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A practitioner of acupuncture; a formally designated acupuncturist is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
There are currently approximately 5,000 acupuncture practitioners in the US, and 30 schools that offer training in acupuncture; the curriculum consists of 2,400 hours of instruction taken over 3–4 years; some acupuncturists are MDs; many belong to the Am Academy of Medical Acupuncture.


(ak′yŭ-pŭngk″chŭr) [ acu- + puncture]
A technique for treating pain, producing regional anesthesia, treating acute or chronic illness (such as hormonal, immune, or orthopedic), or preventing disease by passing thin needles through the skin into specific points on the body. The free ends of the needles are manually twirled, heated by moxa or moxibustion, or connected to a weak electrical current. They are then typically left in place for about 20 min. Although acupuncture has a variety of uses in Asia and Europe, in the U.S. it is principally considered a treatment for local pain. It is often used in combination with other therapies, including massage, meditation, and herbal remedies. Research suggests that acupuncture relieves pain by stimulating the release of endogenous opioids, other neurotransmitters (such as serotonin), and by directly affecting afferent nerve fibers. Acupuncture has also been found to be effective in veterinary applications. In the U.S. professional proficiency in acupuncture is attained by passing an examination administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.acupuncturist (-chŭ-rist)


It is important that the acupuncturist use sterile or disposable needles and that care be taken to prevent puncturing adjacent organs.
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In fact, Johnson feels that becoming a practitioner of dry needling has helped her develop a greater appreciation for when acupuncture is a better treatment, and regularly refers dancers to acupuncturists.
The measure shall also require an acupuncturist to successfully complete a Board-approved national certification process, passes an examination administered by the Board, which tests the applicant's competency and knowledge of the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine covering diagnostic and treatment techniques and procedures.
You are both a medical doctor and an acupuncturist.
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However, most qualified acupuncturists register with the self-regulatory British Acupuncture Council.
The group of acupuncturists, massage therapists, and chiropractors failed to convince a state district court judge on the same merits.
8) The dramatic incident, along with the petitions and negotiations of many other pioneer acupuncturists, their patients, and sympathizers, prompted the eventual certification and licensing of acupuncture in California.
Your acupuncturist will also work with you to help you make lifestyle changes.
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I am calling for physiotherapists to refer to fully qualified acupuncturists before advising patients incorrectly and causing them unnecessary worry.