Who is on the Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture and how do I contact them?
Based on the statute, all members of the Council must be selected from the MOMA membership. Contact information, can be found on the Acupuncturists page. The Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture for 2017-2018 consists of:
Chair – Dr. Debbie Moore LAc DC
Vice Chair – Dennis Holmes LAc
Secretary/Treasurer – Dr. Hyung Kim, MD
You can contact the Council through the current Chair. A second option to contact the Council is through the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure office. The Original Appointment letter from the Governor.
Who Can Practice Acupuncture?
Only Licensed Acupuncturists and certain Medical Doctors (See Below)
- Licensed Acupuncturists: Licensed acupuncturists have completed three to four years of study and are board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Their course of study includes not only Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture but also Western (conventional) Medicine. As part of the prerequisites to sitting for their national board exams, acupuncturists must have a minimum of 3000 clinical hours completed in addition to their three- to four-year master’s degree in acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists here in MS are licensed and governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, the same board that licenses medical doctors.
- Medical Doctors: Medical doctors in Mississippi can practice medical acupuncture upon completion of a 200-hour course of study. Medical acupuncture is more Western in its approach than the traditional acupuncture that is practiced by a licensed acupuncturist. In other words, medical acupuncture bases its point selection more on Western anatomical and physiological training than on the Eastern philosophy upon which traditional acupuncture is based. Medical Acupuncturists, being medical doctors, are also governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
- Physical Therapists and Dry Needling (not acupuncture): Physical therapists in MS can practice a technique known as dry needling upon completion of a 50-hour course of study. Dry needling is based on Western muscular and trigger point patterns. It can be very effective for musculoskeletal conditions, but it is important to note that it is not acupuncture. Furthermore, it is important to note that physical therapists in MS are not required to complete any clinical training in dry needling prior to certification; if you pursue dry needling with a physical therapist, therefore, make sure they have some experience behind them. Physical therapists are not governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
The Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture’s Position Paper on Dry Needling.
- Chiropractors: Chiropractic Law prohibits the practice of acupuncture unless the Chiropractor is dually licensed.