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Acupuncturist  What They Do

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Acupuncturists Career Video

Provides treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide preventive and massage treatments.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Inserts needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  • Maintains and follows standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  • Identifies correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments such as intradermal needles, moxibution, electricity, guasha, and bleeding.
  • Maintains detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Analyzes physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Treats patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements.
  • Develops individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Collects medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Acupressure Therapist -- Uses their hands and fingers to touch and press different parts of a person’s body in order to detoxify and heal the body.
  • Naturopathic Physician -- Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner -- Promotes, maintains and restores health and prevent disorders, imbalances or diseases based on using traditional Chinese medicine therapies.
  • Acupuncture Physician --
  • Licensed Acupuncturist --