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Oriental Medicine Practitioners

Oriental medicine practitioners understand the human body, mind, and spirit. There are three career paths for oriental medicine practitioners: Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine(Chinese herbology), and Oriental Bodywork (massage.)

Acupuncturist is a non-traditional health care provider, a homeopathic healer, who uses acupuncture techniques that originated from medical traditions of Asian countries. Acupuncturist provides specialized treatments for relieving almost all types of pains and other health problems by combining acupuncture techniques with traditional herbs and remedies.

Chinese herbalist decides which herbs can be used to restore the balance of a patient’s life force. Chinese herbology includes use substances such as plants, roots, minerals and more

Oriental physical therapistsTuina practitioners use massage, acupressure, energy generation exercises and body manipulation. Dietary therapy is also used by Tuina practitioners

Oriental Medicine Practitioners Education:

Students must complete a master’s level program. Programs in acupuncture or Oriental medicine are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). NCCAOM certification is a requirement for licensure in most states.

NCCAOM certifications :

Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)

Oriental Medicine Practitioners salary: $60,000 per year

Additional Resources:

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Federation of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies
Maryland Board of Acupuncture

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