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The following information is provided to consumers by the National Institute of Health: Medical Doctors who are members of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, an 11 year old association of 1,400 primary care physicians, have had more than 200 hours of special traning, but there are no board exams in acupuncture. For a list of member, call 1-800-521-2262 or visit the academy's website at Licensing requirements for non-medical doctors vary from state to state. If licensing is required, look for a designated C.A. (certified acupuncturist), L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist), or Dipl.Ac. (diplomate of acupuncture). Practitioners certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have had at least three years of training and have passed a test. Certification is part of the licensing requirement in 28 states and in Washington. To find a certified practitioner call 1-703-548-9004 or visit the website

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