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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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

December 5, 2015: Columbia, MD

Nutrition Strategies for Chronic Stress: Workshop for Health and Wellness Practitioners with Dr. Jyothi Rao and Rebecca Snow.  This workshop will help you identify key stressors in your clients’ lives, assess physiological and psychological stress, and provide nutritional approaches for building resilience.  Cost: $135-$150. CEU’s 7.  Contact:  muih.edu

January 9–10 and February 13–14, 2016: Columbia, MD

Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine with Evan Rabinowitz.  Maryland University of Integrative Health offers a 30-hour herb program intended to fulfill acupuncture licensing requirement for certain states, notably Massachusetts.  Cost: $490-$590.  CEU’s 30.  Contact: muih.edu

January 19, 2016: Columbia, MD

Mindfulness Meditation for Well-Being and Happiness.  6-week program with Hugh Byrne every Tuesday [Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 – Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016]  Learn the basics of meditation, including an overview for working with thoughts and emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.  Cost: $225.  CEU’s 9.
Contact: muih.edu


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.