Minnesota Acupuncture Association

Welcome to Minnesota Acupuncture Association

The Minnesota Acupuncture Association (MAA) is the only statewide professional association for licensed practitioners of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine. We are committed to advancing acupuncture as a means for enhancing health and well-being.

The Minnesota Acupuncture Association is organized within section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

We operate from these beliefs:

  • Everyone should have the opportunity to feel better and live a healthy life.
  • Healthcare should be safe, effective and accessible for everyone.
  • There are a variety of ways to accomplish safe, effective and accessible healthcare.
  • Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine are viable methods for both treatment and preventive healthcare today. 

Is Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Regulated?

Yes! As you have no doubt realized, the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine involves a lot more than just the insertion of acupuncture needles. To become a competent and qualified Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine practitioner in the United States requires three to four years of full time post-graduate study at an accredited educational institution.

Just like your M.D., your Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine practitioner must adhere to rules that ensure that his or her licensing and training is up-to-date.

Some fast facts about regulation:

  1. Most states require national board certification for TCM practitioners. Ironically, most states allow conventional medical doctors and chiropractors to practice acupuncture with little or no formal training.
  2. Practitioners must complete at least three years full-time schooling before they can become eligible for the national board certification. 
  3. According to the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, all but a few states have regulations in place concerning the practice of acupuncture. This usually includes licensing requirements for non-MD practitioners and specifications on scope of practice for MDs and other health professionals.
  4. Most of these states require national board certification as a prerequisite for state certification or licensure.

Type of Certification Requirements 

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) provides national board certification for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine practitioners practicing in Minnesota.

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master's-level programs in the acupuncture and oriental medicine profession. Currently, ACAOM has over 65 schools and colleges with accredited or candidacy status with the Commission.


National Policy Group State Law Summary.pdf

Accreditation Standards for First Professional Doctorate.pdf




MN  Board of Medical Practice Certified  Nationally Accredited

To qualify as a competent and qualified licensed Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine practitioner in the United States requires three to four years of full time post-graduate study at an accredited educational institution.  

Licensed Acupuncturists must complete at least 2,625 hours (about 4 years of full-time study) followed by successful completion of board examinations.  

Most states require national board certification for acupuncture practitioners. Ironically, most states allow conventional medical doctors, chiropractors and other providers to practice acupuncture with little or no formal training.




Legislative Support

Your membership ensures the profession of licensed acupuncturists by helping with our lobbying efforts and ensures the protection of the care you currently enjoy. Help us stop infringements upon our profession in Minnesota today.

MAA- Public Membership Application.pdf


Public Support Speaks Volumes

Your Public Membership signifies to Legislators and Physicians your support for the high-quality care and results you have benefited from your licensed acupuncturist!



Your MN Acupuncture Association Membership automatically links you to the American Society of Acupuncturist! 


The Mission of the American Society of Acupuncturists is to promote the highest standards of professional practice for Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine in the United States, thereby to benefit the public health. Through strengthening the profession at the state level while promoting collaboration nationally and internationally, the ASA provides its members, the public, legislators, and regulators resources for ensuring the best expression of this ancient and modern medicine.


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Do you support the work the MN Acupuncture Assocation is working on?  Legislation, lobbying, and community involvement.  
We really depend on our licensed professionals membership to support our work, are you a current member? Can we count on your support by becoming a member today? 
When we need help with our upcoming legislation, we might call on you to take action by speaking to your legislators and to help us build a network of legislators that support the acupuncture profession?

Here’s how to support your profession: 

1.     Become a member / keep your membership current
2.     Help us build our legislative base with Public Memberships to patients and other healthcare advocates!
3.     When needed, call into your state representative to support our efforts.
4.     When needed, join us at the Capitol to meet your representatives in person.

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Support Our Work ~ Donate Today


We would' t be here today if it wasn't for the generous support of our members and donors!   
Please consider a taxable donation today to support our ongoing mission to engage, support and strengthen the acupuncture profession in Minnesota.




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Join Our Board of Directors

We are actively seeking qualified candidates for the following Board of Director positions:

  • Alternates for Membership
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Legislative

Interested in joining?  Click here to download an application!


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