Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Acupuncturists [18 VAC 85 ‑ 110]
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12/1/12  7:01 pm
Commenter: Arthur Fan, Virginia Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (VITCM)

Dry needle issue

1. According to the history of Acupuncture, dry needling techneque is the other name of Acupuncture;

2. Based on the real practice of Physical Therapist(PT) who uses so called "Dry Needling Technique", acutually use acupuncture needle, and use one of acupuncture methods, the Ashi points acupuncture/needling. PT uses another "language" to replace the discription in acupuncture book, to legalizing their practice of Acupuncture(using the term of "Dry Needling Technique" and description it with other medical terms and adding their own history of development of such technique ). VITCM strongly hope board ask them to get enough training and education. Currently, our profession (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) needs 2000 hours (or more than that) training, MDs or DCs who practice acupuncture need 300 or more hours additional training. PT practicing so called Dry needleing technique with less than 300 hours training is not acceptable.



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