DIRECTORY OF PRACTITIONERS
All consumers are encouraged to seek a certified and/or licensed practitioner. With thousands of hours of acupuncture and herbs training at an accredited school and a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine these practitioners can provide relieve for many medical conditions, where western medicine failed. Acupuncture is part of an entire holistic eastern medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years. It takes years to become proficient in the clinical application and learn the fundamentals of Eastern medicine. But a lot of doctors and therapists are practicing acupuncture with minimal training completed in a few weekend classes.
The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine has put together a fact sheet to show consumers the difference in education and clinical training between certified and licensed acupuncturists and other groups of medical practitioners who practice acupuncture in the U.S. today. Please click here and learn the difference.
The practitioners featured in the NCCAOM Find A Practitioner searchable directory are all certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The NCCAOM is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
This link will provide you easy access to information on current clinical trials involving acupuncture and other complementary and alternative treatments listed with ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.
AHM DAY PARTNERS
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Day is supported through a unique international partnership of organizations including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Pakistan. The partnership includes professional associations, research organizations and educational institutions