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10/31/2017
Arthur Yin Fan

【《针灸应对阿片类药物危机白皮书》2.0版在《整合医学杂志》与《经络杂志》同时发表
The United States is facing a national opioid epidemic, and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public’s opioid dependence. Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to meeting this need. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the management of numerous types of pain, and mechanisms of action for acupuncture have been described and are understandable from biomedical, physiologic perspectives. Further, acupuncture’s cost-effectiveness could dramatically decrease health care expenditures, both from the standpoint of treating acute pain and through avoiding the development of opioid addiction that requires costly care, destroys quality of life, and can lead to fatal overdose. Numerous federal regulatory agencies have advised or mandated that healthcare systems and providers offer non-pharmacologic treatment options, and acupuncture stands as the most evidence-based, immediately available choice to fulfil these calls. Acupuncture can safely, easily, and cost -effectively be incorporated into hospital settings as diverse as the emergency department, labor and delivery suites, and neonatal intensive care units to treat a variety of pain seen commonly in hospitals. 
Acupuncture is already being successfully and meaningfully utilized by the Veterans Administration and various branches of the U.S. Military. 

摘要
美国正处于整个国家的阿片类药物流行危机,医疗系统亟需非药物的疗法、用以治疗疼痛并减少公众对阿片类药物的依赖。针灸作为强有效的、循证的、安全的、具有成本效益的治疗方式,满足这一需求。众多针灸临床试验已经证明针灸对许多类型的疼痛治疗有效,针灸的作用机制已被阐明,并且可以从生物医学和生理学角度解释。同时,从治疗急性疼痛的角度来看,针灸的成本效益可能会大大降低医疗保健支出,并避免发生昂贵的阿片类药物成瘾、破坏生命质量、并导致致命的过量。许多联邦监管机构已经建议或强制医疗保健系统和提供者提供非药物治疗选项,而针灸是最具实证性的、并立即可以采用。针灸可以安全、便利、经济有效地纳入医院设置,如急诊部门、产房以及新生儿重症监护室等,用以治疗医院里普遍见到的各种疼痛。
退伍军人管理局和美国军方的各个部门已经成功地有针对性地采用针灸

09/17/2017

The American Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ATCMA) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Alumni Association (TCMAAA) hosted the 3rd ATCMA Congress just outside the nation’s capital on September 16th and 17th 2017.  The lively event was attended by over 300 including multiple esteemed presenters and researchers from China and international practitioners.  Two tracks were offered in advanced acupuncture needling demonstrations and a research and educational forum to discuss trending topics.  Modern researches, the importance of Acupoint specificity and need to preserve traditional aspects of theory and needling brought together the East and West.

07/28/2017

Sponsorship Opportunities for 3rd American TCM Congress

1. Summit Meeting Sponsorship: naming right on the Summit, 30 minutes presentation in the plenary session of Saturday conference, two table exhibit space, company name acknowledgment during the announcements throughout the conference. Sponsorship Fee: $20,000. Sold

07/09/2017
Arthur Yin Fan

Acupuncture is an effective therapy, with very minor side effects, and is also effective for the treatment of opioids addiction. ATCMA strongly supports the FDA’s position on including acupuncture as a non-pharmacological therapy in the Blueprint for prescriber education for extended-release and longacting opioids analgesics.Acupuncture is a proven modality that saves thousands of dollars from pain medications when used in conjunction with a treatment plan focused on acupuncture. If using acupuncture for pain management, the patients and insurers can save money and successfully manage their pain and other symptoms without the adverse risks associated with prescription medications.

07/08/2017
Arthur Yin Fan

In terminology, dry needling is a synonym to acupuncture, just a different English translation from the original Chinese term针刺 (Zhen Ci). In China, dry needling is a common name of acupuncture for over 200 years.(1,2)  In West, dry needling has become popular since 1980s, especially since late 1990s, for replacing the term acupuncture by some traditional and medical acupuncturists, medical doctors, as a step “toward acceptance of acupuncture by the medical profession”. (3,4, 5)

02/15/2017

据美国内科年鉴2017年2月14日发表的腰痛治疗指南,美国医师学会推荐多种非药物治疗为“一线疗法”。对于病史少于三个月的急性腰痛,推荐热敷、按摩、针灸、整背疗法;对于超过三个月以上的慢性腰痛,推荐伸展和伸展锻炼、太极拳、瑜伽、针灸和心身疗法。而吗啡类止痛药,被列为最后的选择,指南中没提到手术疗法。有关专家还表示,影像扫描诊断腰痛不仅是没有价值,还会显示与疼痛无关的结构异常,对医患产生误导。

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.

12/07/2016
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.

07/26/2016
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.

07/22/2016
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.