Patients, Lawmakers Want Acupuncture Therapy Regulated

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Patients who depend on acupuncture for ailments are urging Kentucky officials to regulate the practice. That way, therapists would be licensed to operate in the state.

Right now, only a physician or osteopath can practice acupuncture legally in Kentucky. That irks some patients, like Melissa Brennan, who travel across state lines seeking the ancient Chinese procedure. Brennan is a northern Kentucky resident who was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident nine years ago.

Brennan drives 40 minutes to her acupuncturist in Cincinnati. A bill has been pre-filed for the next session of the General Assembly to create a board to regulate and license acupuncturists.

The Kentucky Medical Association says it's time to license those non-physicians who are practicing acupuncture in Kentucky.