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What Training is Required to Become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

We often get questions about how acupuncturists are trained. Acupuncturists are trained in both Eastern and Western medicine and the two often work well together. Our practitioners are trained to know how Chinese herbs interact with pharmaceuticals and have the added benefit of being able to minimize side effects of prescription drugs. Since the practitioners are versed in both worlds, they can also recognize if prescriptions drugs are the cause of the symptoms that patients are trying to address. For example, if a patient comes in with fatigue, often they are unaware that the medication they are taking is known to have fatigue as a side-effect.  While our practitioners cannot advise people to go off of their prescription drugs, they frequently assist patients in reaching their own goals of reducing medications.

The Breakdown:  Minimum 4-Year Master degree, 2625 Hours

A professional Oriental medicine curriculum must consist of 705 hours in Oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in acupuncture and related studies; 450 hours in didactic Oriental herbal studies; 870 hours in integrated acupuncture and herbal clinical training; 510 hours in biomedical clinical sciences; and 90 hours in counseling, communication, ethics, and practice management.

Daoist Traditions, the only Chinese medicine school in Asheville, explains the requirements well here.  If you have any questions or to book an appointment call us at 828.254.0353 today!