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May 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents – May 2019

Think Acupuncture First 

As I consider what "medical acupuncture" really means, I recall my busy day. I had multiple patients, phone calls to return, patients to schedule, and notes to complete. 

I now know that medical records are to help me take better care of my patients. I stopped caring if insurance companies could use them for coding, or if they were readable or understandable to anyone who was not trained in medical acupuncture. Our different paradigms of caring for patients, world views, and what constitutes healing prevents an easy interchange of ideas, so I have come to accept that my notes are for my understanding of a patient in his whole being. This is something a Western physician does not necessarily value. 

I also counted on one hand the prescriptions I’ve written for medications in the last year. There is the occasional antibiotic for a strep throat, Zoster med, and anti-fungal. But I do not reach for my prescription pad, except as a last resort. I have written many physical therapy referrals and refer readily to genuine psychotherapists who sit and talk with my patients. My patients are greatly helped by them in conjunction with what I can offer. 

As I think over what I do on a daily basis, I know that I see the world in a different manner than an allopath. Whereas someone presenting to his primary care provider complaining of “not feeling well” would confuse and aggravate that provider, I welcome the minimally dysfunctional patient as someone who can benefit from my treatments. I try to see the driver behind the presenting problem. I understand that a back pain or a knee pain that will not abate, or a chronic organ dysfunction, is the result of an energetic disturbance. 

Two patients from my day are illustrative. The first patient had a punctate low back pain that did not radiate, had no antecedent, and no accompanying factors. Upon global questioning, he also admitted to sleep disturbances from PTS. He refused to speak about this, but I knew his PTS either caused (somaticized) his pain or maintained it. He would not allow treatment of the underlying PTS and would not discuss it. I am hopeful that his initial good response to the alleviation of the pain from my treatment will allow him to continue to let me peel away the layers of complaints, eventually arriving at the treatment of his PTS. I certainly did not order an x-ray or MRI. I did not order opiates. I understood that his level of dysfunction was not primarily on a physical basis. 

The next patient had a severe Herpes Zoster outbreak involving the scapula and circling to the front of the chest. I treated it with multiple acupuncture techniques and a prescription for Valtrex. He reported that he was 75% improved with the acupuncture, but I knew that the addition of a prescription would shorten his outbreak.  

Being a medical acupuncturist means straddling both worlds, but I find myself drawn to the non-pharmacological treatment of most issues. I “Think Acupuncture First” and find my current practice all the more satisfying for it. The understanding of allopathic medicine adds to my abilities to care for my patients properly, but is secondary to the healing I can achieve with acupuncture. 


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

Welcome New AAMA Members

It’s another record-breaking membership month for the AAMA. Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the Academy in April 2019:

  • Jean Montoya Miles, MD, of Miami, FL 
  • Gina MH Pittard, MD, of Kayenta, AZ  
  • Arasi Thangavelu, MD, of Tallahassee, FL 
  • Ashley Maltz, MD, of Austin, TX 
  • Jori Susanne Carter, MD, of Richmond, VA 
  • Ellen Yang, MD, of Arcadia, CA 
  • Siu Tin Serene Lim, MBBS, of Singapore 
  • Mark Passamonti, MD, of Bethesda, MD 
  • Alisha Harrington, Lac, of Lebanon, OR 
  • William Pawluk, MD, of Baldwin, MD 
  • Heidi Nicholson, MD, DOM, of Gainesville, GA 
  • Winnie Liang, PhD, of Phoenix, AZ 
  • David Chapman, MD, of San Ramon, CA 
  • Diane Elofson, MD, of Manville, RI 
  • Ashokkumar Gaba, MD, of Chesterbrook, PA 
  • Christina Gallop, MD, of Salt Lake City, UT 
  • Isabelle Larocque, MD, of Montreal, Quebec 
  • Fifi Mutiah, MD, of Indonesia 
  • Lauren Lopes Ramos, MD, of Campo Grande, Brazil 
  • Mahyar Okhovat, MD, of Sherman Oaks, CA 
  • Audra Rouster, MD, of Morgantown, WV 
  • Yimin Shong, MD, of Meadowbrook, PA 
  • Kecia Smette, DO, of Phoenix, AZ  
  • Gabriel Stux, MD, of Dusseldorf, Germany 
  • Laura Todoroff, DO, of Carlsbad, CA 
  • Tom Yarema, MD, of Soquel, CA  

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 Complete 10-Year ABMA Recertification Process

Congratulations to the following physicians who have completed the process (http://www.dabma.org/recertification.asp) set up by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) to be re-certified as a Diplomate for another 10 years: 

  • Theresa M. Hom, DO, DABMA, of Worthington, OH
  • Hsin Peng, MD, DABMA, of Somerset, NJ 

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 Selection/funding to be announced at the 2020 Annual Symposium - April 23-26, 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.   

2019 Annual Symposium Recordings Available

Did you miss the 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving? 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.   

Types of Recordings Available: 

  • Audio – a voice recording only 
  • Video – a video recording
  • Sync PP – a video recording synchronized with a PowerPoint   

For a copy of the order form and additional information, click here.  

Friendly Faces from the AAMA’s 31st Annual Symposium

Find photos of yourself, your peers and your colleagues in our extensive photo gallery from the AAMA Symposium in Phoenix. If you also took photos at the Symposium, please share them with us! Send us an email with your images:  

Register Now: Opioid Educational Webinar Series

Only two webinars remain 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!  

Two more 1-Hour Live Webinars:

  • Both webinars: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
  • Presenter: Edward Lee, MD, FAAMA
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019: Part 3 – Integrative Management of Opioid Withdrawal
  • Thursday, July 10, 2019: Part 4 – Trauma: The Unifying Factor 
  • *Previous webinars were recorded and are available to AAMA members on demand.  

The presentations will 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 will also cover 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 will be 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

Last month, the AAMA announced a new 4-part live webinar series focusing on the little-known "Eight Extraordinary Vessels." Save the dates!    

Three 1-Hour Live Webinars:

  • All three remaining webinars: 8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT
  • Presenter: Butch Levy, MD 
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019: Part 2 – The Ren Mai/Yin Qiao Mai
  • 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 to 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. 

ICYMI: In Case You Missed it Last Month

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 5, 2019: Part 2 – The Ren Mai/Yin Qiao Mai
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

AAMA Acupuncture & Opioids Webinar Series
Thursday, June 13, 2019: Part 3 – Integrative Management of Opioid Withdrawal
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

Healing the Healer: Attaining Optimal Health through the Traditional Chinese Healing Highway 
Sponsored by the New England Society of Medical Acupuncture and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture 
Hosted by the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School 
Presented by Steven K. H. Aung, CM, AOE, MD, PhD, FAAFP 
June 1-2, 2019 
Boston Children’s Hospital, Waltham, MA 

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

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.   

Save the Date!
2020 AAMA Annual Symposium
Orlando, FL
April 24-27, 2020 

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

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

Most-recent CME Articles:

New Scientific Research

Integrative Neuromuscular Medicine: Neuropathy and Neuropathic Pain: Consider the Alternatives
[Muscle & Nerve]
Evidence for nutritional interventions, exercise, supplements, acupuncture and mindfulness‐based practices in the treatment of neuropathic pain is encouraging.  

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes in Cancer Patients: Clinical Characteristics and Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis as Predictors of Treatment Response
[Integrative Cancer Therapies]
Acupuncture is a recognized integrative modality for managing hot flashes. However, data regarding predictors for response to acupuncture in cancer patients experiencing hot flashes are limited. We explored associations between patient characteristics, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis, and treatment response among cancer patients who received acupuncture for management of hot flashes. 

A review of physical modalities and the potential to expand the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
Combined therapies are apparently more productive than monotherapies and this may include electroacupuncture and functional electrical stimulation to expedite recovery.   

Acupuncture Versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Clinical Trial
[Journal of the National Cancer Institute]
Although both treatments produced meaningful and durable improvements, CBT-I was more effective and should be the first line of therapy.

AAMA Live Webcast

Peter Dorsher, MSc, MD will present a live webcast "Acupuncture and Chronic Pain: Combining TCM & Biomechanics to Optimize Outcomes" on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm CST / 5:00 pm PST. 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 still raging in the US, there is growing interest in the integration of medical acupuncture and other related techniques into treatment plans for patients in pain. Three AAMA publications relating to the use of acupuncture for pain may be helpful to physicians, patients and policy-makers.

Plus, read more scientific research and mainstream coverage about the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain in this collection of articles

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, 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.