Who can provide acupoint therapy?
There is a broad range of education, skill level, and practice scope when it comes to who provides the various types of acupoint therapy.
Acupressure is not regulated, so anyone can provide this therapy, particularly because it is reproducible and easy to learn. However, it is important for healthcare professionals to receive proper training from a reliable source before integrating acupressure into their practice. An individual can perform acupressure on themselves or someone else.
Acupuncture, unlike acupressure, is highly regulated and varies by state. Only licensed TCM providers and medical and osteopathic doctors and chiropractors with additional training can perform individualized TCM diagnostic assessments and puncture the skin with needles.
For more information on acupuncture in your state, visit the National Certification Commissioner for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, or the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.