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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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

March 29-31, 2019 Tempe, Arizona

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
21.5 PDA pending from NCCAOM  Early-birds save $70 if registered by Feb. 20!
Obesity Epidemic: Hormonal and Metabolic Disruption
Naturopathic Strategies for Mold Exposure
Comparing Immune Modulating Botanicals with Drugs
Migraines: Pathophysiology and Differential Treatment
Understanding Biological Diversity and Aging
Acute Opiate Withdrawal: An Herbal Protocol

Panel: Botanicals and Cancer Immunotherapy

Plus Friday Pre-conference Intensive: Jason Miller, DACM: Neurological and Cognitive Decline: Traditional Solutions and Modern Science

See full program, which includes herb walks and medicine making demonstrations in the herb garden. Early bird registration ends Feb. 20.  CE credits for health professionals (nurses, naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists). Information: www.botanicalmedicine.org (541) 482-3016.


April 13-14 Fairfax, Virginia

What You Need to Succeed: Essential Skills in Managing Pain with AOM Modalities
presented by Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM
16 NCCAOM PDA & 16 California CEU (Category 1 Live) pending
Course Description: What You Need to Succeed: Essential Skills in Managing Pain with AOM Modalities is a 2-day, in-depth study of theory, principles, modalities, and techniques of integrative pain management. This course will provide participants with the fundamentals needed to successfully assess, document, and treatment chronic pain cases. Participants can expect to gain proficiency in patient communication and education related to pain, pain-specific history taking, medical documentation, physical exam skills (including range of motion, strength testing, sensory function), effective AOM treatment modalities (including cupping, gua sha, myofascial trigger point needling, electro-acupuncture, bleeding, distal needling, and herbs), and comprehensive treatment planning.

Contact: Acusova.com


May 31 – June 3, 2019 Black Mountain, NC

 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
23.0 PDA pending from NCCAOM. Early bird registration ends March 5!
Topics include:
Slow the Decline: New Developments in Brain Boosting Herbs
Demystifying Detoxification
Cancer and the Aging Genome
Naturopathic Therapies for Stroke Recovery
Keynote: Endocrine Disruptors: What We Can Do – Leo Trasande, MD, MPP
Pre-conference Intensive: The Impact of Stress on Accelerated Aging: Botanical Remediation with Lise Alschuler, ND

Program also includes herb walks, medicine making demonstrations and panel discussions.

View full program here.  CE credits for acupuncturists, nurses and naturopathic physicians. Information 541-482-3016 or www.botanicalmedicine.org


Year of the Rooster

“The rooster wakes up the day and is considered to be in charge of the light.”

As we welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we look at some of its major characteristics: confidence and communication, which suits the image we have of the Rooster…strutting in the farmyard, crowing to the others that it’s time to wake up.-Marilyn Allen Acupuncture Today

This year, it’s the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.