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About the AAMA


The purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture® is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. 


The medical practice of acupuncture has a long history spanning both time and national boundaries, building in the refinement of accumulated knowledge. As members of the AAMA we are recipients of this heritage of health and healing. We recognize that we occupy a singular position in the delivery of health care in our society.

As physicians integrating Medical Acupuncture into conventional biomedicine, we recognize our responsibility to offer the highest standards of both medical disciplines.

Given the unique practice of medical acupuncture we are often the only providers of nontraditional medications and devices. To that end it is incumbent upon us to respect the laws of the states in which we practice and the ethics of the professional societies to which we belong regarding the sale of products and services.

Therefore, we set forth these affirmations of ethical practice and conduct:

  • As Physician Acupuncturists we shall be dedicated to providing the best of Acupuncture and Western medicine to all patients.
  • As Physician Acupuncturists we shall promote a healing relationship with respect and compassion for the rights and needs or our patients.
  • As Physician Acupuncturists we shall promote education and awareness of acupuncture among our colleagues, other health professionals and patients.
  • As Physician Acupuncturists we shall promote continuing education, research and the advancement of the scientific foundation of acupuncture.
  • As Physician Acupuncturists we will honor and respect the code of ethics of other professional organizations to which we belong and the laws of the state(s) and country in which we practice.

Adopted by the AAMA Board of Directors, March 21, 2001.


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture was founded in 1987 by a group of physicians who were graduates of the "Medical Acupuncture for Physicians" training programs sponsored by University Extension,UCLA School of Medicine. The AAMA is the sole physician-only professional acupuncture society in North America, accepting members from a diversity of training backgrounds. Physician members represent all of the disciplines of medical acupuncture currently practiced in the United States and Canada.

Membership requirements for the Academy have been established in accordance with the training guidelines created by the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. The Academy represents the highest standards of training and proficiency among physicians practicing acupuncture in North America.

If you would like further information go to AAMA Membership Information or
Print out the AAMA Membership Form and send it in to join.

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