Being a good clinic intern or practitioner means having an array of diagnostic skills, Cat's TCM Notes - Acupuncture clinical skillsknowing some treatment styles that work for you, and having some serious acupuncture clinical skills.

But it’s more than that. If you have ever watched “House” you’ve seen an example of a truly crappy doc in terms of both self-care and patient care. The qi you bring into your clinic room is as important as the acupuncture clinical skills you develop.

I’d actually say its even more important. It is critical to your longevity as a practitioner and to the health of your patients. Like it or not, you are their leader in terms of their health and self-care.

The Qi you bringThis section discusses:

Diagnostic skills
An array of diagnostic skills and when to use them including the Eight Principles, Zangfu diagnosis, Six-Channel theory, Four level theory, San Jiao theory, pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, and channel diagnosis.

Treatment styles
This is by no means all inclusive, but does cover some basics you might want beyond TCM treatment styles (which is what the rest of this whole website is about, so we won’t cover that again here).

What this does cover is basic Classical Acupuncture, auricular, Esoteric Acupuncture, Master Tung’s points, Balance Method, scalp acupuncture, and threading techniques.

Self-care which is an extremely over-looked component in most TCM educational paths. I will cover some qigong, tai chi, meditation, and yoga, but there are far more methods of self-care such as adequate sleep, getting regular acupuncture, getting massage, fun sports, doing art and more.