Friday, May 6, 2011

Studying acupuncture

Acupuncturists come from all walks of life. Many people choose to study acupuncture as a second career after experiencing for themselves the life-changing health benefits of acupuncture.


You don't need any previous healthcare experience to study traditional acupuncture as accredited training courses provide a thorough grounding in Chinese medicine theory together with some western medicine. The training requires considerable commitment on your part, not just time and effort but a willingness to embrace a very different way of looking at health and dis-ease.

Within the next few years it is likely that the acupuncture profession will become statutorily regulated. Only practitioners trained to the legally required standard will be allowed to practise as acupuncturists in the UK. We are certain that the standards set by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) and the BAcC already more than meet any future requirements.

Most BAAB accredited courses award either BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) degrees involving at least 3,600 hours study. All courses require you to attend university or college for lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical work. They include a considerable amount of home study as well as clinical hours working with patients in a teaching clinic. Full-time study lasts at least three years. Part-time study will take longer.

You will learn Chinese medicine diagnostic and treatment skills including the different qualities of a pulse, how to read the tongue, the location of acupuncture points and how to needle them. You will also study appropriate elements of western medicine including anatomy, physiology and pathology.

On graduating you will be eligible to join the BAcC provided you study at a teaching institution that has achieved BAAB accreditation.

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