Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Knowing how to choose a qualified acupuncturist is very important for receiving safe and effective treatments. Many people are misled by doctors, chiropractors, MD's, and other physicians who advertise themselves as acupuncturists, but don't have the appropriate education or a license to practice acupuncture. In order to find a qualified acupuncturist, you want to make sure that they have the following credentials: They have a Master's degree in acupuncture and or Oriental Medicine; They are board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); and that they hold an acupuncture license in the state where they practice. These credentials ensure that your acupuncturist has had the appropriate education, and clinical training needed to provide you with a safe and beneficial treatment.
To check the qualifications of your acupuncturist, the first thing you want to do is check with your state licensing department to verify the current status of their license. Then you can go to the NCCAOM website to make sure they are board certified.