Press Release: WINNER of NCCAOM’s 2015 Video Contest

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FOR RELEASE: December 22, 2015


“A New Promising Era for the Acupuncture Profession”

Houston, TXWatch how Donald Lefeber, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Rocko Stedy, an acclaimed music artist and motivational speaker utilize hip-hop music to educate and bring awareness of the latest research on efficacy & effectiveness of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of its Video Voting Contest “Because it Works!”

In this contest, licensed acupuncturists and acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) students from around the world were invited to submit videos highlighting the many benefits of acupuncture and oriental medicine. The contestants showcased a success story along with footage of patient testimonials, which were voted by popular vote and then the winning video selected by a panel of judges.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art whose use has been surfacing in US health care since the 1970’s. Its utilization in US health care is steadily increasing. Although advances in technology for the practice of medicine have been incredible, problems still exist in US health care that remain unsolved and problematic. Although an ancient healing art, some of its principles and therapies are timeless and may offer some unique approaches for viewing the patient and the healing process.

The winner of this year’s award Donald Lefeber states, “it is truly a “New Promising Era for the Acupuncture Profession.”” Acupuncture has the potential to offer new solutions for problems in health care and help achieve more optimal treatment outcomes for some of the common health conditions and ailments here in the US. We just need more education and awareness of this healing art so that acupuncture’s role in this new paradigm of health care with integrative medicine can be fulfilled. All of this, he accredits “Because it works!”
Watch the video in the following link…


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About participant

Donald Lefeber is a licensed acupuncturist and research scientist with a passion for sharing the promising healing capabilities of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Rocko Stedy Narvios is Houston Texas’ theme song writer—Narvios focuses on using music to convey messages to the masses.

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The Safety of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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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 of patients a year to be a remarkably low level of risk, we find these numbers unacceptable, and other Oriental approaches to medicine, are completely preventable when standards of competent practice are followed.

Over the past 40 years, high standards of training, certification, and practice have been established within the American acupuncture and Oriental medical profession. Periodically, reports surface about the safety of acupuncture, an often these reports represent incomplete or inaccurate information. However, they are a reminder that, while acupuncture is a highly effective and valuable form of healthcare, it is not an entirely risk-free medical procedure, and should only be administered by practitioners with the proper training who follow accepted guidelines of practice. We urge the American public to seek-out only qualified, state licensed acupuncturists and Oriental medical professionals who are also nationally certified by the NCCAOM when accessing these increasingly popular services and we call on the media to help us spread this message.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), numerous surveys show that of all the complementary and holistic medical practices, of which there are many, acupuncture enjoys the most credibility in the medical community. Over 500 clinical trials measuring the efficacy of acupuncture have been conducted in the past three decades. At least fifty systematic reviews of these trials (as profiled in the Cochrane Library) have been completed by researchers from credible institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic, resulting in substantial evidence that acupuncture is more effective than sham acupuncture and that acupuncture is very effective in treating chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, arthritis, headaches, chemotherapy sickness, and infertility, among other ailments.

At the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), we believe that articles like Dr. Ernst’s are a damaging disservice to the American public. As a society, we need new and creative solutions to confront our healthcare crisis and improve the overall health and wellness of our citizens. This requires integrating the best from both eastern (AOM) and western (allopathic) approaches to improve how we prevent and treat pain and illness, and realize optimal health and healing.

Christian M. Ellis
Executive Director
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Kory Ward-Cook
Executive Director
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

If you would like more information about the AAAOM or NCCAOM, please contact Doug Newton, Operations Manager, AAAOM: (916) 443-4770 or Mina Larson, Director of Public, Professional, and Regulatory Affairs, NCCAOM at 703-314-2908.

Response to British Medical Journal Editorial Regarding Unsafe Practice of Acupuncture

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(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 clean needle technique (CNT) before obtaining their national certification and licensure to practice acupuncture.

The article neglected to mention that the incident of infections is drastically reduced when a consumer seeks a qualified practitioner who has met the rigorous standards of the NCCAOM certification which includes passing of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM’s) clean needle technique course, a prerequisite to becoming an NCCAOM certified practitioner. In addition, NCCAOM Diplomates must complete 450 hours of education in biomedical clinical sciences and pass a separate examination in biomedicine. These hours ensure that an acupuncturist has the necessary skills to treat their patient in a safe and efficacious manner as well as to know when to refer a patient to a doctor or other healthcare practitioner for further diagnostic evaluation.

Since its inception in 1982, NCCAOM has issued more than 22,000 certificates in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Asian Bodywork Therapy. The NCCAOM, a national non-profit organization is constantly at work to build and strengthen safety and ethical standards in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The NCCAOM national examinations are recognized in 43 of the 44 states that have laws for licensing acupuncturists. This means that 98% of states that regulate the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine require NCCAOM examinations as a prerequisite for licensure.

According to the researchers at Hong Kong University, which prompted the editorial in the British Medical Journal, “the best prevention from infections transmitted by acupuncture is infection control measures such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures and aseptic techniques”. These exact knowledge and skills are all taught and assessed through the CCAOM sponsored CNT course and examination that all NCCAOM certified practitioners must complete before they can become certified and licensed to practice acupuncture. In addition, certified NCCAOM Diplomates must complete a rigorous testing process and must demonstrate completion of more than 2,000 hours of education and clinical training provided by a school accredited by ACAOM. In order to retain the Diplomate status, one must recertify every four years.

“When seeking an acupuncture practitioner, look for an NCCAOM Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine who can be found by searching the NCCAOM Certification Registry Search Engine on the NCCAOM website,” stated NCCAOM Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kory Ward-Cook. “Consumers can be assured these practitioners have met and continue to meet the highest level of competency to practice safety and effectively.”

“The mission of the NCCAOM® is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.”

For additional information about the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession, please go to the following websites:
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia:
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:
Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR):

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