Acupuncturists are health care professionals that specialize in Acupuncture Therapy and Chinese Medical Theory. This involves inserting ultra-fine needles into points on the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) to stimulate the energy pathways (or meridians). These needles regulate the body’s flow of Qi when manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.
Thus, acupuncturists promote mental and physical well-being and prevent disease by improving body function and harmony.
This includes treating for:
- Mental conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, stress, addiction and depression
- Erectile dysfunction
- Menstruation problems
- Muscle pain and inflammation
- Various organ and body system dysfunctions
|Province / Territory||Regulatory / Licensing Bodies & Associations in Canada||Organizations|
|Canada||The CAATCM was established with the goal of advancing the use of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in illness prevention, treatment, and maintenance of health. CAATCM actively work on the creation and execution of national initiatives for the advancement of regulatory standards and acupuncture practise in a uniform manner across Canada, even if regulation takes place at the provincial level.||Canadian Association of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.|
|British Columbia||“Acupuncturist” is a regulated profession subject to the standards of practice, guidelines and policies of their provincial Regulatory College.||College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia.|
|Alberta||“Acupuncturist” is a regulated profession subject to the standards of practice, guidelines and policies of their provincial Regulatory College.||College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta.|
|Ontario||“Acupuncturist” is a regulated profession subject to the standards of practice, guidelines and policies of their provincial Regulatory College.||College of Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario|
|Quebec||Order of Acupuncturists Quebec.|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador.|
|Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut||“Acupuncturist” is an unregulated profession||profession|