ASDC has been leading an extensive effort, starting in January 2013, to update D.C.’s acupuncture regulations, which were put into place prior to 1987. We expect to have updated acupuncture regulations in place by 2016.

 A leadership team has met multiple times with the D.C. Board of Medicine to address three major areas:  (1) to remove incorrect or misleading information from the website and DOH documents.  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate grandfathering for all practitioners; (4) updated entry requirements for new licensees that are in line with national best practices and still provide some flexibility for those of diverse educational backgrounds, such as avenues to licensing through apprenticeship. 

Upcoming Continuing Education

November 7, 2015: Columbia, MD

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness.  Trish Magyari will provide knowledge and tools for recognizing the effects of trauma on the brain.  You will be introduced to approaches and practices that you can immediately use with your patients and clients. Cost: $275-$325.  CEU’s 12.  Contact: muih.edu

November 8, 2015: Charlottesville, VA

Grand Rounds Case Studies and Theory Class.  The Grand Rounds class is an opportunity for practitioners to share patient cases and theories that examine the types of treatments and conditions attendees may see or use in their clinic.  Cost: $20-$35.  CEU’s 4.  Contact: acusova.com

November 14, 2015: Columbia, MD

Health, Wellness, and the Five Channel Systems Using Needles, Touch, Essential Oils, and Stones on Acu-Points with Jeffrey Yuen.  This seminar will explore the philosophical and spiritual meaning of the channel systems.  Cost: $185 to $365.  CEU’s not listed.  Contact: maryland-acupuncture.org

November 14, 2015: Glenside, PA

The Color, Sound, Odor, Emotion Experience with Mary Ellen Scheckenbach.  The CSOE Experience will give you an opportunity to See Color, Hear Sounds, Smell Odors and Feel the Emotions used as diagnostic tools in 5 Element Acupuncture.  Cost: $225-$275.  CEUs’ 13 pending.  Contact:  acusova.com


Support your acupuncture profession

The acupuncture profession needs some unity, creativity and visibility in the new year!

2015 is the year of the wooden goat. This brings the second period of Wood energy into the Great Qi Flow of our lives.  Wood Qi rules the conduit between fire and water. This means it is an awesome time to pursue creative endeavors and independent projects. Support growth of the acupuncture profession in 2015 by purchasing a goat-tee.

All proceeds are collected by the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and will support professional activities and campaigns at the state and national level.  One of these is the American Society of Acupuncturists, which provides support to ASDC through its many activities.