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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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 11-12 Columbia, MD

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture with Dr. Jason Hao, DOM

This course introduces CSA through didactic material, demonstration of techniques, and clinical experience for participants. The didactic material covers the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the scalp in order to show the location and indications of scalp acupuncture points.  Demonstration and hands-on technique will be an integral part of the class.
CEU’s 14.  ASDC members $370-395 Non members $400 to $425.
Contact: Maryland Acupuncture Society

April 22-23 Fairfax, VA

Elementary Aspects of Canonical Chinese Medicine with Stephen Bonzak MS, DCCM, FICEAM, L.Ac
This course is designed for non-herbalist and herbalist alike who wish to develop more accurate and deeper understanding of the application of clinical herbal medicine. Participates will achieve this objective by exploring the medicine’s original identity and history via in-depth study of classical Chinese texts. 16 NCCAOM PDAs/16 California Category 1 Live CEUs Approved. $250-$400. For more information and to register, visit acusova.com/events

April 8-9 Columbia, MD

Blackboard Essentials with Kerri Westhauser L.Ac.

This course will teach students how to rethink and refine diagnosis from how they were previously taught. Moving seamlessly from symptoms to precise diagnostic distinctions to elegant formulas and strategies, while simultaneously moving away from merely modifying existing formulas in an attempt to fit a patient’s complex presentation into them.  This course will also emphasize supporting normal physiology as a means to hand back normal function to the body, and in doing so resolve disharmony. CEUs 13.  $325.
Contact: westhauseracupuncture.com


October 14-15 Columbia, MD

Chinese Herbal Strategies and Refinements: Gynecology with Kerri Westhauser L. Ac.

This course is the second in the Strategies and Refinement series. Building on the methodology of Blackboard Basics, the Gynecology weekend focuses on correct timing and dosing of herbal formulas as they relate to the menstural cycle’s normal physiology and disharmony. Focusing on concise and elegant formulas that are correctly refined with pao zhi, dui yao and burner regulation.  Included in this course is utilizing the strength and versatility of herbal medicine in working with IUI, IVF, DE and Male Factor for mitigating side effects and maximizing outcomes. CEU’s 13 pending.  $325.
Contact: westhauseracupuncture.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.