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About Our Organization

The Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA) is a professional membership organization of Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.s) dedic ated to promoting the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our mission is to uphold high professional ethics and standards by monitoring and supporting legislation regarding professional standards and public safety and to educate the general public regarding the nature and scope of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  We support clinical research verifying the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We cooperate with national professional organizations and provide continuing education programs for Licensed Acupuncturists.

Our members receive the benefit of listing their practice on our statewide site, the ability to submit listings of upcoming events, the ability to participate in efforts to protect our profession at the state legislative level, discounts on supplies and educational events sponsored by partner suppliers and organizations, and access to a community of fellow professionals.  Become a member today!

Know Your Acupuncturist

Practitioners whose educational focus is in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine receive approximately 80% of their training exclusively in this field, and undergo an extensive clinical internship averaging 3 years. Other healthcare practitioners may use acupuncture, which is one of the many therapies of Oriental Medicine, as an adjunct to their primary practice. While all of these practitioners also have training in western medical sciences, this chart is designed to illustrate the varying levels of acupuncture training generally undertaken by healthcare professionals.

Know Your Acupuncturist

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ASVA Updates
  • 03 Aug 2014 12:16 PM | Sarah Shupe (Administrator)

    Your immediate action is needed to urge Governor Jack Markell of Delaware to VETO HB 359. HB 359 would allow physical therapists to perform "dry needling" with a verbal referral from a physician.

    1.    E-mail Governor Markell at jack.markell@state.de.us   You can read the bill here: http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/LIS147.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+359?Opendocument  This bill places undue burden on physicians and presents a risk to patient and public safety.  You can read the key points in the petition below.
    2.    Call Governor Markell at (302) 577-3210 encouraging him to veto HB 359 using the below key points as the rationale.

    3.   Sign the online petition here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-markell-veto-hb-1.fb49?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=6848757

    The petition and background is below:

    Tell Markell: Veto HB 359

    All those who have signed this petition strongly voice their opposition to HB 359, which will place the healthcare and safety of Delawareans in significant and avoidable jeopardy. Accordingly, we strongly urge you to VETO HB 359.

    HB 359 will not only subject the public to unsafe needling practices by unqualified individuals, it will place additional burdens on our already heavily-impacted physicians and healthcare system. Currently, the only healthcare providers properly trained, licensed and permitted to practice therapeutic needling are the following, listed in order of highest training received: licensed acupuncturists, specially trained physicians followed by specially trained chiropractors. As you can see, your VETO of HB 359 will not deny the public access to these services, it will ensure those seeking them receive the highest quality and standards of safety from licensed practitioners.

    Please consider the above safety ramifications and their potential impact on our citizens. We respectfully urge you to VETO this harmful legislation.

    Lee Andrew DeLorme, Director, First State Healthcare Advocacy
    1012 Shallcross Avenue
    Wilmington, DE 19806

    Michael Taromina, Esq.

    Petition Background:

    Your immediate action is needed to urge Governor Jack Markell to VETO HB 359. HB 359 would allow physical therapists to perform "dry needling" with a verbal referral from a physician.
    "Dry needling" is another name for one specific technique within the practice of acupuncture and is performed using acupuncture needles. This form of acupuncture, referred to as "dry needling" by physical therapists is not within the scope of practice of physical therapists thereby presenting a significant risk to patient and public health safety. Physical therapists are not trained in the therapeutic use of needles nor the theoretical and clinical foundation to perform such techniques. "Dry needling certification" is not accredited by any credible certifying agency and is obtainable by physical therapists over a weekend course in contrast to the 1,800 (300 clinical) contact hours required by an acupuncturist to perform the same techniques.

    Accordingly, HB 359 will potentially place the general public in significant danger of injury and harm due to unsafe and unqualified needle practices. It will further place an undue burden on the lawful practice of medicine and acupuncture.

    By signing this petition, you will send a clear message to Governor Markell that HB 359 will negatively impact the standard of healthcare and safety of Delawareans.

    Thank you for your commitment to patient safety.

    Lee Andrew DeLorme, Director, First State Healthcare Advocacy
    Michael Taromina, Esq.

    There are only 40 acupuncturists in Delaware, and they need our help.  Thanks for participating.

    The ASVA Board

  • 05 Jul 2014 8:45 PM | Sarah Shupe (Administrator)

    In June, the IHPC responded to the Department of Health and Human Services request for information regarding provider non-discrimination.  According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies should not discriminate against a provider as long as they are acting within their scope of practice (Ex: a licensed acupuncturist administering acupuncture). The goal of this is for patients to have access to covered services from the full range of providers operating under a state license.  Unfortunately this is not always happening. 

    The IHPC wrote a thorough response which can be found here in PDF form.  Please take a look. 

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