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Hi all. Im a Jr biology major and im interested in becoming a practicing acupuncturist. I would like any advice anyone can give on the path to becoming a professional. Also I would like to know if anyone can recommend any reference/ textbooks that i could keep around for the learning process as well as for the rest of my practice.

Thanks for any and all help,


The recommended texts that we have are available here. Of these listed, the main ones to start with would be “Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine” and either “Between Heaven and Earth” or “The Web That Has No Weaver”. After that more technical books such as “The Practice of Chinese Medicine” and the “Yellow Emperors Classic” would be a good place to continue.


I would highly suggest contacting some local acupuncturists to see if they would be willing to talk to you and/or allow you to shadow them for a shift or something along those lines. In my own case I was lucky in that one of my fellow PhD students was also an acupuncturist. He was willing to let me come to his office, talked to me about acupuncture as a career and even gave me a treatment so I could see what it was like. That experience solidified my realization that acupuncture was exactly what I wanted to do.

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