National Acupuncture Foundation (NAF)

The National Acupuncture Foundation is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1991 in Washington, DC. The Foundation was established for educational and charitable purposes, including, but not limited to, the promotion of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and its allied health modalities in the United States, through encouraging and distributing publications, encouraging scholarship and research and education, encouraging students to attend schools of acupuncture and allied health modalities, disseminating to the public and to public officials information about acupuncture, and furthering the integration of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other aspects of Oriental medical into the American healthcare system.

The Foundation was pivotal in the FDA Needle Reclassification Petition, served as the fiscal home for the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and conducted the research for the herbal certification program by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. It has also supported the Herbal Safety Guidelines Project, the research and publication of the Acupuncture Safety Record, provided sponsorship of educational presentations on acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and maintained representation at meetings of national and international wellness organizations.

The Foundation publishes titles related to acupuncture and Oriental medicine and issues related to the integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies into the U.S. healthcare system under its imprint NAF Publications. At present, these include the Clean Needle Technique Manual for Acupuncturists, 5th Edition (in English, Chinese, and Korean), Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine State Laws and Regulations, 2005 Edition (March 2005), Legislative Handbook for the Practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine (January 2005).

The Foundation welcomes your interest and encourages you to help us make our work more meaningful to the larger community we serve.

Board Members


Sherman L. Cohn, B.S.F.S., LL.B., LL.M., Georgetown
PresidentSherman L. Cohn has been a professor at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. since 1965. He specializes in the fields of civil procedure and professional responsibility and has published various books and articles on those subjects in recent years. Before joining the Law Center faculty, he served as a clerk for Judge Charles Fahy of the D.C. Circuit and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He is a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia bars and is also a member of the American Law Institute, the American Judicature Society, and the Society of American Law Teachers. He served for eleven years as the first national president of the American Inns of Court. He served as the Administrator of Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases from 1976-79 and as Director of Continuing Legal Education at the Law Center from 1977-84.

From 1982-93, Professor Cohn served as chair of the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is presently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Tai Sophia Institute and its legal counsel. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Tai Hsuan Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance. At Georgetown, Professor Cohn teaches a seminar in the Legal Issues of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and lectures on this subject at the Georgetown School of Medicine.

From 1983-87, Professor Cohn served as president of the American Section of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and as deputy president of the International Association. He served as the President of the Jewish Law Association from 1998 to 2002. He has also served as a director of the Foundation for Mideast Communication. From 1985-87, he served as chair of the Georgetown Annual Fund. Earlier he had been chair of the Georgetown Law Fund. He has lectured in Germany, Colombia, Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Italy, Israel, The Netherlands, and Paraguay. He is on the Board of Visitors of John Marshall Law School and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council for the Aging.



James Steven Turner
Vice PresidentJames S. Turner, Attorney (member of the District of Columbia Bars) is a partner in the law firm of SWANKIN & TURNER (since 1974) in Washington, D.C. Following graduation from the Ohio State University College of Law in June 1969, Mr. Turner came to Washington to join Ralph Nader in founding the Center for the Study of Responsive Law.

During the period 1968-1971, Mr. Turner worked with Mr. Nader and supervised Nader Reports on the Food and Drag Administration and the National Institutes of Mental Health and a study of children and the food industry. He wrote The Chemical Feast – the Nader Report on the Food and Drug Administration (published by Grossman 1970, republished by Penguin 1977), and co-authored Making Your Own Baby Food (Workman 1974, revised and republished 1977), a book that reflects his continued concert, about the nutritional quality of food for infants.

Mr. Turner also represents individual consumers, consumer groups and environmental groups on a range of matters concerning the consumer interest in food, drug, health, environmental and product safety. He has participated in regulatory and legislative activities affecting the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health, the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory and administrative agencies.

Mr. Turner served on the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Investment from 1988 to 1992 and has traveled extensively on State Department projects. He has served as special counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs and the Senate Subcommittee on Government Reorganization and Government Research, and on advisory committees at the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Energy.

Mr. Turner, Vice President of the National Acupuncture foundation, served as the public member and Vice Chairperson of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) from 1987 to 1997; President of the National Acupuncture Foundation from 1995 to 2004 and as the lead attorney of the legal/science team that obtained the 1996 United States Food and Drug Administration approval of acupuncture needles as safe and effective devices.

In addition Mr. Turner is president of the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy, a nonprofit organization that conducts research, publishing and demonstration programs in urban agriculture and food policy. This organization has published Healthy Harvest, a global directory of sustainable agriculture and books on food, the environment and health.

Mr. Turner has also worked to develop mechanisms for better interaction between consumer, business and government organizations. He has served as a member of the board of the National Consumers League, the Council on Economic Priorities and the Food Safety Council, and as Chair of the Consumer Liaison Panel of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and has worked with business groups and corporations on issues of consumer concern.




Lixing Lao, Ph.D., CMD (China), L.Ac.
DirectorLixing Lao, is a Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Program in the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), School of Medicine. He became NAF board member in 2006. He is currently a guest professor in the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China. Dr. Lao graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1983 after 5 years training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1992. As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lao has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than 20 years. He joined the CIM of the UMB in 1992, and has been actively involved in patient care, teaching and research. Dr. Lao has conducted and participated several clinical trials including recently published large clinical trial on the effect of acupuncture on knee osteoarthritis. He established the laboratory of TCM research in UMB in 1999 to conduct basic science studies on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and leads a lab research team.

As a principal investigator or co-investigator, Dr. Lao has been awarded grants from the NIH and the US Army Breast Cancer Research Program to conduct research on acupuncture and TCM. He has been actively published many peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has also given over 140 presentations at national and international conferences/symposia. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution in TCM by AOM Alliance (2004), TCM World Foundation (2005), and Chinese TCM Association in China (2003). Dr. Lao served as a Board member for five years on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. He is the elected co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR). He was a member of the PDQ Cancer CAM Editorial Board, National Cancer Institute, NIH, and is currently a member of either the advisory board or editorial board on the Journal of Alternative Therapies, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.



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Julia S. Emlen, RN
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Tierney Tully
Executive DirectorTierney Tully has been the Executive Director of the National Acupuncture Foundation since 2001. Until June of 2004, she concurrently served as the Executive Director of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (AOMALLIANCE). As Executive Director of these organizations, she has participated, and continues to participate, in national and international meetings and conferences of significance to the acupuncture and Oriental medicine field and its role in the greater healthcare environment.

She holds a degree in Oriental Medicine and in Animal Health Technology, as well as a Diploma in Acupuncture (NCCAOM). From 1993 until 2001, Ms. Tully was in private practice as a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, first in New Mexico and then in Rhode Island.

While in Rhode Island, Ms. Tully was president of the Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (RISAOM, 1998-2001), and served as a consultant and expert witness to the Rhode Island Department of Health concerning issues related to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In addition, she served as an observer for the Rhode Island Department of Health at meetings of the Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies (FAOMRA).

Prior to taking the position of Executive Director of the AOMALLIANCE, Ms. Tully served as an Alternate Board Member on the Alliance Board. In that capacity she was the AOMALLIANCE delegate to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s (NCCAOM) Task Force on Oriental medicine certification in 2001.

Ms. Tully is considered an information resource for legislative and regulatory issues in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.


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