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May 2020 Newsletter

Table of Contents – May 2020

Keeping Your Qi Healthy

As I ponder what to write about to you all, I pause. What is really important? Perhaps, if we learn nothing else during this pandemic, we learn to ask this question. As together we watched the world we know change almost overnight, and continue to see ourselves and everyone around us struggle to adapt to “the new normal,” we can’t help but ask. And that new pair of shoes, those earrings? They seem far away now. We smile at a neighbor, pause at the stop sign for the parent with their kids. Slowly, chaotically perhaps, we’re getting it. As a family, a city, a nation, a world.

And what of acupuncture? What does it offer us in this time? Yes, our practices have struggled as we wait for re-opening for elective and semi-elective procedures, as we work on finding appropriate PPE, as we try to figure out how to implement testing and as we navigate how to eventually move forward with patient care — all while mitigating risk. But deep inside our practice, I think, are also some hidden gems.

One of the central questions that acupuncture and the classics of Chinese medicine theory ask is: Why does one person exposed to the same conditions get sick, while another does not? Chinese medical theory describes that this is due to the fortitude of our Upright or Healthy Qi, our Zheng Qi. When the Zheng Qi is strong, the body resists falling ill. And when we look at the range of bodily responses to COVID infections, we are struck by the differences. So many are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, while others lose their lives in distressing circumstances.

Epidemiologists are still working out the details of who is more susceptible to developing more serious forms of the infection. We cannot affect our age or race, and we may have only very limited ability to modify our existing medical conditions, but there are some factors that may be modifiable.

Current thinking in integrative medicine discusses multiple elements that contribute to one’s overall health. These include diet, herbs and supplements, exercise, sleep, mind-body practices, work, relationships, community and spirituality or meaning in our lives. As acupuncture physicians, we are well aware of these dynamics in the lives of our patients. However, have we recently stopped to consider these factors in our own lives? Perhaps the enforced quiet of this time (for those of us with no young children) might afford us a rare opportunity to take some moments and consider what possible small adaptations we might be able to incorporate in our lives to move towards a healthier or more Upright Qi. And from this position, the Yellow Emperor tells us, we can then hope to be of more help to our waiting patients.

Please take good care of yourselves, everyone!

Brenda Golianu, MD, DABMA
AAMA Board of Directors

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the Academy in April 2020:

  • Breanna L. Gawrys, DO, of Belleville, IL
  • Brian M. Guzzetti, DO (US Military)
  • David Riegleman, MD, of San Antonio, TX

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 Janice Brown, the membership committee chair.

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

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

  • Rollin V. Oden, MD, DABMA of Denver, CO
  • Robert B. Windsor, MD, DABMA of Greenville, SC

Congratulations to Our Newly-elected AAMA Board Members & Officers

Ballots for the election of Officers, Board Members and new Fellows were sent out to voting members this spring. Voting occurred electronically so that all voting members could participate. Learn more about the AAMA Board and committee structure. 

Newly Elected Board Officers:

  • President: Freda Dreher, MD, FAAMA
  • Vice President: Kendra Unger, MD, FAAMA
  • Secretary: Montiel Rosenthal, MD, FAAMA
  • Treasurer: Susan Sorensen, MD, FAAMA
  • Immediate Past President: Jerry LeGlue, MD, FAAMA

Newly Elected to the Board:

  • Donna Pittman, MD, FAAMA
  • Michael Freedman, MD, FAAMA

Please help us in thanking two members who are stepping down from the board after making excellent contributions to the AAMA.

Retiring Board Members:

  • Anna Esparham, MD, DABMA
  • Douglass Powell, MD, FAAMA
Full List of AAMA Board of Directors

New AAMA Fellows Elected

An election of new Fellows happens each spring. Our congratulations to the following new Fellows, who have earned the designation FAAMA (Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture).

  • Winona Chua, MD, FAAMA
  • Gavin Elliott, MD, FAAMA
  • Michael Freedman, MD, FAAMA
  • Matthew Hing, MD, FAAMA
  • Anelys Torres-Rivera, MD, FAAMA
  • Lorene Wu, MD, FAAMA

Are you ready to take your medical acupuncture training to the next level? Learn more about Fellowship requirements and view a special video presentation.

Legislative Advocacy – Committee Update

AAMA Legislative Committee Co-Chair Gavin Elliott attended a virtual DC Board of Medicine meeting on April 29, 2020, in which physician acupuncture licensure was discussed. He explained that the current wording prevents new medical acupuncturists from being able to practice. The Board will reword its documents to meet our concerns and vote on this at the May meeting. Elliott plans to attend this meeting as well.No new legislation has come to the committee’s attention.

Legislative tracking and advocacy are ongoing priorities of the AAMA Board of Directors. Please remember: If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, we encourage you to let us know by email (info@medicalacupuncture.org) or phone (310-379-8261).

Education & CME – Committee Update

The AAMA Education committee is actively pursuing possible new webinar topics, including a multi-part practice management series. If you have questions or suggestions for the Education Committee, please email (info@medicalacupuncture.org) or phone (310-379-8261).

Acupuncturists without Borders Offers Ear Seed Kits

Acupuncturists Without Borders uses acupuncture and other natural therapies to help people deal with stress and trauma. The people taking care of us — health workers, essential workers, and first responders — are not only vulnerable to the virus, but are also at risk of developing long-lasting trauma from what they are experiencing every day. Ear seeds offer a simple, powerful, safe way for people under stress to regulate their physical and mental states. Ear seed treatments help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and can help improve sleep, concentration, and well-being. AWB is distributing an instructional how-to video, along with ear-seed kits, to frontline workers in CoVid-19 hotspots across the United States. Kits are free of charge for front line workers and $15 (including postage) for private practice practitioners. Learn More

FREE CME Opportunities for AAMA Members

Many AAMA members rely on the Annual Symposium for more than peer networking and skill building. The CME credits offered at the Pre-symposium and Symposium are vital to our members’ yearly professional development plans. As a reminder for those members who need to earn CME credits, the AAMA provides multiple opportunities for its members to earn CME, much of it at no cost.

Journal Article CME: The AAMA website maintains an archive of CME articles that have been published in Medical Acupuncture. Currently, 20 free articles are available for members to access with their log-in credentials.

Symposium Recording CME: The AAMA website also maintains an archive of recordings from past Annual Symposia. Currently, there are 25 workshops, plenaries and seminars available for members to access with their log-in credentials. These are also free to AAMA members.

On-demand Webinar Recordings: More than 10 recent educational webinars are available on the AAMA website. Offerings include single webinars and multi-part webinar series. There is a fee to access these recorded webinars.

AAMA Fall Workshop Focuses on Common Musculoskeletal Conditions

“Treating Common Musculoskeletal Conditions with Osteopathic Manipulation, Meridian Therapy, Dry Needling and Manual Muscle Testing” will be presented by Jay Sandwiess, DO, and Joseph Audette, MD, in Chicago on October 24-25, 2020.This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to learn applied kinesiology and osteopathic muscle testing strategies for common musculoskeletal conditions in order to identify neuro-muscular inhibition patterns. Participants will learn to integrate basic osteopathic manual methods with acupuncture techniques, such as dry needling and meridian therapies, to resolve the condition and restore muscle and joint function instantly. These methods are part of a series of acupuncture techniques that produce rapid effects. Drs. Audette and Sandweiss will present a highly effective approach for diagnosing and treating common problems such as: tennis and golfer elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, ankle sprains and neck and back pain issues throughout the spinal regions. Upon completion of this workshop attendees will have new tools for quickly assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions throughout the body. Save the date and register today!

Acupuncture, Internal Medicine, and COVID-19

Call for papers: Medical Acupuncture is planning a Special Issue focusing on how acupuncture and auricular medicine can be used as an effective adjunct to treat a variety of internal medicine related conditions. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are also seeking articles highlighting the use of acupuncture and/or traditional Chinese medicine in caring for patients affected with COVID-19. Deadline for Manuscript Submission: August 31, 2020

Clinical Registry: COVID-19 and Integrative Health

Call for participation: “In collaboration with numerous global organizations, we have moved forward with a clinical registry aiming to capture key case, treatment/supportive care, and outcome variables related to the use of traditional, complementary, and integrative health and medicine products and practices in response to the COVID-19 crisis.” — Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, Director, Helfgott Research Institute, and TCIHM COVID-19 Registry Principal Investigator. Learn more.

Effectiveness, Implementation and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health

Call for papers: In October 2020, JACM: Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) will publish a Special Issue on Effectiveness, Implementation and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health. The goal of the Special Issue is to provide an enduring volume that will both aggregate the best of such research while also educating and prompting the field toward more robust engagement with implementation science and other forms of research that can guide new care models. Deadline for Manuscript Submission: May 31, 2020.

Present at the AAMA’s 2021 Annual Symposium

Only a few open spots remain! The AAMA has issued a call for proposals for the 2021 Annual Symposium presentations, including workshops, plenary sessions and pre-symposium workshops. As the Symposium Committee continues to strengthen educational opportunities, it encourages members to share their knowledge and expertise. We invite you to submit a proposal for next year’s meeting. Learn more. The AAMA Annual Symposium will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 29-May 2, 2021. Learn more.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It Last Month

Publisher of Medical Acupuncture Offers COVID-19 Resources
From Mary Ann Liebert Publishers: We have taken the opportunity to host a coronavirus research portal and allow for free access to all papers within our portfolio related to relevant coronavirus research in hopes that it can be a useful resource as a successful vaccine is developed and implemented."

Medical Acupuncture Now Indexed in PubMed
The AAMA is pleased to announce that more than 200 scientific articles from the journal Medical Acupuncture are now indexed in PubMed Central and searchable on PubMed, one of the largest and most respected databases of biomedical literature in the world.

AAMA Research Paper Competition Winners Announced
Congratulations to our colleagues who authored the research papers selected as winners in the AAMA’s annual research competition.

Professional Development Opportunities

*POSTPONED: ICMART World Medical Acupuncture Congress
Now July 2-4, 2021
Athens, Greece

KIOM-SAR 2020 International Research Conference
September 10-12, 2020
Seoul, South Korea

AAMA Weekend Workshop 2020
October 24-25, 2020
Chicago, IL
“Treating Common Musculoskeletal Conditions with Osteopathic Manipulation, Meridian Therapy, Dry Needling and Manual Muscle Testing”
Presented by Jay Sandwiess, DO, and Joseph Audette, MD

2021 Medical Acupuncture Review Course
April 27-28, 2021 - Cincinnati, OH
Save the date!

AAMA 2021 Annual Symposium
April 29-May 2, 2021 - Cincinnati, OH
Save the date!

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: https://www.liebertpub.com/toc/acu/0/0

Most Recent Issue: April 2020

Most-recent CME Article: Electroacupuncture to Increase Neuronal Stem Cell Growth

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture techniques for COPD: a systematic review
[BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies]
"Overall, strong evidence in favour of any technique was not found. Acupressure could be beneficial for dyspnoea, quality of life and anxiety, but this is based on low quality trials."

Effect of Acupuncture for Postprandial Distress Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial
[Annals of Internal Medicine]
"Among patients with PDS, acupuncture resulted in increased response rate and elimination rate of all 3 cardinal symptoms compared with sham acupuncture, with sustained efficacy over 12 weeks in patients who received thrice-weekly acupuncture for 4 weeks."

Fear of analgesic side effects predicts preference for acupuncture: a cross-sectional study of cancer patients with pain in the USA
[Supportive Care in Cancer]
"Acupuncture may be a preferable treatment option among cancer patients at risk of inadequately controlled pain due to fear of analgesic side effects. Evidence-based integration of acupuncture and analgesics, guided by patient treatment preferences, represents an essential aspect of patient-centered care and has potential to address unmet cancer pain management needs."

October 2020 Workshop

Treating Common Musculoskeletal Conditions with Osteopathic Manipulation, Meridian Therapy, Dry Needling and Manual Muscle Testing Weekend Workshop

Presented By:  Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA and Joseph Audette, MD, MA

October 24-25, 2020
Chicago, IL


Scientific Research

Read more evidence-based research on acupuncture and its applications in medical practice.