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Acupuncture Schools Update


The Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) is celebrating its 25-year Anniversary this year. Despite the challenge of a pandemic affecting all of us in the community, we have seen the light of some successes…our doctoral program is growing, with a path to completion for current practitioners. We adapted to COVID by moving classes and clinic online with limited ground clinic shifts. We were awarded reaccreditation with zero non-compliances, and our zero percent loan default rate demonstrates that our alumni are finding their own success in these times. While we miss seeing our students and patients on a more regular basis, we are pleased at how our medicines are helping others. We look forward to more opportunities to show this and collaborate with our colleagues to strengthen our profession.

Catherine Niemiec, JD, L.Ac.
PIHMA College & Clinic


ASAOM, Tucson Arizona’s only nationally accredited college for the study of Asian Body Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs, has followed accreditation requirements and recommendations in successfully moving to an online structure for didactic courses, while employing CDC protocols for small class in-person courses. Our clinic has weathered many precautionary shutdowns and still managed to be recognized as an Arizona Daily Star, Reader’s Choice Award recipient for 2020. 2020 also saw ASAOM recognized as having the Number One Lowest Student Default Rate in the country. Meaning, our students are the most consistently capable, in the nation, to successfully manage their student loans after graduation. In recognition of current economic and familial difficulties for prospective applicants to ASAOM, we have compiled an incentive package totalling $1000, inclusive of relocation assistance, for applicants applying to our coming Spring quarter beginning April 4th. Deadlines are mid-march. Against the odds, as a school we continue to meet every challenge, grow, and thrive. Come join us in Tucson:

Joshua Hannum, MSMIS
Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine


The Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine has been providing acupuncture education for naturopathic medical students for the past twenty-five years. We offer 250-hour didactic courses in the curriculum that provide education in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) fundamentals, diagnosis, pathology, meridians and point systems, therapeutics, needling techniques and Chinese Patent medicine to prepare the students well for their board exams and future practice. The department also provides acupuncture rotations in our clinical facility on campus and across the valley for clinical education and patient care. Thus, SCNM’s Acupuncture Department has been playing an important role in education and patient service.

SCNM keeps growing as an institution. Within the last couple of years, we have added the School of Nutrition with programs including Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Master of Science in Nutrition Leadership. The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research has been established for continued research in herbal medicine with a state-of-art laboratory, which will significantly improve the research capability and clinical botanical therapeutics. This growth will advance SCNM to University status this year.

Those who dream of becoming a naturopathic physician or nutritionist please contact our admission office. Patients who are interested in treatment of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha may call our Medical Center or Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine to schedule an appointment on either student or private rotations. 
Our student physicians and faculty are eager to help improve your health. Phone: 480-970-0000; Website: and

We are deeply honored and grateful for the support from acupuncture community. Let’s get together to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of Ox.
Wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!  恭喜发财!

Yong Deng, OMD, L. Ac
Chair and Professor
Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Science


TCMzone is a proud sponsor of AMAaz and a committed supporter of the Acupuncture and TCM community in Arizona for over 20 years. TCMzone provides the highest quality, professional Chinese herbal medicine to licensed acupuncturists and just celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2020. Our passion for expanding the usage of Chinese herbs as a viable therapeutic option to a wider audience has always been at the core of our company. Our slogan “Revolutionary Herbal Medicine, Rooted in Tradition” expresses our goals of respecting the classical Chinese herbs and formulas, while offering them in an innovational way. Through our signature granule line of formulas and single herbs offered in multiple dosage forms (100g, packets, vegi-caps) and custom, condition-specific herbal formulas we provide a variety of options unlike any other herbal suppliers for the highest patient compliance. We are also proud to be an NCCAOM and state board continuing education provider for over a decade, bringing pertinent, important topics to licensed Acupuncturists throughout the country. We’ll continue to strive lead in bringing our customers innovative, effective Chinese herbal medicine, highest level of service and expert-level educational resources. We’re proud to be your Chinese herbal medicine supplier and to support Arizona acupuncturists. Use AMAaz code amaaztcm to receive 10% off all TCMzone orders.

Nominations for the Board of Directors

Dear AMAAZ Member,

If you are excited about the idea of working with a dynamic group of fellow practitioners with the goal of improving our profession while serving and uplifting health care for our respective communities, we invite you to join us!

We, the Board of Directors of AMAAZ, are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the Board of Directors:

The term for will be for 1 year. Nominations will be open through December 31, 2020, voting will be completed through email ballot and the new Board will be introduced at our annual Chinese New Year Dinner. We look forward to seeing you there!

Activities you may enjoy include:

  • Creating a vision for the profession.
  • Bringing your favorite teachers to Arizona for continuing education.
  • Upgrading our scope of practice to better reflect what we do for our patients.
  • Participating with our national association, the American Society of Acupuncturists, to help make our medicine more accessible to the American health care consumer.
  • Creating great public relations to help the public understand how and when to use Traditional Asian Medicine.
  • Work with the Arizona legislature to assure the benefits of our medicine are available to the public.

This is a call out to you to join us for the creative work of growing a whole profession.

Requirements: all Board members must be a member in good standing of AMAAZ.


  • Attendance to monthly Board meeting via video conference.
  • Participation and support of one or more committee activities.
  • Enthusiastic support of the profession and ability to be in service to the community.

If you would like to nominate someone or have an interest in serving on the Board, please send your nomination to the Board via email to or at the address noted above along with a brief bio and how you would like to serve the Board and our professional community.

Click here to download this letter as a Word document.


Lloyd G. Wright, LAc, DNBAO

President, Chair of Nominations Committee

Asian Medicine Acupuncturists rally to support Veterans and Medicare

On February 13, 2019, Representative Judy Chu from California introduced H.R. 1182 (2019), the Senior Care Act, and H.R. 1183 (2019), the Hero Care Act, to provide seniors and veterans, respectively, with acupuncture service from a licensed acupuncturist. These two communities—groups deserving of our best healthcare—suffer from many of the complaints which respond well to acupuncture treatment.

Along with the familiar testimonials from satisfied patients, demand for acupuncture in the U.S. has been spurred by the news in 2015 that the Nobel Prize had been awarded to Tu You You of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine for her discovery of a powerful malaria medicine derived from a Chinese herb. Although this represented the ultimate endorsement of Chinese medicine by the global medical community, a steady stream of positive outcomes in acupuncture research offers an even more compelling stamp of approval. These range from a now famous study that demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture in infertility treatments to a more recent study by the National Cancer Institute which found acupuncture significantly reduced breast cancer treatment-related joint pain.

At a time when the opioid crisis costs billions of dollars and steals the lives of more than 70,000 Americans annually, the most important feature of acupuncture care is its potential to revolutionize pain management. Backed by the Veterans Healthcare Act and Medicare, acupuncture professionals will be able to develop personalized strategies to treat the chronic pain experienced by all too many of our honorable veterans and revered seniors, providing welcome relief while avoiding the pitfalls of addiction. We anxiously await the legislative changes that will allow those patients who need it the most to enjoy the remarkable value of the healthcare we provide, a thrilling first step towards increased access to acupuncture for all Americans.

On March 10th, 13 local expert licensed acupuncturists practitioners including three Chinese practitioners from Los Angeles, CA have provided complimentary acupuncture consults and treatments to the public and residents of Hong Lok Retirement Center at 3920 N. 24th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona from 10 AM to 1 PM. This event was supported by Asian Medicine Acupuncturists of Arizona (AMAAz); Council of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Association (CAOMA), American Alliance of Acupuncture (AAOA). Korean Acupuncture & Asian Medicine Association in USA (KAAMA). The public was encouraged to attend, receive free treatment, and learn more about this healthcare revolution.

This event went very smoothly with the support of the management of Hong Lok retirement center, Especially, Ms. Jade Au, the service Coordinator of for her help from the beginning to the end. About 50 patents received their treatments. Every patient was satisfied with the treatment. Many of them expressed that they will continue to receive treatments with Chinese medicine and Acupuncture for their health issues in order to maintain their well-being. You can find local practitioners near you by visit

More importantly, to help support acupuncture care for seniors and veterans, please contact Senators McSally and Krysten Sinema, as well as your Congressional Representative, today and urge them to support these life supporting healthcare bills.

Many thanks to all participants:

Jiashan Yu, L.Ac.
Yu Dayi Chinese Medicine, Moorpark, CA

Kap Pong Kim, L.Ac.
Health Mart USA, Inc, Los Angeles, CA

Anyok Lee, L.Ac.
Dr. Anyork Acupuncture, Placentia, CA

Lloyd Wright, L.Ac.
Stellar Physical Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ

Shuyuan Hong, L.Ac.
Precision Acupuncture Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Cinamon, Kimbrough, L.Ac.
Precision Acupuncture Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Dana Han, L.Ac.
Tong Shin Acupuncture & Herbs Center, Scottsdale, AZ

Qiling Lu, L.Ac.
Arizona Acupuncture and Herbs, LLC, Phoenix, AZ

Miltin Liu, L.Ac.
Arizona Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Xin Xin Wang, L.Ac
Meridian Integrative Medicine, Chandler and Scottsdale, AZ

Feng Zhang, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Chinese Classic Herbal Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

Ping Yang, L.Ac.
Arizona Chinese Acupuncture Center. Mesa, AZ

Quanzhen Piao, L.Ac.
Pejing Acupuncture & Health Center, Phoenix, AZ

Mary Maurer, L.Ac.
Asian Healing Art and Acupuncture, Cave Creek, AZ

Deng Yong, L.Ac.
Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine,
Southwest College of
 Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ

Jeanne Huang, L.Ac.
Institute of Chinese Medicine, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Y.M. Chen, L.Ac.
Chinese Health Center, Inc., Anthem, AZ

This article was contributed by Cinamon Kimbrough, L.AC., David Price, L.AC., Lloyd Wright, L.AC., and Y.M. Chen, L.AC.