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Become a licensed acupuncturist, Tuina
therapist, or Oriental medicine doctor when
you choose to pursue some of the unique
careers in traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM).
Boasting rich, ancient medical traditions
rooted in Eastern philosophies, principles
and applications -- careers in traditional
Chinese medicine offer individuals
fascinating perspectives in natural medicine
and energy healing including the Five
elements, meridian therapy, yin and yang,
Chi, Tai Chi, Qigong, and more.
Dependent upon which one of the Oriental
medicine career paths you choose to pursue,
you can expect between a few months to a few
years' training and education. For example,
if you are primarily interested in Eastern
massage techniques, there are some careers
in traditional Chinese medicine like Tuina
therapists, acupressure practitioners, and
meridian therapy practitioners. While no two
healing arts schools offer the exact same
curricula in these fields, individuals can
anticipate educational programs that range
between 200 and 1,000+ hours. In addition to
earning your diploma or certificate of
completion, there are some training courses
that meet national certification
requirements in which you may be eligible to
earn.
Professional careers in traditional Chinese
medicine like Oriental medicine
practitioners must be substantiated by three
to four years of in-depth training in an
accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine
program. In many cases, these 3,000+
training hours consist of academic and
clinical studies in biomedicine, Chi
cultivation, Oriental massage (i.e.,
Shiatsu, acupressure, and/or Tuina),
theories of TCM, acupuncture theory and
practice, Chinese herbology, and associated
professional studies.
Individuals, who have successfully completed
all educational and training requirements to
become a licensed Oriental medicine
practitioner, find that these careers in
traditional Chinese medicine offer a
plethora of healing services to clients and
patients. Some of the many natural health
services that Oriental medicine
practitioners provide include treatments in
acupuncture, herbal remedies, Eastern
bodywork, Tai Chi and Qigong, moxibustion,
cupping, and holistic nutritional
counseling, among others.
High-level careers in traditional Chinese
medicine like Doctors of Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.) can be achieved
through educational commitment and a sincere
desire to help in healing. This is one of
the highest degrees awarded to TCM
practitioners, and is one profession that
requires a substantial amount of academic
and practical training.
In order to become a successful D.A.O.M.,
interested individuals should carefully
research prospective acupuncture schools or
Oriental medicine colleges to determine if
they are accredited by the ACAOM
(Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine), tuition costs,
program length, and what prerequisites are
necessary to apply. These particular careers
in traditional Chinese medicine typically
require a minimum of Master's level training
in acupuncture and Oriental medicine prior
to enrollment (into a D.A.O.M. program).
According to the NCCAM (National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine),
over eight million U.S. adults have used
alternative medicine like acupuncture to
help in healing. As natural healing
medicines like TCM, massage therapy, and
acupuncture continue to grow in demand,
students who have chosen careers in
traditional Chinese medicine can anticipate
both personal and professional rewards for a
lifetime.
If you (or someone you know) are interested
in learning more about these or other TCM
occupations, let professional training
within fast-growing industries like massage
therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, Chinese
medicine, Reiki, and others get you started!
Explore careers in traditional Chinese
medicine near you.
Careers in Traditional Chinese Medicine
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