Get­ting the acupunc­ture point

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“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. NZCCM is found on Level 1, 321 Great South Rd, Green­lane.

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