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 logoTo enhance the celebration of AOM Day 2014, the NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of a video contest “Because it Works!” NCCAOM Certified Diplomates are invited to enter for a chance to win a new iPad, free recertification, and more.

The contest seeks to highlight the many benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Five semi-finalists will be chosen online by popular vote. Out of the five semi-finalists the top three contestants will be chosen by a panel of judges. The three chosen contestants will receive prizes and the satisfaction of having their success story showcased on the NCCAOM website, the AOM Day website and the newly launched NCCAOM YouTube channel (to be launched later this year).

The contest will be open for entries between August 1 - October 1, 2014, and the winners will be announced on October 24 (AOM Day). Winning the “Because it Works” video contest not only lends prestige to the chosen practitioners, but also can serve as a catalyst to promote the medicine and build a strong 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.

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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.


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


Council of State Associations