AOM Day was established to celebrate all the benefits of Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. Not long ago acupuncture and Chinese medicine were unfamiliar to most people. In just a few decades the medicine has helped so many that almost everyone knows someone that has benefitted from the medicine.
Here in Portland the mayor, Charlie Hales, proclaimed, "all city residents are encouraged to understand, the long and rich history of traditional medicine that has been used for thousands of years to diagnose and treat illness".
AOM Day is observed internationally on October 24 as part of an effort to increase public awareness of the medicine.