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Chinese Medical Practitioner

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Chinese medical theory is over 2,000 years old. It concentrates on the basic idea that illness and injury occur when the body's energies and elements are out of balance. Chinese medical practitioners have studied and understand many different aspects of alternative medicines, designed to restore balance in the body.

They may be experts in needle acupuncture, heat acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and different massage therapies. Using their understanding of Chinese medical theory, a Chinese medical practitioner will diagnose physical diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients in a holistic fashion.

People who have studied the language and culture of China are at an advantage, as many texts on Chinese medical theories, philosophies, and practices are not available in English. However, many of the more mainstream aspects and treatments involved in Chinese medicine are more accessible, such as acupuncture and herbal treatments. Anyone interested in become a traditional Chinese doctor could start with these texts, study Chinese and become proficient in all aspects of the job.
 
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Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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