The American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (AACMA) was founded on January 11, 2015. It was formed by joining the California Certified Acupuncturists Association (CCAA) and United California Practitioners of Chinese Medicine (UCPCM). AACMA is committed to promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and protecting human health. AACMA also seeks to unite and serve its members, to advocate for their rights and benefits, and to ensure that patients receive safe medical services.
Founded in 1983, CCAA has been the flagship organization representing practitioners of Chinese medicine and acupuncturists in California. UCPCM also has 20 years of 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 been dedicated to promoting the practice of Chinese medicine and acupuncture in California and in the U.S. We helped practitioners gain independence in diagnosing patients, introduced acupuncture into the State Workers’ Compensation system, and helped acupuncturists stay in the Workers’ Compensation system as a permanent treatment practice. This affected all major insurance policies to increase acupuncture benefits. We worked with the stakeholders to include acupuncture in essential healthcare programs, such as Obamacare, in California.
AACMA understands the importance of advanced studies. We will help further acupuncturists’ education and continue their professional development. AACMA will continue working with universities in doctorate programs and providing Board approved continuing education for acupuncturists.