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
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Open this folder and view contents5. Training of acupuncture practitioners
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
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View the documentAnnex I: List of participants
 

8. Limited training in acupuncture for primary health care personnel

The introduction of "acupuncture" into primary health care at community level would require the training of a considerable number of personnel over a short period, if it is to have a demonstrable effect. This would probably strain the teaching and supervision resources of the country concerned.

It would seem wiser, in such cases, to train such personnel in acupressure (zhi-ya) rather than in acupuncture itself. Training in acupressure would make no great demands, could be incorporated into the general training of primary health care personnel, and would carry no risk to the patient. The use of acupressure in primary health care would have to be evaluated after a suitable trial period. Some personnel who show particular aptitude might be chosen for basic training in acupuncture, a training programme being arranged according to the applications envisaged.

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