What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The purpose of this type of treatment is to facilitate the body's natural healing processes and subsequently balance energy flow. It does this by stimulating the body's meridian lines using a range of techniques like needles, manual manipulation, laser, Chinese herbs, cupping or moxibustion. Acupuncturists help alleviate the pain of clients who are dealing with:

  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Mental health issues
  • Digestive issues
  • High blood pressure

Acupuncturists based in Perth also have access to important acupuncture resources and updates like: 

  • Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Society of Australia (CMASA)
  • Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)
  • Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia (FCMA)

Should you complete an acupuncture course?

Do you have a desire to help others improve their physical well-being? If you answered yes, you must consider becoming an acupuncturist. It is also important to note that some of the soft skills that you must possess to be able to succeed as an acupuncturist include:

  • An empathetic and attentive listener who is able to determine the root cause of a client's problem through examining their medical history and symptoms.
  • High attention to detail to be able to locate the client's pain points and correctly administer the treatment.
  • A clear verbal communicator who is able to describe to clients the process of the treatment in a way that they will easily understand.

If this matches your skills and career ambitions read on to learn about all the different acupuncture courses near you.

What are the course and study options for acupuncturists in Perth?

Before you can begin your career working as an acupuncturist in Perth, you must complete an undergraduate degree. The two popular options for acupuncturists include a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine), which are both formally accredited acupuncture qualifications in Australia. Course providers can offer these degrees either on-campus or online if you want to study solely from home.

These courses are taught by expert acupuncturists who have years of experience. In the classroom, you will explore a range of topics like physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy and pharmacology. Furthermore, these degrees always contain a practical work experience placement unit where you will be able to implement the acupuncture diagnostic techniques you learned in a workplace setting.

To kickstart your acupuncture journey today, you will need to find the perfect course. Above is a list of acupuncture schools in Perth where you can find more information. If you still have any further questions about their program, course duration or payment plans simply get in touch with the course provider directly.

What happens after you complete your acupuncture course?

Once you have obtained your undergraduate degree, you will be able to register with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia so that you can become a registered acupuncturist. This will allow you to work within an acupuncture or complementary health clinic in Perth. 

Additionally, after working in a clinic for a couple of years, you will have the choice to start your own private practice. Through being self-employed, you will have full control over the management of your business. If you ever decide to pursue this option, Natural Therapy Pages will be there to assist you at every step of the way by allowing you to list your acupuncture services via the website.

Acupuncturists can also increase their employability and knowledge through completing a postgraduate degree such as a Master of Chinese Medicine.