A Decision Made

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 in acupuncture.

I think the NUHS website best states what acupuncture is all about...

What is Acupuncture?

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 pathways.

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Acupuncture Philosophy

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. 

Acupuncture Treatments

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 "tuina." 

Acupuncture Careers

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 exam process).

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 health.