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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 Video Contest “Because It Works” 2015 was a delightful experience. You have been awaiting the results and the votes are in, the winners have been chosen. A special thank you to all of you who participated by producing a video, ‘voting’ or ‘sharing’.

The winners of the 2015 “Because It Works” video contest are:

Third place: Ahmed Edwards from Worthington, OH

with “Give Acupuncture A Shot”.


Second place: Martha LaFarelle from El Paso, TX

with “No More Cold Feet, Poor Circulation Blues”.


First place: Donald Lefeber from Houston, TX

with “Entering a Promising New Era for the Acupuncture Profession”.


Congratulations to all of the winners!

All video entrants deserve accolades for their efforts, as video production from beginning to end is a lot of work!

Last but not least, if you have not already done so, the NCCAOM invites you to visit and share its YouTube channel which was launched in October of 2014. Our goal with this channel is to provide our visitors with an easier way to learn about acupuncture and Oriental medicine through patient testimonial videos, to promote the AOM profession and to strengthen the foundation for the AOM profession in the United States. This is your opportunity to be a part of the legacy of the treasure that is known as acupuncture and Oriental medicine. If you have a powerful patient testimonial video that you are willing to submit, you may contact the NCCAOM’ Marketing Manager at




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


American Society of Acupuncturists