What does an Acupuncturist do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
  • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
  • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects and drug interactions.
  • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes.
  • Treat patients using tools such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, and nutritional supplements.
  • Educate patients on topics such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, and relaxation techniques.
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
  • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
  • Collect medical histories and general health and life style information from patients.
  • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.
  • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, and vapor coolants.
  • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
  • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
  • Treat medical conditions using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, and tuina.
  • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
  • Identify 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.
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