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Alternative Medicine That Works for Regular Folks






Find an Acupuncturist or Herbalist

by Brian Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

If you're looking for an acupuncturist or herbalist, you're on the right track. Here are 14 websites to help you find one.

Jump to your interest:

The best one-size-fits-all resource is the national database

Acupuncturists United States Nationwide

If you're in the United States, then you have a number of options... here are the national ones... I've ranked them best to worst in terms of ease of use, number of acupuncturists, and likelihood of up-to-date info.

  1. National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
    Search by acupuncture, herbology, or asian bodywork therapy… a number of other search criteria are available… more than 8000 of the 15,000 or so U.S. acupuncturists are listed. This is the official national licensing body.
  2. Acupuncture Today Acupuncturist Locator
    They say it's the most complete, and it probably is since they mail to them all every month… however they also list Chiropractors and MD's who practice acupuncture… who knows if those just had 100 hours or 3500 hours of training. My advice: if you use this one, go with an L.Ac./R.Ac./D.Ac., etc.
  3. American Association for Oriental Medicine
    Browse by state
  4. Gancao.net
    Browse international and U.S. listings from the original founder of Acupuncture.com, Al Stone L.Ac.
  5. QPuncture Referrals - Not the biggest list, but they have email addresses and website links.
  6. USAcupuncturists
    Very small, but it does have email addresses, if that's important to you.
  7. American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
    Medical Acupuncture means acupuncture practiced by an MD, DO, or Chiropractor. As I said above, most MD's that practice acupuncture have less than 200 hours of training, only treat pain, and only learn point location; they don't learn any even the basic theories of acupuncture that make for more effective treatments... so I would suggest this ONLY if you cannot find an L.Ac./R.Ac. in your area, or you really think you'd only be comfortable with an MD.

Acupunturists United States by State

Here are the U.S. state-oriented databases:

Acupuncturists International

Internationally, a number of countries have their own resources:

Veterinary Acupuncture

If you're looking for a veterinary acupuncturist, that narrows it down quite a bit. There are 2 American ones, an International one:


Did I miss one? Let me know!

All information herein provided is for educational use only and not meant to substitute for the advice of appropriate local experts and authorities.
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