Appropriate for: Patients and Caregivers
Acupuncture focuses on energy, or Qi, instead of the biological and chemical processes of the human body. This is probably the largest distinction between Oriental and Western medicine. To generate this energy in patients, acupuncturists use tools not commonly found in Western medicine. The most well-known tool is, of course, needles, but acupuncturists also use cups, ear balls among other things. Acupuncturists treat a variety of physical and psychological issues like hypertension or anxiety.
The practice is also used to maintain general health. As an acupuncturist, you’ll consult with patients about their symptoms, diagnose the issue and treat it using acupuncture needles and other tools. The theory is that energy flows through certain meridians, or pathways, in the body and corresponds to certain internal organs or body parts. The role of an acupuncturist is to assist in rebalancing that energy flow so the body can repair itself.