Education and Certification

Elysia practitioners are board certified Acupuncturists and Chinese Medical Herbalists both in the state of California and nationally.  They have all received a master’s degree from a medical program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

As dictated by the California State Acupuncture Board, this East/West medical program consists of the highest requirement of training of any medical practitioner outside an MD. The education has a minimum of 2240 didactic hours in both eastern and western medical classes, in addition to a minimum of 970 clinical hours of training. In comparison, a western medical degree consists of approximately 2047 didactic hours over four years.

Western emphasis – the first year of the program consists of condensed pre-med classes, while the remaining three years has a more specialized focused on pathophysiology, clinical medicine, as well as imaging and lab data analysis classes.

Herbal Medicine – the masters program consists of a minimum of 43 didactic units divided into 26 courses spread over the duration of the program. Over 450 herbal medicines are featured, in addition to special formulations, and a biomedical understanding of the chemical constituents of Chinese herbs.

The remainder of didactic hours are dedicated to acupuncture, nutrition, physical manipulation of soft tissues, and the clinical applications and philosophies which allow for the unique and patient specific diagnosis of disease, and a comprehensive study of pathology and internal medicine.

DAOM – The Doctoral Program in Oriental and Integrative Medicine is an advanced degree specializing in internal medicine, diagnostic skills, and clinical research. After the 3210 hours required to become a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California, the Doctoral program requires an additional 600 didactic, and 650 clinical hours.

NCCAOM – The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the only national organization that validates the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through a nationally recognized professional certification service. The NCCAOM is currently accredited by the National Commission for Certification Agencies (NCCA). Our practitioners are certified in the most comprehensive diploma offered by the NCCAOM, allocating them as Diplomates of Oriental Medicine. In addition to the California State Board licensing exam, this designation requires an additional four nationally recognized exams in the areas of Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Oriental Medicine, and Herbal Medicine.

In addition to advanced medical degrees, our practitioners have advanced study in:

  • Fertility
  • Longevity
  • Functional Brain Chemistry
  • Functional Blood Chemistry
  • GI Health and Functional Nutrition
  • Thyroid and Adrenal Health
  • Immunity and Autoimmunity