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How do I know if a practitioner is professionally trained in Chinese herbal medicine?

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How do I know if a practitioner is professionally trained in Chinese herbal medicine?

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Although Chinese herbal medicines are safe when prescribed by a trained, knowledgeable practitioner, they are strong medicine. Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patients specific ailment. Chinese herbal medicine may be part of the testing done where acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession. Ask your practitioner if your state requires a license to practice; about half the states do. In states that do not currently require licensing, patients should ask their practitioner if they are certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). NCCAOM has created a certification process for Chinese herbal medicine. Practitioners who have passed that certification are entitled to add the abbreviation Dipl.C.H. (Diplomat of Chinese Herbs) after their names. 4.

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Although Chinese herbal medicines are safe when prescribed by a trained, knowledgeable practitioner, they are strong medicine. Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient’s specific ailment.

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Although Chinese herbs are safe when prescribed by a well-trained, knowledgeable practitioner, they are strong medicine. Chinese herbal doctor generally needs longer training than an acupuncturist does. Ask your practitioner about where the training had taken place, how long the training was, and how long he or she has been in practice. Patients should also ask if the practitioner has passed a certification exam for Chinese herbal medicine, set up by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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