Is My Practitioner Qualified?
The single most important thing you need to know when going for acupuncture is whether or not you're receiving treatment from a fully qualified and provincially registered Acupuncturist. All acupuncture is not created equal. The abbreviated courses offered to MD's, Physiotherapists, and Chiropractors is not Chinese Medicine based acupuncture and does not treat the body as a whole, but rather piece by piece, as it was never meant to be used. While it is still possible to find relief from pain using these methods, it does not address or treat the core problem or the whole person. In the long run it can create more imbalance and can even cause further injury if used incorrectly. Unfortunately this problem is all to common but avoidable if you are armed with proper knowledge before you choose your practitioner.
- As a BC Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) I am required to have completed 1900 hours of studies and pass the provincially regulated exam.
- As a BC Registered Practitioner of TCM (R.TCM.P) I am required to have completed 2600 hours of studies and pass the provincially regulated exam.
- As a Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM.) I will be required to complete 3250 hours of studies and pass the provincially regulated exam.
The above mentioned professionals need only complete a minimum of 100 hours of acupuncture study, much of it completed online, in order to provide anatomical acupuncture. There is a significant difference.
Please help us to maintain our profession and this intricate holistic medicine, be sure to see a Registered Acupuncturist, Practitioner or Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Thank you for your support!