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National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day Aims to Educate Consumers About Benefits of Using Certified Practitioners


October 24 Designated to Educate and Raise Awareness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day, celebrated annually on October 24, was created to raise awareness of the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine — an effective form of medicine with a 3,000 year history. This national day of observance, recognized by the thousands of licensed acupuncturists who practice AOM as well as leadership organizations in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, was spearheaded by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2002.

“In the United States, the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is at an all-time high,” said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the NCCAOM. “In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, an estimated 36 percent of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative therapy; however, misconceptions about this respected form of medicine still exist, and our priority is to educate the public to take the mystery and apprehension out of making the decision to seek acupuncture and Oriental medicine therapies.”

With an increasing number of health care organizations reimbursing patients who turn to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, the National Institutes of Health lists the following as approved uses for acupuncture: pain management, dental pain, headache, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, postoperative or chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, infertility and asthma. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) also lists acupuncture as proven to be effective in relieving nausea during pregnancy, anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia.

“Acupuncture and other traditional Oriental medicine therapies are gaining popularity at a rapid rate, but it's important not to rush off to a practitioner without the proper research,” adds Ward-Cook. “Consumers should be responsible for ensuring that the practitioner they visit is properly trained and is NCCAOM certified.” Ninety-eight percent of the states that regulate acupuncture require either NCCAOM certification or the successful passage of the NCCAOM examination(s). NCCAOM certified practitioners have an average of more than 2,000 hours of training, and have passed multiple rigorous national examinations.

Knowledge is power when it comes to making informed healthcare decisions. NCCAOM has not only established a website in honor of AOM Day at, but the NCCAOM Web site at, is an excellent source for consumers to locate certified acupuncturists and practitioners of Oriental medicine (including practitioners of Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy) who are in good standing throughout the nation and worldwide. In honor of AOM Day, many practitioners throughout the country will be hosting events to promote and educate consumers about acupuncture and Oriental medicine. To find out more information about local events, please visit the AOM Day website.

About the NCCAOM
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Its mission is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.

It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation of “Diplomate of the NCCAOM”. NCCAOM Certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that a practitioner has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as defined by the profession. The first NCCAOM Comprehensive Written Examination (CWE) in Acupuncture was given in March 1985. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 22,000. Diplomates in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Asian bodywork therapy, and Oriental medicine. For more information about NCCAOM, visit

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