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A practitioner of acupuncture; a formally designated acupuncturist is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
There are currently approximately 5,000 acupuncture practitioners in the US, and 30 schools that offer training in acupuncture; the curriculum consists of 2,400 hours of instruction taken over 3–4 years; some acupuncturists are MDs; many belong to the Am Academy of Medical Acupuncture.


(ak′yŭ-pŭngk″chŭr) [ acu- + puncture]
A technique for treating pain, producing regional anesthesia, treating acute or chronic illness (such as hormonal, immune, or orthopedic), or preventing disease by passing thin needles through the skin into specific points on the body. The free ends of the needles are manually twirled, heated by moxa or moxibustion, or connected to a weak electrical current. They are then typically left in place for about 20 min. Although acupuncture has a variety of uses in Asia and Europe, in the U.S. it is principally considered a treatment for local pain. It is often used in combination with other therapies, including massage, meditation, and herbal remedies. Research suggests that acupuncture relieves pain by stimulating the release of endogenous opioids, other neurotransmitters (such as serotonin), and by directly affecting afferent nerve fibers. Acupuncture has also been found to be effective in veterinary applications. In the U.S. professional proficiency in acupuncture is attained by passing an examination administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.acupuncturist (-chŭ-rist)


It is important that the acupuncturist use sterile or disposable needles and that care be taken to prevent puncturing adjacent organs.
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3) Approximately one-fifth of all licensed acupuncturists in California are currently practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I conducted the ethnographic fieldwork for this article.
It's challenging to change your lifestyle but I think that if I had never gone to the acupuncturist then I'd be living the same unhealthy lifestyle that I was before.
Acupuncturists take a detailed history from the client including details about symptoms, lifestyle and emotional responses to situations.
First and foremost, it helps people," says longtime Eugene acupuncturist Malvin Falkenstein, chairman of the Acupuncture Advisory Committee of the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, which licensed acupuncturists in the state.
The acupuncturist may use just a few or quite a number of needles and they can be of different lengths and thicknesses depending on the part of your body being treated.
By inserting fine needles into the skin and into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
Gorman, an orthopedic acupuncturist by training, has spent six years studying the subject of face-lift fields for a doctoral dissertation, which is now under review and will be the first book instructing other practitioners in the technique.
Maars is an acupuncturist, Hudson and Carter work at Sub Pop, Lajeuness books one of Seattle's premier venues and runs his own production company and Quirk, well, he's learning French right now.
An acupuncturist in a busy city centre clinic can earn between pounds 25-pounds 30,000.
I would expect a good acupuncturist skilled in TCM would find an explanation for you.
a licensed physician may attend a six-week course in acupuncture in California and become a licensed acupuncturist.