About the NAHPCA

The National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists offers professionals certification in end-of-life care.

The National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA) establishes a specialized protocol for treating people at the end of life. Acupuncture treatments are customized to address the stages of grief and help move the patient through emotional blocks to a new level of acceptance which promotes a more peaceful death. Our members promote this standard through communication and education with hospice and palliative care organizations, their patients, and their circles of support. Practitioners who join our association are dedicated, compassionate professionals who support the ideals of Dr. Cicely Saunders (founder of the modern hospice movement) whose vision was that everyone should be able to die in a safe, peaceful and pain-free environment.

NAHPCA is an organization dedicated to broadening the circle of care for patients at the end of life to include Oriental Medicine (a system of medicine that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, bodywork, and numerous other healing modalities). Research has proven that combining treatments in Chinese Medicine with hospice and/or palliative care modalities leads to significant benefits in patient comfort levels. Safe and effective treatments may be used with all forms of terminal illnesses and the wide variety of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual distress patterns associated with death and dying. In addition, acupuncture can be helpful for family or loved ones who are suffering with loss and grief.


Our Purpose is two-fold:


We offer education to students, professionals, and organizations. We recommend acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treatments for hospice, palliative care, and other terminally-ill patients.


We offer two directories to bridge the acupuncture community with the hospice and palliative care community. The first directory is for individuals who are seeking acupuncture treatments by a certified provider for themselves or their loved ones. Practitioners are listed by state. The second directory lists affiliate organizations who provide support, goods, or services to acupuncturists, hospice patients, and their circle of support. Affiliates are listed by general categories.