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May 11, 2005

Acupuncture Education Day Part of Effort to Pass Regulatory Bill                    

For immediate release…..Wednesday May 11 from 9am to 4pm, the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will hold Acupuncture Education day for state representatives, senators, and their staff members in the Capitol’s west wing on the first floor in the vicinity of State Representative Chris Ward and State Senator Valde Garcia’s office.  This opportunity for the legislative community to participate and observe acupuncture treatments is part of an effort to pass a law to regulate acupuncture in Michigan.  The current bills are SB 351 introduced by State Senate Beverly Hammerstrom R-Temperance and House Bill 4589 introduced by State Representative Kevin Green R-Wyoming.  The proposed bill would create a commission and standards for acupuncture much like the 42 states that already have a current law that conforms to national standards. 

MAAOM President and board member of the American Association of Oriental Medicine, Deborah Lincoln, RN, MSN, Dipl.Ac., will be one of 11 acupuncturists statewide who will be on hand to perform acupuncture treatment techniques and explain the benefits.  Ms. Lincoln cited public safety as the chief reason that the bill should be passed:

“We’re hoping for support for the acupuncture registration bill.  We are presenting this year’s Acupuncture Education Day, which will include videotapes and a chance to talk to people who have received the benefits of acupuncture treatments. The legislative community is invited to come to see and experience an acupuncture demonstration.  In a study done nationwide, a Harris poll found that one in ten Americans have turned to acupuncture treatments for conditions like pain, addictions, weight control, and to stop smoking, allergies, sinus, stress and arthritis.  Modern medical research is supporting claims that it is an effective treatment for many conditions and people are willing to pay out-of-pocket to get it.  It is important that Michigan has a law to protect the public.  This effort has been 15 years in the making.” 

The bill has already garnered bi-partisan support with 36 cosponsors – eighteen Democrats and eighteen Republicans.”

The MAAOM has developed a web site,, to provide current information on the passage of the bill and to educate the public.


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