Published: October 2, 2019

Here is where you can find a licensed acupuncturist or TCM practitioner by state

The right qualifications and experience matter when it comes to choosing which TCM practitioner you see for your care. It is imperative to select a licensed practitioner or acupuncturist who can safely and effectively prescribe the right herbal supplements that can enhance your overall well-being.

One of the questions we often receive on calls is, “My massage therapist/practitioner/doctor gave me a particular product to take, but I do not know what it is for, and they could not explain properly either. Can you help me?” While the herbal products we manufacture are entirely based on properly sourced and identified natural raw materials, there are numerous contraindications for various formulas that are dependent on your current condition. If you have been provided TCM products by someone who cannot properly explain how they are meant to work, it is likely they are not qualified to prescribe these herbs in the first place.

In order to make sure you’re getting the right herbs tailored to your concerns and body, find a  TCM physician or acupuncturist in your state who has an up-to-date license at these handy links:

A point of note when it comes to checking up on licenses: Each state has its own standards for awarding LAc. (Licensed Acupuncturist) licenses, so depending on the state you are in, a licensed acupuncturist may or may not have studied TCM herbs and herbal formulas. In Oregon, for instance, all LAc.s are required to meet the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) standard, which means they will have taken courses to learn about Chinese herbs and will have a foundation of knowledge to draw upon when they prescribe herbs. Not all states have a similarly stringent requirement.

The highest national certification board for TCM practitioners is the NCCAOM, which is not a requirement to practice in every state. To find a practitioner certified by the NCCAOM, search their directory here.


*Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to suggest specific treatments for patients or that any supplements mentioned prevent or cure diseases or problems. Before taking any herbs, all patients should discuss their options with a licensed practitioner, including any other medications the patient is currently taking, as there may be contraindications between pharmaceuticals and herbs.

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