A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Background
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Close this folder4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the document4.1 Dissemination of the proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
View the document4.2 Further standardization of nomenclature
View the document4.3 Regulation by health authorities
View the document4.4 Basic training
View the document4.5 Safety
View the document4.6 Indications and contraindications
View the document4.7 Acupuncture equipment
View the document4.8 Education of the public
View the document4.9 Clinical and basic research
View the documentAcknowledgements
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4.4 Basic training

The decision as to who should be allowed to practise acupuncture must lie with the individual national health authorities. However, it is possible to establish general requirements for basic training in this field, and these are essential to the safe and competent practice of acupuncture.

Among the basic requirements are a knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and medicine, as well as diagnostic skills. What needs to be determined, above all, is how much knowledge of modern Western medical science is necessary for acupuncturists trained in Oriental medicine and, conversely, how much knowledge of Oriental medicine (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) graduates in modern Western medicine should possess if they wish to practise acupuncture.

A preliminary analysis of acupuncture training programmes in different countries, conducted by WHO, would be helpful to national regulatory authorities.

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