The California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) is California’s largest English-language professional association of licensed acupuncturists. CSOMA has represented and advocated for acupuncturists across the state for more than two decades.
- The Acupuncture Association of Colorado has two main focuses. The first is to protect our right to practice Chinese Medicine in the state of Colorado. Over the years there has been legislation presented that has been deemed threatening to our profession’s existence. Because we have retained a professional lobbyist, we are able to stay informed when such legislation arises and then take appropriate action. Members of the AAC are kept up to date regarding the political changes relating to Acupuncture and have a voice in the legislative process. Half of our membership dues are dedicated to our legislative fund.
- Our second focus is to educate the public. With “alternative” medicines becoming more popular, our goal is to ensure that the public obtains accurate information about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Our public relations committee facilitates the publication of factual information to our communities via social media, newspaper, television, radio and magazines. We represent the profession and our members at Denver’s Dragon Boat Festival and at Health Fairs across the state. This service benefits the general public through education about the array of health issues Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can address.
The Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine supports patients, practitioners and students by contributing to the evolution of the profession, supporting practitioners in clinical practice, promoting excellence in professional standards and ethics and educating the public on many benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Our Mission to Serve
- Practitioners and students through continuing education, legislative action, member benefits, referral service, annual meeting, website and discussion group.
- The Public through education on the benefits of AOM, working with the media, supporting appropriate legislative action to improve access to AOM, and referral to qualified practitioners.
- The Profession through participation in the American Society of Acupuncturists to engage in relationships with other state associations and national organizations.
Florida Acupuncture Association
- The Florida Acupuncture Association is a professional organization which was established over thirty years ago by only a handful of dedicated Florida Licensed Acupuncturists. In the past three decades under the leadership of the FAA Board of Directors, the organization has grown and expanded its membership greatly. The FAA has always been a strong supporter of the Acupuncture Profession in Florida and nationwide.
- FAA members are dedicated to the highest standards of professional ethical practice, education, and clinical research for the Acupuncture Profession by utilizing the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and combining Modern Oriental Medical techniques.
- To fulfill our mission of advancing safe professional acupuncture practice, maintaining the highest academic standards and clinical excellence, as well as facilitating the public access to this natural healing art, FAA has consistently planned and organized quality continuing education seminars, informational meetings and events to educate the public regarding the benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a part of Patient-centered Integrated Health Care system for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.
- FAA has been committed to protect the equity of the Acupuncture Profession and Public Safety through uniting the acupuncture practitioners and promoting legislative advocacy in Florida and United States. Thirty years ago, FAA participated and helped the Florida Legislature create one of the best practice acts for the purpose of protecting the safety and well being of Floridians. FAA will continue to join together with other Acupuncture Associations in Florida and the United States to advance and protect the acupuncture profession and ensure the public safety.
Florida (Oriental Medical Association)
- Mission: To promote the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through clinical excellence, practitioner support and freedom of public access.
FSOMA Values and Purpose
The values governing Florida State Oriental Medicine Association’s development have been the following:
- To serve as the representative professional membership organization of the Oriental Medical profession in Florida.
- To maintain the practice of Oriental Medicine as a separate and distinct member of the healing arts profession.
- To protect in every way not contrary to law the philosophy, science and art of Oriental medicine, and the professional welfare of its members.
- To serve as an official spokesperson for and representative of the Oriental Medical profession in the State of Florida and to assist all reputable organizations of the profession in the United States and throughout the world in carrying out compatible purposes, when such purposes are deemed compatible by the Board of Directors as expressed in our By-Laws.
- To develop and maintain, when deemed necessary, and in the manner deemed by the Board of Directors, standards of education, ethics, and professional competency, health research programs and inter-professional relationships and to promote public understanding of Oriental medicine.
- To do all things necessary and proper in the interest of the Oriental Medical profession and its members in carrying out the foregoing purposes.
What is ILaaom?
The Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ILaaom) is Illinois’ oldest Professional organization representing Licensed Acupuncturists and students, along with Oriental Medical Schools and acupuncture-related businesses. It is registered with the State of Illinois as a nonprofit corporation. ILaaom was formed in 1983 (as the Illinois State Acupuncture Association) to be the unifying force for Illinois Acupuncturists to uphold ethical and well-regulated standards of practice and to lobby for legislation to advance the profession.
ILaaom acknowledges and respects all traditions of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and believes that cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will ensure that this ancient medical art will retain its integrity and achieve the recognition and legal status to which it is entitled, thus enhancing the quality of health care for people in Illinois.
The Indiana Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is an organization representing nationally certified (NCCAOM) practitioners in the state of Indiana.
Our purposes include:
- · Providing a resource where the public can find highly trained, board certified acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine practitioners and related information for their health needs.
- · Educating the public as to the value of acupuncture, specifically by those trained extensively in Traditional Oriental Medicine and it’s multiple disciplines.
- · Educating legislators and standing up for protective legislation regarding the rights of nationally certified Traditionally Chinese Medicine practitioners in the state.
- · Providing an organizational forum for nationally accredited, licensed acupuncturists in the state of Indiana.
- · Providing continuing education for our members and links to continuing education in other states, specifically in the Midwest.
- Gathering and disseminating factual information and relevant opinion regarding issues of concern to the profession of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
About Our Organization
The Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a nonprofit organization that serves professional acupuncturists, as well as patients and members of the public who wish to learn more about acupuncture for treatment and as a potential profession. We welcome professionals, students, patients, supporters and members of the business community to join us as we advocate for the profession of acupuncture and provide education about our profession through many paths.
The Maryland Acupuncture Society (MAS) is one of the oldest state acupuncture associations in the country, founded by a group of the first acupuncture practitioners in the state. MAS’s mission includes the promotion of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, support and representation of practitioners, and dissemination of relevant information.
MAS is involved in this process by:
- encouraging integration of diverse methods of acupuncture and Oriental medicine into Maryland health care,
- advocating acupuncture and Oriental medicine in community and public health care settings,
- promoting consumer education, consumer freedom of choice, and affordable access to Oriental medical care, and
- working cooperatively with other health care providers for the wellness of the clients.
MAS members come from a variety of traditions and backgrounds, ranging from acupuncturists with long experience to students in local acupuncture schools. The MAS Newsletter is distributed four times each year and features national and state news of significance to acupuncturists, interviews, and other original information.
MAS strives to find new and creative ways to enhance clinical skills by offering workshops and seminars lead by internationally known educators and practitioners. In addition, MAS supports ongoing surveys of patient satisfaction and clinical results. MAS is committed to upholding high professional standards for its members.
The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) is a non-profit professional organization representing acupuncturists and acupuncture students that promotes and protects the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Massachusetts.
- The purpose of AOMSM is to support the integration of acupuncture and Oriental medicine into American health care, and to expand both access to and public understanding of Oriental medicine. AOMSM also protects the acupuncture scope of practice by monitoring legislation and regulations that impact the practice of acupuncture.
- The AOMSM is involved in legislative activities to mandate insurance coverage for acupuncture, making acupuncture accessible to all members of the Commonwealth.
- The AOMSM is involved inlegislationto make sure anyone using an acupuncture needle in the Commonwealth of MA is a licensed acupuncturist.
- The AOMSM supports its members with resources including how to find a licensed acupuncturist in MA and promoting public awareness and education; how East Asian Medicine supports their personal health care.
The Michigan Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAAOM), founded in 1988, is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to promoting the safe and effective practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Michigan.
We are a professional association of trained and experienced acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental medicine, committed to providing the best care to keep our patients balanced, healthy, and strong. We support our members by sponsoring and announcing continuing education events in our field and by working together to advance our profession in the state.
- Members of the MAAOM seek to:
- Promote the safe and effective practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Michigan
- Support regulatory legislation that meets or exceeds NCCAOM standards
- Expand public awareness and understanding of the preventive and long-term health benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine
The Minnesota Acupuncture Association (MAA) is the only statewide professional association for licensed practitioners of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine. We are committed to advancing acupuncture as a means for enhancing health and well-being.
We operate from these beliefs:
Everyone should have the opportunity to feel better and live a healthy life.
Healthcare should be safe, effective and accessible for everyone.
There are a variety of ways to accomplish safe, effective and accessible healthcare.
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine are viable methods for both treatment and preventive healthcare today.
The Minnesota Acupuncture Association is a nonprofit organization working to promote acupuncture and traditional Asian medicines as excellent health care choices for preventative medicine and wellness. We focus on educating the general public through events that provide information on current health care topics such as, using acupuncture as an opioid alternative and research that supports acupunctures effectiveness in treating various conditions.
The New Hampshire Acupuncture & Asian Medicine Association is a small but proactive professional membership organization whose primary goals are to encourage the integration of acupuncture and Asian medicine into health care in the state of New Hampshire, to expand the public understanding of acupuncture and Asian medicine, and to promote access to acupuncture and Asian medicine for all people.
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The New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NJAAOM), is the Garden State’s professional organization of Licensed Acupuncturists and supporters of Oriental Medicine dedicated to promoting the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by always striving for the highest standards of patient care, education and integrity, to ensure the health and well-being of the public.
The profession grows and evolves through practitioner support and NJAAOM supports the practitioner by speaking for legislation that advances our profession and speaking against legislation that would harm or hinder our profession.
NJAAOM serves the public through education via lectures, the media, publications, and referral services.
The New Mexico Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine mission is to promote the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Society for Acupuncture & Asian Medicine is a non-profit, professional organization whose purpose is to promote the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as an effective and valuable component of our health-care system, to organize educational events, & to act as a forum for its members to share the wealth & treasures of their personal knowledge, wisdom & experience.
The Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY) is the voice for Licensed Acupuncturists to promote the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New York State. ASNY educates our members through town hall meetings, social gatherings and continuing educational courses. For the public, ASNY provides a consistent contact point for the press and media. ASNY also works to negotiate specific benefits for our members to help them build and maintain their practices. Most importantly, ASNY keeps abreast of the legislative issues impacting L.Ac’s in NY in the following ways:
- Nurturing relationships with legislators
- Writing and organizing the promotion of bills to advance our profession
- Identifying potentially threatening legislation and organizing opposition efforts when required
- Participating in national conferences
- Creating alliances with the other state associations in New York.
The North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Inc., is a not-for-profit, professional organization of Licensed Acupuncturists, Oriental Medicine practitioners, related students and other interested parties throughout the state of North Carolina. The purposes of The Association are within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and are as follows:
- To encourage and foster those forms of the healing arts known as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and its various modalities and adjunctive therapies;
- To assist in the establishment of statutes, rules and regulations and to support established statutes, rules and regulations of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in order to protect the interest of the public, the state, and qualified practitioners;
- To foster, encourage and promote constant upgrading of the skills and abilities of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners by sponsorship or co-sponsoring continuing education programs;
- To encourage and assist in healthcare research in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;
- To educate the public regarding the nature and scope of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;
- To help make Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine more available to the general public;
- To provide all the benefits possible to the membership of the Association and in all ways to serve and promote the general welfare of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine practitioners;
- To decrease discrimination against Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and its qualified practitioners.
The OAAOM’s mission is advancing the profession and honoring the tradition of acupuncture and Oreintal medicine in the state of Oregon. The OAAOM is a revitalized organization that is building upon a strong history of AOM leadership in Oregon and the United States. The presence of AOM institutions of higher education in Oregon for many years has positioned Oregon as a leader in AOM nationally. The OAAOM fills a vital role in enhancing and moving forward the profession within the state.
The Association for Professional Acupuncture is Pennsylvania’s state organization for non-physician Acupuncturists. Founded in 2002, the APA works to protect, support and advance the professional practice of acupuncture and East Asian medicine in Pennsylvania.
The Vermont Acupuncture Association is a non-profit association, representing Vermont practitioners and consumers of Oriental Medical therapies including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Asian Bodywork, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The VTAA is dedicated to promoting greater access to Oriental medicine through education and advocacy at the state level; providing resources and PDAs to VTAA members; improving the quality of Oriental Medical care by educating consumers and professionals of the best clinical practices; and protecting patients’ access to all forms of Oriental Medicine, and their right to receive it from a properly trained professional.
The Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA) is a professional membership organization of Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.s) dedicated to promoting the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Our mission is to uphold high professional ethics and standards by monitoring and supporting legislation regarding professional standards and public safety and to educate the general public regarding the nature and scope of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We support clinical research verifying the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We cooperate with national professional organizations and provide continuing education programs for Licensed Acupuncturists.
ASVA Membership Benefits:
- Participation in an organization that works to protect your profession at the state legislative level. ASVA employs a lobbyist, Matthew P. Stanley with AEGIS Associates, LLC. This firm investigates all legislation and rules that may have an impact on our profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- A statewide website where you can list information about yourself and your practice for free.
- Board members who are active in the national acupuncture group the ASA (American Society of Acupuncturists). This provides important information regarding legislation occurring nationally and in other states that may impact AOM in Virginia.
- Post upcoming PDA/CEU events you are hosting free of charge.
- Discounts on PDA/CEU events both here and in neighboring states.
- Find and post job opportunities and space for rent.
- Access to a community of fellow professionals
- Discounts on acupuncture supplies from select vendors
The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.
The Acupuncture Society of the District of Columbia (ASDC) serves the public as well as practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Our mission includes educating the public about Chinese medicine; protection and promotion of the integrity of this medicine; and broadening opportunities for practitioners and the public through education, legislative action, and communication. We are the only professional membership organization for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Washington, D.C.
- The Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists is a non-profit, professional organization of Wisconsin Acupuncturists/Oriental Medicine practitioners, students of Oriental Medicine, and supporters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout Wisconsin and beyond.
- The mission of WISCA is to “Promote Excellence in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Throughout the State of Wisconsin. Our professional organization strives to educate the public about this powerful healing art and the unique training and qualifications of certified/licensed Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners and monitors and responds to legislative issues that affect the profession.