Increasingly, students today are looking to the field of acupuncture and herbal medicine as a first career choice. There is now expanded awareness of the recognition of acupuncture as a separate profession.
Practitioners enjoy rewarding careers with competitive salaries and, flexible work schedules. Although many newly licensed practitioners go into solo practice, there are growing opportunities in integrated healthcare delivery organizations They work in a variety of clinical settings which including:
Practitioners have also been on the front line during traumatic events including treatment of emergency care workers at the site of the 9/11 disaster and Hurricane Katrina, drug users in addiction recovery groups, and veterans suffering from PTSD. In addition, acupuncture is now utilized on the battlefield for pain control and a recent movement has seen many practitioners focus on delivering services in community treatment rooms.
Acupuncture & herbal medicine practitioners approach patients from a holistic perspective. They take into account all aspects of their health, recognizing the interconnectedness of the mind, emotions, and body, as well as the environment. Practitioners in the U.S. typically combine a number of therapeutic interventions specifically for the individual patient.
Integrative healthcare combines conventional Western medicine treatment options with complementary medicine practices in a coordinated fashion. This patient-focused approach to health care has become increasingly available as the benefits of integrative care are recognized. Many acupuncture & herbal medicine colleges offer students training to work in integrative healthcare settings along with internships in off-site community clinics.