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Welcome to the AAMA

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) was founded in 1987 and is the only national professional society of North American physicians who have incorporated acupuncture into their medical practices.

The purpose of the Academy is to integrate the concepts of traditional and modern acupuncture forms with Western medical training, thereby producing a more comprehensive approach to today’s health care needs. AAMA encourages ongoing scientific research and dialog between colleagues through conferences, symposia and special events.

The Academy is committed to holding its diverse membership to the highest standards of training and proficiency among North American physicians practicing acupuncture. We welcome your interest, your questions and your participation in our organization.

What the Science Says

Although “modern medicine” has long been skeptical of acupuncture’s place in Western health care, a growing base of clinical research and solid science points toward the many benefits of acupuncture. Statements made by some of the most trusted medical groups in this country — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Pain Society — support the use of acupuncture as part of a treatment plan for patients with chronic pain, and the World Health Organization has long recommended acupuncture for dozens of conditions and diseases.

As scientific support continues to build, the AAMA advocates for policies and practices that raise the profile of acupuncture that works. We are raising standards and increasing access on the front lines of medicine.

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  • Acupuncture for Cancer

    Alongside prescribed medications, acupuncture has shown promise in reducing pain and other side effects from cancer and cancer treatments.

  • Acupuncture for Depression

    For many patients suffering from depression and anxiety, acupuncture has proven effective in reducing symptoms.

  • Acupuncture for Diabetes

    A growing base of scientific evidence supports the use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment for diabetes.

  • Acupuncture for Migraine/Headache

    A growing base of scientific evidence supports the use of acupuncture as part of a treatment plan for patients who suffer from chronic headaches and/or migraines.

  • Acupuncture for Pain Relief

    As the U.S. grapples with the opioid crisis, health care providers and patients in pain are seeking effective alternatives. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective for pain relief.

  • Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

    Alongside lifestyle modification and sometimes medication prescribed by a physician, patients report that acupuncture increases their ability to give up cigarettes.

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