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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. 

Required Qualifications

To be an acupuncturist in South Africa, you will need a bachelor’s degree. You can either take 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:

Length of Study 

Acupuncturists in South Africa typically study for 5 Years. (Postgraduate studies also available)

Employment Opportunities

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

Related University Degrees

University of the Western Cape – School of Natural Medicine:

University of Johannesburg – Department of Complementary Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences:

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