All kinds of questions can come up when you’ve decided to find an acupuncturist.
Where to begin?
Which style of acupuncture is best for me?
How do I make sense of the differing kinds of training that people billing themselves of “acupuncturists” receive?
What can I expect in an acupuncture treatment?
How will I know it is helping me?
All these are really good questions.
And worth asking of any medical practitioner when you think about it.
Our guest on this show has studied both in the USA and in Asia, is the president of an acupuncture school and has some pertinent advice on what to consider when you are considering acupuncture.
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1:45 Changes in acupuncture training over the years.
13:39 Acupuncturists are trained in accredited schools.
15:26 How acupuncturists are licensed. And differences from state to state
18:06 What to look for in a Chinese medicine herbalist.
21:01 A brief introduction to some of the different streams of thought and acupuncture traditions.
33:59 A quick look at some of the micro systems of acupuncture.
35:47 What if you are brand new to this and trying to figure out who to see?
41:04 What’s considered a fair “trial” of acupuncture to evaluate how it will work for you?
44:18 Another important consideration for patients in evaluating the treatment they receive.
49:58 What you can expect from a visit to an acupuncturist.
101:51 About the different kinds of training that different people who practice “Acupuncture” might have. There is a significant difference in hours of training between licensed acupuncturists, medical doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists.
Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.(China), E.A.M.P., received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco (1993). He then studied Chinese language and medicine in Taiwan for several years.
He has written numerous articles and translated several Chinese medical texts, including the classic of Chinese herbal medicine, “Shang Han Lun (On Cold Damage)”. Craig completed his PhD at the China Academy of Chinese Medicine (Beijing, China) in the summer of 2006.
Craig has been working at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) since 2002 and he is the current president of the Institute. At SIOM, he is a clinic supervisor and teaches classes on herbal medicine and medical Chinese. Craig also maintains a private practice in Seattle.
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
444 NE Ravenna Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98115
Teaching clinic: www.siomclinic.org
Private practice: www.craigmitchell.us