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A Brief Introduction to the Canadian Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (CATCMA)
CATCMA is one of Canada’s most prestigious professional organization for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, with members from across Canada.
CATCMA is a federally incorporated non-profit organization for TCM and acupuncture practitioners and TCM pharmacists. Tracing its roots back to 1983, the group was formed to assist the registration and legislation of TCM and acupuncture in Canada.  Today, it serves to help promote and protect the interests of its many constituent members.
CATCMA is a professional organization with headquarters in Toronto, led by a very experience board, who over the years have hosted several successful international conference in the field of TCM and Acupuncture.
CATCMA is committed to:
1.  Developing and supporting academic programs and research relating to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
2.  Facilitating international academic exchanges, technical cooperation and other connection with international academic organization and scholars.
3.  Provide opportunities for the academic enrichment of CATCMA members by supporting TCM continuing education. 
4.  Promote the establishment of appropriate policies, regulation and legislation governing TCM in Canada by ensuing that governments have access to information and input from TCM experts in an open consultative process.
5.  Ensuring that the benefits of CATCMA membership accrue to all, creating a cooperative, friendly and convivial atmosphere for members, managing CATCMA democratically, promoting a spirit of dedication, creativity and rigorous scientific principle; and working towards the overall prosperity and development of TCM and acupuncture.
Complementary health approach is recommended by over half of U.S. office-based physicians
A new study has shown that more than half (53.1%) of office-based physicians in the U.S., across specialty areas, recommended at least one complementary health approach (CHA) to their patients during the previous 12 months, with female physicians (63.2%) more likely to recommend a CHA than male physicians (49.3%).

This unique study, which found physician's sex, race, specialty, and U.S. region to be significant predictors of CHA recommendation, is published in JACM, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, dedicated to paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health.

The article entitled "U.S. Physician Recommendations to Their Patients About the Use of Complementary Health Approaches" was coauthored by Barbara Stussman and Richard Nahin, PhD, MPH, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and Patricia Barnes and Brian Ward, PhD, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD.

The data are based on the 2012 Physician Induction Interview of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS PII).