Acupuncture as alternative remedy

June 17, 2011 2:04:00 PM PDT
If you are looking for an alternative remedy to a stubborn illness, you may want to consider taking a class in Acupuncture at the New York College of Health Professions where you can learn Ancient Chinese remedies.

Kevin Coleman, a student at the school, says he decided to study Acupuncture after it cured a chronic condition his wife suffered.

"She was able to get off all her medications, her side effects resolved and the initial problems in the beginning, they went away as well," he says.

Classes are also offered in Tai Chi and students are able to earn a Baccalaureate or Masters Degree.

Dr. Ali Song, Dean of the NYCHP, says "After they graduate, they pass an examination, they get licensed. They will be really good."

"50 percent of the curriculum deals with health sciences, so they're taking anatomy and physiology, kinesiology. The basics in health sciences," says Lisa Pamintuan, NYCHP President.

There is a specific type of massage for pregnant women. Other techniques, like Tui-Na massage, can be practiced anywhere.

Dr. Song was kind enough to give Eyewitness News reporter, Art McFarland, a personal example of how conveniently a Tui-Na massage can be done, and administrators here at New York College of Health Professions say their graduates face very promising job prospects.

"It might be that they are the sole practitioner and they also work in hospitals or spas. there's a wide range of opportunities for our graduates," says Lisa Permintuan.

For some students, what's called holistic medicine is more than a career choice. Student, Mila Kundel, was already a medical doctor in Israel.

"In western medicine, we deal more with diseases. We make diagnosis, we put the label on the patient and we treat the label. In holistic medicine, especially in Chinese medicine, we treat the patient."

To learn more about New York College of Health Professionals and the Oriental Medicine program, you can visit