Scope of Practice Legislation

20 Jul 2011 12:20 PM | Regina Walsh, M.Ac., L.Ac. (Administrator)

Governor Malloy Signs Acupuncture Bill


On July 13, 2011 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 11-242, AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STATUTES that includes Section 53, "An Act Concerning the Practice of Acupuncture".  The law defines the Practice Act of Connecticut’s Licensed Acupuncturists to include the recognized practices of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession:

"The practice of acupuncture" means the system of restoring and maintaining health by the classical and modern Oriental medicine principles and methods of assessment, treatment and prevention of diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the body, injury, pain and other conditions. The practice of acupuncture includes:

(A) Assessment of body function, development of a comprehensive treatment plan and evaluation of treatment outcomes according to acupuncture and Oriental medicine theory;

(B) Modulation and restoration of normal function in and between the body's energetic and organ systems and biochemical, metabolic and circulation functions using stimulation of selected points by inserting needles, including, trigger point, subcutaneous and dry needling, and other methods consistent with accepted standards within the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession;

(C) Promotion and maintenance of normal function in the body's energetic and organ systems and biochemical, metabolic and circulation functions by recommendation of Oriental dietary principles, including, use of herbal and other supplements, exercise and other self-treatment techniques according to Oriental medicine theory; and

(D) Other practices that are consistent with the recognized standards of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession and accepted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The educational standard for Licensed Acupuncturists is the Master’s degree requiring a minimum of 3 years training in Chinese Medical theory, diagnosis, treatment approaches, point location, needling techniques, and numerous related modalities including the application of moxibustion heat therapy; low-level light laser therapy; electrical stimulation; Tui Na massage; cupping; and friction techniques referred to as Gua Sha.

Licensed Acupuncturists are Nationally Board Certified through the National Commission for Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They are independent health care professionals providing safe and effective medical treatments endorsed by the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health.

Passage of Connecticut’s new Practice Act is a vital step in establishing standards of education, training and certification to assure the public they are receiving care from the recognized experts in the practice of Acupuncture.

Look for the credentials L.Ac. after your acupuncture provider’s name to assure you are receiving care by Board Certified, state licensed practitioners.


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