How Are Acupuncturists Educated?
Since Acupuncture is an ancient medicine from the East, I often encounter questions as far as how one actually becomes an acupuncturist in the United States. To answer a few frequently asked questions: no, I don’t speak chinese; and yes, I did study Chinese Medicine right here in California.
I am a graduate from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California. I spent four years earning a masters degree of science in Oriental Medicine which encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, and western (allopathic) medicine. Many of my teachers came directly from top medical universities in China and Japan, while some were trained right here in the US.
Anyone calling themselves an acupuncturist in the State of California has been through a similar program, and then sat for a comprehensive licensing exam similar to a BAR exam that Lawyers must pass in order to practice law.
I believe it’s important to understand how your medical practitioners are trained and educated- especially in the “alternative” medical field. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is an incredibly detailed and effective medical art, and anyone who has an “L.Ac.” (Licensed Acupuncturist) after their name has been through a rigorous and comprehensive medical education.