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June 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents – June 2019

The Healing Power of Introspection

Compared to the rest of the country, coastal California has nothing to complain about when it comes to weather. If we’re not having an earthquake, we should be happy, right? But this spring has been cloudy, chilly and wet. Nature responded to a second rainy season after years of drought with an explosion of flowers that hadn’t bloomed in years and rapid growth of vegetation — Wood at its best. Allergies and all the ailments that go along with them appeared, as usual. Everything happened on time.

Everything, that is, except for our psychological emergence from winter. Our clothing was still dark, albeit lighter weight than in previous months. The excitement and motivation that come with spring weren’t there. Fatigue was ubiquitous and everyone seemed to have SAD. We were stuck in Water mode, which is fine for February, but by April I’m resisting going with the flow. When spring weather finally arrived around June 1, the sudden change in attitude was striking.

In the introduction to his translation of the Ling Shu (Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu, University of California Press, 2016) Paul Unschuld notes that this was a revolutionary text. The prevailing belief at the time was that humans were at the mercy of external spirits, which controlled the quality and duration of life. The Ling Shu introduced the concept of natural laws and the spirits within, asserting that one could control the quality and duration of life by obeying those natural laws, by living correctly. So, what was controlling Californians’ reaction to our prolonged rainy season: internal or external spirits? Which brings us to the point, how much control do we have and how do we exert it? We don’t have much control over the natural environment, so the key to these situations must be to control our internal environment. And how do we do that?  

It’s impossible to act without information. Adapting to situations we are powerless to change requires data, which requires a habit of introspection before distress becomes severe. Remember, the excellent physician recognizes illness before it occurs.  Introspection enables us to find the root of the problem, just as we strive to find the root cause of our patients’ problems. “I’m discouraged, tired and depressed” can become “I’m sick of this winter weather, but it will improve soon and, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy all these flowers.” It’s harder when the root problem is “This job is grinding me to a pulp, and I have no control over my life.”   

Introspection requires practice and habit. It’s not the clearing-the-mind of meditation practice. It’s actively looking inward to discern what’s going on. With that information, we can choose to obey the natural law of our humanity — starting with ourselves — staying healthy, nurturing Jing and Shen.  

The keys to physician wellness are not going to Doctor’s Day lunches or “working smarter” or raging against corporate medicine, big pharma, insurance companies and government. The key is looking inward and obeying the natural laws of our own psyches so we can adapt to a prolonged rainy season, which we cannot change, or we can strive to change or leave destructive situations. It’s time to be our own excellent physicians.      

Look inward, take care of yourselves, and prepare to revel in your own Fire as summer approaches.  

Sue 

Susan Sorenson, MD, FAAMA
Treasurer, AAMA Board of Directors 

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the Academy in May 2019: 

  • Patricia Swagart, CNM, FNP-BC, of Chinle, AZ  
  • Elizabeth Ko, MD, of Los Angeles, CA  
  • Holly H Kodner, MD, of St. Louis, MO  
  • Lisa Picascia, MD, of Millburn, NJ 
  • Valerie Ebel, MD, of Eureka, CA  
  • Lori Shore-Mouratoff, MD, of Oakland, CA 
  • Brian Tong, MD, of Houston, TX 
  • Mark E McHaney, MD, of Beavercreek, OH 
  • Kattie Hoy, MD, of Mary Esther, FL  
  • Paul Lee Jett, MD, of Whitesburg, TN 
  • Priti K. Mahajan, MD, of Westmont, IL  
  • Margaret Collins Boltja, MD, of Tallahassee, FL 
  • Robert Chiaruttini, DO, of Silver Spring, MD 
  • Mark Allen McGrail, MD, of Knoxville, TN 
  • Bridget Freeman, MD, of Atlantic Beach, FL 
  • Cora Ducette Spaulding, MD, of Anchorage, AK 
  • Christyn Beal Randolph, MD, of Minot, ND  
  • Stephanie A Hedstrom, MD, of Tucson, AZ 
  • Peifen Sophia Hu, MD, of San Diego, CA 
  • Emanuel Diaz, MD, of Viera, FL  

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 Sue Sorensen, MD, FAAMA, the membership committee chair. 

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): 

  • Audra Rouster, MD, DABMA, of Morgantown, WV
  • Janice Brown, MD, DABMA, of Lakeland, FL
  • Joseph Degenhard, MD, DABMA, of Ephrata, PA
  • Renee Miranda, MD, DABMA, of Bristol, TN
  • Sean Mead, MD, DABMA, of Pinon, AZ
  • Jennifer J. Dilts, DO, DABMA, of Liberty, MO
  • Maya Myslenski, MD, DABMA, of Richfield, OH
  • Jeevan Sekhar, MD, DABMA, of Richmond, IN 

AAMA Members Invited to ICMART Congress 2019

October 25-27, 2019 
Gold Coast, Australia 

ICMART Congress 2019 will be held on the Gold Coast Queensland, Australia’s premier tourist destination. AAMA members are invited to take the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed environment of The Sheraton Resort Hotel while attending the Congress. A cast of international speakers will present lectures, research and workshops. It’s also an opportunity to showcase your research or clinical work. ICMART members are welcome to present lectures, research papers, posters or workshops. You may make your submission on the website. A number of prizes/awards for research papers will be given: 

  • The ICMART Science Award in Acupuncture and Related Techniques 
  • The Young Scientists Travel Award
  • ICMART Poster Award 

Register Now: Opioid Educational Webinar Series

Only one webinar remains in the AAMA’s 4-part live webinar series specifically designed to enhance our medical acupuncture practices for patients who are experiencing pain. Save the dates!  

One more 1-Hour Live Webinar:

  • All Webinars: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
  • Presenter: Edward Lee, MD, FAAMA
  • Thursday, July 10, 2019: Part 4 – Trauma: The Unifying Factor 

*Previous webinars were recorded and are available the AAMA members on demand.  

The presentations include a review of the literature on the scope of the opioid crisis, including a discussion of the use of opioid therapy for chronic pain, the diagnosis of OUD, the social factors that contribute to the development of OUD and the barriers to treatment that patients encounter. It also covers the neurological basis for chronic pain, addiction, and PTSD. The principles of Chinese Medicine as applied to OUD and the history of the use of acupuncture for OUD will be presented. The evidence on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain, addiction, and PTSD is presented as well. Finally, case reports will be presented to facilitate learning. While this series was developed and intended for people to attend all sessions, you may choose to attend one or more as your schedule permits. Starting with the second webinar, a quick recap of the previous sessions will be included so each can be a stand-alone activity. The AAMA designates EACH of the four parts for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. The fee to participate in these activities is $60/members and $90/non-members for each part. Learn more and register. 

Register Now: Extraordinary Vessels and Curious Meridians Webinar Series

Two more webinars remain in the AAMA’s 4-part live webinar series focusing on the little-known “Eight Extraordinary Vessels.” Save the dates!   

Two 1-Hour Live Webinars:

  • All webinars: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
  • Presenter: Butch Levy, MD 
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019: Part 3 – The Chong Mai/Yin Wei Mai
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019:   Part 4 – The Dai Mai/Yang Wei Mai

*Previous webinars were recorded and are available the AAMA members on demand.  

Most practitioners have little knowledge of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels. They are the reservoirs that can redistribute the Yuan or Source Qi. The Yuan Qi comes from the pre and postnatal Qi combined with Spleen Qi from Nourishment and Lung Qi from the air. By understanding that this Qi essence can be redistributed to areas in need or diminished when it is excessive can help balance a patient’s energy, strengthen deficient systems or decrease excess energy. Practitioners will be able to recognize if the Chong Mai / Yin Wei Mai Extra Vessels need balance, understand the correct needling techniques to create these effects and provide their patients a greater opportunity to reduce symptoms, improve energy and enhance the quality of their lives. The AAMA designates EACH of the 4 parts for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. The fee to participate in these activities is $60/members and $90/non-members for each part. Learn more and register.

REMINDER: Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant

The AAMA is proud to announce the creation of the prestigious Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant. The foundation encourages applicants to submit only pragmatic clinical trial proposals rather than placebo comparison trials. We will award 1 grant each year to the qualified applicant for an amount up to $30,000. The applicants will be asked to suggest potential AAMA reviewers that are experienced in their field of application. All AAMA members are welcome to apply. Use the link below to find the application forms required for our grant application. Please note that these forms are similar to other successful foundation's grants that would prepare investigators for their future potential NIH proposals. Application Submission details:

  • Available to current AAMA Members
  • Submission deadline January 30, 2020
  • Grant can be resubmitted up to 3 times if the reviewers recommend re-submission after appropriate revisions have been made
  • Grant Selection/funding to be announced at the 2020 Annual Symposium - April 24-26, 2020 in Orlando
  • Complete the application form and email to the Academy offices by the submission deadline.
  • You may also contact Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA, for more information.    

ICYMI: In Case You Missed it Last Month

2019 Annual Symposium Recordings Available
Did you miss the 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ? If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole. For a copy of the order form and additional information, click here.  

Share Your Clinical Pearls: Pregnancy, Fertility, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum
The journal Medical Acupuncture wants to know how you treat Pregnancy, Fertility, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum with Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbs, in your practice for possible publication. Please send your 500-750 word contribution in a Word document that contains your complete name, degrees, affiliation, mailing address, and full contact information, including telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address to Managing Editor Yael Ben-Porat by July 25, 2019.  

AAMA Medical Acupuncture Research Committee Seeks Volunteers 
The AAMA research committee and the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Grant program invite volunteers to help develop efforts to empower AAMA members to improve treatment approaches in their respective specialties by pursuing and publishing their acupuncture research. Contact Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA, for more information.  

Help Build the AAMA and Earn $$
Don’t forget about the AAMA’s member-recruiting program designed to reward current members for referring peers to the AAMA for membership. If you nominate someone who joins as a full member, you’ll earn a $50 credit to use on future AAMA events, including the annual symposium, workshops, or apply to your own future membership dues. You can read more on the AAMA website.   

Legislative Alerts about Acupuncture
If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, please let the AAMA know. The Academy is following and actively engaged in several state-level legislative issues pertaining to acupuncture, but we need your help to alert us if you hear of anything pending. The sooner we know, the sooner we can review and engage if necessary. Reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling 310-379-8261.    

Professional Development Opportunities

AAMA Extraordinary Vessels and Curious Meridians Webinar Series
Wednesday, June 26, 2019: Part 3 – The Chong Mai/Yin Wei Mai
Wednesday, July 24, 2019:   Part 4 – The Dai Mai/Yang Wei Mai
All webinars in this series: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
https://www.medicalacupuncture.org/Webinar-Series-Eight-Extraordinary-Vessels-and-Curious-Meridians 

AAMA Acupuncture & Opioids Webinar Series
Thursday, July 10, 2019: Part 4 – Trauma: The Unifying Factor
All webinars in this series: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Webinars/Webinar-Series-The-Role-of-Acupuncture-in-Opioid-Crisis 

SAR's 2019 International Research Conference 
Acupuncture Research, Health Care Policy, & Community Health...Closing the Loop
June 27-29, 2019
Burlington, VT, USA
https://www.acupunctureresearch.org 

Introduction to Auriculotherapy
June 29-30, 2019
Concord, MA
Gary Stanton, MD, DABMA, FAAMA is a diplomate in auriculotherapy of the Inter University Diploma program (DIU) at the University of Paris XIII. This weekend course will be based primarily on the University of Paris model.  For further information, please visit the website at: www.garystantonmdpc.com.  

ICMART Congress 2019
October 25-27, 2019 
Gold Coast, Australia
https://www.icmart2019.org 

Save the Date! 2020 AAMA Annual Symposium
Orlando, FL
April 23-26, 2020
https://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Symposium 

AAMA Website: Education Listings 
The AAMA maintains an ongoing calendar of educational events and professional development opportunities related to medical acupuncture. The calendar is accessible on the AAMA website. Members are encouraged to share events and calendar items from their regions and about educational topics that may be of wider interest among peers and fellow AAMA members. 

Medical Acupuncture Journal Updates

Fast-Track Articles, Ahead of Print 

Most Recent Issue: Special Issue – Acupuncture to Foster Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (April 2019)  

Most-recent CME Articles:

New Scientific Research 

Acupuncture: Real-world patient-reported outcomes of treatment-related symptoms in breast cancer survivors.
[Journal of Clinical Oncology]
Conclusions: Acupuncture is frequently used by patients for a variety of breast cancer-related symptoms. Those who do pursue acupuncture usually perceive few toxicities and substantial benefits. Cost may be a barrier to treatment for some.  

Acupuncture versus cognitive behavioral therapy for cognitive impairment in cancer survivors with insomnia: Implications for personalized medicine.
[Journal of Clinical Oncology]
Conclusions: Among cancer survivors with insomnia, both acupuncture and CBT-I improved cognitive impairment relative to baseline, but their relative effects differed: the CBT-I group showed slightly better subjective attention, whereas the acupuncture group may have improved objective memory. Further investigation of these two therapies may lead to effective and personalized interventions for cancer survivors.  

Preliminary Effectiveness of Auricular Point Acupressure on Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy: Part 1 Self-Reported Outcomes
[Pain Management Nursing]
Conclusions: Preliminary results from this small sample provide initial evidence of the effectiveness of APA on CIN. Future studies should confirm these results using a larger sample, a comparative sham control, and an examination of the underlying physiological mechanisms of the anti-CIN effects of APA.

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Group Acupuncture for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Among Diverse Safety Net Patients
[Pain Medicine]
Conclusions: Group acupuncture is feasible and acceptable among linguistically and racially diverse safety net patients. Findings suggest clinically relevant reduction in pain from PDN and quality of life improvements associated with acupuncture, with no differences based on frequency.   

Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant

AAMA is proud to announce the creation of the prestigious Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant.  We will award 1 grant each year to the qualified applicant for up to $30,000. Click the button below for details and the application forms.

Research Application

AAMA Live Webcast

Dr. Butch Levy will present a 4-part live webcast series "Eight Extraordinary Vessels and Curious Meridians" in May, June and July.  Part four will be on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm EDT / 7:00 pm CDT / 5:00 pm PDT. Click here for more information.

  

Register Now

Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Stream or download videos.

Order today!

Resourceful Recordings

AAMA and the Opioid Crisis

With the opioid crisis in the US, there is a growing interest in integrating medical acupuncture and other related techniques.

To learn more about evidence-based approaches to the management of chronic back pain, click here.

Click here, to find out how medical acupuncture is a promising solution to the opioid crisis.

New Member Recruitment - Earn $50!

Do you know someone who could – and should – become an AAMA member? Earn $50 for yourself by getting them to join the Academy! 

Reach out to your colleagues, people you met in acupuncture training – people you know need to be involved with the Academy. YOU are the best Academy Membership Ambassador we have!
 
Nominate a new member today and earn $50 credit for EACH new member you bring in!

Find all the details about this offer! (Member login required)

Membership Information

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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