Unfortunately, figuring out whether an acupuncturist is licensed is not as easy as it looks.
Although the most common degree designation for an acupuncturist is LAc, some states use different titles
or abbreviations to signify that their practitioners are licensed.
Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles)
in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. If you know of another
title or organization that should be on this list, please contact us at
and we will add it to the list.
Asian Bodywork Therapist
Acupuncture Doctor (used in Canada)
Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)
Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)
Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)
Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Diplomate in Acupuncture
Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
DTCM, Dr. TCM
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (used in Canada)
Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
LAc, Lic. Ac.
Master, Art of Oriental Medicine
Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
Oriental Medicine Doctor
Doctor of Philosophy
RAc, Reg. Ac.
Registered Acupuncturist (used in Colorado and Canada)
R. TCM. H.
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (used in Canada)
R. TCM. P.
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (used in Canada)
Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (used in Canada)
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Association of Oriental Medicine
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies
International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental