Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TCM and Acupuncture Progress

As would be expected before entry into clinic, completing 3rd year means completing quite a few practical exams. Still remaining is our emergency medicine practical, in-office procedures practical, manipulation (chiropractic) practical, and the one that I am studying daily for, the Asian medicine acupuncture practical.

I did not know until recently that not all the accredited Naturopathy schools offer Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture as part of the curriculum. Well, CCNM has a very intensive TCM and acupuncture program. Just to give you an indication, here is how the final exam will happen. First, we are presented with a case and need to determine a correct TCM diagnosis based on symptoms as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis. Then, we are required to select points that correspond appropriately to the case. We are required to know the actions and indications for about 225 of the approximately 400 total acupuncture points we have learned. Finally, we are required to locate and correctly needle 5 indicated points (within half a fingernail width of their specific location on the body) all within a 15 minute time frame. I would have never thought this was possible when I started in first year!

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