Poll Results for the following Question:
Do you think the national associations do a good job of representing and/or
supporting the profession's interests on a national level?
Total Respondents: 376
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I think there is far too little knowledge to the public about
I am currently receiving Acupuncture
for tinnitus.How amazed I was after
only one session,I was able to hear
the TV without using near full volume. I know the tinnitis is still there
and ut takes more than one session to relieve it.
I felt much peace after my treatment
..and was very relaxed.My neck and shoulders which seem always in a knot
were wonderfully soft.
I have used acupuncture more on my cats than myself..they seem to benefited
greatly as I have.
Lodi, CA USA
Until we all know where the profession needs to go in 10,
15, or even 20 years, we will be constantly engaging in disputes over everything
from scope of practice to educational requirements. The national orgs are
apparently establishing a "visioning process" for the profession to set
the stage for resolving our disputes, and moving the profession forward.
The national orgs should be applauded for its work in this area.
I think they need to work harder to make it known to health
insurances and primary doctors. I had injury last year. My primary reffered
me to so many different specialist for the pain and numbness that I had
and they did all kind of tests but couldn't find
anything. Finally by friend recommendation I started
getting accupuncture treatments along with traction.
That's when I started feeling better and better every time. I only wish
that my doctor had atleast talked about this as one of my options. Rather
than giving me so many expensive pain killers and other anti inflammatory
medicines for one year.
In general, the National organizations have been working
effectively as of late. In particular, they have been coordinating advocacy
efforts at the state level when Chiropractors, Naturopathic Drs., etc..
have attempted to include acupuncture in their scopes of practice based
on bogus standards of training. This has been VERY effective in states like
New York (Podiatrists), Washington DC (Naturopaths), etc..etc...
Keep up the good work.
What happened to support for the Hinchey Bill? Dropped. Are
the national associations doing anything to get acupuncture covereed by
Too much energy is spent on staving off chiros, naturopaths, the AMA and
not enough spent getting acupuncture by a licensed acupuncturist covered.
Until such time, all the other medical professions will continue to try
and sometimes succeed in absorbing our healing modalities into their practices
and where will we be? Left in the dust.
Licensed Acupucturists will leave the profession if they have don't have
a means of supporting themselves.
We do not need to file insurance claims, but we need to ensure that our
healing modalities are covered by licensed acupuncturists.
I do not see anything on a national level that is promoting acupuncture
be covered by medicare.
On another note, if you want more from your national or state associations
or boards, you had better support them financially, legislatively and become
active. It always seems to rest on the shoulders of the few to do the work
of the many, and it is the many that don't ever lift a finger to help but
are always ready to complain.
More work needs to be done to prevent the banning of herbal
remedies for use by practitioners.
Our national organizations were so busy fighting one
another that they neglected to protect the Oriental Medical
community from the real threat to our profession. The FDA
and AMA have just begun. Oriental Medicine is in for a
Where are our organizations attorneys? Why hasn't the
media been contacted on a national level? Why aren't our
leaders meeting with members of Congress and the
Senate? Why has this gone unchallenged? If the members
of the national organizations cannot perform their jobs they
should be quickly replaced with those who can. The
profession that we chose and were educated for is at stake.
The national organizations have finally gotten their acts
together to promote the interests of the profession. The AAOM, in particular,
has been extremely effective as of late (the AAOM President's meeting with
Tommy Thomson on the ephedra issue which was instrumental in getting an
"exemption" from the ephedra ban for the OM profession) is a clear example).
While the national orgs are trying to promote unity within the profession,
some of the state groups like the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Associations as reflected in the problematic conduct of its Executive Director,
Brian Fennen, have been attempting to destroy this unity. Mr.Fennen, in
particular, has attacked every manner of individuals and groups with whom
he disagrees, has actively "promoted" his attacks within the CA profession,
and this has prevented the critically necessary healing and unity that is
needed between the national organizations and the CA state professional
Mr. Bauer's letter to be published in the June issue of AT
and currently available on the website makes a plea for organizations to
get together to work out issues in California which were put before the
Little Hoover Commission. It is clear that summit meetings between leaders
of disagreeing parties should be made a priority on the national level too.
National organizations have made attempts to reconnect via the visioning
task force, but this readers opinion is that little has been accomplished.
What has become clear from all the visioning is that there exists no defining
consensus of "our profession's interests on a national level." It is time
for our national organizations to stop "attempting" and actually "do."
We have done a lot of disagreeing. There have been countless letters back
and forth. The profession is confused and turned off by this lack of solid
leadership. Division is the rule of the day. The first priority should be
to create awareness and unity. Every conference should have significant
resources put toward getting solutions to the forefront. These problems
must be addressed by the national organizations, with clear objectives being
stated and reached within the year. We need progress.
The dividing issues concerning our position in the healthcare system, scope
of practice, and related conflicts regarding educational requirements have
not been summarized for the profession. The organizations should provide
opinions in a format similar to the document received before elections with
proposals, pros, cons, arguments and rebuttles. In California, there is
a majority supporting one side, while in other parts of the country, people
are in opposition to what may be considered a Californian consensus.
Acupuncturists as a group are stressed-out, passive, and undercommitted
to creating common ground on national issues. Practitioners lack the will
to plan for the future. Organizations must determine how to fight the national
professional issue of being overwhelmed and undercommitted. Any cheerleaders
No. In many states, especially in Illinois, chiropractors
can practice acupuncture with only 100 hours of training. We still have
a long way to go..
After years of unproductive fighting, the national organizations
have over the past few years finally gotten together in promoting the interest
of the profession at the national level. The effective work on the ephedra
issue, and seeking to develop a process for establishing a national vision
for the profession are clear examples.
It's about time!