What is the difference between a medical acupuncturist and a?
traditional acupuncturist in the state of NJ? Can medical acupuncturists call themselves "licensed" when in fact they are not?
- guzzlegobLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Not sure about NJ but it sounds familiar.
In the UK a medical acupuncturist would be someone that has a medical qualification i.e. gp, osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist and probably a few others too. They treat according to the biomechanical model. They think in terms of western anatomy and western medical theory. They will most likely have studied acupuncture as a specialization towards the end of their studies.
A traditional acupuncturist will follow 5-element theory. There are acupuncture points that treat the organ from an element point of view. They will treat the Zang-Fu organs and most likely prescribe herbs to support the acupuncture treatment.
In the UK it is the medical acupuncturists that are licensed to practice on the National Heatlth Service (NHS).
A traditional trained acupuncturist is only allowed to practice privately. I know of quite a few mainland trained chinese physicians with 7-year degree courses behind them that can not treat under the NHS because they have no western qualification.
I think it is down to the individual to decide wether they would rather be treated by a medical acupuncturist who learned the skill as a specialization and will doubtfully have more than two years training in the subject.
Or wether you get treated by a traditionally trained acupuncturist with a 7-year degree in their subject.
- Violet PearlLv 71 decade ago
They need a license.
State of New Jersey
Acupuncture Examining Board
PO Box 46019
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 273-8075 Fax
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