Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How can I find a qualified TCM practitioner?

How can I find a qualified TCM practitioner?

To locate a qualified practitioner in your area, contact:

* The American Association of Oriental Medicine, http://www.aaom.org/ or 888-500-7999
* The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, http://www.nccaom.org/ or 703-548-9004
* The national Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, http://www.acuall.org or 253-851-6896
* The Institute of Traditional Medicine, http://www.itmonline.org or 503-233-4907

What is the future for TCM?

Already there are 35 Oriental medicine training programs in the United States. Recently, nine Chinese medical institutions and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine joined forces to study how TCM can be applied to Western medicine. Similarly, the University of Pittsburgh created an International TCM Center to coordinate research efforts with TCM institutions in China. Future research studies and clinical trials on TCM are needed to find out exactly how it works, and its effectiveness, safety, and cost.