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Should You Study Acupuncture?

If you’ve experienced the healing benefits of acupuncture, you may be wondering if you should study acupuncture and get qualified – so you can start treating others.
In this guide, we’ll look at some reasons to study acupuncture. And the next steps to start a qualification.

Set your intention

A good starting point is to consider why you want to study acupuncture. Are you simply fascinated by the field and want to learn a new skill? Or are you seeking a new career and want to retrain in work that’s more aligned with your beliefs and values?
Your reasons will determine the acupuncture course you choose. So having a think about your study and outcomes can help you hone in on the right path.
Rest assured, many people study acupuncture as a second career. So you’ll probably find your course is filled with people of all ages and stages of life. You’re never too young or too old to study!
Now let’s look at some reasons why you might study acupuncture:

You want to help people

Acupuncture is a healing modality. Numerous studies have found acupuncture to be beneficial for a range of ailments and illnesses – from headaches to insomnia, musculoskeletal problems, acne, and even anxiety and depression.
As an acupuncture practitioner, you’ll take a holistic approach to your clients’ health. You won’t just be treating symptoms (like back pain), but the reasons behind those symptoms (such as stress).
So if you have a strong desire to help people lead healthier, happier lives, acupuncture might just tick all the boxes.
You may even find yourself studying other associated therapies in the future, since acupuncture pairs well with massage, naturopathy and other modalities.

You like learning new things

If acupuncture is your first introduction to human anatomy or health sciences, you’ll find a whole new world of learning opens up. Depending on the course you take, you could find yourself dipping into:
  • Human biology
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Natural medicine: its history and philosophy
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion
  • Business skills

Choosing an acupuncture course

As you can see, acupuncture is a multifaceted discipline that can take you on a fascinating journey into natural medicine. Keen to explore your study options?

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