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  • 22 Sep 2017 12:59 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    In response to the opioid crisis, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined 36 other attorneys general in urging the health care industry to promote the use of physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic as an alternative to opioid drugs for pain.

    The undersigned State Attorneys General are sending you this letter to urge America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to take proactive steps to encourage your members to review their payment and coverage policies and revise them, as necessary and appropriate, to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.

    When patients seek treatment for any of the myriad conditions that cause chronic pain, doctors should be encouraged to explore and prescribe effective non-opioid alternatives, ranging from non-opioid medications (such as NSAIDs) to physical therapy, acupuncture,

    massage, and chiropractic care.


  • 07 Jun 2017 10:46 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    May, 2017

    The Food and Drug Administration has released new guidelines intended to address the crisis of prescription opioid abuse. For the first time, these guidelines now include a recommendation that physicians educate their patients about the benefits of acupuncture.

    According to the FDA, an effective treatment plan should include non-pharmacological therapies as part of a multidisciplinary approach to chronic and acute pain.

    This recommendation is part of a trend to deal with the opioid crisis by treating non-opioid therapies - like acupuncture - as a first-line treatment for pain. Institutions and organizations like the Joint Commission and the American College of Physicians have also released similar recommendations in the past years.

  • 04 Oct 2016 9:51 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    We are honored to receive the recognition of the Governor in proclaiming Oct. 24, 2016 as "Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Wellness Day" in the state of Michigan!

    Read more about AOM Day at www.AOMDay.org

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is supported by a unique international partnership of organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These organizations include professional associations and educational institutions.


    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day offers a rare opportunity to focus attention on the long and rich history of this traditional form of health care.


    The MAAOM is participating in this year's Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day by organizing events all over the state, from Traverse City to Grand Rapids to Detroit.

    Find an Acupuncturist in your area by clicking on this link:


  • 29 Jul 2016 9:23 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Based on BLS data, O*Net online recognizes Acupuncture as a "Bright Outlook" occupation that is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years.

    Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

    Every Bright Outlook occupation matches at least one of the following criteria:

    • Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 14% or more) over the period 2014-2024
    • Projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2014-2024
    • New & Emerging occupation in a high growth industry

    Growth and job openings source: Bureau of Labor Statistics external site 2014-2024 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement.

    SOURCE: http://www.onetonline.org/help/bright/29-1199.01

  • 29 Jul 2016 8:22 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Spearheaded by NCCAOM®, the New Designation Means Greater Recognition Across Federal Agencies and Access to Programming

    "Earning a distinct Standard Occupational Code for Acupuncturists is a milestone moment for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. This event positions acupuncturists for a number of new opportunities," said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., CAE, chief executive officer of NCCAOM. "The classification of 'Acupuncturists' as its own federally-recognized labor category both validates and bolsters the profession and positions the industry for growth."

    The new code for Acupuncturists -- SOC - 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.

    Read the official announcement here: BLS Occupational Code for Acupuncturists

  • 02 Jun 2016 6:39 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Why try acupuncture before pills?

    Here are the facts: there are 17,000 prescription opioid deaths and 80,000 NSAID and acetaminophen-related ER visits per year.

    Acupuncture is a non-addictive, low-cost, and effective treatment for pain.

    Download and share this factsheet from the American Society of Acupuncturists!


  • 21 Jan 2016 1:27 AM | Henry Buchtel (Administrator)
    The winter issue of Meridians JAOM, Vol.3, No.1, is now online! Free online access to all AOM state association members. 

    If you are a current MAAOM member, you can download the PDF by logging into this website and clicking on the MEMBERS page.

    Alternately, you may self-register and then log into the MJAOM website.

    All other readers please register with MJAOM, then subscribe to both print and online access (or online access only).

  • 12 Oct 2015 1:28 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    Governor Snyder has proclaimed October 24, 2015 as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day in Michigan!

    We are excited to have received this honor for the second year in a row, just in time for our AOM Day celebration at the Capitol Building in Lansing!

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

    In Michigan Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular, both as a profession and as a health care choice. Several Michigan health care systems have Registered Acupuncturists on staff, such as the Henry Ford Health System and the Beaumont Health System. Registered Acupuncturists are also opening independent clinics all over the state, from Grand Rapids to Traverse City to Detroit!

    As the proclamation reads:

    WHEREAS, Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have a long and rich history as components of a comprehensive traditional medical system that has been used for thousands of years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being; and, 

    WHEREAS, Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and maintain these standards through education, credentialing and a personal commitment; and,

    WHEREAS, Millions of Americans seek the services of acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners each year; and,

    WHEREAS, It is vital that those in need of medical services understand the full realm of available modalities and seek competent and professional care;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2015 as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day in Michigan.

  • 02 Jul 2015 6:28 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)



    Contest logoThe NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest “Because it Works!” 2015.

    Licensed acupuncturists and acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) students from around the world are invited to enter for a chance to win a new iPad, iPad mini, and more.

    The contest seeks to highlight the many benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Five semi-finalists will be chosen online by popular vote. Out of the five semi-finalists the top three contestants will be chosen by a panel of judges. The three chosen contestants will receive prizes and the satisfaction of having their success story showcased on the NCCAOM website, the AOM Day website, and the NCCAOM YouTube channel.

    The contest will be open for entries between June 15 - September 1, 2015, and the winners will be announced on October 24 (AOM Day).

    To help with the video production process, NCCAOM has created and recorded a workshop which includes helpful tips and tricks as well as official contest rules explanations.

    Click this link to enter the contest!

  • 02 Jul 2015 5:48 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)

    We would like to welcome the three new MAAOM Committee Chairs, Cheryl Wong, Andrew Crapo, and Eran Reznik! 

    Elected during our Summer Membership Meeting, they will be serving as Membership Committee Chair, Social Media Committee Chair, and Event Planning Committee Chair for the 2015-2016 term.

    We would also like to thank outgoing Membership Chair Vikki Nestico for the wonderful job she did during the 2014-15 term!

    Please read the bios below for an introduction to each of MAAOM's new volunteers!

    Cheryl Wong, RAc (MI), ND (VT)

    "Dr. Cheryl Wong is a Michigan registered acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor. She practices acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Ann Arbor Community Acupuncture. She has a special interest in chronic pain, endocrine disorders, and women's health."

    Andrew Crapo, RAc (MI), MSTOM, Dipl. OM

    "Andrew Crapo graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and is currently practicing at a number of locations throughout West Michigan. His love of acupuncture started from a young age, being the son of an acupuncturist he has been able to experience first hand all that Chinese Medicine can treat. As the Social Media committee chair Andrew works to keep the MAAOM's Facebook page up to date with the latest information and studies conducted on Chinese Medicine."

    Eran Reznik, RAc (MI), Dipl. Ac., NCBTMB

    "Eran Reznik holds a four year degree in Ancient Chinese medicine from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and is a NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist specializes in emotional problems and autoimmune diseases. He completed his studies in Israel under the teaching of Peter van Kervel and practices a very unique type of acupuncture that takes in consideration the aspect of time and energetic astrological influences on the patients. Eran holds certifications in Qi and Body method of Shiatsu, Zen Shiatu and integrative Massage as well. He has is own practice in West Bloomfield and He also works at Integrative Holistic Psychiatry in West Bloomfield, and at Claddagh Chiropractic wellness center in Ferndale."

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