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Additional information

body or mind

Body

Field

Supplementary/Alternative

Boss or Team

Own Boss

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Alone

Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practise based on ancient Chinese medical practises.  Acupuncturists take a holistic approach to their patent’s health and their work involves inserting very thin needles into the skin which is said to stimulate energy flow and restore the body’s natural balance. 

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body is connected by pathways (or meridians) in more than 2,000 acupuncture points. These pathways create an energy flow called “qi” and acupuncture keeps them in balance in order to improve overall health.  This practice is used to treat a number of human ailments and as an acupuncturist, you’ll need to get detailed medical history and details from your patients including lifestyle, diet and emotional state before administering treatment. 

Acupuncturists may also include acupressure and herbal medicine in their treatments. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

You will need a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (BSc Complementary Medicine) degree offered by the University of the Western Cape or a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine( BHSc CM) from the University of Johannesburg.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Entry requirements differ per institution but recommended/ generally required school subjects for National Senior Certificate include:

  • English (home or first additional language) 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematical Literacy and
  • Life Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences

Length of Study 

5 Years

(Postgraduate studies also available)

Employment

Once qualified, you can register to open your own practice with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). You can also register with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) to obtain a practice number. You will always need to treat your patients within your specific discipline and according to the guidelines, ethics and legalities outlined by the AHPCSA and the Department of Health.

Further Information

The Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa:

https://ahpcsa.co.za/

Department of Health:

http://www.health.gov.za/

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

University of the Western Cape – School of Natural Medicine:
https://www.uwc.ac.za/study/all-areas-of-study/schools/school-of-natural-medicine/programmes

University of Johannesburg – Department of Complementary Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences:
https://www.uj.ac.za/faculties/health/Homoeopathy/Pages/About-Us.aspx

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