Many of you in the health care industry or who receive acupuncture treatment here in Canada are aware that the profession of Traditional Chinese medicine (which includes acupuncture) recently became regulated here in Ontario. This is following along the footsteps of British Columbia (whereas only the acupuncture profession is regulated in Alberta and Quebec).
I am pleased to report that after a fairly long wait, I am officially registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO)!!! To find a registered TCM Practitioner and/or acupuncturist, please refer to the college’s website here: http://www.ctcmpao.on.ca/
It has been a long road to regulation with several bumps along the way (that began way back in 1994). For more info on the path towards becoming a regulated health care profession, please refer to this page http://www.ctcmpao.on.ca/aboutus/roadtoregulation.html
TCM practitioners receive 4+ years of education specifically in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and are trained to treat a wide range of general health conditions. Many TCM graduates have previous health care and/or science degrees and often do additional studies and internships to advance their knowledge in a particular field of health (e.g. Fertility, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cancer, Dermatology, Rheumatology and Sports Medicine).
TCM Practitioners who perform acupuncture are covered by most extended health insurance plans – so please check with your provider if you are interested in receiving quality health care from your local acupuncturist!
The regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is in the best interests of the public and provides the profession with the legitimacy it needs to advance and become part of integrative healthcare for the residents of Ontario.