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 A case in point is the requirement for physician oversight which was rescinded by City Council in 2003; (2) to establish ongoing training requirements for renewing licensees though continuing education requirements; (3) appropriate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
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
Chinese Herbal Strategies & Refinements: Difficult Disorders, Autoimmune with Kerri Westhauser
CEUs 13 pending. $325
Orthopedic/Trigger Point Acupuncture:
A Hands-On Approach to Lower Back, Neck, and Upper Extremity Pain with Jaime Chavez
This 2-day workshop will provide participants with the fundamentals needed to assess, treat, and prevent a variety of common injuries. The course will consist of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice integrating a variety of physical examination skills. Participants can expect to gain proficiency in clinical anatomy, palpation, range of motion assessment, manual muscle testing, orthopedic testing, and trigger point needling techniques. As a preventative strategy, biomechanics and ergonomics will be discussed. 16 NCCAOM PDA’s. $325-500 (early bird and regular).
For more info: acusova.com/events
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.