April 19, 2007
NY Times Says Acupuncture Doesn't Help Smokers
I'll be honest with you all, I agree to a good extent. I personally don't like treating patients for smoking cessation as I don't think it's very successful. Here's some of what the Times says:
Most studies, however, suggest they could just as well try something else. One of the most extensive studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, looked at more than a dozen past studies, most comparing acupuncture with sham, or fake, acupuncture and other control conditions. The scientists who led the study found that acupuncture and similar interventions — acupressure and electrostimulation, for example — were better in the short term than no treatment at all, but that over all they were not very effective.
April 16, 2007
Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Formed
I'm happy to post this note I received from Christopher LaCava, President, CSAOM.
In response to an editorial in Acupuncture Today outlining legislative threats to the Traditional Chinese Medical profession and the current needs of Acupuncturists throughout the state, the Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been formed.
Board of Directors along with founding member Holly Hollister, have been working on the society’s not for profit status as well as the group’s website (www.csaom.org), member discounts, mailings and continuing education credits since May 2006. Connecticut practitioners have not had a formal professional organization since the late 1990’s with the demise of the Connecticut Acupuncture Society. The CSAOM is currently enrolling members and welcomes all NCCAOM recognized Diplomates and all acupuncture students in NCCAOM certified programs. A newly re-vitalized Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have announced a statewide “Meet & Greet” to take place on June 2, 2007 and the inaugural General Meeting planned for the fall of 2007.
Mission Statement of CSAOM: Promote the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the State of Connecticut; Promote public safety by supporting fully licensed, NCCAOM certified practitioners of AOM in Connecticut; Provide educational opportunities for its members and the public; Provide social opportunities and build a sense of community among its membership; Collaborate with other organizations on the state, national and international level, which support our goals.
Their website: www.csaom.org