What You Need to Know to Become an Effective Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturist. The official National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA) training manual. This text is available for purchase by any individual, school, or organization. See sample page below or click link to order.

For Licensed and/or certified acupuncturists who are interested in becoming a

  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture Specialist (CHPCAS), or
  • Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA),

you must take either the online course for 8 PDAs or the live course, for 12 PDAs (see calendar for upcoming classes), the book is included in the course materials and does not have to be purchased separately. Simply follow this link  if you choose to take the online course for 8 PDAs (NCCAOM)

Hold Me Gently Through This Journey. A book for hands-on techniques to aid dying patients. An excellent resource guide to acupressure points for the lay person to perform on dying patients. Pressure points are specifically chosen to move the patient through the stages of grief and remove emotional blocks to allow them to have a more peaceful death.

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What You Need to Know to Become an Effective Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturist. (sample page)


Let’s start with the facts. Everyone dies. Even though we don’t like to talk about it, every year 2.4 million people in the United States die. When polled, 80% of Americans stated they preferred to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones, rather than in the hospital - but the reality is that less than 25% do. That is where hospice comes in. Of the over 900,000 patients who are treated by hospice annually, 75% die at home. Unfortunately, 83% of Americans don’t know about hospice services.

Hospice incorporates a team approach to patient care based on treating the whole person. The top 9 out of 10 leading causes of death in the US have the potential to have prolonged treatments associated with them. There is an effective acupuncture protocol that can help end of life. Acupuncture is also helpful for family or loved ones that are suffering with loss and grief. Despite being safe and cost-effective, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treatments are under-utilized in hospice and palliative care. There are some admitting providers (M.D.s who review patient’s conditions and approve them for hospice care) who refuse to refer patients to complimentary practitioners. Other obstacles for the inclusion of Oriental Medicine as part of palliative care include lack of reimbursement by Medicare, and in some states, lack of proper credentialing.

Educating yourself about the philosophy, history, structure and financial aspects of hospice will give you confidence in dealing with your own local hospice organizations. You will be able to communicate with hospice professionals and build a referral base to expand your practice or become a ‘bridge builder’ and join an interdisciplinary team. This will be important over the next 20 years as 57.8 million baby boomers – one of the largest, most influential groups in the history of the United States – will be between the ages of 64 and 84 and needing and expecting hospice services.

This text introduces you to cultural, physical, spiritual and emotional issues related to death and dying. It provides you with assessment and treatment options for patients that will allow them to release these issues and die a peaceful death. By becoming a hospice-certified professional, you are showing your dedication to the advancement of the acupuncture profession as a practitioner integrating Eastern and Western medicine to best serve our patients.