AHPA’s McGuffin Appointed to AAAOM Board

(February 5, 2008, Silver Spring, MD) — The president of the American Herbal Products Association, Michael McGuffin, has been elected as the public voting member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). The position is for a one year term and is effective immediately.

“I am honored to have been appointed to serve on the AAAOM Board of Directors,” McGuffin said. “I have a long-standing relationship with and a great deal of respect for the acupuncturist community, and I look forward to working more closely with them through their professional organization.”

McGuffin has been active in the herbal industry since 1975, having owned and managed both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field. He is the managing editor of Botanical Safety Handbook (1997) and of Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000). He also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, United Plant Savers, and the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance.

AAAOM also elected Michael Taromina as the alternate public non-voting member. Taromina is an attorney with an extensive background representing and educating practitioners of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

“This is the first time the newly reunited AAAOM has elected public members to its board, and we’re excited about the depth of expertise and acumen that they will contribute to the strategic direction of the association,” stated Martin Herbkersman, AAAOM’s President, in a press release dated today.

Based in Sacramento, CA, AAAOM’s mission is to promote excellence and integrity in the professional practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, in order to enhance public health and well-being.


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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