First and foremost, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are considered modalities of Complimentary or Alternative Medicine (CAM). So, if one is attracted to a career in holistic and alternative medicines, it begs the question: which type of natural medicine should I practice?
Some give credence to the test of time. On this front, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have not only been veritably practiced since before the Han Dynasty (206 BCE), but also documented as medical literature of the time. As a result, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are among the world’s longest surviving and currently practiced medical arts.
What’s more important is that Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have withstood academic scrutiny and scientific inquiry such that these ancient healing modalities are completely integrated into the healthcare system in China and are increasingly being regulated and incorporated into healthcare systems outside of China. Yes, that’s right, if you are in China and happen to require a visit to a hospital there are Traditional Chinese Medicine hospitals, regular (western medicine) hospitals, and hospitals that combine the two together. So, in a mixed hospital, one may be triaged for treatment by the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture wing rather than the contemporary medicine wing or vice-versa! So, the real measure to be applied here is not which modality has survived time, but, rather, which ones are systemically incorporated into emergency care facilities.
Still doubtful of how global or systemic this trend is? Look no further than the World Health Organization (WHO), which included a supplementary chapter on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chapter 26, in their latest version of the highly influential document that categorizes and assigns codes to medical conditions, and is used internationally to decide how doctors diagnose conditions and whether insurance companies will pay to treat them, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11); You are welcome to review this document here.
Still need convincing? Let’s take a look at something closer to home:
Did you know that section 33 of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) of Ontario has been amended to allow certain members of the CTCMPAO to use the “doctor” title? As a result, the CTCMPAO are currently in the early phases of developing a "doctor" member class. Such a member class already exists in British Columbia – yes, that’s right, in British Columbia, we have regulated Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine!
Who can use the "doctor" title today in Ontario?
Any member of the following: (a) the College of Chiropractors of Ontario; (b) the College of Optometrists of Ontario; (c) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario; (d) the College of Psychologists of Ontario; or (e) the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. 1991, c. 18, s. 33 (2).
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With respect to incorporating acupuncture within Hospital services in Ontario, click on the links below to learn why these Ontario Hospitals are looking to acupuncture as an adjunct therapy and, consequently, how a career in acupuncture in Ontario can mean a career in Hospitals.
Sunnybrook - St. John's Rehab's Acupuncture Clinic
Mount Sinai – Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease Toronto Western Hospital - Addictions Outpatient Services
CONTINUE READING: WHY STUDY TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) AND ACUPUNCTURE?
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