Oriental Medicine Practitioners

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Oriental medicine practitioners, or OM practitioners, are health care professionals who practice a variety of health care therapies that are part of the ancient healing system of Oriental medicine. Oriental medicine is a comprehensive system of health care. It includes several major modalities: acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental bodywork or massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. Each of these major areas has numerous variations, but all forms are based on traditional Oriental medicine principles. A practitioner may practice one or many of the therapies of Oriental medicine.

More than one-third of the world's population relies on Oriental medicine practitioners for the enhancement of health and for prevention and treatment of disease. In the West, Oriental medicine is rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative health care system. According to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the United States is home to about 30,000 acupuncture and Oriental medicine licensees.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) OM Practitioners
Duties Identify and diagnose ailments; develop a course of treatment, which may involve acupuncture, herbs or herb combinations, acupressure, energy generation exercises, or diet changes
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must pass background check
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor of Oriental Medicine
  • Board Certified Oriental Medicine Practitioner
  • Oriental Medicine Apprentice or Intern
  • Physician's Assistant