striatum in rats, which is a potential treatment for ischemia stroke.

Acupuncture decreases competitive anxiety prior to a competition in young athletes: A randomized controlled trial study
(European Psychiatry)
In conclusion, the results suggested that acupuncture have the capacity to decrease cognitive and somatic anxiety prior to competition in adolescent athletes while this was accompanied by significant physiological changes. 

Thyroid disorder: treatment with acupuncture
(International Journal of Scientific Reports)
Acupuncture has a positive effect as a treatment for thyroid disorders, regulating the flow of the energy and restoring the balance of the internal state of the body.  

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.

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. 

Click here to access current and past issues of Medical Acupuncture.

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