health conditions treated

How effective the treatment is depends on the severity and nature of the condition being treated. Acupuncturists are trained to identify conditions that may require referral to a specialist, so it is important for you to provide detailed information about your condition so that important medical problems are not overlooked.

If you are under the simultaneous care of different health practitioners, it is important to keep all of them informed about your treatments to ensure there are no adverse interactions.

The following is a list of health conditions commonly treated by licensed acupuncturists:

arthritis/joint problems
back pain
bladder/kidney problems
gastrointestinal disorders
gynecological disorders
heart problems/palpitations
high blood pressure
immune system deficiency
knee pain
menopausal discomfort
musculoskeletal injuries
pre-menstrual syndrome
sexual dysfunction
side effects of chemotherapy
skin problems
stroke rehabilitation

For additional information about treatments please visit the California Acupuncture Board's Web site at

Who Can Benefit From Treatment?

Patients of acupuncture range from infants to senior citizens. They may be seeking an alternative to Western medicine or it may be their last hope for relief, having exhausted other methods of treatment for a chronic condition. Or, an acupuncturist may be their first choice of health care practitioner for a low-risk form of treatment.

What About Insurance Coverage?
Some California insurance plans include acupuncture treatment in their policies. Ask your insurer about coverage or reimbursement. Some plans that do not routinely cover acupuncture may pay for treatments if they are recommended by a physician. Many acupuncturists are providers for traditional PPO and HMO plans. Acupuncturists are currently covered under California State Medi-Cal and Worker's Compensation (Note: Subsequent laws passed by the California Legislature may affect this coverage.)

California Acupuncture Board
The California Acupuncture Board (Board) licenses and regulates the profession according to the Acupuncture Licensure Act, which identifies acupuncture as a primary health care profession. The Board is an autonomous body within the Department of Consumer Affairs. The primary responsibility of the Board is to protect consumers from incompetent, unprofessional, and fraudulent practitioners.

The Board establishes standards for the approval of educational programs, oversees the administration of the licensing examination, issues new and renewal licenses, and handles enforcement issues when complaints are received. The Board strives to promote safe practice through the improvement of educational training standards.

For complete information on the responsibilities of the California Acupuncture Board, please visit the Board's Web site at


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