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

MAA - Business Membership Application

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.

Opioid Task Force Research - 2018

Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care The Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper.pdf

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 Minnesota 2018 Legislative Updates

Acupuncture is a comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional and modern health care therapies to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.

Update: April 20th, 2018 

Discussion from the Health and Human Services Committee. Senator Abeler, Benson and Chris Eaton talk about bill SF 2505 Pain Management Amendment. The support and comments from other legislators is much appreciated and informative.

The start time on the video is 3:37:38 and goes to 3:44:05.


After a week of hard work in the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee and the Senate Health and Human Service Finance and Policy Committee we achieved success in getting our Pain Management Amendment language into the Senate Health and Human Services omnibus bill SF2505.

Thanks to the very hard lifting of Senator Abeler and Representative Glenn Gruenhagen we were able to finally craft the language that was acceptable to Senator Benson to adopted the SF2505-A19 amendment offered by Senator Abeler.

Senator Scott Jensen, Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, Senator Melissa Wiklund and Senator Chris Eaton all spoke in favor of the amendment. Senator Benson spoke in favor and said if this costs money she would find the money in the budget to see that it is implemented.

This amendment was passed on a unanimous vote of all committee members. The language will now be in the Conference Committee on the Senate side.

Unfortunately the massage therapy and other unlicensed groups listed in the HF2389 amendment were removed at the insistence of Senator Benson and osteopathic physicians and advanced practice registered nurses licensed under Chapter 148.171 were added.

Reducing or elimination chronic pain was added to the bill language.

Prior House Action on HF 2389.

Following the House Vote on HF2389 passage to be considered for inclusion in the House Omnibus bill HF 3138, Rep. Gruenhagen, Chuck Sawyer and I met with DHS staff to craft language that DHS recommended to make the bill workable and retain the elimination of the fiscal note for when the Senate considered the HF2389 amendment language in the Senate.

Rep. Gruenhagen asked Senator Dean if he plan to include the HF2389 amended language and we learned he was not willing to do that. Over the next couple days we made numerous efforts to get the HF 2389 language into the House Omnibus bill, including preparing the revised Senate language as a amendment, as the hearing on the omnibus bill was going on, but to no avail.

Next Steps 

The House and Senate will be debating and passing the two Omnibus bills next week. Once again the bills will go to a Conference Committee. With the strong commitment of Senator Benson, we hope to prevail as the conference committee language is adopted.

Thanks you notes should be sent to sent to all of the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee members and to Representative Glenn Gruenhagen. Without their hard work and commitment to our professions we would not be where we are today.

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