Career as an Acupuncturist


Summary

An Acupuncturist is someone who specializes in a group of treatments that fall under the general category of acupuncture. Many people assume that acupuncture is only about needles, but in reality there are numerous treatment techniques used, for restoration and maintenance of good health and prevention of illness.

Acupuncturists use sterile needles or other methods (e.g., pressure) to stimulate specific points on the body. The most common technique involves inserting thin metal needles into the skin. Acupuncturists use different needling methods and vary the depth of the needles to produce different effects and results. In some cases, acupuncturist apply a tiny electric current to the needle (called electrical stimulation) or burns a specific herb over the needle to heat it before insertion (called moxibustion).

The duties of Acupuncturist typically includes to carefully listening to the problems of the patient and examining and diagnosing patient's symptoms, physiological disorders and injuries. They are also need to take patient's medical history, their physical and emotional health, lifestyle and diet as well as sometimes taking their blood pressure, then after diagnosing the exact problem, they explain to patients about the treatment they will perform and answer any questions patients may have. For the treatment, they take various factors into account, such as deciding the size of needles to use and where to insert them (there are 365 acupuncture points on the body), selecting specific points on the body to be treated and inserting needles according to the level of stimulation required and keeping records of treatment given to each patient and to recommend therapeutic exercise or dietary guidelines to the patients.

Work Environment

Acupuncturists work in treatment clinics, offices, or in private practice. Many work in partnership with other health care providers. Some work in hospitals. The job may involve many hours standing, and may include evening and weekend hours for the convenience of clients. Safety regulations and clean needle procedures must be followed, and technicians must use safe needle handling and disposal practices. Exposure to biohazards such as blood is likely.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare or other Medicine related subjects.
  • Master's Degree in Acupuncture
  • Diploma in Acupuncture Therapy.
  • Doctor of Medicine in Acupuncture - M.D. (ACU).

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