How Difficult it is to be Good at Acupuncture

At least once a month I get the question from a patient: “So… did you have to go to school to do this?” No, I think to myself. I was just unemployed, and it was between this, Starbucks barista, or yoga studio receptionist. I’d never handled a needle before, nor studied physiology, but who needs to know physiology, am I right? This is just acupuncture. “Yes,” I answer aloud. “To do this we need a Master’s degree in Science and Chinese Medicine. It’s four years of school – five if you’re like me and had to work concurrently as a Starbucks barista (while also pursuing an artistic passion). Then there are quarterly boards and national exams.” “Really?!” the patient is astonished, predictably so

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