American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (AACMA) is newly founded on January 11, 2015. It is the unity of California Certified Acupuncturists Association (CCAA) and United California Practitioners of Chinese Medicine (UCPCM). AACMA is committed to the promotion of Chinese Medicine and protecting human health as its highest purposes. AACMA also seeks to unite and serve colleagues, to strive for their rights and benefits, and to secure patients receive safe medical service.
Founded in 1983, CCAA has been the flagship organization representing practitioners of Chinese medicine and acupuncturists in California. UCPCM also has 20 years history. These two organizations were the two largest organizations in California for the profession with predominantly Chinese American Membership. In the past few decades, both organizations have devoted to promote the practice of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in California and the U.S. We helped to gain independency of diagnosing patients for the practitioners, introduced acupuncture into State’s Worker’s Compensation system, helped acupuncturists to stay in Worker’s Compensation system as the permanent treating physician which was the pioneering act in the entire U.S. and affected all major insurance policies toward acupuncture. We worked with the stakeholders to include acupuncture in essential health care (Obamacare) module in California.
AACMA knows the importance of advanced studies. They will help to further acupuncturists’ education and to continue their professional development. So AACMA will continue to work with universities on Ph.D. programs and provide Board approved continuing education for acupuncturists.