Acupuncture Career Overview

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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are thriving. See if you’ve got what it takes to be an acupuncturist.

Acupuncturists perform a number of services for their clients.

Acupuncturists have a unique opportunity to treat patients using an ancient method of Oriental medicine. This field often provides a flexible schedule and the chance to meet many people.

What You’ll Do

  • Treat patients’ symptoms using a variety of tools including needles, cups and electrical currents
  • Provide personalized treatment by developing a plan for each patient
  • Stay in accordance with all laws and statutes of acupuncture
  • Keep patient records
  • Diagnose ailments according to Oriental medicine traditions
  • Promote an alternative medicine philosophy
  • Make health and wellness recommendations

Acupuncturists can take advantage of being their own boss and running a private practice or they can work in a collaborative setting with other natural healers, like massage therapists. Acupuncture is based on an alternative medicine philosophy which you’ll need to understand before making it a career. Explore the personality traits an acupuncturist should possess and see if this is the career for you.

you are…you should have…
CompassionateInterpersonal skills
Comfortable working with the publicHigh ethical standards
SupportiveTendency for self motivation
A good listenerA sympathetic nature
A clear communicatorPatience
 EncouragingCritical-thinking skills
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