Related Organizations

The ASA is proud to collaborate with these organizations in our efforts to promote this phenomenal medicine!

Memoranda of Understanding







Acupuncture Now Foundation

Our Vision: A world where the benefits of acupuncture are known and available to all.

Our Mission: To elevate acupuncture’s impact on easing suffering and enhancing health through accurate information about its best practices.



To assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting national evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing.

Vision Statement:

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine provided by NCCAOM credentialed practitioners will be integral to healthcare and accessible to all members of the public.


The Council is a 501(c)(6) voluntary membership association for acupuncture schools and programs in the U.S. Established in 1982, the Council’s primary mission is to support member institutions to deliver educational excellence and quality patient care. The vision of the organization is to maximize opportunities available to graduates of its member schools to achieve their full potential in healthcare in the United States.


The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (“Candidacy”) throughout the United States of first-professional master’s degree and professional master’s-level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and professional post-graduate doctoral programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine (DAOM), as well as freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

The Commission fosters excellence in acupuncture and Oriental medicine education by establishing policies and standards that govern the accreditation process for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs. Currently, ACAOM has over 60 schools and colleges with accreditation or Candidacy status.


The European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) is an umbrella organisation for professional associations that represent different fields within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our main purpose is to promote the wider recognition and acceptance of TCM therapies by European governments and the public.

The Society for Acupuncture Research

The Society for Acupuncture Research is dedicated to improving the quality and increasing the awareness of research in acupuncture, herbal therapy and other modalities of Oriental Medicine.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

The AAMA is the professional society of physicians (MDs and DOs) in North America who have incorporated acupuncture into their traditional medical practice.  The AAMA was founded in 1987 by a group of physicians who were graduates of the “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” training programs sponsored by University Extension, UCLA School of Medicine.


The purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture® 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.

American Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Alumni Associations

The TCMAAA is a consortium of alumni associations representing graduates from all formal Chinese medicine institutions in China and practicing medicine in the United States . The TCMAAA currently includes 24 institutions of Chinese medicine (TCM), such as the Chinese American Alumni Association And representatives of the Academia Sinica alumni, as well as more than ten graduates of American institutions of Chinese medicine.

The American TCM Association (ATCMA)

The American TCM Association (ATCMA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. We aim to improve public health and to support the unity of all Chinese medicine practitioners in the United States.  We also aim to build the most extensive academic collaboration of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in the world.  We support efforts to formulate, standardize and implement the American Acupuncture and Moxibustion Industry Standard. We have established professional committees to support academically oriented advancement of Chinese medicine in the United States, and to promote public understanding of the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine. We also strive to enhance awareness of health care industry and member interests, provide legal advice, and support efforts towards positive legislation for Chinese medicine.