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  A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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

June 2-5 Black Mountain NC

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
Topics include:
-Resetting the 24-hour Circadian Cycle with Botanicals
-The Yin and Yang of Inflammation: Regulating the Inflammatory Cascade
-Hepatitis B & C: A Holistic Approach
-Insomnia as a Yin Deficiency
-Demonstration of Nebulizer Therapies using Botanicals
-Pre-conference Intensive: Immuno-psychiatry– Immune System Influences on Mental Health and Innovative Therapies for Restoring Balance

CEU’s 22.5 NCCAOM pending. Information 541-482-3016 or botanicalmedicine.org.

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

October 20-21 Silver Spring, MD

Insurance Billing and Coding for Acupuncture Practitioners with Mori West
Presented by Marie Connor, M.Ac., L.Ac. and Meeting Point Seminars
This course will provide attendees instruction on how to become an insurance provider, submit accurate claims and GET PAID! Learn to verify eligibility, document medical necessity, submit documentation electronically, and properly appeal when necessary. 14 NCCAOM PDAs pending.  For experienced practitioners, Mori will explain the many updates since 2015 and teach rock solid record keeping to prove medical necessity. Early bird pricing available through September 22nd!

For more info: marieconnor.com/seminars
To register: marieconnor.com/register

November 11-12 Columbia, MD

Korean Hand Therapy with Dr. Dan Lobash, Ph.D., L.Ac.
The seminar will include how to use this powerful and easily accessible micro-system with needles, magnets, and hand rollers. This level of training covers in detail each of the hand micro-meridians and their special clinical uses. These 12 micro-acupuncture meridians are analogous to their body counterparts, and are a separate, parallel, system.
For more info visit: Maryland Acupuncture Society

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.