Acupuncturists treat disorders and illnesses by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the skin to stimulate the body's defence mechanisms.
Acupuncturists may perform the following tasks:
- assess and diagnose health problems through discussions with the patient, by checking the patient's pulse and by observing their colour, face and body features, nails, tongue and temperature variations in different parts of the body
- choose the places at which needles should be inserted based on a thorough knowledge of body systems
- insert needles into the patient's skin and move or manipulate them depending on the nature of the health problem
- apply massage, cupping or heat treatment (moxibustion), using a slow-smouldering herb called moxa, to warm and stimulate the acupuncture point.
- strong problem solving and analytical abilities
- good communication skills
- attention to detail
- desire to help people
- patient, tactful and compassionate.
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