In the suggestion of restricting who and who cannot study / practice, we are entering into a historically old and dangerous discussion - rife with political violence.
All viewpoints can be broken into two categories.
1. Those who practice acupuncture to enrich themselves.
2. Those who practice acupuncture to enrich their patients / society.
Initially, restricting graduates will superficially help the people in the first group, while damaging the interests of the second group / society. The "establishment politic body" will be able to control the supply of services to adjust their own pay. Ironically, over the long term, restricting supply of acupuncture services will slow the growth of the industry, and prevent movement of the practice into mainstream and rural society - while increasing health care cost to the person on the street (there is a reason why acupuncture is listed on the desired professions for people entering Australia - there is no health care in rural settings). Hence we see "establishment" politics clearly sit in category 1 and often damage the industry they espouse to help (for completely selfish reasons).
In contrast, a larger supply of Chinese medicine will provide more affordable health care to a larger portion of society at a lower cost. Practitioners will have to increase their skill vs. political ability to retain and grow their practice. Further specialization of skills, greater ability and harder work will become necessary Vs. Political manoeuvrings.
Fortunately, there is no short supply of the common cold (Lu7 Co4), or low back ache (BL 23). So if you are half way competent and have any people skills, you should be busy enough to support yourself. Word of mouth is the best advertising - from successfully treated patients. It takes time to establish yourself with first hand success. Growing a business of any kind takes business skill, time had hard work - unless you just want it handed to you by an establishment organization....
If you want an organization of acupuncture strong enough to control "supply", you must be ready to handle an organization that is powerful enough to remove all your rights to practice - or shut practice completely - as has happened repeatedly in the past (when health / political professions fight for their piece of the pie)...
Personally, I think the option of working hard or going to a small town with a growing modality is a much better long term approach. You are responsible for your success vs. an outside organization (you want success handed to you on a silver plate? -nothing is free).
Then again, you are raised in a Western society where the two largest pieces of the economy are: 1. military industrial complex. 2. pharmaceuticals Hence, war and disease are the most profitable ventures our society can undertake. Reaching a conclusion that "restricting graduates" is a "solution" vs. providing better service and harder work to grandma is hardly a stretch for you "group 1" people.
Grow your ability, numbers and power, not your selfish bureaucrats. I don't want to see you historically empty little kitties discussing such foolish ideas anymore! (This ancient debate - control of the industry - typically becomes violent over time - society would suffer with less health care for a few individuals benefit. Why go through all this work when you can just buy pharmaceutical stock?)
Group 1 people suck.