Poll Results for the following Question:
If you had to do it all over again, would you still become an acupuncturist
or doctor of Oriental medicine?
Total Respondents: 437
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It is the only career of the three I've had that I enjoy.
I know I make a difference in others' lives and I have the opportunity to
continually grow as a professional and as an individual.
Like Chinese Medicine I can not answer yes or no. If I may
add my two cents, the medicine is great and that aspect if wonderful. However,
in terms of politics, being such an upcoming field there is way too much
disarray. Each state is different with laws, some don't even have any, people
have all types of education some good some terrible, medical doctors can
take a 200 hour course and use acupuncture, not only that but people think
that because they are a medical doctor that they know what they are doing
when it comes to TCM. You can see this field has lots to work toward. On
top of that, we can't even seem to get people of the same profession together
on may issues. It is pathetic, we need unity and power in numbers in order
to make a change! As you can see, yes and no is not quite enough. Best of
Dominic Sembello, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
I am so very grateful for my acupuncture practice where
I have the freedom and honour to be a witness to healing in a very profound
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what a wonderful life!
The education within this country is not worth the time and
money. I tried two different TCM schools and I looked at many more. The
education is substandard and the programs are all essentially the same.
There is no spirit left in the medicine. It is not wholistic. It is cookie-cutter
medicine applied to a set of presented symptoms. I wish I could say that
I would go to China or Japan instead of attending school in the US. The
problem would be the shame I would feel still being associated with the
current level of practice within this country.
I would do it again, but it has been a wild ride and, to
date, not one that has given me the recognition for my work or the status
and income that my 20+ years of work and service call for.Then again, I
was not then (at the beginning) looking for a career, but was called to
do this for the adventure and for the opportunity to serve. I only wish
that the society would allow us to serve more fully...
yes, but i would have chosen a school that teaches more
useful clinical tools. my school ignored or barely gave an effort in teaching
me practice management, western drugs and their role in tcm, and differentiating
Absolutely! I love what I do. This medicine which I
stumbled across years ago, has the possibility to give
many people in this country compassionate care and
effective results for many ailments that are killing
people in this country. Asthma is a good example.
Western treatments exist but the mortality rate is
rising. I have successfully treated and read about
others successfully treating this problem. Someday
soon we will have educated to our western counterparts
what we can do for their patents to improve overall
heath care in this and other countries.
I am very proud to be a part of this profession. It is a
great service to the community. There is always more to learn. It is very
important to have work that is meaningful. This is very satisfying.
Yes, I love doing acupuncture. However, I feel the profession
is still not doing enough to promote the education & awareness among the
public in order to recognize us as a valid profession. It is very hard to
pay back the student loans when you have to constantly struggle with marketing
& dealing with insurance companies who refuse to pay.
I graduated two years ago and am having trouble starting
a practice and have a crippling school loan to repay. I am working a full-time
job-not doing acupuncture--just to live and pay my loan. So why I would
do it over again is beyond common sense. But I still love learning about
it and when I do treat a patient successfully it is a good thing. I am from
Illinois and law is not great here but I hope that one day it will open
Yes I would, but with qualification.
This field has been a long hard road with a lot of responsibility without
support. It has been a rich, rewarding study; and a somewhat lonely path.
It has nourished my mind and heart. The profession though is too divided
and offers little support and respect which makes it difficult to continue.
I have a successful practice through sheer will, persistance, and dedication...but
feel the profession
hasn't supported the practitioners. Often organizations are closed circuits
awarding themselves with titles...often the beauty and the art of the field
Studying TCM is very hard in the way that you mature through
the years. it has taken a lot of me and has given me much more as a person.
This is a challenging and exciting time to be starting as
an acupuncturist. Little by little, providers of traditional western medicine
are becoming more curious about what we can do to improve the health of
our patients. Hospitals are opening CAM centers because their patients are
asking for it - and we must be ready to discuss our medicine, its history
and theory and have proof (i.e valid research) to demonstrate its effectiveness.
It will be a while before we're "main stream" or before we earn the respect
we deserve from the western providers. Thankfully our patients make it worth
Yes I would do it all over again, but knowing what I know
now I would ask much more of my school. The schools are teaching minimum
competency in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbals. What I need now and am having
to pursue on my own is anatomy, physiology, and basic western understanding
of the body. I also recieved insufficient preparation of setting up a practice.
In many Dental and Chiropractic schools practice development and managment
cources are taught. The one I recieved in gradschool was just an introduction
and has proven to be insuffiecient. Compentancey in practice is more than
just diagnosing and treating. It is being there over time for your patients.