Louisiana Laws & Details
An applicant to be an acupuncturist must meet both of the following:
- Holds active status with the National Certification Comission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Has successfully passed the certification examination, including the Biomedicine portion of the examination, given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Medical doctors and osteopaths may practice acupuncture in Louisiana as certified Physician Acupuncturists if they have successfully completed either of the following:
- Six months of training in acupuncture in a school or clinic approved by the board.
- Completion of 300 credit hours of continuing medical education in acupuncture designated as category one continuing medical education hours by the American Medical Association.
NOTE: Look for a physician with formal training in the practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an art and a science that takes years to master. While any licensed physician can stick needles into you, for a positive experience and results, find an acupuncturist with experience treating a similar condition (with acupuncture) to what you have.
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
630 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Practice Act: Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 37 Part IV. Practice of Acupuncture
RS37 §1357 Physician Acupuncturists
RS37 §1357.1 Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
RS37 §1358 Licensed Acupuncturist
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