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Acupuncture in the Community: ACTCM at CIIS


From a very early age, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. Um, I just wasn’t quite clear on what kind of doctor. Moreover, ACTCM has enabled me to fulfill that purpose in a way that I could never have dreamed of. It combined what I wanted, which was acupuncture training, diagnostic training, and herbology. ACTCM has always been very community-oriented, and it’s one of the reasons I have chosen to study there now twice in my career.

We treat hundreds of vets a year with acupuncture that they can’t get anyplace else. So, how are you doing? I am doing pretty good. I, uh, it’s, you know, a little anxiety. Yeah, I can feel in your pulse it’s a little bit whirly. I was enlisted for six years, three years of active, and three years of inactive. I had done acupuncture in the past, but it never dawned on me that it might help with the stress of PTSD.

♪This is a clinic set up by Acupuncturists Without Borders. ACTCM has been very generous in working with me as a program director at Acupuncturists Without Borders. They use an ancient medical tradition as an effective, low-cost, and safe therapy for pain control and the prevention of post-traumatic stress. Our clinical work in these settings has enabled us to really learn how to work with challenging, um, clinical situations and social situations, as well as provide service to the community. I still bring… an attitude of, um, of awe to acupuncture. I’m amazed at what it does for me. Like anything you love and you have a passion for, and you know that it’s why you’re on the planet, I can go to this– into the zone with my patient…

or with the group that I’m in, and this is like no other experience. So, I’m lucky I get to do that every day. Okay, good. Good.

How to Become an Acupuncturist


Did you know that the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 150 different health conditions?

Hi, my name is Christina Bjergo, I’m an acupuncture practitioner and I’m going to speak to you today about how to become an acupuncturist. But first, what is acupuncture? Acupuncture is modality development from China about 5,000 years ago, with the insertion of a few very thin, fine needles into certain points of the body. It’s about balancing the energy in the body and what results is health and wellness. So, what does acupuncture treat? Well, it treats a variety of conditions, that’s one of the reasons I got into acupuncture.

You can treat pain, digestive difficulties, women health issues, help with fertility, boost the immune system, also help with mental health issues, anxiety, depression, stress, the list just goes on and on. So, how do you become an acupuncturist? Well, you need a high school diploma degree. An associates is often required by the state and that can be done through community college in preparation for a degree. The requirements will differ state by state, so it’s good to do the research and then it could also be another career choice. Somebody may come in at any age you may become an acupuncturist and go to acupuncture school. So, it could be a complete career change and just maybe they need some requirements or it could be that you’re already in the medical profession looking for a change. There’s a number of nurses, physical therapists, for example, that were in my school when I was studying oriental medicine.

So, one of the things I would recommend for somebody interested is to do a little research. First off, go and get a treatment yourself. How does it feel to be the client? Ask questions of the acupuncturist who’s treating you. All good information that’ll help you access if it’s the right career for you. The other thing is to research about different schools. There’s a variety of schools around the nation. Find out what program is a good match for you. Some will have a very strong Western medicine background, others will focus on other modalities such as herbal medicine, body health, body work such as shiatsu, Japanese massage or twina…

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