Monday, December 13, 2010

What is the difference between Medical Acupuncture and Chinese Acupuncture

And what’s the difference between Medical Acupuncture
and Traditional or Chinese Acupuncture?

As more and more people are looking into receiving acupuncture for their health complaints, it has become that much more important to know what type of acupuncturists are in practice and what type of qualifications they have.

Acupuncture is a component of a complete medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture originated in China several thousand years ago.


Acupuncture is performed by licensed acupuncturists with a minimum of 3-4 years of study. This is a rigorous program of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that includes intense study and an internship. Credentials can be seen after their name with an L.Ac.

Most often when you see the initials L.Ac., you can be confident that the acupuncturist had some serious training of at least a few years.

Medical Acupuncture is performed by a doctor (MD) or other licensed health care professional such as a chiropractor, dentist, and physical therapist.

Medical acupuncture was created for these health practitioners (MD, DC, etc.) without the lengthy study that licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) take. In fact, some of these courses only require 100 hours of acupuncture study!

Often, when you see the initials MD or DC or any initial without an L.Ac., more often than not, they have had much less acupuncture training.

In fact, it is in the nature of Medical Acupuncture to offer a less comprehensive course of acupuncture study to their trainees. Some states offer a minimum of ONLY 100 hours of acupuncture study while licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) have over 3,000 hours.

If you have received acupuncture by an MD, DC, or someone not fully trained like an L.Ac. and have not benefited from the treatment, you should consider going to a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) to experience the full potential that acupuncture has to offer.