This stuff really isn’t super interesting. . . and it’s also super important.
Whether or not you and I work together, I hope you’ll do the research to ensure any healthcare practitioner you choose is a well-trained professional you want to work with. And in terms of acupuncture, it’s not all the same; many people practicing acupuncture may not have had extensive training. </EndPSA.>
I graduated from a four-year Master’s level program in Oriental Medicine with a focus on classical studies at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC.
The “Daoist” part of Daoist Traditions comes from the teaching influence of Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th-generation Daoist priest in the Jade Purity tradition. As part of the 3,000+ hour program, I completed a 2-year practical internship during which I treated clients with acupuncture and herbal medicine under supervision of licensed acupuncturists.
Master Yuen’s professional purpose is to ensure the dissemination of classical Chinese medicine to students and practitioners in the west. “Classical” Chinese medicine is in contradistinction to “Traditional” Chinese medicine (TCM,) which is the modern school of Chinese medicine standardized after the fall of the dynasties and the inception of communism in China.
Graduating from a school is not enough to legally practice in most states; candidates must pass national board exams in order to be eligible for licensure.
The National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) designs the national board examinations and provides national certification. NCCAOM offers different types of certification; I am a diplomate in Oriental medicine (Dipl. OM.,) which means that I am nationally certified to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine. Currently, my NCCAOM status is inactive and I am not treating clients.
Different US states give their acupuncturists different titles, but most states require NCCAOM certification, which means the level of training among most entry-level acupuncturists is about the same.
I am licensed in Virginia, my official title is “licensed acupuncturist” (L.Ac.), and my license is regulated by the Virginia Board of Medicine.