The Board licenses and regulates the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine in New Mexico. It sets
professional and educational standards for obtaining a new license or renewing an existing one by the doctors of
In New Mexico, about 675 doctors of oriental medicine practice acupuncture, which is among the oldest healing
practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain
health through the stimulation of specific points on the body by the use of needles. In the United States, where
practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered
part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
The Board also investigates complaints from patients against acupuncturists and takes appropriate disciplinary
actions when professional and ethical standards are violated.