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Uncovering the Truth of Traditional Chinese Medicine

25. What to consider when switching to TCM. If you are thinking of using TCM, a certified practitioner is your safest choice. The federally recognized Accreditation… Rina - December 23, 2020
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25. What to consider when switching to TCM.

If you are thinking of using TCM, a certified practitioner is your safest choice. The federally recognized Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) accredits schools that teach acupuncture and TCM. You’ll also find doctors who denounce traditional Chinese medicine as pseudoscience and quackery, pointing to some of its most outlandish claims, like the ancient practice of prescribing firecrackers to chase away demons, or mysterious concepts still embraced, such as a nebulous life force called qi (a term translated literally as “the steam that rises from the rice”). Others rail against its use of animal parts and warn against the potential dangers of its herbal formulas.

Many of the states that license acupuncture require graduation from an ACAOM-accredited school. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offers separate certification programs in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Oriental bodywork. Make sure to do your research and consult a physician while making these decisions that will affect your overall health.

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org
https://www.tcmworld.org
https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2020.01066/full
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1043661820311907

 

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