Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Summary

Chinese medicine practitioners treat disorders and illnesses through the application of traditional Chinese medicine practices such as Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and tui na (remedial massage).

Duties & Tasks

Chinese medicine practitioners may perform the following tasks:

  • diagnose health problems through discussions with the patient, checking the patient's pulse and tongue, and observing abnormalities in sleep, appetite, perspiration and body temperature
  • formulate traditional Chinese medicine treatment plans based on the patient's diagnosis
  • prescribe medicinal substances derived from roots, flowers, seeds and leaves in the form of teas, capsules, tinctures or powders
  • advise on dietary and lifestyle choices
  • apply other therapies such as acupuncture, cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin to create suction), tui na, and exercise and breathing therapy.

Specialisations

Acupuncturist

An acupuncturist treats disorders and illnesses by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the skin to stimulate the body's defence mechanisms.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication skills
  • good analytical skills
  • patient, tactful and compassionate
  • interest in health and wellbeing.

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