Recent Press Releases

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

Study Shows Increase in Consumer Growth for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

According to the newest report gleaned from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, adults in the United States spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and purchases of CAM products, classes, and materials for self-care. Nearly one-third of this out-of-pocket spending was to pay for CAM practitioner costs (see figure below.) Further, according to this government survey, the number of visits to acupuncturists rose 32% between 2002 and 2007. Also, Read more

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