Acupuncturists possess in-depth knowledge of anatomy and the use of treatments and techniques such as shiatsu, acupressure, tuina and heat or cold therapy.

Acupuncturists carry out physical examinations of their patients and compare findings with medical history and evaluations of lifestyle in order to diagnose according to Oriental medicine traditions. Many acupuncturists are self-employed; some work for specialist clinics or hospitals.

Work conditions

Travel: not usually necessary.
Working hours: mostly regular.
Location: based in clinics and hospitals across Ireland and Northern Ireland, or at home.

Entry requirements

A degree, particularly in a science, is beneficial but not compulsory. The main Acupuncture and TCM qualification is the Licentiate in TCM (Lic.TCM), which is offered by institutions such as The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.