What is Medical Acupuncture and what are the differences in the acupuncture training of a Registered/Licensed Acupuncturist/Licensed Oriental Medical Practitioner (R.Ac. /L.Ac./L.OM) compared to a Medical Doctor (MD), a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) who performs acupuncture?
Typically a Registered or Licensed Acupuncturist/Oriental Medical Practitioner (R.Ac./L.Ac/L.OM.), whose primary training is in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine, has obtained a 3 to 4-year Master’s Level Degree or a Diploma from a school approved by the ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine). He or she has also been awarded the Dipl. OM (Diplomate in Oriental Medicine) or the Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate in Acupuncture) designation upon successful examination by the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine), which is the national certification standard used for licensing in most states, including Ohio. This training is used to treat a broad range of health issues, including chronic disease, and pain according to the tenets of Oriental medical theory.