We are most excited to share with you the events of the Inaugural Conference of the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held in Washington, D.C. last month. Asian Medicine Acupuncturists of Arizona (AMAAZ) nominated Della Estrada, LAc and Lloyd G. Wright, LAc to represent our Arizona community. The groundbreaking event opened with an organizational meeting on day one followed by a national conference on the second and third days. On the fourth and final day, 250 AOM practitioners had appointments at the Capitol where they lobbied congressional representatives. Della and Lloyd were joined by AMAAZ member Jason Caldwell, LAc who travelled to D.C. to support the profession and his AOM colleagues.
Dear Arizona Colleagues:
On behalf of the board and Council of the American Society of Acupuncturists, we want to congratulate you on your insight and commitment to the development of your profession. It is critical that we, as a single professional group, represent ourselves at state and national levels of government. These times are unlike others that we have seen as a licensure class: acupuncture is being more and more accepted and brought into mainstream institutions. The question remains, will “Acupuncturists” (regardless of specific state licensure title designation) be brought forward with acupuncture as a modality as well?
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 www.AMAAz.org
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.