Herbal medicine has been traditionally used to treat virtually any ailment under the sun. Herbs can be helpful in both acute and chronic conditions. Topical formulas and liniments can help with dermatological issues and some pain conditions, and internal formulas work to correct deeper imbalances. Chinese herbal formulas can also work like food therapy in promoting health and longevity over the long term.
Herbal medicine can be extremely beneficial to your health, which is why it is of the utmost importance to complete a full herbal consultation with a trained professional before taking any form of herbal medicine. NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine is currently the highest standard to ensure that a practitioner has the necessary skill to prescribe these medicinals safely and effectively. The years of rigorous training required of a NCCAOM-certified practitioner stand in stark contrast to that of other healthcare practitioners and lay persons such as DCs, RNs, or even MDs who are currently allowed to recommend herbal treatment within this state.
In addition to graduating from an accredited program, a NCCAOM Diplomate must demonstrate competency by passing certification exams in the Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Biomedicine. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was established in 1982 as a nonprofit with the aim of “establishing, assessing, and promoting recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.”