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
Open this folder and view contents5. Training of acupuncture practitioners
View the document6. Full training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
Close this folder7. Limited training in acupuncture for qualified physicians
View the document7.1 Basic training
View the document7.2 Special courses
View the document7.3 Advanced training
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

7.1 Basic training

Shorter training courses would be suitable for qualified physicians (and certain other graduates) who wish to become competent in acupuncture as a form of therapy in modern Western clinical practice (or as a subject for scientific research).

For them, a brief introduction to traditional acupuncture (derived from the Core Syllabus) would probably suffice, and the training would then be largely orientated to the use of acupuncture in modern Western medicine.

The course should comprise at least 200 hours of formal training, and should include the following components:

1. Introduction to traditional Chinese acupuncture

2. Acupuncture points

• Location of the 361 classical points on the 14 meridians and the 48 extraordinary points.

• Alphanumeric codes and names, classifications of points, direction and depth of insertion of needles, actions and indications of the Commonly Used Points selected for Basic Training.

3. Applications of acupuncture in modern Western medicine

• Principal clinical conditions in which acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial.

• Selection of patients and evaluation of progress/benefit.

• Planning of treatment, selection of points and methods of needle manipulation, and use of medication or other forms of therapy concurrently with acupuncture.

4. Guidelines on safety in acupuncture

5. Treatment techniques

• General principles.

• Specific clinical conditions.

On completion of the course and after passing an official examination, participants should be able to integrate acupuncture into their clinical work or speciality.

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