Recently, Ontario has mandated that acupuncturists must be regulated by an organization called the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.

While some Chinese Traditional Medicine could have beneficial effects, the aggregate body of knowledge is based on pre-scientific ways of thinking, before people had any understanding of biology and physiology.

Acupuncture is a prime example of this – it is based on the pseudoscientific idea that invisible life force energy (chi) flows through the body, and illnesses are caused by the blockage of this energy.

The CTCMPAO is a self-regulated body, which means it does not need to meet standards of efficacy required by, you know, medicine in general. What this does do is increase the legitimacy of acupuncture in the eyes of the public.