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We are focused on advancing acupuncture as a medicine, increasing access for patients, educating the public, advising policy makers, and promoting standards to ensure safety and promote best practices.
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House Professional Licensure Committee Advances Gallagher Acupuncture Bill

On October 3, the House Professional Licensure Committee voted to report HB 1490, which updates the Acupuncture law, to the full House. The bill was unanimously reported as amended. The amendment, A02282  offered by bill sponsor Rep. Patrick Gallagher, changes "registered" to "licensed"; within...

House Bill 1490 has been introduced and referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee

House Bill 1490 has been introduced and referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee. This bill would allow licensed acupuncturists from other states to temporarily practice acupuncture during continuing education events or a state of emergency. It also requires acupuncturists to obtain...

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American Society of Acupuncturists 2024 Live In-Person Conference

Conference: April 6-7, 2024 Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA Advocacy Day (ASA Federal Fly-In & Acu for Our Public Servants): April 8, 2024, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC Pre-Conference On-Demand Webinar Series starting March 22, 2024 (with 2-week access) Totaling over 20 hours of...

“If you thoroughly investigate the pathomechanism there will be no illness for which you will fail to give the appropriate treatment.”

– Huangdi Neijing Suwen


The APA acknowledges and respects all traditions of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. We believe that cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will ensure that this ancient and  modern medical profession will retain its integrity. Anyone can advocate for safe and effective acupuncture. As licensed acupuncturists, we advocate our practices. As leaders in the field, we step up, learn, and contribute to the local, state, and national efforts to maintain standards while improving the profession.


By protecting the legal status to practice acupuncture in Pennsylvania, The APA aims to enhance the quality of health care for people in our state. The APA membership fees support our dynamic lobbyist team that has removed the mandated secondary oversight and limitation on practice. Understanding the legislative process and taking action is one way the APA serves Pennsylvanian acupuncturists and strengthens the practice of acupuncture as a medicine.

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Help shape the future of acupuncture and the delivery of medicine within private practice, Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, and public healthcare (Medicare, Military, VA, and Tribal care).

Become a Member

By joining the APA, you also become a member of the ASA. Collectively, you become an essential part of a statewide and national powerhouse that serves to elevate licensed acupuncturists and advance the profession as a medicine.

Donate to Our Association

We depend upon the generosity of our members, sponsors, and others to help us fund our work. It takes time and money to manage a membership association. If you have been positively impacted by authentic acupuncture practices, please consider contributing to our efforts to educate patients, the public, and policy makers. Visit our Make a Donation page for more information.

Donate to Our Political Action Committee

We depend upon the generosity of our members and other individuals to help us fund our efforts. It takes time and money to fight for legislative issues at a State level, stay on top of issues regarding our profession, and create relationships with legislators. If you have been positively impacted by authentic acupuncture practices, please consider contributing to our efforts to educate policy makers on how they can best support our profession. Visit our PAC Donation page for more information.

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Important updates to your account and the website platform


Dear Colleague,

We want to start by thanking you for your patience as we have worked to transfer into a new web platform that is more stable and robust than our previous one. We know that there have been time of frustration for you as some features were not working as well as we’d hoped. Through a lot of hard work with our tech team, we hope you can take advantage of the new website and all of the resources and new features we have to offer you, and have a much more user friendly experience no matter what you are up to on here.

If this is the first time you are renewing your membership since 09/30/23, because of the changes to our system all memberships that were due to automatically renew will instead expire on their renewal date. To keep your account active you must log in and update your credit card information by manually re-registering your membership through our new gateway. This is only a one time process.

Using your same username and password you can login here when your membership is due to renews to update it in our new system. Just navigate to the Become a Member page and select your membership level to renew and follow the checkout process.

For payment to process smoothly, please make sure that your payment method is active, and you have sufficient funds. And if you need to automate your payments in our new platform for the future, simply go to your Account Profile while logged in and under the ‘My Subscriptions’ tab select your active subscription and make sure auto-renew is toggled on.

Your ongoing support is what drives us to continue working to secure YOUR future as a professional acupuncturist in the state of Pennsylvania and to provide the best possible services to our members. The more we grow the more we can do and the new website will help take us there!

Please keep an eye out for future communications and updates as we move forward.

Best regards,

Your APA Penn Board of Directors

Heather Shultz, L.Ac, President
Yanqun Zhong, MD, L.Ac., Vice President
Linda Silva, L.OM.,Treasurer
Jan Wilson, L.OM., Secretary
BJ Putnam, L.OM., Board Member
Jaime Kahn Gordon, L.OM., Board Member