Ready to earn your degree or certificate in Oriental medicine? Today, there are several Oriental medicine programs from which to choose. Whether you decide to pursue training in acupuncture, Tuina, or want to achieve your Masters or Doctorate in Oriental medicine, candidates now have the option to do so when they apply and enroll at one of the growing number of modern acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools.

In comprehensive oriental medicine programs, students learn the fundamentals of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), including acupuncture point location and meridian theory, acupuncture needling techniques (including auricular [ear] acupuncture), Chinese herbology, nutrition, Chinese medicine philosophies, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Qigong, Tai Chi, moxibustion, cupping, anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomedical sciences, and more.

Oriental medicine programs that result in certification, like the certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (CCHM), are often offered as a post-graduate course to licensed acupuncture practitioners interested in enhancing credentials and education in herbology.

Tuina training, one of the many Oriental medicine programs available today, is a Chinese medical massage modality that can be completed in three to six months; however, there are more advanced training programs that may exceed one year’s time. These courses generally integrate more in-depth studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as acupressure/Shiatsu. In addition to Chinese medicine colleges, Oriental medicine programs in Tuina may be offered at a number of massage therapy schools.

To earn your doctorate, there are Oriental medicine programs specifically designed to help you achieve your DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) credentials. These courses often require standard educational prerequisites (usually a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine) and may take up to four years to complete. Subject matter in these Oriental medicine programs includes anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, TCM fundamentals and diagnosis, Chinese Materia Medica, Medical Chinese language, microbiology. Biophysics, acupuncture therapeutics, pathology, and clinical internship, and more.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in learning more about these or other healing arts programs, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! 

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