Since the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act was passed in 2006, the Transitional Council has been working hard to develop standards and a registration process for acupuncturists in Ontario. It is, however, expected to be at least another year or two before the registration of acupuncturists in Ontario begins.
This means that currently virtually anyone can identify him- or herself as an acupuncturist and perform acupuncture in Ontario. More and more health care professionals, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, and massage therapists, are including acupuncture in their treatment modalities. This trend has a positive side: it provides patients with more options and increased convenience. But it is important for consumers to be aware of the wide variety of training backgrounds possessed and treatment methods used by those offering acupuncture at this time in Ontario.
You can learn more about acupuncture styles and qualification/education issues on the following pages:
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