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Oriental Medicine Practitioners

Overview

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.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Social

Technical

Career Ladder
Professor of Oriental Medicine

Board Certified Oriental Medicine Practitioner

Oriental Medicine Apprentice or Intern

Physician's Assistant

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