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Career Highlights

  • Practiced for thousands of years
  • Growing demand
  • A culture of cooperation, enthusiasm, and mutual respect.

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Career Summary

Acupuncturists work in a variety of sceneries, including independent practices, hospitals, treatment centers, and community health centers. Acupuncturist practitioners also work in specialist and complementary health care clinics for asthma, pain management, addictions, and stroke rehabilitation.

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.

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and has recently seen a jump in patient visits; partially due to the higher costs of medical care and growing awareness in the importance of staying healthy. The Acupuncturist functions as an integral member of a health care team of providers who reflect a culture of cooperation, enthusiasm and mutual respect. Employment in the alternative therapy such as acupuncture is expected to increase forty eight percent from 2002-2012.




Requires a degree in:

  • Acupuncture

Career Skills

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

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