Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Holistic Health

The threat to the certification standards of acupuncture in Wisconsin

See also

In 1989 the State of Wisconsin sought to protect the public by enacting a practice act to regulate the medical practice of acupuncture. Chapter 451 and later RL 70-73 of the state code were created to protect the public and ensure that only people with a nationally recognized minimum level of training would be allowed to utilize this invasive form of medicine.

Since that time acupuncturists have demonstrated a high level of safety and professional conduct. Science continues to validate acupuncture as viable form of medicine. The use of acupuncture is now endorsed by the NIH, WHO, and is covered by the VA medical system and some health insurance.

The term acupuncture has the unfortunate situation that it defines a system of medicine as well as a medical technique. All medical treatments require medical diagnosis to determine the appropriateness of treatment. It would be inappropriate for a surgeon to not be a physician. It is similarly inappropriate for someone to perform acupuncture without having the training in the medical systems that determine why and why not to use the technique.

The hard won acceptance of this medicine through the efforts of acupuncturists who have dedicated their lives to this medicine, is now threatened by many medical professionals who seek to use acupuncture without meeting the certification requirements that were put in place to protect the public. Medical professions such as physical therapists and chiropractors, who have no other invasive medical procedures as part of their scope of practice, are trying to circumvent the minimum certification requirements that were crafted to protect the public and maintain professional standards.

Wisconsin does not have a parity insurance law. This means that insurance companies can (and do) set rules where they pay for acupuncture only if it is performed by a medical doctor or medical professional other than a state and nationally certified acupuncturist. This creates the situation where patients are encouraged through their insurance plan to get acupuncture from non certified acupuncturists. Hospitals that want to provide acupuncture have a financial incentive to hire non certified acupuncturists.

Medical practitioners who want to utilize acupuncture should have to meet the state required minimum training and certification to practice this form of medicine. Physicians and other medical professionals are free to refer patients to acupuncturists who meet the state requirements. Patients should ask their medial practitioner about their level of training and certification prior to the insertion of non medicated needles as a form of treatment. More information about Physician Medical acupuncture, Physical Therapy Dry needling, and the new Wisconsin Chiropractic acupuncture Bill can be found at the links provided. Patients can check the qualifications of an acupuncture provider on the state website and can contact their legislators and ask that the State of Wisconsin uphold the certification standards that are currently in place for acupuncture practitioners.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!