Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles) in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.

Professional Titles

Abbreviation Title
ABT Asian Bodywork Therapist
AcD Acupuncture Doctor (used in Canada)
AP Acupuncture Physician (used in Florida)
CA, CAc Certified Acupuncturist
CH Chinese Herbalist
CT Clinical Technician
DAc Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Hawaii)
D. Acu Doctor of Acupuncture (used in Rhode Island)
Dipl. ABT Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy
Dipl. Ac. Diplomate in Acupuncture
Dipl. CH Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
Dipl. OM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
DNBAO Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics
DAOM Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine
DTCM, Dr. TCM Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (used in Canada)
FIAMA Fellow, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
LAc, Lic. Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist
MAOM Master, Art of Oriental Medicine
MSOM Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
MTCM Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
MTOM Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
OMD Oriental Medicine Doctor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
RAc, Reg. Ac. Registered Acupuncturist (used in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Canada)
R. TCM. H. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist (used in Canada)
R. TCM. P. Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (used in Canada)
TCMD Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (used in Canada)

 

Organizational Titles

Abbreviation Organization
AAMA American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
AAOM American Association of Oriental Medicine
ACAOM Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
AOBTA American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
CCAOM Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
FAOMRA Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies
IAMA International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
IVAS International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
NADA National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
NAOMA National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
NCCAOM National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
NSAA National Sports Acupuncture Association
SAR Society for Acupuncture Research

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