Where Can I Study Acupuncture In South Africa

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body.

Acupuncture is a pseudoscience; the theories and practices of TCM are not based on scientific knowledge, and it has been characterized as quackery.

Where Can I Study Acupuncture In South Africa?

Postgraduate Diploma in Acupuncture – University of Johannesburg.


The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Acupuncture is to provide existing healthcare professionals with knowledge of the principles, practices, and safety issues of the use of acupuncture techniques.

The qualifying graduate will be able to competently apply and integrate clinical approaches that optimize the use of the various employed techniques in acupuncture therapeutics; incorporate acupuncture as a treatment modality in their practice as clinically indicated; and be able to integrate modern medical science and acupuncture diagnostics and therapeutics to improve patient care and satisfaction. The graduate will also be a team player capable of working in multidisciplinary teams to promote the profession.

Admission Requirements

Master of Technology (M. Tech) Homoeopathy, M. Tech Chiropractic, Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of surgery (MBChB), Double Bachelor from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) (BSc Complementary Health Science plus a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: Phytotherapy, Naturopathy, or Unani-Tibb). Applications from persons with other related qualifications will be considered by a constituted status committee in line with the University and Faculty regulations.

How do I become an acupuncturist in South Africa?

To be an acupuncturist in South Africa, you will need a bachelor’s degree. You can either take a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (BSc Complementary Medicine) or a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine( BHSc CM).

How long is an acupuncture course?

three years

It takes three years of training on our acupuncture courses to qualify with a BSc in Acupuncture, apply to register with the professional body, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and start work as a fully qualified acupuncturist. It is also possible to take the BSc course part-time over up to six years.