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White House Petition to Designate ‘Acupuncturist’ as a Recognized Healthcare Provider

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Goal Achieved! 27,000+ Signatures on the White House Petition


As many of you have heard, the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) community pulled together to achieve the monumental goal of obtaining more than the 25,000 signatures needed to activate the White House Petition to designate 'Acupuncturist' as a recognized healthcare provider under the Social Security Act. A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the effort to get the White House Petition signed by the deadline of February 10. The AAAOM, NCCAOM, state associations, individual practitioners, friends and

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NCCAOM® Programs Receive Reaccreditation

Monday, January 7th, 2013

NCCAOM® Programs Receive NCCA Reaccreditation for Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Oriental Medicine Certification Programs

Media Contact: Mina Larson

Jacksonville, FL – (January 2, 2013) The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is pleased to announce that it has been granted reaccreditation for its certification programs in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a period of five years through August 30, 2017.

NCCAOM first attained NCCA accreditation for its Acupuncture Certification Program in 1991, and the Chinese Herbology Program was

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New Study Shows Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Acupuncture is Effective for Chronic Pain: New Study Published in Archives of Internal Medicine

A new study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicinereveals that acupuncture is more effective for chronic pain than “sham acupuncture,” which is a placebo version of the treatment. This study has been touted as one of the largest, most rigorous and robust analyses to date on the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments for the amelioration of pain.

This research, an outcomes analysis from 29 randomized controlled trial studies, included nearly 18,000 people being treated for chronic pain from osteoarthritis, headaches, back, or shoulder

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Alert on Fraudulent Websites Claiming to Offer Services for NCCAOM Certification or NCCAOM® Exam Preparation

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Jacksonville, FL – Adhering to our mission of public safety, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) would like to alert all stakeholders that certain entities are claiming to offer services via the internet for the preparation of the NCCAOM exams or assistance with the NCCAOM certification. Please be aware that the NCCAOM does not have any formal affiliation or agreement with any third-party certification assistance organizations or any organizations claiming affiliation with the NCCAOM. The NCCAOM is aware that misleading and inaccurate information has been posted on certain websites claiming a special relationship or affiliation with the NCCAOM, Read more

NCCAOM Receives Registration for Certification Trademarks by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Jacksonville, FL – NCCAOM is pleased to announce that it has received registration on all four of its Diplomate certification trademarks from the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). This registration means that only active NCCAOM Diplomates can exclusively use these credentials to identify and promote their certification. In order to ensure proper compliance of USPTO registration laws and regulations, NCCAOM Diplomates should now list their NCCAOM credentials exactly as they appear below:   “It is important that all NCCAOM Diplomates proudly and properly display their credentials to their patients, peers and the public as they symbolize an Read more

National Herbal Medicine Week Established to Celebrate the Safe and Effective Practice of Herbal Therapies for Thousands of Years

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012


Jacksonville, FL and Bethesda, MD – The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) are pleased to join in the promotion of National Herbal Medicine Week from May 1-7, 2012 sponsored by the AAAOM, in recognition of the diversity of all ancient and modern herbal traditions worldwide. National Herbal Medicine Week is a time of year when practitioners, consumers, and organizational leaders join in the opportunity to share their knowledge and highlight the strength of this gentle and effective treatment. As

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