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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62%. Among the common CAM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong. (more)...


Contest logoThe NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest “Because it Works!” 2015.
Licensed acupuncturists and acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) students from around the world are invited to enter for a chance to win a new iPad, iPad mini, and more.

The contest seeks to highlight the many benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Five semi-finalists will be chosen online by popular vote. Out of the five semi-finalists the top three contestants will be chosen by a panel of judges. The three chosen contestants will receive prizes and the satisfaction of having their success story showcased on the NCCAOM website, the AOM Day website and the NCCAOM® YouTube channel.

The contest will be open for entries between June 15 - September 1, 2015, and the winners will be announced on October 24 (AOM Day).

To help with the video production process, NCCAOM has created and recorded a workshop which includes helpful tips and tricks as well as official contest rules explanations.






Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is supported through a unique international partnership of organizations including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Pakistan. The partnership includes professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions.


Acupuncture Promotion & Welfare Society (APS), Pakistan



American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia


The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


National Guild of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine




Acupuncture Media Works


Council of State Associations