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September 2018 Newsletter

Table of Contents - September 2018

Winter is Coming for Medical Acupuncture

Dear Colleagues and Friends,  

What is a Medical Acupuncturist? This is a good question and points to a distinction that is of growing importance. I feel a Medical Acupuncturist brings with him or her all of the western teachings of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, surgery and psychiatry, to name only a few, to address a patient’s concerns withan understanding of the underlying energetics that make up our totality. These more inclusive understandings allow us to evaluate and treat on multiple levels and address the spiritual aspects of being “all too human,” as we all are. 

My wife reminds me that a Medical Acupuncturist also listens. She and I think this is the most important aspect of a treatment encounter—making time to listen to allow the magic of energetic interactions to begin. 

To be specific, the seasonal changes that fall brings presents all of our patients with different challenges. Fall especially upsets the energetic balances of many of our patients who are primarily Metal in their make-up. As we understand them on an energetic basis, it is predictable that they are at risk for increased pulmonary issues. We can limit or eliminate their expected declines in this season with kidney and lung tonification. The same is true of the other seasons’ effects on other patients. There is no corollary understanding or therapeutic modality for this in Western medicine. 

The fall can also be understood in a much larger sense, metaphorically. We are very likely in the time of decline preceding winter in terms of our professional lives. We need to weather the storms of massive changes in the structure of Western Medicine, and we are ideally positioned to do so with the extra abilities we can bring to our practices. Your AAMA Board understands this and wrestles with issues related to our daily struggles to recognize Medical Acupuncture on a national level. 

I offer the following personal recommendations: 

  1. Speak broadly and passionately about Medical Acupuncture to patients, friends, medical societies and everyone else. We need to get out the word about what we do and why it’s beneficial. Your local newspapers and online blogs actively seek out columns to fill their spaces. 
  2. Get involved with your AAMA. Join a committee, serve on the Board, write an article or case report to submit to the Journal. Talk to your friends who might not be members of the Academy and urge them to join. 
  3. Encourage your colleagues to attend a course in Medical Acupuncture. This is now more important than ever as the forces of change in corporatizing medical practice are more and more pernicious.  
  4. Take time to listen to each other, to nature, to friends, and to patients. 
  5. Adopt some quiet, contemplative practices to help in this time of reorganization because the spring will surely come after the fall and winter. 

The fertile grounds for Medical Acupuncture will rise from the ruins of big pharmacy and big money’s influences. I foresee that prescient patients will demand from their physicians all that Medical Acupuncturists offer.                                                                                    

Douglass N. Powell, M.D. FAAMA FACOG
Secretary, Board of Directors, AAMA 

Welcome New AAMA Member

Please join us in welcoming the following new member who became part of the AAMA in August 2018:

  • Editha A. Liu, MD of Sioux Falls, SD

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):  

  • Sidney A. Edsall, MD, DABMA of San Francisco, CA
  • Amida T. Gallito, MD, DABMA of Superior, WI
  • Demetrios A. Papadopoulos, MD, DABMA, of Mount Pleasant, SC

Help! Hilfe! Aidez-moi! The AAMA Needs Your Language Skills 

Do you know how to read and understand German, Japanese, French or Chinese? Your AAMA peers sometimes have great interest in scientific research that has been published in other languages. Would you be willing to translate acupuncture articles now and then when requested by fellow members? If so, please contact aamastaff@gmail.com so we can add you to a list of volunteer translators.  

September is Pain Awareness Month

Physicians and patients alike may notice an uptick in general media coverage about pain this month, offering AAMA members an opportunity to educate community members about the benefits of acupuncture for pain relief. Create posters for your office. Post on social media. Call your local TV news station and pitch a segment on medical acupuncture. Here are some resources to consider: 

New NCCIH Director, Helene M. Langevin, Supports Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture;

Dr. Langevin is expected to join NIH in November 2018. As NCCIH director, Langevin will oversee the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health. Langevin comes to NIH from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Langevin’s research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. More. 

Time’s Running Out. Please Renew Your AAMA Membership Today!

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.        

REMINDER: Help Build the AAMA and Earn $$

We're excited to announce a new member-recruiting program designed to reward current members for referring their 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 (like the dry needling above!) 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 possibly engage if necessary. Feel free to reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling 310-379-8261.   

"Doctor, What's This Acupuncture All About?" Order Patient-education Brochures for Your Practice Now

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.       

Save the Date: 2019 AAMA Annual Symposium: April 11-14, 2019

The upcoming Annual Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, is shaping up to be a phenomenal source of inspiration and exposure to practical techniques that you can take back to your practice!  The 2019 conference, Art of Healing: Acupuncture Pears in Clinical Practice, will include: myofascial pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, care for acute conditions, integrative support for oncology patients, qi gong and classical Chinese calligraphy. Attendees will delve into the Luo Vessels with internationally renowned teacher Yvonne Farrell, as well as to consider the San Jiao and in its role throughout the lifespan and autism with Dr. Stephen Cowan. A presentation on acupuncture in the U.S. Airforce will be highlighted in our Founder's Lecture with top military leadership, and we will also provide an opportunity to grow your business with a "to-the-point" practice management pre-symposium. Please mark your calendars now, reserve your hotel room, and look for announcements about event registration – coming soon!  

Call for Entries: Symposium Poster Presentations & Free Paper (oral) Presentations

The deadline is January 25, 2019 to submit an abstract for the poster session on Saturday evening and/or paper (oral) presentation (cash awards for the winning papers) at the AAMA 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. The Free Paper session will take place Saturday, April 13, in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 13, reception. All papers and posters must be submitted in English. Information-sharing between AAMA peers is critical to the life and growth of our industry. Make plans to submit your work!  

2019 Review Course: Sign Up Now

April 9-10, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona
The Medical Acupuncture Review Course has been developed to provide a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The Review Course is especially useful as a refresher for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. The overall objectives of the Review Course are to: Review and solidify previously acquired knowledge and experience in medical acupuncture. Reinforce understanding of the basic material appropriate for a physician practicing acupuncture in North America. Refresh the participant’s exposure and awareness of certain specialized aspects of acupuncture not always utilized in traditional practice settings.    

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It Last Month

NCCIH Funding Priorities: Pain, Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture
NCCIH current funding priorities include acupuncture for pain management and electroacupuncture protocol(s) for safety and pain conditions. Does your research align? Read more about the funding opportunities.  

How Compassion Benefits the Healing Process
The OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine Journal recently invited Steven K. H. Aung, CM, AOE, MD, PhD, FAAFP, to be guest editor for an upcoming special issue, “How Compassion Benefits the Healing Process.” Aung encourages fellow AAMA members to submit writings for consideration. Many forms of submissions are being accepted, such as: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, commentary, etc. The submission deadline is March 31, 2019. 

Boost Your Branding with AAMA and DABMA Certification
If you are a Full Member or Fellow of the AAMA with DABMA certification, you are eligible to print the Medical Acupuncture certification mark on your stationary, business cards or other listings to promote your special accomplishments in medical acupuncture. See Certification Mark Guidelines (http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/Portals/2/PDFs/Certification_Mark_Guidelines.pdf). Request an electronic copy via email: info@medicalacupuncture.org

Acupuncture Books at Low Prices, Going Fast! 
The AAMA is having a summer book sale! Deep discounts on classic titles related to medical acupuncture. Don't miss this chance to build your knowledge base — and your library!Now is the time to grab them at LOW prices. Limited quantities are available, so don't delay. Order books now while supplies last.

Order Now: 2018 Annual Symposium Recordings Available
The 30th Annual Symposium in Kansas City received rave reviews. If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are still available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole. For more information, click here.   

Professional Development Opportunities

Inaugural International Medical Quigong-Taichi Forum at Harvard University
September 22-23, 2018, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2nd North American TCM Symposium: Acupuncture in Pain Management 
10/7/2018 in New York, NY

2nd International Symposium on Research in Acupuncture
October 20-21, 2018, in Bologna, Italy
Organized by: The Association of Medical Acupuncturists of Bologna (A.M.A.B.) and the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)

AAMA 31st Annual Symposium
April 11-14, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
http://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. https://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Education 

New Scientific Research

New Issue of Medical Acupuncture Available Now (August 2018)
As part of their member benefits, AAMA members can access fully searchable archive of Medical Acupuncture content online by logging in with their AAMA account information. The online Journal includes the back issue content through 2007. The new issues includes a FREE CME article (see below), as well as articles on cerebral blood flow, cervical dystonia and headache, among others. 

FREE CME Journal Article: The Case for Local Needling in Successful Randomized Controlled Trials of Peripheral Neuropathy: A Follow-Up Systematic Review
“Conclusions: All reviewed trials of acupuncture for neuropathy and neuropathic pain use acupuncture points that are closely associated with the peripheral nerves treated. Local needling is crucial for successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy.” 

Use Of Acupuncture For Musculoskeletal Pain In An Expedition Medicine Setting: A Case Series
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
“The experience of providing acupuncture in an expedition setting was positive. Unlike previous reports on the use of acupuncture in a wilderness setting,3 4 it did not improve every patient’s symptoms. However, for a few it made a real difference and allowed them to partake in activities that enhanced their quality of life while confined on an Antarctic base.”

Beyond Estrogen: Treatment Options for Hot Flashes
[Clinical Therapeutics]
The study, which was an effort “arm clinicians with information about the medications and complementary therapies available to provide symptom relief to women,“because researchers from Department of Internal Medicine, Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI, had found that “nonhormonal medications and complementary and alternative therapies are used by many women seeking relief from bothersome hot flashes. However, health care professionals may be less familiar with these treatment modalities.“ 

Overview of Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Practical Guidelines That Recommend the Use of Acupuncture: A Bibliometrics Analysis
[The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine]
“Considerably more recommendations were found for the use of acupuncture than are known within the acupuncture or medical communities. A trend by year was also found; a rise in the number of positive statements about acupuncture was typically followed by a rise in the number of recommendations of acupuncture. Thus, the recommendations followed the emergent evidence for acupuncture. Better implementation plans need to be developed for the CPG/TG recommendations about acupuncture to be more effective/efficient.”

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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.

Scientific Research

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