Hi again everyone!
As old man winter maintains his grip on Chicagoland, I have made
my final determination on whether to continue with an additional
degree, and, if so, what degree would best suit my future practice.
The decision was between completing a doctor of chiropractic degree
or a master's in acupuncture degree. I decided that based upon my
future practice, what I wish to accomplish with my patients in my
office and my own personal interests, to pursue the master's degree
I think the NUHS
website best states what acupuncture is all about...
Acupuncture is an ancient healing
technique that is over 3,000 years old. It is based on the
insertion of thin, sterile needles into strategic points on the
body that lie along specific energy meridian
Acupuncture is one of the five main
branches of oriental medicine. The goal of acupuncture is to
promote healing through rebalancing the patient's Qi (or chi)
energy. When the Qi is weak, excessive or blocked, it can cause
illness and disease.
An acupuncturist may stimulate
acupuncture points and meridians using needles, or employ
electronic stimulation, magnets or lasers to acupuncture points for
enhanced healing. Other meridian and point therapies may include
acupressure, the application of heat through moxibustion, drawing
out energy through cupping, and a specialized massage system called
An increasing number of hospitals
and integrative care centers are employing acupuncturists for both
medical treatment and wellness programs. Acupuncturists may also
start their own practice, or work in pain management clinics,
fertility clinics, and weight loss or addiction treatment centers.
Even cosmetic and spa facilities are now offering acupuncture for
clients to relieve stress and combat the effects of aging.
Finally, the master's degree in acupuncture is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(ACAOM), which is recognized in most of the 50 states (6 states
have no licensing act for acupuncture and California has its own
This is an exciting turn in my fledgling career as a
caregiver! My intent is to utilize acupuncture where and when
appropriate for my patients' overall well-being. In other words,
another tool in my toolbox to help others return to a basis for