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What do Acupuncturists do?

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

What are the Main Tasks of Acupuncturists?

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