NCCIH Request for Feedback on Development of Database for “Acupoints” ends
September 3rd
All Acupuncturists, Acupuncture Associations, Schools, Students and Patients are asked to submit feedback to NCCIH by September 3, 2019!
Dear Acupuncture Supporters:
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health ( NCCIH ) is requesting feedback on the development of a database for “acupoints”. The deadline for submission is September 3rd . (The original due date was August 4, but it has been extended.) The call is entitled, “Request for Information (RFI): Important Considerations for Potential Creation of an Open-Access Repository or Database for Physiological and Anatomical Ontology of Acupoints”
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) has prepared responses to the requested information. If you would also like to comment, please do so by September 3rd!
The ASA responses can be found here:  NIH Repository of Acupoint Responses
The original call to action can be found here:   Click here for more information
and the submission portal is here:  Click here to reach submission portal
The NCCIH seeks comments on the following topics:
  • The impact the repository/database could have on the acupuncture or related peripheral stimulation research community
  • Appropriate standards/metrics for acupoint stimulations (e.g., needle size, stimulation frequency, amplitude, duration)
  • Appropriate anatomical references and anatomical regions for acupoints
  • Appropriate nomenclature standards for “acupoints”
  • Value of acupoints for treatment of complex diseases and disorders
  • Appropriate outcome measures (e.g., biochemical responses, physiological responses) for acupoints
  • Other key data standards
  • Minimum data requirements for acupoints
  • Importance of harmonizing standards with publication requirements
  • Other types of transcutaneous peripheral stimulation paradigms that might be included (e.g., acupressure, laser, skin surface electrodes)
  • Necessary analysis tools for the most value
  • Minimum size in terms of number and diversity of acupoints for maximum usefulness
  • Desired key features and functionality from different perspectives including: users, data contributors, and/or research community
Please feel free to note that you support the ASA comments, or add ideas of your own. This is an exciting project and as much guidance from the community as possible would be valued.
The Board of the American Society of Acupuncturists