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Traditional Chinese Medicine

This ancient holistic treatment aims to heal not just physical symptoms, but to balance one's yin with one's yang.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Certification And Licensing

Certification and licensing varies by the type of TCM practiced. For example, acupuncture is generally subject to strict licensing in the United States, though the actual standards vary from state to state.

Typical requirements include attendance at a school certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), completion of a course on clean needle handling, and the passing of an exam administered by the NCCAOM.

Some top schools include the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the New York College of Health Professions, PCU College of Holistic Medicine, and Everglades University.

Other TCM practices, like gua sha, have no certification or licensing requirements in the United States, though these techniques are taught at many acupuncture schools. Regardless, make sure to ask your practitioner about her training.

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