The National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists

The National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA) is an organization dedicated to broadening the circle of care for patients at the end of life to include Asian Medicine (also called Oriental or Traditional Chinese Medicine – a system of medicine that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, bodywork, and numerous other healing modalities).

Research has proven that combining treatments in Asian Medicine with hospice and/or palliative care modalities leads to significant benefits in patient comfort levels. Safe and effective treatments may be used for all forms of terminal illnesses and the wide variety of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual distress patterns associated with death and dying. In addition, acupuncture can be helpful for family or loved ones who are suffering with loss and grief.

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The NAHPCA offers education and professional certification in end-of-life care. In addition, we help people to Find A Hospice Acupuncture Practitioner in their home state.

The National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA) establishes a specialized protocol for treating people at the end of life. Acupuncture treatments are customized to address the stages of grief and help move the patient through emotional blocks to a new level of acceptance which promotes a more peaceful death. Our members uphold our standards through communication and education with hospice and palliative care organizations, their patients, and their circles of support.

Practitioners who join our association are dedicated, compassionate professionals who have completed extra training to become a Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA), These Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.s) support the ideals of Dr. Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. Her vision was that everyone should be able to die in a safe, peaceful and pain-free environment.

The second directory is for our affiliate businesses that provide support, goods, or services to acupuncturists, hospice patients, and their circle of support. Affiliates are listed by general business categories.


We offer education to students, professionals, and organizations. We recommend acupuncture and other Asian Medicine treatments for hospice, palliative care, and other terminally-ill patients.


The NAHPCA offers two directories to bridge the acupuncture community with the hospice and palliative care community. The first directory is for individuals who are seeking acupuncture treatments by a certified provider (CPHPCA) for themselves or their loved ones. Practitioners are listed by state.


Whether you are a dedicated Acupuncture Professional, an entrepreneurial Affiliate, a forward-thinking Student, or a generous Supporter, we have a level of membership for you!

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