The TCM Directory’s mission is to satisfy the growing public demand for finding
How would you feel if you suddenly realized your doctor didn’t have a license to
practice medicine? What if your chiropractor only received a certificate in chiropractic
adjustments over the weekend? Or if your acupuncturist received a mere 24 hours
of acupuncture training?
If I was in this situation I would be upset. I certainly wouldn’t send any of my
friends or family to a practitioner with abbreviated training and I absolutely wouldn’t
send anyone to an acupuncturist that took a few weekend courses.
My name is Elie Goldschmidt and I am a licensed acupuncturist. I received my acupuncture
training from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA.
I’ve personally seen and heard many stories about patients who received acupuncture
from providers with minimal training. In many of these cases the patients experienced
no benefits from the treatment at all and left with negative feelings toward the
The goal of TCM Directory is:
1) To protect individuals from undergoing treatments by undertrained and unqualified
acupuncturists and to assist them in finding a qualified and licensed acupuncturist.
2) To share the benefits of acupuncture while simultaneously educating the public
on the distinct differences in training among all the types of practitioners that
offer acupuncture services.
3) To explain the value and benefits associated with receiving acupuncture
from a fully licensed acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
4) To protect the value of the licensed acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
TCM Directory welcomes acupuncture practitioners from all backgrounds, who have
received the proper acupuncture training, to join our directory.
Acupuncture is one of the fastest growing complementary health practices and it
has become a daunting task for the patient to verify the type of acupuncturist they
are going to see.
Acupuncturists in the United States are licensed to practice acupuncture when they
have completed at least 2,000 hours of acupuncture and Chinese medicine study.
Do your homework! - There are many healthcare providers and practitioners
(doctors included) that practice acupuncture with 200 hours of acupuncture study
or less! Not only does this hurt the integrity of the acupuncture profession by
supplying poor acupuncture treatments and wasting the patient’s time and money,
but even worse, can be dangerous to the patient.
How can you tell which acupuncturists are qualified to treat you and which ones
are severely under-trained?
It is not rude to question the qualifications of the person who intends to treat
you for a physical ailment, especially if they offer to perform a treatment secondary
to their advertised expertise.
Some important questions to ask your acupuncturist are:
- Where did they receive their acupuncture training?
- How many hours of acupuncture training were completed?
- Are they licensed or certified as an acupuncturist?
Many people are uncomfortable asking their practitioner these types of questions,
but it’s imperative to find out if your acupuncturist is fully trained, undertrained,
or even licensed!
That’s why TCM Directory provides this service to you 100% FREE!
We ask the tough questions and we sift through the thousands and thousands of acupuncturists
and ONLY include licensed acupuncturists with full training and qualifications in
Browse our directory and find a qualified acupuncturist today!