About: Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be defined as: The medical procedure of inserting solid filiform needles into the body in a therapeutic context. Acupuncture needles are single use, and are sterilized by the manufacturer prior to being distributed to acupuncturists. The acupuncture needle, also called a filiform needle, is a medical device regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.

The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practice Act was passed in 1978 in the State of New Mexico and has been updated through the years to reflect the evolving state of medicine. It defines the practice of oriental medicine as:

a distinct system of primary health care with the goal of prevention, cure, or correction of any disease, illness, injury, pain or other physical or mental condition by controlling and regulating the flow and balance of energy, form and function to restore and maintain health.

The Evidence Supports Acupuncture

According to the Acupuncture Evidence Project there is strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for the following conditions:

Learn more at the Acupuncture Evidence Project

Acupuncturists practice a complete system of primary care that is capable of addressing many other conditions. Because of the integrated nature of the system that acupuncturists use, they are capable of addressing any health concern of modern patients; including appropriate and timely referrals when and where appropriate.


The New Mexico Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (NMSAAM) is the largest professional association of acupuncturists in the state of New Mexico. It was founded in 2009 and continues to lead the profession in providing exceptional patient care to the residents of the state. NMSAAM is a member organization of the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA).

If you are an acupuncturist, or acupuncture student, in New Mexico you can Join NMSAAM.