The acupuncturist is a healthcare provider trained in the use of acupuncture treatment protocols. It has historically been considered an element of Traditional Chinese Medicine, although it has been accepted in Western Medicine as an effective form of intervention for some conditions. Acupuncture represents a complementary or alternative method of healthcare. It has been used to treat a variety of different conditions. Acupuncture often includes the insertion of thin sterile needles into the skin to evoke a healing response or to help manage pain.
The regulation of acupuncture, in those qualified to perform it, may vary from state to state. Physicians of various disciplines have an opportunity to obtain special training and certification in acupuncture. Some certified acupuncturists may not be licensed physicians. For more information about acupuncture and acupuncturists, please refer to the website of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at www.aaaomonline.org .
To locate and learn about acupuncturists who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals.
The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed
status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine