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. 

Upcoming events

Featured member


National News: Acupuncturist Without Borders


While many may not immediately think about addressing trauma after a natural disaster, it makes sense for communities to embrace acupuncture as an additional resource for relief. 

“I think our culture as a whole is starting to understand trauma more, but it’s been an uphill battle to try to get people to understand that when there’s crises, emergencies and traumatic events that if you don’t treat the trauma, you’re really not getting at the core of what’s going on,” Fried explained. “They need help with their trauma in order to be able to perform and function and not only get through the next day but to be able to think about their lives.”

2008 study published in the journal Nature confirms Fried’s point. The study analyzed the mental health and suicide trends in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. A year after the storm, the number of cases of PTSD in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi rose from 15% to 21% while the percentage of people feeling suicidal thoughts more than doubled. It became clear that addressing the trauma is just as critical as providing the bare necessities.

Just as the acupuncture clinics in Houston were starting, Puerto Rico was on the mind of everyone in the organization. Acupuncturist Graham Marks, a volunteer who has served in AWB clinics in New Orleans, Haiti and in New York after Superstorm Sandy, received this email from a friend of his who lives in Rincon on the western coast of Puerto Rico: “We are alive, we have lost everything, no food or water, send Acupuncturists Without Borders, everyone is traumatized.” The good news—AWB is working with local acupuncturists to establish a clinic soon.

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Local News: WCCO

Michael Egan L.Ac, from Allina Health joins Liz Collin in-studio to talk about alternative treatments for chronic pain disorder and fibromyalgia. 


Health Check: Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

When it comes to treating pain, doctors frequently prescribe medications containing opioids. Now, patients and physicians are exploring non-drug therapies to manage chronic pain. 



Impact | Give Back

With national disasters and other traumatic events in the news, as practitioners, we often wonder how we can give back and help make a difference.   The practitioners at Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts are actively involved in donating the proceeds from various acupuncture events towards various relief efforts and charities.  Defiantly something to put on your calendar and share with family and your community.


Pokes for Harvey Relief in Texas

100 % of proceeds donated to Texas Organizing Project - a direct relief agency helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. 


Pokes for Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

100 % of proceeds donated to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots network whose mission is to provide disaster relief based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. Currently, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is supporting relief efforts for recent hurricane damage in Texas and Florida. 


Pokes for Puerto Rico

100% of proceeds donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations. The Fund will support organizations working with these hardest hit communities in Puerto Rico, supporting immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding. 


Volunteer Opportunities


Pillsbury House & Salvation Army Community Clinics

The Pillsbury House and Salvation Army community clinics in Minneapolis are looking for ongoing volunteer acupuncturist to help meet the needs for underserved populations seeking holistic care.


For more information on how to get connected, contact Celia Hildebrand at NWHSU: childebrand@nwhealth.edu


Pathways Healing Center Clinics



PTSD Support Group

The Mission Project is a Veteran Driven Support Group, designed to meet the needs of its participants. This is an ongoing monthly support group, offering services at no cost, every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:00 - 8:00pm, at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville.  



Community Acupuncturist needed!  Contact admin@mnacupuncture.org for more information.



Join Our Board of Directors!

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

  • Communications / Public Relations Committee Chair
  • Continuing Education Committee Chair
  • Marketing Committee Chair
  • Alternate for Membership & Public Relations


Intersted in joining?  Click here to download an application!


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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