Acupuncturists are practitioners of natural healing who provide an alternative form of health care to patients.
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to diagnose and treat patients' diseases, physiological disorders and injuries using acupuncture and other therapies
- Verbal ability to arrange, through patients' physicians, for additional tests, analyses and X-rays, and to review patients' medical records
- Motor co-ordination and manual dexterity to administer treatments by inserting acupuncture needles and through the use of heat, pressure, electric current or rays of light
- Social interest in co-ordinating information about patients' general physical conditions obtained from physicals and medical tests, and by observing and interviewing patients
- Innovative interest in precision working to insert acupuncture needles at precise points to correct energy imbalances in the body to treat disorders, relieve pain, and improve and maintain health
- Methodical interest in mentoring patients by diagnosing and treating disorders and injuries using the established techniques and methods of acupuncture and other therapies
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- Acupuncturists require completion of a training program in acupuncture, may require some university undergraduate studies in science or training in a related health care discipline and may also require work experience under the supervision of a registered acupuncturist.
- Registration with a regulatory body is required for acupuncturists in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.
Chinese medical practitioners may practise as acupuncturists.
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