Acupuncture Courses and Classes Overview

Acupuncture classes are included in advanced degree programs for those seeking to gain the experience and education necessary to practice this form of alternative medicine. Keep reading for some essential information about classes in acupuncture.

Essential Information

Acupuncture is used to relieve pain by moving needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture classes are typically found at the master's or doctorate degree level. These courses may also be found at the certificate level for current health care providers. Acupuncture courses include the study of anatomy and physiology, the history and types of acupuncture, body meridians, trigger points and the use of herbs and needles.

Here are some common concepts that an acupuncture course might contain:

  • Chinese herbs
  • Traditional diagnostic methods
  • Five Elements theory
  • Integration of Eastern and Western medicine
  • Ethics

List of Acupuncture Classes

Introduction to Acupuncture Course

An introductory course in acupuncture covers the three basic formats: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) and Traditional Japanese Acupuncture (TJA). Students learn the history of all three techniques and which methods are routinely used today. Students will explore the theories of combining herbs and acupuncture, trigger point dry needling, and heating different acupuncture points.

Anatomy and Physiology Course

In an anatomy and physiology course, students learn to recognize the normal functions of the body in order to later determine abnormalities. Students learn names and functions of the skeletal, integumentary (skin), nervous and muscular systems. The anatomy of the human body is covered so that students are quickly able to determine point locations further on in their acupuncture career. If advanced levels of this course are taken, other areas of the human body may be covered. These areas may include reproductive, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Trigger Points and Meridian Course

There are 12 meridians that span the human body. These meridians move energy through the body; each has an associated life function. In this course, students learn the meridian theory and location of the 12 meridians. Trigger points and measurement of acupuncture are covered for each of the 12 meridians including the stomach, bladder, liver, spleen and kidney. This course covers theories in evaluating the effects of therapeutic touch and how therapeutic touch can be adequate treatment for different health conditions.

Needles Course

This course covers the techniques needed to use needles in acupuncture. Students learn how to insert and withdraw the needle and which needle treatment is appropriate for each patient. There can be needle complications with acupuncture and this course covers those areas as well as points on the body that should not be treated with needles. Different needling techniques will also be covered.


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