MARITIME 

ASSOCIATION OF

REGISTERED 

ACUPUNCTURISTS

Providing the highest quality health care service through the art and science of clinical acupuncture

 

COVID-19 Important

                    Information

MARA Back to Work Guidelines

MARA Members are asked to review these initial guidelines which are expected to change as all provinces move forward through the Recovery Phases:

NB Zone 5 moved back to Orange Level - October 9 2020

NB Zone 1 moved back to Yellow Level - October 23 2020

"Subject to the Public Health and WorkSafeNB COVID-19 general guidance... 

- Unregulated health professionals are allowed" in Orange and Yellow Phases in NB

*Current NB Public Health Alert Level

MARA's NB PE COVID-19 Back to Work Guidelines - Jul 3 2020

MARA's NS COVID 19 Acupuncture Approved Document - Jul 3 2020

It is also required that the Member's workplace responsibility to prepare a site-specific plan on how they will implement the precautions noted in the Guide. 

Provincial Updates:

*October 9 2020 NB Zone 1 & 5 Orange Level

*July 3 2020 Atlantic Bubble opened*

NB October 9 2020 Zone 1 & 5 are in Orange level restrictions, the rest of NB is in Yellow Phase 3 both allow non-regulated health care professionals/businesses to to operate.

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/recovery.html

NS Effective June 5, unregulated health professionals can reopen provided they follow protocols from Public Health (physical distancing, increased cleaning and other protective measures for staff and clients).

MARA Members must abide by NS COVID 19 Acupuncture Approved Document.

NSAA Dr Strang Email Approval

https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

PE entered Phase 2 on May 22 began allowing Additional Non-Urgent Health Care Services & Providers, including Acupuncturists will be able to return to work.
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/renew-stages

To Patients:

MARA has been working to create guidelines to keep our members and clients safe and ensure they have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

More information & Quick Links found under COVID-19.

        

MARA EMAIL ALERT - SCAM COVID-19 Relief Support

Please note, our President, Paul DesRosiers is NOT asking for CV19 PPE donations for Hospice/Palliative Care units.

Any information from MARA will come via our newsletter / be included in this website.

This is a scam/spam email being sent from 

presidents@karenneem.com

Please DO NOT send any donations

ACUPUNCTURE

101: MODALITIES

In addition to needling points on the body, a number of additional modalities are used by the acupuncturist to speed healing depending on the specific requirements of the patient.

FAR INFRARED LIGHT (FIL)

 

Far Infrared Light is invisible to the naked eye. It penetrates deep into the skin gently elevating the body's surface temperature. Far Infrared Light is very relaxing. It helps reduce muscle pain and congestion by stimulating the flow of Qi and blood.

SCALP ACUPUNCTURE 

Scalp Acupuncture Initial results of clinical work indicated that acupuncture applied to the scalp has good effect on diseases that are associated with cerebral damage, such as a stroke.  Its applications have been extended to virtually all other diseases but a focus on nervous system disorders is still dominant.

AURICULAR THERAPY

 

The external surface of the ear or “auricle” is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions present in other parts of the body. The points in the ear are stimulated using small acupuncture needles, “press” needles or subcutaneous electrical stimulation. Auricular therapy is an effective treatment for addictions (e.g. drugs, nicotine and food) as well as for detoxification.

ELECTRO ACUPUNCTURE (EA)

 

In Electro Acupuncture the strength of the stimulation is increased by running a small electrical current through the needles, which encourages the release of natural painkillers helping reduce muscle tension and the effects of chronic pain.

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MOXA

 

Moxa is a soft woolly mass prepared from the ground young leaves of a Eurasian Artemisia (especially Artemisia vulgaris) that is used in traditional Chinese medicine typically in the form of sticks or cones placed on or close to the skin or on acupuncture needles. Once ignited, they generate heat raising the level of Qi at the area being treated.

QI GONG

 

Like acupuncture, Qi Gong is based on the concept of Qi, a vital force that flows through the body via specific pathways or meridians. Qi Gong uses graceful movement, stillness, breath, and visualization to release stagnant Qi and collect vibrant Qi from nature and the universe. The practice of Qi Gong improves health by breaking up blockages in the flow of Qi, thereby restoring energetic balance, fostering health and longevity

LASER ACUPUNCTURE 

 

Medical class lasers can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and break up soft tissue adhesions.

CUPPING

 

Cupping uses plastic or glass cups applied to the body. The air is then suctioned out using heat or a small manual pump. This suction stimulates acupressure points, increases blood flow and releases myofascial restrictions.

 
 

OUR VISION

Maritime Association of Registered Acupuncturists (MARA) was established in 1997 as a provincially registered and an incorporated professional association. Initially, it was formed, registered and incorporated in Nova Scotia but is now registered in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. MARA's founding members were experienced health care professionals from various health disciplines who were very well versed and highly trained in the art and science of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Today, members of MARA are found across the Maritimes. Our members are highly trained and experienced Acupuncturists and Health Care Professionals who strive to meet and exceed professional standards, ensuring safe and highly effective treatment.

 

MEMBER FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

General Acupuncture

What are the benefits of incorporating Acupuncture into your wellness plan?


A growing number of patients choose acupuncture as one of their preferred health-care options. Acupuncture is just one of several therapies that constitute Traditional Chinese Medicine or (TCM) which also includes Acupressure Massage, Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong and Healthy Nutrition. Although acupuncture has been practiced for 3,000 years, until recently, nearly all the evidence of its effectiveness was anecdotal. In the last decade, however, research has revealed physiological mechanisms that help explain the multiple analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and regenerative effects of acupuncture. It is now well documented that the stimulation of acupuncture points affects both central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of endorphins and enkephalins - chemicals that have pain-relieving properties similar to those of opiates. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH – http://nih.gov) has indicated that "there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine." The NIH points to the efficacy of acupuncture an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program in the treatment of adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, in postoperative dental pain, stroke, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. According to the NIH, “the emergence of plausible mechanisms for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture is encouraging. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful."




What are the health benefits of Acupuncture?


Acupuncture restores the body’s flow of energy or Qi strengthening its ability to defend itself against disease. It reduces pain, calms the nervous system and improves overall health and well-being. A number of scientific studies suggest that the pain-killing action of acupuncture is a result in part of the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood circulation in treated areas as well as reduce inflammation.




Does Acupuncture only involve needles?


Other treatment modalities often practiced under the umbrella of acupuncture are Auricular Therapy, the application of heat via Moxa or Far Infrared Light, Cupping, Remedial Exercises (Qi Gong) and recommendations on diet and lifestyle.




What does an Acupuncture treatment look like?


An acupuncture treatment starts with the identification of key health issues and the establishment of a diagnosis and treatment plan based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Treatments may include the stimulation of acupressure points via laser, electromagnetic impulses, physical manipulation or the insertion of fine sterile needles under the skin.




Is Acupuncture a tax deductible health expense?


RAc# receipts written by MARA members, although covered by many insurance companies, are NOT a tax deductible health expense. Acupuncture is still not a legislated health profession in NB, NS or PE.





Membership

Are MARA courses open to non-members and other healthcare professionals?


Yes, MARA courses are open to all MARA members, non-members and other health care professionals who have training in acupuncture and/or have passed their Pan-Canadian exam.




What are the benefits of becoming a MARA member?


MARA provides the opportunity for members to evolve within a professional association which promotes quality health care via the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), more specifically Acupuncture and its related modalities such as Qi Gong, Cupping, Herbal Medicine and Auricular Therapy. MARA is a highly reputable and professional organization that insists on high qualifications that meet and exceed national standards. MARA also ensures that its members maintain and update their professional education with required Continuing Education hours. We regularly offer CEU workshops which members receive preferred course rates. MARA provides a network for the discussion and advancement of the profession of acupuncture. Members of MARA have on-line access via Telus-Health to all major insurance companies allowing patients to pay for the cost of treatments directly at the clinic. MARA ensures that patients who rely on TCM for relief from pain and suffering are able to find professionally trained practitioners who meet or surpass widely recognized standards of training and care. MARA members have access to group liability insurance coverage (and other optional coverage options) through Professional Fee Protection, Inc. who is MARA's recommended Insurer of Choice.




What are the requirements to become a member of MARA?


As per the MARA Bylaws:

- Proof of passing the acupuncture portions of the PAN Canadian Acupuncture Exam or

- Proof of passing the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Either of these two certifications:
A. Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) - Acupuncture certification only
B. Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) - Includes Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal certification or California Acupuncture Board:
A. Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.) - Includes Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal certification or

- Proof of being a member in good standing of an acupuncture College in a legislated province.

*As of October 31, 2016, all pre-existing MARA Members have completed the Prior Learning Assessment Boot Camps facilitated by MARA with support from the CTCMPANL College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Newfoundland. These PLAR Boot Camps brought our members to the national level required by the other legislated provinces.

- Completed New Member Application forms - Clean Needle Certificate - Valid CPR and First Aid Training - Proof of Acupuncture Malpractice Insurance (minimum 1 million per Claim and 5 milion Aggregate per year) - Certificate from local RCMP / local police for disclosure of criminal record information and criminal record check for sexual offences - Two letters of recommendation from Professionals (Registered Acupuncturist, Lawyer, Teacher, Chartered Accountant, MD, ND, etc) regarding character and integrity. - Recent picture ID (within the last year) - Application fee of $25; Membership fee of $375 or prorated amount, see prorated table below for the corresponding amount due. The full amount of membership is due once your application has accepted and is required to be renewd annually on October 1st of each year. Pro-Rated Dues: Join In:
October $375 (Annual Fee is $375 *1 October - 30 September)
November $375
December $375
January $350
February $320
March $280
April $250
May $220
June $190
July $160
August $130
September $100




Do MARA members receive any discounts?


Members of MARA receive a discount for courses and workshops. MARA also has secured group liability insurance coverage for members with Professional Fee Protection, Inc (PFP).




Does MARA have a Code of Ethics with their Governing Documents?


Yes we do! You can view it and the complete list under MARA Governing Documents.




Are there any MARA members who are Medical Doctors and also Acupuncturists?


Not at this time.




Is there a school that ofters in person training in the Maritimes?


Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is the only fully-recognized college in Eastern Canada dedicated to Acupuncture and TCM, approved by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. For more information: http://www.ccatcm.ca/ 1306 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada, B4A 1C8 Phone: 902-832-6628 | Toll Free: 1-855-422-2826 | Fax: 902-832-3500




What is the application process to become a member of MARA?


A completed Student Application package, application fee, and required supporting documentation should be mailed to: MARA Registrar
PO Box 7046
Riverview NB E1B 4T8 Once your completed application is received, it is reviewed by the MARA President and Vice-President to ensure that it meets all of the current membership requirements. Upon completion of the review by the President and Vice-President, the application is returned to the Registrar with a final decision regarding your request to become a Student Member. Acceptance is based on the minimum requirements listed in MARA's conditions of membership. The Registrar will notifiy applicant of the decision by email and/or by phone. Upon receipt of an approved application, a $50 Student Membership fee (October 1 - September 30) must be sent to maritimeacutreasurer@gmail.com to confirm membership . Appeals may be made to the Executive for consideration at the regular meeting. Please allow 4 weeks for processing.




Where can I find more information about Continuing Education requirements?


Please visit https://www.maritimeacupuncture.com/continuing-education for more information on Continuing Education requirements including a list of MARA Approved Courses for CEUs.





Legislation of Acupuncture

Which Canadian provinces regulate Acupuncture?


The practice of traditional acupuncture as a profession is currently regulated in five Canadian provinces: British Colombia, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland. For a detailed description of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Regulation in Canada please visit: http://www.cmaac.ca/ Other Provinces: In non-regulated Canadian provinces anyone with any level of training can practise traditional acupuncture and TCM. Because of the absence of regulation in these jurisdictions, there is no protection of the title “acupuncturist” and it is the responsibility of consumers to inform themselves of the practitioner’s level of training.




Can Acupuncture be performed within the practice of regulated healthcare professions?


Acupuncture can be used safely and effectively by appropriately trained health professionals as an adjunct to the other techniques and treatments that are within their scopes of practice. These practitioners are not called acupuncturists but rather use acupuncture as a tool, sometimes choosing acupuncture points based on their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, combined with their acupuncture training. In provinces where there is regulation of acupuncture, there may be legal protection of the title ‘acupuncturist’ and no one but those who have been licensed by the acupuncturists’ regulatory body is allowed to use that designation. An analogy for this is the fact that in some provinces health professionals other than chiropractors are legally licensed to use manipulation within their professional practices but they cannot call themselves a ‘chiropractor’, which is a protected title. In most Canadian provinces, but not yet all, health care practitioners require extra training beyond their basic professional training to perform acupuncture. The standard for training is set by the regulatory bodies for each profession, but in many provinces there are still no standards. Where there are standards, the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute certificate or the Certificate in Medical Acupuncture from the Department of Extension at the University of Alberta in Edmonton is accepted. In Canada, regulatory bodies (aka licensing boards in the US) are called ‘colleges’ in all provinces except Québec, where the term is ’l’ordre’, or ‘the order’. This can be confusing, since the term ‘college’ usually refers to an educational institution.
Physicians and other regulated health care practitioners are permitted to include acupuncture as part of their scopes of practice in some Canadian provinces. Medical doctors and dentists can use acupuncture in all provinces and territories, including those that do not have specific legislation for the use of acupuncture, but in several they are required to have specific training. Québec requires physicians to have 300 hours of training to use acupuncture in their practices but restricts chiropractors, nurses and physiotherapists from using it. Physiotherapists can use acupuncture in their practices in all provinces except Québec, where they are restricted by legislation to performing ‘dry needling’ such as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). Some provincial regulatory bodies have set standards of training for physios while others have not. Chiropractors are permitted to use acupuncture within their practices in all provinces except British Columbia and Québec. Standards have been set in Alberta and Manitoba and are pending in Ontario. In British Columbia the restriction on chiropractors using acupuncture comes from their own regulatory body. Registered Nurses can use acupuncture within their practice of nursing in some provinces, but not in Québec. Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. They are licensed to use acupuncture within their scopes of practice in regulated provinces. For more information, please check with the Ministry of Health in your province for rules and regulations regarding acupuncture and visit the website of the provincial professional college for the health care provider you prefer to consult.




Is Acupuncture legislated in the Maritimes?


No, acupuncture is not currently legislated in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island.





Inactive Memberships

What is an inactive MARA Membership?


An inactive membership is when your Practitionber billing number becomes suspended as you are no longer practicing for an extented period of time. Inactive memberships cost $50.00 for the membership year October 1 current year - September 30 of following year. There are no negative side effects to become an inactive member. Inactive members are welcome to participate in the AGM/Education Courses.




When is an inactive membership recommended?


An inactive membership is recommended to members who are on temporary leave from their practice (materinary leave, school, other business, special projects, etc.)




What is the process of reactivating into a regular membership?


To reactivate into an Inactive Membership, a member must submit their regular membership dues of $375, and their appropriate documentation: up to date CPR/First Aid course, liablity insurance and confirm member information with Registrar. If you are due to submit CEUs, proof of your 60 hours of Continuing Education is required if your membership year Cycle is due. Our CEU membership cycle runs January-December unlike our membership calanedar year of October of current year - September of following year.




How long can a member remain inactive?


There is no time limit for a member to remain inactive as long as they are paying their annual membership due of $50.00. Inactive members do not have to reapply to become a MARA member when you go back to your practice.




Is their any limitations placed on inactive members?


An inactive member is not practicing acupuncture for an extended period of time there are no negative side effects to become an inactive member. Becoming inactive saves the member from having to reapply when they begin to practice again. Inactive members are welcome to participate in the AGM/Education Courses.




What is my inactive membership fee? Where do I make my payment?


It will be prorated from the $375 annual fee ( $325 early bird fee). Please email the registrar @ maritimeacupunture@gmail.com for the exact breakdown. The MARA Treasurer will issue you an invoice to pay to reactivate. Please ensure to follow up with Registrar regarding payment so we can reactivate you in our records.





Student Membership

What are the benefits of becoming a MARA Student Member?


MARA provides the opportunity for members to evolve within a professional association which promotes quality health care via the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), more specifically Acupuncture and its related modalities such as Qi Gong, Cupping, Herbal Medicine and Auricular Therapy. MARA is a highly reputable and professional organization that insists on high qualifications that meet and exceed national standards. MARA also ensures that its members maintain and update their professional education with required Continuing Education hours. We regularly offer CEU workshops which Student Members preferred course rates. MARA provides a network for the discussion and advancement of the profession of acupuncture. Members of MARA have on-line access via Telus-Health to all major insurance companies allowing patients to pay for the cost of treatments directly at the clinic. MARA ensures that patients who rely on TCM for relief from pain and suffering are able to find professionally trained practitioners who meet or surpass widely recognized standards of training and care. MARA members have access to group liability insurance coverage (and other optional coverage options) through Professional Fee Protection, Inc. who is MARA's recommended Insurer of Choice.




What are the requirements to become a Student Member of MARA?


As per the MARA Bylaws:

- Proof of passing the acupuncture portions of the PAN Canadian Acupuncture Exam or

- Proof of passing the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Either of these two certifications:
A. Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.) - Acupuncture certification only
B. Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) - Includes Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal certification or California Acupuncture Board:
A. Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.) - Includes Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal certification or

- Proof of being a member in good standing of an acupuncture College in a legislated province.

*As of October 31, 2016, all pre-existing MARA Members have completed the Prior Learning Assessment Boot Camps facilitated by MARA with support from the CTCMPANL College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Newfoundland. These PLAR Boot Camps brought our members to the national level required by the other legislated provinces.

- Completed Student Application found New Member Application forms - Clean Needle Certificate - Valid CPR and First Aid Training - Proof of Acupuncture Malpractice Insurance (minimum 1 million per Claim and 5 milion Aggregate per year). Please visit MARA Insurnace requirements for more details. - Certificate from local RCMP / local police for disclosure of criminal record information and criminal record check for sexual offences - Two letters of recommendation from Professionals (Registered Acupuncturist, Lawyer, Teacher, Chartered Accountant, MD, ND, etc) regarding character and integrity. - Recent picture ID (within the last year) - Non-Refundable Application fee of $25 paid via EMT to maritimeacutreasurer@gmail.com OR mail cheque with application package. - Upon approved application, Student Membership fee of $50. - MARA Regular Membership yearly fees are $375, or prorated amount, see table below for the corresponding amount due. - Once your course is completed, the full Regular Membership fees are due and become a Regular Member. Your membership will then be required to be renewed annually before October 1st of each year. Pro-Rated Dues: Join In:
October $375 (Annual Fee is $375 *1 October - 30 September)
November $375
December $375
January $350
February $320
March $280
April $250
May $220
June $190
July $160
August $130
September $100




What is the application process to become a member of MARA?


A completed Student Application package, application fee, and required supporting documentation should be mailed to: MARA Registrar
PO Box 7046
Riverview NB E1B 4T8 Once your completed application is received, it is reviewed by the MARA President and Vice-President to ensure that it meets all of the current membership requirements. Upon completion of the review by the President and Vice-President, the application is returned to the Registrar with a final decision regarding your request to become a Student Member. Acceptance is based on the minimum requirements listed in MARA's conditions of membership. The Registrar will notifiy applicant of the decision by email and/or by phone. Upon receipt of an approved application, a $50 Student Membership fee (October 1 - September 30) must be sent to maritimeacutreasurer@gmail.com to confirm membership . Appeals may be made to the Executive for consideration at the regular meeting. Please allow 4 weeks for processing.




Do MARA Student Members receive any discounts?


Student Members of MARA receive a discount for membership, courses and workshops. MARA also has secured group liability insurance coverage for members with Professional Fee Protection, Inc (PFP) with competitive group rates.




Are MARA courses open to non-members and other healthcare professionals?


Yes, MARA courses are open to all MARA members, non-members and other health care professionals who have training in acupuncture and/or have passed their Pan-Canadian exam.




Does MARA have a Code of Ethics with their Governing Documents?


Yes we do! You can view it and the complete list under MARA Governing Documents.




Are there any MARA members who are Medical Doctors and also Acupuncturists?


Not at this time.




Is there a school that ofters in person training in the Maritimes?


Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is the only fully-recognized college in Eastern Canada dedicated to Acupuncture and TCM, approved by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. For more information: http://www.ccatcm.ca/ 1306 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada, B4A 1C8 Phone: 902-832-6628 | Toll Free: 1-855-422-2826 | Fax: 902-832-3500




Where can I find more information about Continuing Education requirements?


Please visit https://www.maritimeacupuncture.com/continuing-education for more information on Continuing Education requirements including a list of MARA Approved Courses for CEUs.





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