Getting the acupuncture point
“There’s a first time for everything” is something that students from the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine (NZCCM) hear a lot. Most New Zealanders know somebody that has had great results after being treated with acupuncture. And most people know that acupuncture uses extremely fine needles to stimulate chi. But there are still lots of people who haven’t actually tried it.
That’s where the NZCCM students come in, as they take their learning into the community. Academic principal Jessica Li Feng leads senior students to various community events to recruit patients for the ancient healing art.
“I’m so happy to see new people trying acupuncture,” says Jessica. “There are many, many conditions that it will treat successfully, because our students learn both traditional and modern acupuncture.”
There are exciting changes ahead for acupuncture, including the bachelors qualification being developed by NZCCM which most students will transfer to once it is NZQA approved. This is in line with Ministry of Health moves to regulate acupuncture as a health profession. Together, this will mean a better environment for acupuncturists and their patients alike.
Jessica continues: “Most students start at NZCCM because they want to help others and themselves, by learning how the human body works. Students who come to healing hui, pamper days or other community events get very good real life experience, and this is very helpful for when they graduate and open their own clinic.”
The NZCCM Wellness Day every month is chance to come along and try. Open to the public, anyone can ask about courses, or have a free treatment. Senior students will be supervised by their tutors at the next wellness day this Saturday April 18 from 1pm to 4.30pm.
Phone 580 2376 for more information, or visit www.chinesemedicine. ac.nz. NZCCM is found on Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Greenlane.