Saturday, June 9, 2012

Chinese Herbal Medicine featured on Dr. Oz show

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine as practiced by a Licensed Acupuncturist.  A Licensed Acupuncturist has at least a 3-4 year master's degree in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine from an accredited program. (Programs are accredited through the ACAOM.  The ACAOM is the accreditation body directed by the U.S. Department of Education to certify acupuncture programs.  They only certify master's and doctorate level degree programs in this medicine.)

The Dr. Oz Show featured a short segment on Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy with a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) Practitioner, Janet Tsai.  She talks about three very basic types of remedies and their forms:  tea, powder, and tincture.  She also shows an acu-point, one of the "Anmian" (translated "peaceful sleep") points, to Dr. Oz for acupressure to improve sleep.  The basic conditions touched on during the program are fatigue, stress, and insomnia.  For a full evaluation and Chinese Herbal remedy prescription, you must see your nationally board certified Acupuncturist who is also trained in Chinese Herbal Medicine. [Designated as a "Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.)" or "Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (Dipl. C.H.)" through the NCCAOM.]

To view the episode, check out these two links to the late February 2012 show.
Dr. Oz Show, Chinese Herbal Remedies with nationally board certified Acupuncturist Janet Tsai part 1.
Chinese Herbal Remedies with Janet Tsai, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., part 2

For more on NCCAOM (nationally board certified practitioners in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), check out the NCCAOM website and the blogpost "What is the Education of Your Acupuncturist?".

For more on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for insomnia, check out these blog posts:

How is your Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep Medications
More Sleep Resources
Short Courses: Learn Acu-tack to Treat Insomnia in Servicemembers


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