What is a Licensed Acupuncturist?

A licensed acupuncturist is an individual who has graduated from a master’s level acupuncture graduate school and successfully passed his/her license examination. For most states in the United States there is only one national examination needed to gain licensure. The state of California, however, has its own exam separate from the rest of the nation and is known for its high level of difficulty. It is for this reason that the level of California acupuncturists is comparatively high compared to the rest of the nation.

In the state of California, Licensed Acupuncturists are professionally trained in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In order to achieve a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine, all acupuncturists undergo 2,240 hours of didactic instruction and 970 hours of clinical training. Didactic training includes in-depth learning of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and medical massage. Their clinical training includes a 2-year in-house residency and an externship at a reputable integrative medicine center.

On top of his 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Komatsu continues to further his knowledge by taking continuing education courses and learning from living masters of acupuncture.