The best way to choose a TCM doctor is to ask questions.
First ask friends whether they have a herbalist, and if so, would they recommend him/her? Using Chinese medicine practitioner’s website is usually the best way to get detail information about TCM doctor and his / her personality, as well as practice.
There are also many online registries of Chinese medicine practitioners, such as NCCAOM— the national board for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in USA, which handles national examinations and issues certificates which are required for licensing in most of States to practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina – Chinese therapeutic massage in the USA. Currently, there are over 10,000 professionally qualified TCM practitioners registered with NCCAOM ,which provides Chinese medicine practitioners contact information by state.
You should ask the provider some questions to decide how helpful the TCM doctor is.
*Does this TCM doctor assure you that the body heals itself and that the Chinese medicine give opportunity to heal?
*Does this TCM doctor make you feel that you can trust him or her?
*Can this TCM doctor answer your questions to your satisfaction?
*Does this TCM doctor teach you why you might be ill in the first place?
*Does this TCM doctor listen to you or understand you ( Some Chinese may be poor in spoken English)?
*Do you feel uncomfortable with your TCM doctor?
Remember–lack of trust can hinder the healing.
Remember–any healthcare professional, that offers a quick fix to all problems, is not offering healthcare. There are no magic bullets or miracle cures. Take care!
And if a provider’s fee schedule is very low (based on your common sense ), you should question the quality of his / her practice.