Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Close this folderSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
View the document1. Purpose of the guidelines
Open this folder and view contents2. Use of acupuncture in national health systems
View the document3. Levels of training
View the document4. Training programmes
Close this folder5. Training of acupuncture practitioners
View the document5.1 Acupuncture practitioners
View the document5.2 Entrance requirements
View the document5.3 Duration of training
View the document5.4 Objective
View the document5.5 Core syllabus in acupuncture
View the document5.6 Core syllabus in modern Western medicine
View the document5.7 Other related fields of health care
View the document5.8 Examination
View the document6. Full training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
Open this folder and view contents7. Limited training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
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
Open this folder and view contentsSection II: Safety in acupuncture
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix
View the documentAnnex I: List of participants

5.6 Core syllabus in modern Western medicine

1. Approach to training

By the end of the course the student should have:

• a sound understanding of the essentials of anatomy (including the anatomical location of acupuncture points), physiology, and the basic mechanisms of disease;

• an understanding of the principles of hygiene, the common forms of disease and ill-health in the community, and their causative factors;

• proficiency in making a simple but competent examination of a patient, and in arriving at a tentative diagnosis and a reasonable assessment of the gravity of symptoms and signs;

• the ability to decide whether a patient may safely and suitably be treated by acupuncture, or should be referred to a health professional or facility; and

• training in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the action to take in emergencies.


2. Scope and depth of training

These must be defined by the national health authorities, according to the duties and responsibilities the acupuncture practitioners will have in the national health system; including whether these will also involve the use of modern Western medicine (alone or in combination with acupuncture), and the degree of supervision under which the practitioner will work.


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