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Acupuncturists by State
Because this Medicine has been healing billions of people for more than five thousand years; I practice it and see the miracles in our clinic every day. It is important to choose your practitioner because all Acupuncturists are not created equal. Make sure that they practice Traditional Chinese Medicine that includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Chi Gung, Meditation, and Dietary guidance according to TCM’s Five Elements . - Juan Tejada - Tucson Acupuncturist
There are important questions to ask anyone before they perform acupuncture on you!
Licensed Acupuncturists (LAc) are required to have a minimum of 1,800 to 2,400 hours or more of education and clinical training, depending on individual state requirements. In most states they must also be certified with the NCCAOM, a national regulatory agency governing Oriental Medical education and credentials. Licensed Acupuncturists are also licensed by their state’s Board of Medical Practice.
Licensed Acupuncturists practice internal Chinese medicine, which focuses on the underlying source of the problem, rather than just treating symptoms. As a result, their treatments go beyond simple pain relief offered by most chiropractors and medical acupuncturists. Most Licensed Acupuncturists must also have a Masters degree in either Acupuncture of Oriental Medicine. The distinction between the two is that a practitioner with a Masters in Acupuncture is trained primarily in acupuncture. A practitioner with a Masters in Oriental Medicine is trained both in acupuncture and diagnosis and treatment using traditional Chinese herbs.
Physicians performing acupuncture are required to have100-200 hours of training in the technical use of acupuncture prior to using it as a treatment. This is considered medical acupuncture. If you are considering medical acupuncture, look for a doctor who is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, which requires a minimum of 200 hours of training in acupuncture for membership.
Many chiropractorsadvertise that they offer acupuncture. It is important to know, however, that depending on which state you live in, they may only be required to have 100 to 150 hours of unspecified training in acupuncture. They typically take a test sponsored by their local Chiropractic Board and pay a fee to become “certified”. Chiropractors who perform acupuncture call themselves Board Certified Acupuncturists. In addition, they are usually legally limited only to performing acupuncture treatments that augment chiropractic adjustments.
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