April 5, 2019
Many people know that acupuncturists practice acupuncture, but few know what the day-to-day life looks like. Acupuncture is full of many different approaches, so no two days are the same. Each professional acupuncturist can choose to run their practice how they please, but here are some of the common job responsibilities that acupuncturists have in common:
- Meet with patients in 30 to 60 minute-long appointments
- Review health information & discuss treatment options
- Perform acupuncture & other treatments for patients
- Update patient records
- Manage practice, employees, and work space
- And meet continuing education requirements
Acupuncturists are licensed primary care providers, so they have the opportunity to oversee more than simply performing acupuncture practices. Acupuncturists do not focus only on particular diseases or troubles, but they watch carefully and prescribe treatments or lifestyle changes to improve balance and promote self-healing. Here are some of the things that acupuncturists can do during their careers:
Provide Acupuncture Treatments
Most acupuncturists spend their time diagnosing patients. While that may sound very simple, acupuncturists are trained in a wide variety of acupuncture theories and techniques to suit patients and their needs, some of which do not involve needling. Some of these different treatments include:
- Japanese & Chinese Acupuncture
- Auricular (ear) Acupuncture
- Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
- Scalp Acupuncture
- Pediatric Acupuncture
- Trigger Point Acupuncture
- Micro-Current Acupuncture
- Cupping Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Herbal Formula Prescriptions
- Sports Acupuncture
- And More
Each of the different treatments and modalities are intended to be centered on the patient and not the practitioner. The plans that acupuncturists make with their patients are tailor-made, and revolve around making lifestyle choices to improve overall well-being.
Energy Work Treatments
The whole point of acupuncture is to help restore balance to the energy in the body, or “qi” as it’s most commonly known. Qi is both yin and yang, aspects that cannot be one without the other, two halves of a whole that are dynamically and eternally linked. Acupuncture treatments are designed to help bring balance to Yin and Yang in the body and restore harmony. The human body is programmed to function in harmony, and malfunction of vital organs is what we know as disease. Acupuncture is designed to bring the body into harmony so it can begin to heal itself.
Mind & Body Balance
Acupuncturists learn acupuncture through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a medicine practiced for thousands of years that teaches that the mind and body are fundamentally connected. This is why if you go to an acupuncturist or a doctor trained in TCM with a problem, you won’t walk away with a prescription for medication. TCM teaches that mind and body influence one another and must be in balance, so an acupuncturist may recommend lifestyle practices that calm and clear the mind and improve balance of the systems in the body of body. Acupuncture is lifestyle medicine, so this can include living with the seasons, eating for your constitution and managing stress in a balanced way, along with many other practices..
Acupuncturists can make recommendations on some of these lifestyle practices, herbalism, and other treatments to help bring balance to the mind and body. Skin is not simply wrapping paper for the body. The skin functions to exchange vital information of the whole body. This vital information network is what acupuncturists tap into using touch, pressure, and needles to help bring balance to the body.
It’s common for acupuncturists to own their own practice and to manage their own patients. This means that many acupuncturists have the freedom to be self-sufficient and flexible in everything that they do. They get to design their own practices, choose treatments to specialize in, and live the lives that they desire. Acupuncturists can enjoy individualized careers that allow them to do what they love most!
Learn Acupuncture & TCM with AIMC
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has grown considerably in popularity in recent years. For example, acupuncture is increasingly being recommended by hospitals and outpatient clinics for chronic pain management over the use of prescription drugs. This means that there’s no time like the present to pursue a career in this growing and impactful profession!
Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA offers masters and doctorate programs in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help you reach the level of expertise you are looking for. Contact us to learn more about our programs and what you can do as a licensed acupuncturist!