Herbs hand in hand with acupuncture

Auckland City Harbour News - - Education & Training -

When Herbal medicine and acupuncture get to­gether, the re­sults can be amaz­ing.

That’s why 70 per­cent of stu­dents en­rolled in acupuncture also study herbal medicine part­time at the New Zealand Col­lege of Chi­nese Medicine, or NZCCM.

“NZCCM has gone from strength to strength af­ter start­ing five years ago,” says founder Stephen Xu.

Most stu­dents en­rol full-time in acupuncture, and have busy lives with part-time work, or fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. While part-time study is avail­able, the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents are fo­cused on be­com­ing acupunc­tur­ists and into busi­ness as quickly as they can.

Like acupuncture, Chi­nese herbal medicine is “com­ing in from the cold” around the West­ern world.

Acupuncture has just been re­clas­si­fied as a pro­fes­sion by the Min­istry of Health, af­ter years of be­ing recog­nised as an ef­fec­tive “al­ter­na­tive”. This re­flects a sig­nif­i­cant change in think­ing at gov­ern­ment level world­wide, re­flect­ing grow­ing ac­cep­tance among med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers and the pub­lic alike.

Level 7 diplo­mas are both recog­nised by NZQA and the acupuncture pro­fes­sion, more than meet­ing New Zealand re­quire­ments to reg­is­ter and prac­tice here.

NZCCM acupuncture stu­dents au­to­mat­i­cally be­come ACC-ac­cred­ited prac­ti­tion­ers when they join ei­ther New Zealand Acupuncture Stan­dards Author­ity (NZASA) or New Zealand Reg­is­ter of Acupunc­tur­ists (NZRA). NZRA pres­i­dent Paddy McBride, spoke at the most re­cent NZCCM grad­u­a­tion.

“Acupuncture and Chi­nese herbal medicine are both based on the move­ment of chi [Qi] within the body, and use the same di­ag­nos­tic prin­ci­ples de­vel­oped in China over cen­turies,” Stephen says.

Rel­a­tively lit­tle­known in New Zealand com­pared to its fa­mous cousin acupuncture, Chi­nese herbal medicine can achieve al­most in­cred­i­ble re­sults for pa­tients.

Be­cause the pro­gramme in­cludes more than 500 hours of su­per­vised clin­i­cal prac­tice at the col­lege clinic, grad­u­ates in acupuncture and herbal medicine can look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing their busi­ness from day one as a grad­u­ate.

Stu­dents need no pre­vi­ous train­ing in medicine or Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy, but can grad­u­ate with a new ca­reer, help­ing oth­ers, in just three years. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion from NZCCM they can con­tinue on into a oneyear bach­e­lor’s or mas­ter’s pro­gramme in NZ, Aus­tralia, or China.

NZCCM holds a reg­u­lar well­ness day: the next is May 17 – a com­mu­nity event open to the pub­lic. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able about train­ing, and vis­i­tors can sam­ple free treat­ment from se­nior stu­dents, fully su­per­vised by a tu­tor.

To con­tact the col­lege call 580-2376, or visit www.chi­nesemedicine. ac.nz. NZCCM is lo­cated on level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Green­lane.

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony: Stephen Xu, founder of NZCCM, at the podium, with Paddy McBride, pres­i­dent of NZRA, right.

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