How Do I Choose an Acupuncturist?
The State of Tennessee began licensing acupuncturists in 2003. You should seek out a licensed acupuncturist trained in an ACAOM approved school who is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM. ACAOM approval insures a well rounded education of at least 3 years duration in both Chinese and Western medical theory including a minimum of 700 clinical hours.
Most medical doctors and chiropractors who practice acupuncture have only 150-200 hours of total training. While their western medical background may provide additional benefits, they are not versed in the subtleties of TCM. Be sure to ask about their background and experience. Finally, choose someone you feel comfortable with, who will answers your questions, and willingly communicates expectations and feedback.