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Recently, two articles about the AAAOM were published by Don Petersen Jr. of Acupuncture Today (AT). The AAAOM Board of Directors has completed a response to the questions raised by the AT articles. Should you have any additional questions about the organization, please submit a contact request on our website and we will be more than happy to assist. To achieve our mission and advance this profession, the AAAOM relies upon individual volunteers who freely give time away from their own practice, friends and family to make a difference. We ask the community stand with us in addressing the confusion raised by these articles and we thank you for your continued support.
The AAAOM offers this information in response to the misinformation being distributed by LiveScience.com staff editor Bahar Gholipour, published Tuesday, January 14th, 2014. Gholipour reported on a New England Journal of Medicine clinical image report, which shows the traditional Asian medical practice of inserting gold threads subcutaneously in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), at its March annual meeting in Dallas, has begun a national legislative initiative aimed at advancing acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit.
AAAOM is present at the DNC this week, distributing 40,000 Info Cards about the benefits of choosing a state licensed acupuncturist.
Over the past few months, importers of Chinese herbs and herbal products which contain E Jiao (Colla Corii Asini), a gelatin product derived from domesticated donkey hide, have been stopped at the border. The U.S. Endangered Species Act prevents the importation of African donkeys (Equus africannus) or products made from these donkeys because they are endangered. Since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not able to distinguish other donkeys from the African donkeys, importation of all donkey products is prohibited.
The relevant CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) listing is specifically for Equus africanus (African wild ass). The listing clearly states that it "Excludes the domesticated form, which is referenced as Equus asinus, and is not subject to the provisions of the Convention.”
Our job at the AAAOM is to ensure that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understands that the domesticated donkey used in Chinese medicine is not the same as the endangered African species. In support of this action item, we have drafted a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describing these differences, thus ensuring practitioners have uninterrupted access to this important medicinal product that serves the needs of our patients.
Please see our downloadable PDF sent to the Division of Policy and Directives Management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Download: AAAOM Letter about Colla Corii Asini