We get lots of questions about acupuncture.
But first, some background.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that has roots in China, tracing back at least 2500 years. Acupuncture began gaining momentum in the 1970s in the States when James Reston, an American journalist, received acupuncture for post-operative pain associated with an emergency appendectomy. Now, nearly 50 years later, acupuncture is commonplace in most big cities across the United States as well as throughout Europe.
To be nationally licensed in New York State, an individual must complete a program of study with a minimum of 4,050 hours. Included in the program of study as outlined by the state of New York Acupuncture License Requirements are the following:
at least 200 classroom instructional hours in anatomy, physiology and pathology
at least 600 classroom instructional hours in acupuncture (principles; channel and point theory; physiology; pathology; clinical examination and diagnosis; techniques; treatment principles; and sterilization and precautions)
at least 650 hours of supervised clinical acupuncture experience in general health problems to include acupuncture diagnosis; therapeutic treatment planning; acupuncture needling technique; moxibustion; electroacupuncture; pre- and post-treatment instruction; contraindications and precautions; treatment of emergencies; when to refer to appropriate health professionals; and acupuncture hygiene
In addition to the above, all national board examinations must be passed in order to become a licensed acupuncturist.