Choosing An Acupuncturist

The Basics

When selecting an acupuncturist you’ll want to ensure your practitioner has graduated from a master’s level, ACAOM-accredited program and can demonstrate they have the proper state certifications.

Beyond that, a more contentious debate is whether this acupuncturist should have a focus on fertility and whether that should be reflected in an ABORM accreditation. At the moment, there is little data to say one way or another.

Minimum Standards

Patients should confirm that their acupuncturist has graduated from a master’s program an at ACAOM-accredited school.

Next, you will want to ensure the acupuncturist is NCCAOM-accredited, which means they have passed their boards and continually take medical education courses to stay current on best practices.

Ideally, your acupuncturist has done an additional year of schooling, and taken more extensive NCCAOM testing to be a “Diplomate of Oriental Medicine” which marries the “Diplomate of Acupuncture” and “Diplomate of Herbology” disciplines.

Many U.S. states require acupuncturists pass certain examinations to practice. For many, those include NCCAOM tests but not all states require this and so the minimum standards for being state licensed can vary. Finally, some states have hardly any standards or minimum requirements whatsoever, in which case patients likely need to be all the more discerning.

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