This November 16th, there was a concerted effort by the major associations and professional organizations around the world representing TCM and Acupuncture to commemorate and celebrate World Acupuncture Awareness Day. From New Zealand, and Australia to the United States and Canada, from the European Union and Britain to South Africa and the Middle East, a united campaign promoted Acupuncture and TCM via social media and the press.
Why is this important to you? Our profession is in a transitional state. In many countries, including the United States, through the dedicated and concerted efforts of organizations such as the NCCAOM, we have made great strides in establishing and validating the effectiveness of our profession. The World Health Organization not only recognizes our medicine as an effective component of world health but has created specific ICD diagnostic and therapeutic codes dedicated to Traditional Medicine. This progress has caught the attention of other healthcare and affiliated professions and they are eager to co-opt our techniques and modalities for their own benefit. From Physical Therapists to Personal trainers, from Massage therapists to Nurses, all have recognized the potential of our profession to enhance and expand their service offerings. This poses a real and tangible threat to our profession and to your careers.
To that end, a global effort is underway involving some fifty (50) major professional organizations and associations to increase visibility, improve recognition and create a worldwide movement to cement TCM as belonging firmly in our own purview. The commemoration of November 16th as World Acupuncture Awareness Day is one of the efforts to support this action. In November 2010 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed Acupuncture and moxibustion in the list of intangible human cultural heritage. As the world gets more and more integrated, our profession needs to be prepared for a borderless global representation with such programs as unified global educational standards, international accreditation programs, and well-established public awareness campaigns.
It falls upon each of us to participate in this effort and contribute to the education and promotion of our profession, united and in One Voice. To learn more about how you can participate visit, www.Idoacupuncture.com where you will find tips, tools, news, and resources.