Licensed Acupuncturist to East Asian Medicine Practitioner. Why the title change? Information taken from Washington East Asian Medicine Association: http://weama.info/
Our new title, East Asian Medicine Practitioner (EAMP) and scope of practice now clearly states that our practice is based on a system of medicine. Prior to the recent legislation this was not clear, our title and scope mainly reflected a single modality. Patients can now benefit from the full spectrum of this wonderful medicine!
Our scope now clearly includes herbal medicine, vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements, not just “dietary advice,” which can now be practiced as a stand alone modality (Dietary Advice was previously allowed only when in conjunction with an Acupuncture treatment). Conceivably, a practitioner can now focus their practice on herbs if they wish and we are all no longer at the mercy of some health law judge making a precedent setting decision, excluding herbs from the definition of “dietary advice.”
Practitioners can now openly practice to the full extent of their standard training without worrying about a complaint down the line turning into an argument with the department of health as to whether something as basic as herbs, health education, or East Asian exercise techniques are specifically in the scope.
We can now provide health education, a.k.a. lifestyle advice, relaxation training (meditation) and East Asian exercise training such as Qi Gong and Tai Qi.
We can now do additional forms of massage such as Tui Na.
Having a full system name for our title and with more than 16 modalities with which we may treat patients, lays the groundwork for making the case that we should receive equitable payment for all our services, not just the technique of Acupuncture.
While many of our colleagues have already been doing some of these newly specified modalities and may barely notice a change in their practice, they have been doing so vulnerable to patient complaints to the Department of Health leading to technical legal arguments that these things were outside the scope of their practice, making them subject to a lengthy and costly legal process.
The entire profession in our state is on equal grounds now with respect to being practitioners of this wonderful system of medicine, there is no longer a threat the those who practice “Acupuncture” primarily, will be reduced to mere technicians. Each practitioner can now openly practice to the extent of each person’s education.