Society for Acupuncture Research
Promotes, advances and disseminates scientific inquiry into Oriental medicine systems by fostering scientifically sound inquiries and stimulating scholarship in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. SAR also sponsors annual symposia on research methodologies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine which addresses clinical efficacy, physiological mechanisms, patterns of use and theoretical foundations.
An excellent news source for Acupuncture Oriental Medicine (AOM) practitioners, students, patients and advocates. Includes basic information about the practice of AOM, research in the field, relevant and timely industry columns, discussion forums and polls. Also produces a monthly print publication.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Awards certification in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental medicine and Asian bodywork therapy. National certification or examination is required by most states (with the exception of CA, WY, ND, SD, KS, OK, LA and AL) for the practice of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine. Always confirm the regulations regarding the practice of AOM with the state in question.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCCAM is the US Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). NCCAM funds and conducts research at scientific institutions around the world, trains new researchers and encourages experienced researchers to study CAM, provides timely and accurate information to the public and medical community about CAM and promotes the safety and effectiveness of proven CAM therapies.