Many Acupuncture and Oriental schools exceed 2000 hours. Colleges in California must meet a minimum required 3,000 hours in Oriental Medicine.
Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology and dietary therapy, tui na massage, tai qi and qi gong meditative exercises.
Typically a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) whose primary training is in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and has:
a) Obtained a 3-4 year master’s level degree or diploma from a school approved by ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine)*, and
b) Has been board certified in Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine (Diplomate: Dipl Ac or Dipl OM) upon successful examination by the
NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine), the national standard for licensing in most states.
Uses diagnosis and treatment techniques based on Oriental medical theory to treat a broad range of health conditions, including
chronic disease, internal medicine, pain, and disease prevention.
Typically a medical doctor, osteopath,naturopath or chiropractor who uses acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that medical doctors have 200
hours of training to know when to refer to a more fully-trained Acupuncturist or OrientalMedicine practitioner.**
Commonly used for pain management
Typically a chiropractor or detoxification technician
Detox Techs must be under the supervision of a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and are limited to 5 point on the ear.
Used for pain management or addiction & detoxification through auricular acupuncture.