Acupuncture is part of a 3000-year old system of
traditional Chinese medicine, which believes that life
energy (chi) flows along invisible channels in the body
known as meridians. Acupuncturists use these channels
to regulate their patients’ healing process and help
restore their health.
Acupuncture involves stimulating carefully selected parts of the body, usually by inserting very fine stainless steel needles to anaesthetise, relieve pain and treat a wide variety of illnesses. Electro-acupuncture is a more recent introduction, using electrical energy to treat the correct parts of the body.
At the start of the treatment, acupuncturists begin by taking a detailed history from the patient including symptoms, past problems and lifestyle, as well as diet and emotional responses to situations. At this stage they will decide on a diagnosis, select the points to be treated, and insert the needles according to the level of stimulation required.
Acupuncturists can work with a wide variety of conditions including arthritis, back pain, circulatory problems and high blood pressure, migraines, depression, smoking and drug addictions.
There are usually no set working hours as
acupuncturists have to be flexible to meet the needs of
Acupuncturists usually work indoors, either in a health clinic or therapeutic environment.
Acupuncturists may work from more than one base, for example, in a client's own home, so a driving licence may be an advantage.
As an acupuncturist, you should:
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