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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 .

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 Physicians.

For more information about acupuncturists and their role in spinecare go to the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA: and/or the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM:

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To learn more about your spine. spinehealth, and available spinecare go to the International Spine Assocition (ISA) at The primary mission of the ISA is to improve spinehealth and spinecare through education. The ISA is committed to disseminating need-to-know information throught the World Wide Web in numerous languages covering many topics related to the spine, including information about spine disorders, spine heath, advances in technology and available spinecare

All health information posted on the site is based on the latest research and national treatment standards, and have been written or reviewed and appoved by the American Acedemy of Spine Physicians and/or International Spine Association physicians or health professionals unless otherwise specified.

The information provided on this site is designed to support. not replace,
the relationship that exists between patient/site visitor and his/her physician.