Herbs hand in hand with acupuncture
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.