Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Bodies
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
The accreditation body approved by the US Department of Education to evaluate and accredit programs of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The master’s degree program at Emperor’s College was one of the first AOM programs in the nation to receive ACAOM accreditation in May 1989.
The Emperor’s College doctoral degree received candidacy for accreditation in 2009 and to date is one of five DAOM programs to be awarded accreditation or candidacy status.
California Acupuncture Board (CAB)
Licenses and regulates the education and practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the state of California. The CAB administers the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE) which provides licensure to acupuncturists in California; approves and monitors students in tutorial programs; approves acupuncture schools; approves continuing education providers and courses; and enforces the Acupuncture Licensure Act.
In order to practice acupuncture in the state of California, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the CAB to sit for the CALE. Emperor’s College was the fifth AOM school in the US to be awarded CAB approval in October 1984. Click here to access the CALE preparation guide.
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
A council comprised of member colleges, all of which have received ACAOM accreditation or candidacy status, who continually review, refine and expanded the core curriculum of acupuncture and Oriental medicine education.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Awards certification in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental medicine and Asian bodywork therapy. National certification or examination is required by most states (with the exception of CA, WY, ND, SD, KS, OK, LA and AL) for the practice of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine. Always confirm the regulations regarding the practice of AOM with the state in question.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Research Resources
Acupuncture referral service and a comprehensive resource for those seeking health and wellness information for themselves and their loved ones through the principles of Oriental Medicine.
An excellent news source for AOM practitioners, students, patients and advocates. Includes basic information about the practice of AOM, research in the field, relevant and timely industry columns, discussion forums and polls. Also produces a monthly print publication.
Free Medical Journals
Provides free online access to most major medical journals.
Integrated, multi-specialty medical information and education tool for specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCCAM is the US Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). NCCAM funds and conducts research at scientific institutions around the world, trains new researchers and encourages experienced researchers to study CAM, provides timely and accurate information to the public and medical community about CAM and promotes the safety and effectiveness of proven CAM therapies.
Provides access to MEDLINE and links to full-text articles where available from citations retrieved. A nice feature of PubMed is the ability to link to “related articles” when you find an article on your topic.
Society for Acupuncture Research
Promotes, advances and disseminates scientific inquiry into Oriental medicine systems by fostering scientifically sound inquiries and stimulating scholarship in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. SAR also sponsors annual symposia on research methodologies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine which addresses clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use and theoretical foundations.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Student Resources
Great online resource for studying meridian theory and point location. Also available in a PalmPilot application.
A free web application that enables users to create interactive web-based study flash cards and share them with others. A favorite amongst Emperors’ students.
Online study resource for learning gross anatomy.
Sacred Lotus Arts
A learning resource committed to helping students become more efficient, confident, and ultimately successful test takers. Sacred Lotus Arts is equally committed to facilitating the cultivation of the lifelong path of becoming a more masterful practitioner.
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Yin Yang House
Member community and discussion forum for students and practitioners. Includes a comprehensive database of herbs, point locations and functions and disease processes and treatments.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advocacy Organizations
Acupuncturists without Borders
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provides immediate disaster relief and recovery to communities that are in crisis resulting from disaster or human conflict. AWB is committed to creating alliances with local community based organizations and treating all who have been affected – survivors, first responders, emergency personnel and other care providers.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine National Coalition
Supports legislature and lobbying efforts that advances acupuncture and Oriental medicine by promoting its full acceptance in every healthcare arena.
American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
Promotes the art and science of Veterinary Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, furthers the professional development of its members, encourages the education of veterinarians in Veterinary Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and provides leadership and resources in the United States for the advancement of these disciplines.
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
The result of the merger of The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) and the AOM Alliance. AAAOM is a membership organization comprised of practitioners, students, educational institutions, businesses and allies of acupuncture and Oriental medicine dedicated to promoting the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as a distinct, primary-care medicine and expanding the scope of practice for acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners.
California State Oriental Medicine Association
A professional organization of licensed acupuncturists and supporters of Oriental medicine dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the art, science, and practice of Oriental medicine. Publishes the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM) and supports advocacy and legislature of AOM.
Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations
An umbrella organization of Oriental medicine professional membership organizations advocating for excellence in the education and practice of Oriental Medicine as a primary health care profession. Provide current news, accurate information, and expert opinion that can be used by consumers, practitioners, regulators, insurers, journalists, and others regarding the practice and use of acupuncture and oriental medicine in the United States.
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
The mission of IVAS is to provide, promote and support veterinary acupuncture and related treatment modalities through quality basic, advanced and continuing education; internationally recognized certification for veterinarians; and responsible research.
National Acupuncture Foundation
Promotes acupuncture and Oriental medicine and its allied health modalities in the United States; encourages and distributes publications; encourages scholarship, research and education; encourages students to attend schools of acupuncture and allied health modalities; disseminates to the public and to public officials information about acupuncture and furthers the integration of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other aspects of Oriental medical into the American healthcare system.
Resources for Acupuncturists
American Acupuncture Council
Nation-wide malpractice insurance provider for acupuncturists.
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
Offers post graduate specialty training in Oriental Reproductive Medicine and prepares attendees for the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) Certification Examination.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
Nonprofit association that has developed a nationally recognized and standardized acupuncture protocol for the treatment of addictions and mental disorders. NADA conducts training and provides public education about the use of the NADA protocol to relieve suffering during detoxification, prevent relapse and support recovery.
National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
Offers post graduate specialty training in Acupuncture Orthopedics and prepare attendees for the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (NBAO) Certification Examination.
TCM Kongress Rothenburg
Each year, TCM Kongress Rothenburg hosts one of Europe’s foremost traditional Chinese medicine congresses at which they consistently recruit the industry’s top lecturers. Participants include clinicians, educators and students from around the world.
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