Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the document1. Purpose of the guidelines
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View the document6. Full training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
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View the document8. Limited training in acupuncture for primary health care personnel
View the document9. Selected acupuncture points for basic training
View the document10. Selected points for basic training in acupuncture
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4. Training programmes

The basic training of the four groups is different. For traditional acupuncture practitioners, a complete course extending over two years is recommended. For physicians and medically trained non-physicians, training would be adapted to their specific requirements and confined to the clinical applications of acupuncture. An indication of the period of training to be desired in each case is given in Table 1 below.

Table 1
Basic training in acupuncture

Category of Personnel

Level of Training

Acupuncture (ACU)

Core Syllabus

Theory Clinical
Supervised
Practice

Modern Western Medicine (MED)

Theory + Clinical

Official Examination

Certificate

Acupuncture practitioners (non-medical)

Full course of training

1000 hours

500 hours

500 hours

500 hours

ACU + MED1

ACU

Qualified physicians

Full course of training

500 hours

500 hours

500 hours


ACU


Qualified physicians

Limited training in ACU as a technique for their clinical work

Not less than 200 hours


ACU


Other health personnel

Limited training in ACU for use in primary health care

Varies according to application envisaged


ACU


1 State examination in acupuncture and modern Western medicine (at appropriate level)

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