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Acupuncturist
Average Annual Salary: $45,000 to $72,000 with respected & accepted educational degree and experience

In a nutshell: Acupuncturists believe that life energy called chi flows along invisible conduits in the body known as meridians. Choosing precise areas of the body, the technique involves stimulating the conduits by carefully and expertly inserting very fine stainless steel needles to anaesthetize, relieve pain and treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Stimulation of the nervous system
Stimulation of the release of neurochemicals such as endorphins
Action through non-specific counter-irritation effects
Stimulation of trigger points known to have specific musculoskeletal effects
Vascular effects (constriction and dilation of blood flow)
Specific effects on structures in the brain
Transmission of Piezoelectric signals through Myofascial networks

Skills

Herbology
Traditions of acupuncture & acupuncture techniques
Musculoskeletal and Naturopathic expertise
Qi Gong and Tai Chi cultivation & expertise
Traditions of acupuncture & acupuncture techniques
Western clinical science

Education

Masters Degree
Other Degrees are available for those who wish to work in the industry or by assisting Acupuncturists.


Future Outlook

Research shows long term benefits of acupuncture. As health care costs sky rocket to new levels many people are looking to old ways to heal and prevent health concerns with a less expensive price tag.

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