Acupuncture Training

The healthcare professionals who practice “acupuncture” techniques can have varying levels of training. Licensed acupuncturists receive approximately 80% of their training exclusively in Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, and undergo an extensive clinical internship over three or four years’ time. Other healthcare professionals may use acupuncture, which is only one small part of an entire system of medicine, as an adjunct to their primary practice and training in Western medical sciences. The following compares the levels of training:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist
  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine
  • Acupuncture Physician
  • Oriental Medicine Practitioner
Amount of Acupuncture Training

1363-2000 hours in Acupuncture or 2000-3000 hours in Eastern Medicine


Used for broad range of health issues, including chronic disease, pain, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, prevention, and wellness based on Eastern medicine theory

  • Medical Doctor
  • Osteopath
  • Naturopath
  • Chiropractor

300 hours or less

Used for pain and basic ailments

  • Detoxification Technician
  • Chiropractor
  • Medical Doctor
  • Physical Therapist

100 hours or less

Used for pain, addiction, and detoxification through auricular acupuncture