Recent Press Releases

Importance of NCCAOM certification mentioned on Dr. Oz Show

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The NCCAOM celebrated Leap Day 2012 with a segment on the popular Dr. Oz Show featuring the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine. NCCAOM Diplomate Janet Tsai, Dipl. Ac. & Dipl. C.H. (NCCAOM) was interviewed by Dr. Oz as she demonstrated the many benefits of Chinese herbs to include relief from fatigue and stress. The segment was devoted to bringing awareness of the power of Chinese herbs to combat various disorders. Dr. Oz and Diplomate Janet Tsai stressed to their viewers the importance of seeking a practitioner who holds an NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology or Oriental Medicine and is licensed Read more

CBS Morning Show Airs News Segment on Latest Research Study Promoting Acupuncture for Treatment of Migraines

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Through the referral  of the AAAOM , the NCCAOM responded to a media inquiry from a producer with the CBS Morning Show working on a news segment regarding a recent acupuncture study that revealed the benefits of acupuncture, versus sham, in treating migraine headaches. The NCCAOM was able to provide the CBS Morning Show with information about the benefits of acupuncture, NIH study that documented consumer growth of acupuncture as well as footage of acupuncture treatment courtesy of two NCCAOM Diplomates; a mother and daughter acupuncture team in San Diego, CA – Judith and Lia Andrews at more

Chinese Herbology Practiced Safely by Certified and Licensed Acupuncturists

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Jacksonville, FL and Sacramento, CA – The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) are responding to a recent PBS program, which featured the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office titled “Herbal Dietary Supplements: Examples of Deceptive or Questionable Marketing Practices and Potentially Dangerous Advice”, authored by Gregory D. Kutz. The report stressed the importance of consumers seeking qualified practitioners for herbal treatment due the possibility of adverse drug interactions and the use of inferior herbs. Unfortunately, the report omitted that there are thousands of highly Read more

The Safety of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Friday, October 8th, 2010

We, at the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), are very proud of the outstanding safety record acupuncture and Oriental Medical practices have achieved over the long history of their use in our country. We take any reports of adverse effects from acupuncture, especially reports of deaths, very seriously and note that not a single death has been reported to result from acupuncture in the US. While promoters of most medical practices would consider a world-wide average of less than 2 deaths out of tens of millions Read more

Response to British Medical Journal Editorial Regarding Unsafe Practice of Acupuncture

Monday, March 8th, 2010

(Jacksonville, FL) - The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is responding to a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal, which states that microbiologists at the University of Hong Kong claim that the number of reported acupuncture-related infections worldwide was “the tip of an iceberg” and called for tighter infection control measures. Unfortunately, the March 19, 2010 Reuters article, which reported this information, failed to mention that the largest and most highly trained segment of acupuncturists, licensed acupuncturists (most of whom are NCCAOM certified practitioners) have extensive training to include competency assessment in universal precautions and Read more

Results of the Job Task Analysis for AOM Profession

Monday, March 8th, 2010

(Jacksonville, FL) - The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), with assistance from Schroeder Measurement Technologies, has conducted the only national Job Task Analysis (JTA) survey of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession with final results available via the NCCAOM website, The primary purpose of the Job Task Analysis is to provide a framework for the future of the NCCAOM certification examinations, which serve as gateway and prerequisite for entry-level practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States. The results of the JTA are utilized to create an examination that accurately reflects Read more

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