National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) celebrate Acupuncture Medicine Day

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To elevate public awareness that there are over 35,000 licensed acupuncturists treating ailments throughout the U.S., the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) are collaborating to promote nationwide observations of the 17th annual Acupuncture Medicine (AM) Day taking place on October 24.

During this challenging and uncertain time, it is reassuring to know that qualified board certified and state licensed acupuncturists are open and available to treat a variety of conditions and ailments to include pain, stress, mental disorders, immune issues, and general well-being. To elevate public awareness that there are over 35,000 licensed acupuncturists treating these ailments throughout the U.S., the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® are collaborating to promote nationwide observations of the 17th annual Acupuncture Medicine (AM) Day taking place on Oct. 24. In honor of AM Day, both organizations have joined forces to elevate acupuncture services as a nonpharmaceutical, safe, effective and economically feasible treatment for so many of the ailments that are plaguing Americans today such as stress, immune issues, PTSD, and depression in the face of this global pandemic.

“This year’s observance of Acupuncture Medicine Day is more than a celebration of the profession and its practitioners, it’s a call to action to come together to demonstrate and reassure all patients, old and new, that they can be treated in a safe and COVID-free environment due to the careful re-opening measures that have been taken, stated Mina Larson, NCCAOM CEO.

“Acupuncture Medicine Day celebrates the acupuncture profession’s unlimited potential as leaders by visibly demonstrating what is possible in the medical field no matter the illness or environment.” Said Olivia Hsu Friedman, ASA Chair.

To highlight the safe practice of acupuncture, NCCAOM and ASA also sponsored a Video Voting Contest 2020 to boost exposure and shed light on National Board Certified and state licensed acupuncturists’ efforts to be part of this historic time. You can view the Voting Contest 2020 videos at: https://bit.ly/AcupunctureMedicineDay2020VideoContestVoting.

About ASA
The Mission of the American Society of Acupuncturists is to promote the highest standards of professional practice for acupuncture and EAM in the United States, thereby to benefit the public health. Through strengthening the profession at the state level while promoting collaboration nationally and internationally, the ASA provides its members, the public, legislators, and regulators resources for ensuring the best expression of this ancient and modern medicine. Please visit https://www.asacu.org/ for more information.

About NCCAOM
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization established in 1982. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 46 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98 percent of the states that regulate acupuncture. All NCCAOM certification programs are currently accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA). To learn more about how acupuncture can help alleviate or relieve different health conditions, visit the NCCAOM’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine News and Resource Center. To find an NCCAOM National Board-certified Acupuncturist in your area, click on Find a Practitioner at http://www.nccaom.org.

For more information on AM Day, please visit http://www.acupuncturemedicineday.org.

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