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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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


Pain and Inflammation Education for Clinicians
The Pain and Inflammation Series provides 8 audio recordings offering clinicians valuable information to help reduce opioid use, over-use and addiction. Presented by experienced practitioners, they address botanical therapies for dampening the inflammatory response and managing types of pain (i.e. neuralgia, acute renal colic, vascular pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc.). Also features up-to-date information on the uses of cannabis for pain management and discusses the underlying causes of chronic pain syndrome. Includes digital book of lecture notes with complete references (85 page PDF).
To order the series and for more information, please visit: Botanical Medicine Pain and Inflammation



March 27th-March 29th- Tempe, AZ

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
-Mushroom Medicine in Women’s Health
-Management of Bipolar Disorder
-Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
-Strategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals
-Panel: Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions
-Pre-conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Risk Assessment Techniques with Glen Nagel, ND, RH(AHG)
-Plus herb walks and medicine-making demonstrations in the herb garden. Early bird registration by February 19. Up to 20.5 CE hours for acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians.
Information: botanicalmedicine.org (541) 482-3016

May 29th-June 1st Black Mountain, NC

Medicines from the Earth 28th Annual Symposium on Botanical Medicine
Over 40 presentations including:
-Women, Autoimmunity and Estrogen Metabolism
-Cultivating Skin Microbiome Radiance with Botanicals
-Combining Herbs and Essential Oils for the Nervous System
-Neuroplasticity and the NMDA receptor: Botanical and Nutritional Influences on Neurological Remodeling
-Substance Addiction and Recovery: Herbal Strategies for Emotional and Physical Pain
-Pre-Conference Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization with Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
-Friday Plant Study with David Winston, RH (AHG) and Plant Walk with Joe Hollis
-Saturday Keynote: Nature, Spirit, Medicine – Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku for Personal and Planetary Healing with Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)

Plus medicine-making classes and forest herb walks. Early bird registration March 4. CE credits for nurses, acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians.

Info 541-482-3016 or www.botanicalmedicine.org