An 'Acupuncturist' is someone who to is able to
assess and apply appropriate therapy to achieve the promotion,
maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of
illness using knowledge and techniques based on the specific conceptual
frameworks, assessment approaches and therapeutic modalities of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The term 'Traditional Chinese Medicine' refers to the body of knowledge and broad range of medical practices that share common concepts, spanning thousands of years that was modernized and standardized in the 1950s.
The professional activities of Acupuncture according to TCM include diagnosis based on TCM theories; selection of principles, methods, modalities, and plans for the treatment of a patient; and the application of those treatments accordingly.TCM diagnosis is based on the following: inspection, auscultation and olfaction, inquiry, pulse taking, palpation and differentiation of syndromes according to the principles based on TCM theories.
The theories, principles and conceptual frameworks of TCM include but are not limited to: Yin and Yang, The Five Phases (Wu Xing), Eight Principles Pattern Discrimination (Ba Gang Bian Zheng), Qi, Blood and Body Fluids Pattern Discrimination (Qi, Xue, Jin Ye Bian Zheng), Viscera and Bowels Pattern Discrimination (Zang Fu Bian Zheng), The Twelve Main Meridians, the 8 Extraordinary Vessels, the Divergent Channels, The Sinew Vessels, Disease Evil Cause Pattern Discrimination (Bing Yin Bian Zheng), Externally Contracted Febrile Disease Six Channel Pattern Discrimination (Liu Fen Bian Zheng), Externally Contracted Febrile Disease Four Aspects Pattern Discrimination (Wei, Qi, Ying, Xue Bian Zheng), Three Burners Pattern Discrimination (San Jiao Bian Zheng) and the Seven Emotions.
*The 'specific points' mentioned above can include established acupuncture points located on the major meridians of the body, established 'extra' acupuncture points, points located on established microsystems such as the French, Chinese and German ear systems, the Korean hand and foot systems, the Chinese wrist and ankle systems, and the Chinese and Japanese scalp systems, so called 'ah shi' points or any reactive point identified on the body surface through palpation.
The NS-CMAAC expects members to acquire 30 hours per year (30 CEUs) with 15 mandatory hours of Formal Education (as per the minimum requirements of CMAAC for membership renewal) and 15 additional hours as Informal Study.
1. Formal Education
2. Informal Study
We suggest other topics such as safety, business related topics, legal issues, case studies, bylaws, code of ethics, standards of practice, or research using books, online material, academic and professional publications by reading, researching, mentoring or teaching. These additional hours should be logged with date, time, topic, type of activity and the amount of time expended.
CEUs must be submitted at the time you renew your dues. For forms go to Governance