Achieving Wellness & Pain Relief through Ancient Traditions, Acupuncture & Plant-based Medicine

FAQ

What is TCM?

What is acupuncture?

What does it treat?

How does a practitioner know where to put the needles?

What is TCM diagnosis?

Does it hurt?

Is it safe?

What can I expect at my first appointment?

How do I recognize a qualified practitioner?

What is TCM Herbology?

How many treatments will I need?

What training do you have in Acupuncture?

Training in Herbs?

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How do I find a qualified practitioner?

To obtain the best health care, seek a practitioner who has been comprehensively trained in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Years of intensive training are required for the Chinese medicine practitioner to determine the pathology of imbalance in a patient, and to know how to proceed to reestablish the proper balance to improve health.

In China, practitioners are given the title Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD), and the length of study requirements are comparable to MDs, Naturopaths, and Chiropractors in the United States. Although some states within the U.S. assign the designation of Doctor of Oriental Medicine to acupuncturists who are board certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the title varies according to individual state statute, but is usually Licensed Acupuncturist.

44 states have set standards for the practice of acupuncture by Licensed Acupuncturists. Professionals bearing this title are usually required to have at least 3 to 4 years of specialized graduate level training in acupuncture from nationally accredited colleges of acupuncture, & to be board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which sets the highest standards for training & examination in the field. Licensed Acupuncturists in Oregon are regulated by the Oregon Medical Board.

Additionally, for more advanced practitioners in the comprehensive system of Oriental medicine of which acupuncture is a branch, seek Licensed Acupuncturists with degrees in Oriental Medicine, and the Diplomate in Oriental Medicine certification (Dipl. O.M.).

Comprehensive Herbal Training

In the hands of a qualified herbal practitioner, Chinese herbs are effective and safe. Careful attention to dosage and combinations of herbs, as well as known drug-herb interactions, are covered in comprehensive Chinese herbal medicine education programs.

Not all licensed acupuncturists are herbal pharmacologists, although many will have some education in Chinese herbs. Some states require acupuncturists to have complete herbal training, along with NCCAOM board certification in Chinese herbology, but many states do not.

A well-trained Chinese herbal pharmacologist will have graduated from a 4 year graduate level program of Oriental medicine and will be board certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology, or as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (which includes both the acupuncture and herbology certifications, and represents the most complete level of certification available).

It is important to be aware that professional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine who have complete herbal training and NCCAOM board certification in Oriental herbology have received, by far, the most extensive education in the use of herbs when compared to that of any other licensed health professional in the United States, including naturopaths, chiropractors, and medical doctors

Board Certified Herbalist

Kent Addleman, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., is not only an acupuncturist, but is also a board certified Chinese medicine herbalist. He is a graduate from a four year accredited college of traditional Chinese medicine, which included instruction in all aspects of the extensive Oriental medicine system. All core classes were instructed by Chinese doctors fully trained in Oriental medicine. The M.S.O.M. degree stands for Master of Oriental Medicine, an advanced degree which includes four years of training in Chinese herbology. Kent Addleman also has been awarded the NCCAOM board certification of Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, which can only be attained by graduates from four year accredited Oriental medicine programs who have also passed the difficult NCCAOM Chinese Herbology examination. 

It should be noted that NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology demonstrates the most comprehensive herbal training (of any kind) available in the United States. Most medical professionals, such as M.D.'s, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and massage therapists, receive no formal medical training in herbology, and thus have little, if any, expertise in the field. What training they may have is usually obtained in short, abreviated, weekend courses. Physicians, when they bother at all with herbal information, usually refer to the decidedly pro-pharmaceutical PDR manuals (Physician's Desk Reference) for information on herbs. Even ND's (naturopathic doctors available in some states) receive less hours in herbal training than the NCCAOM Diplomates of Oriental Medicine.