New Guidelines Issued For Treatment Of Lower Back Pain
CBS News (2/13, LaPook) reports on its website that the American College of Physicians released new guidelines that says “the first line of therapy” for chronic low back pain “should be non-drug treatments.” The new guidelines recommend “heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation” for pain lasting less than three months, and recommend treatments such as “stretching and strengthening exercises, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness techniques” for pain lasting more than three months.

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China

China's State Council Information Office on Dec. 6 issued a white paper on the development of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China.
Following is the full text of the document.

NCCAOM Press Release

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

Jacksonville, FL — The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM?) today announced it has successfully secured an independent Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for Acupuncturists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 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.

Yemeng Chen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has just published its proposed 2018 BLS Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) changes. BLS announcement of the publication of the July 22, 2016 federal register showed Acupuncturists now have an independent SOC! It is Code #29-1291.