Jill Gottfried, Acupuncture in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
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Jill Gottfried,Lic.Ac, M.Ac, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)*
*What do all these initials mean?
Lic.Ac. or L.Ac. means that I am licensed through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Acupuncture Committee. (It's one of the most important qualifications to look for when seeking out an acupuncturist). Each state in the US decides how to (or how not to) regulate acupuncturists. To attain our license in MA we must go through a rigorous 3 (or more) year post-bachelors program. Specific criteria must be met in order to receive a license. [Note that there are other (non-acupuncturist) types of practitioners who might be performing acupuncture. So it is to your benefit to be aware if they do not show the Lic.Ac. or L.Ac. designation as their training may consist of a few weekend courses].
M.Ac. designates that I've completed a Masters level program in Acupuncture. Prior to 2000 there was no Masters in acupuncture in Massachusetts. Acupuncturists prior to this time may not be using this label however, if they are licensed have still gone through in depth training.
Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM). The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the organization that provides the testing acupuncturists must pass in order to become licensed. They also offer continuing education and advocate for our profession.
An acupuncturist may hold other licenses and certifications though these initials above are specific to our profession. [There are also now doctorate level programs in acupuncture so you may see DACM or D.OM as well].
Hopefully that clarifies the initial train following my name.
Acupuncture can help with many ailments. These are just some of the disorders that can be treated:
Musculoskeletal~ including back, knee, shoulder, hip pain, muscle sprains and strains, acute injuries, chronic repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and post-surgical recovery
Because acupuncture treats the whole body, it can affect the underlying causes of illness or pain as well as alleviate symptoms. This holistic approach enhances physical well-being, balances emotional states, and reduces stress. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with other medical systems.
Acupuncture can also help with preventive care and seasonal "tune-ups".
A "consensus development panel" convened by the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) in 1997, after evaluating 17 scientific presentations that
summarized hundreds of studies, found that acupuncture may help relieve
pain after surgery and dental work, may lessen nausea cause by
chemotherapy, and my help keep morning sickness at bay. The panel also
noted "suggestive" evidence that acupuncture may help in stroke
rehabilitation and in fighting drug and alcohol addiction, headache,
menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, general muscle pain, osteoarthritis,
lower-back pain, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and asthma. *http://consensus.nih.gov/1997/1997Acupuncture107html.htm
Jill Gottfried, M.Ac, Lic.Ac
Falmouth, MA 02540 Jill@HealingPoint.com (My email hyper-link is disabled due to a huge infllux of spam. I apologize for any inconvenience and I look forward to hearing from you) 508-274-8795