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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on complementary and alternative medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. The Clearinghouse is staffed by trained Information Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Founded in 1987, the purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. Membership in the AAMA is open to physicians with a diversity of training backgrounds.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) was formed in 1981 to be the unifying force for American acupuncturists committed to high ethical and educational standards, and a well-regulated profession to ensure the safety of the public. There was a split in our profession in 1993, when two organizations formed: The American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) and the AOM Alliance. On February 1, 2007, the two organizations again reunited to form a new organization, The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). By taking the name of the organization that split in 1993, the new organization has signaled that events of the past that led to the division have been resolved, and that a new era in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine leadership has arrived.

Review Date: September 22, 2011

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National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. NCCAOM's primary mission is to protect the public by examining and certifying competence in the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy. More than 13,000 practitioners have become Diplomates of the NCCAOM, and NCCAOM Certification is required for licensure in the majority of states. The Commission's Web site contains a searchable directory of certified practitioners and detailed information on its certification programs, including eligibility requirements and exam schedules.

Review Date: March 07, 2011

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