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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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 7-9 Tempe, Arizona

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
Conference will include:
-Recent Research on Cannabis and Cancer Treatment
-A Role for Botanicals in the Treatment of Multiple Drug Resistance
-Epigenetics and Mental Health: Botanical and Dietary Influences
-The Problem of Proton Pump Inhibitors for GERD and their Alternatives
-Pre-conference Intensive: Botanicals for Immuno-inflammation with emphasis on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer with Lise Alschuler, ND

See full program, which includes herb walks and medicine making demonstrations in the herb garden.  Registration: $359 includes all lectures Saturday and Sunday. Friday events, meals and lodging are extra. CEU’s 21.5 NCCAOM pending. Information: botanicalmedicine.org or (541) 482-3016.

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


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.