Find Acupuncturist Licensed Acupuncturists

To find an acupuncturist, start by asking for referrals from other healthcare providers or friends and family who have experience with acupuncture. In your search for the best acupuncturist, it’s helpful to understand some of the designations, or titles, you may come across.

Licensed Acupuncturist

“Licensed Acupuncturist” is a title used in some states that regulate acupuncture. Not all states regulate acupuncture, and not all states that do regulate acupuncture use the title “Licensed Acupuncturist.” For example, in Rhode Island, the title is Doctor of Acupuncture, and in Delaware, the title is Acupuncture Practitioner. If you want to know about the requirements for acupuncturists in your state or want to check the status of an acupuncturist in a regulated state, contact the state medical board.

Medical Acupuncturist

A medical acupuncturist is a Western-trained physician who has at least 200 hours of formal training in acupuncture. Medical acupuncturists can receive certification through the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, establishing that they have completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including an exam, designed to ensure they have the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality acupuncture treatment. You can find a medical acupuncturist through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Diplomates of Acupuncture

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) offers a certification called a Diplomate of Acupuncture. Receiving this designation requires three to four years of education in a master’s degree-level acupuncture program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, plus passing scores on the NCCAOM certification exams in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Biomedicine.

Unlike a medical acupuncturist–who typically only has a few hundred hours of training–a Diplomate of Acupuncture is fully grounded in the principles of Chinese medicine. You can find Diplomates of Acupuncture by using the NCCAOM’s Find A Practitioner directory.

Find an Acupuncturist

Finding the best acupuncturist for you may take a little research. Questions you may want to ask potential acupuncturists include:

  • Do you have experience treating my condition?
  • Do you use disposable needles?
  • Do you use other treatments, such as moxibustion and Chinese herbs?
  • What is the cost of a session? Will my health insurance cover your services?
  • What is your training? Are you certified or licensed? How long have you been practicing acupuncture?

Resources

American Board of Medical Acupuncture. (n.d.). General information. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.dabma.org/

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. (2011). Consumer frequently asked questions. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.nccaom.org/consumers/frequently-asked-questions-consumer

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. (2011). Diplomate in Acupuncture. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.nccaom.org/consumers/acupuncture-certification

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. (2011). State licensure information. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.nccaom.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/State Licensure Table.pdf