Mission & Principles

CSOMA Mission Statement:

The California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) is a professional association of licensed acupuncturists and supporters of acupuncture, dedicated to the preservation, advancement and integration of the art, science, and practice of all branches of acupuncture medicine into the modern healthcare model, in a caring and ethical manner, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of the general public.

CSOMA Principles of Professional Ethics

As a practitioner of Oriental medicine and a member of the California State Oriental Medical Association (“CSOMA”), I pledge to:

  • Always act in a manner that best serves the interest of my patient.
  • Provide competent health care with integrity, compassion, and respect for human dignity.
  • Continue to advance my clinical knowledge to maintain high professional standards.
  • Safeguard my patients’ rights to privacy by protecting information of a confidential nature, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing health care providers in the State of California.
  • Deal honestly with patients and colleagues, and to expose those licensed acupuncturists who jeopardize a patient’s safety or who engage in deception or fraud.
  • Perform only those services necessary to return patients to a maximum state of good health, and to bill patients or third-party payers only for services actually performed.
  • Utilize only those techniques in which I am trained and competent and are within the scope of practice of licensed acupuncturists in the State of California. I will not misrepresent my credentials, training, experience, ability or promise of results.
  • Be nondiscriminatory in hiring, employee relations, patient selection, or provision of services due to a person’s age, race, color, gender, ethnic origin, or religion.
  • Support the right of my patients to choose therapeutic modalities and to refer them to other health care specialists when appropriate.
  • Abide by CSOMA’s Peer Review Process in the resolution of all disputes regarding patient complaints or questions of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Request all patients with complaints to submit them in writing to CSOMA, under the conditions of peer review.
  • Specifically release CSOMA, its peer review entities, and all individuals participating in the peer review process, including witnesses, from any claims or liability provided they act in accordance with CSOMA’s Peer Review Process and have a reasonable factual basis for information provided or recommendations or actions taken.