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Are Online Acupuncture Courses Legitimate?

| Articles | September 1, 2008

In the ever-increasing world of technology that the United States has come to know and love, many people are taking to the world of the internet in order to learn more information and get their college education. In fact, there are also plenty of programs and organizations that will help you earn your high school diploma online, Bachelor’s degree online, Doctorate online, as well as whole host of other certification programs that are too many to name here. One such program, though, is a program that allows individuals to be able to take acupuncture courses online and get certified for it. Even in the information and knowledge age one is able to take and complete a course on alternative therapies and be a certified trainer or practitioner.

However, there are a couple things that are definitely wrong with being able to take a course on acupuncture completely online. The first question that many people think of when hearing about such programs that teach the lessons of acupuncture is: are they legit? This is a very good question, especially because there are already ‘phony’ and illegitimate educational programs that can be found online that teach all sorts of things that allow for certification at the end.

Can Acupuncture Be Taught Entirely Online?

Perhaps the even better question behind the one that was stated above is: can acupuncture be taught completely online? There are many people who suggest that this therapy cannot be, and here is the reason why. Since acupuncture is a therapy that requires the physical knowledge of how to perform the therapy in itself, it is actually not possible that acupuncture is able to be taught completely online. The main reason for this is that the students of acupuncture therapy actually need to practice and perform the therapy and live patients, mannequins, or at least have a physical learning lesson in the age-old art.

Nevertheless, though, there are educational programs that claim to teach the whole therapy of acupuncture with no problem at all. Even though there may be such programs that can do this, some people involved with acupuncture don’t give much weight to the whole process of learning the therapy completely online.

Since it is established, therefore, that acupuncture cannot be taught entirely on the internet, where would one go in order to learn the therapy of acupuncture? In fact, however, there are plenty of acupuncture schools that are located around the United States, that teach plenty of courses in the acupuncture therapy. Of course, if one really wants to delve into the history and culture of acupuncture therapy then the better thing to do would be to actually attend a school in a Chinese culture where the whole therapy and learning process could be absorbed by the student.

Altogether, though, acupuncture is an awesome therapy that has plenty of potential if students and those interested truly take the time to learn. Instead of learning online, though, the best thing to do would be to find a physical school and educational course that truly teaches acupuncture inside and out.

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