Professional Empowerment for Practitioners

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

In South Africa, all practitioners of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are required by law to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) – a registration body established through an Act of Parliament (Act No 63 of 1982), in February 2001.


The main focus of AHPCSA is to protect the public. For that reason it is essential that patients ensure that they are treated by a practitioner who is registered with AHPCSA. If not, the patient will have no recourse should he or she have a complaint regarding the treatment or the practitioner.

SAACMA (SA Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture) is a voluntary organisation that looks out for the interest of the practitioners. Currently, SAACMA has about 100 members country-wide and is very active in providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for its members.

  • A list of members on the SAACMA website indicates where practitioners are based in South Africa.