Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’s best acupuncturist’

It’s Not Just Needles and Herbs: How to choose an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Practitioner of Oriental Medicine

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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You’re looking for an acupuncturist. You launch your browser and type Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine Philadelphia into the search field.  Enter.  Pages and pages of results load as you wonder:  what should I be looking for? How do I know which acupuncturist is best for me? Who has the most extensive education and training? Who can offer a full range of treatment options including both acupuncture and herbal medicine?

There are certain steps you can take to make the most informed decision. Licensing requirements vary widely by state and most, but not all, acupuncture schools combine acupuncture and herbal training. So, it is important to know what you are looking for. Licensed Acupuncturists have credentials that use the term L.Ac. or M.Ac. In Pennsylvania, practitioners who have studied Chinese Herbal medicine have taken at least an additional 700 hours of training. Even if you are not necessarily interested in taking herbal medicine that distinction and commitment to additional training, education and specialization is important. Coursework expands entry level training so that more complex principals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease from a Chinese medical paradigm are explored.

While people who have completed this class may be registered with the State as an L.OM. or a licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine, it’s ideal to find a practitioner that has gone the “extra mile” and has become Board certified in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M. NCCAOM). This entails not only passing the National Board for Foundational Theory, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine, but also passing the Board certification for Western Biomedicine. This distinction shows a professional commitment not only to Chinese medicine but to having a comprehensive grasp of Western medicine principals, treatments and appropriate referrals. 

In Pennsylvania, less than 8% of licensed acupuncturists have undergone the educational and Board certification rigors to be licensed in Oriental Medicine. This means that the majority of practicing acupuncturists have not demonstrated a command of Chinese herbology or advanced treatment principals for a recognized Board of professionals.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the premier certifying organization recognized by the Oriental Medical profession.  A non-profit established in 1982, the mission of NCCAOM is to establish and promote standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. NCCAOM certification is a professional distinction and it requires 60 hours of additional study every four years. While not required, my passion for Chinese Medicine and providing the best treatment and health outcomes for my patients has driven me to study an average of 150 hours each year – or 600 hours every four years (compared to the minimum requirement of 60 hours). These studies have included two-year advanced courses in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. They have also included studies in chronic autoimmune conditions, care for patients undergoing cancer therapy and dermatology, while also going deeper and integrating into my specialty of pain management.

Selecting a practitioner with a NCCAOM certification in Oriental Medicine ensures that you will be treated with the most comprehensive clinical expertise and the highest level of professional integrity. Oriental Medicine is more than needles and herbs. Mastery of the curriculum requires years of advanced coursework and clinical practice. The Diplomate of Oriental Medicine has demonstrated competence in nutritional principles, biomedicine, herbalism and Oriental medical theory in addition to acupuncture. OM certification expands the acupuncturist’s diagnostic and treatment resources, allowing her to create the most comprehensive, individualized healing plan for each client.

Sharon Sherman holds a NCCAOM certification in Oriental Medicine, placing her nationally among the highest trained in the art and science of acupuncture and the Chinese Medical model, as well as the prescribing of Chinese herbal medicine.

 

Thanks for Your Support – Empirical Point Acupuncture Makes the Philly Hot List, AGAIN!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Empirical Point Acupuncture has again been named one of Philadelphia’s top acupuncture practices, according to this year’s PHL 17 Hot List
It’s an honor to be chosen as one of the region’s top practices and we are proud of the achievement. As you know, we strive to offer our patients the most comprehensive, informed and whole-body approach to actively managing their health and well-being. Providing patients with treatment regimens that impact their health and can change their outlook on their day-to-day lives is our proudest accomplishment…but, being recognized for it is also wonderful.
Thanks again!

Empirical Point Acupuncture Named “Philadelphia’s Best in Acupuncture” by Insight Magazine

Friday, February 24th, 2012
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Empirical Point Acupuncture voted best in Philly

Here at Empirical Point Acupuncture, we are fortunate to get inquiries from patients, researchers, physicians and reporters on a fairly regular basis. We love that people want to know more about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and we are proud to be a resource, engaging in conversation and providing our thoughts and educational information on health topics ranging from how to treat achy knees to healthy eating and from stress relief to how to finally quit smoking.

So, when Insight Magazine called and told us they were reviewing several local acupuncture practices, we were happy to give them a tour and offer a treatment session.

Great news – in the magazine’s most recent issue, Empirical Point Acupuncture was named “Philadelphia’s Best in Acupuncture” and we are honored. Here are a few excerpts from the article, which you can read here:

Feeling taken care of is an understatement after a visit at Empirical Point, as Sherman is gracious and calming—not only caring for my pain points in acupuncture, but for my well-being in general.

Her comprehensive approach to learning about new clients includes an in depth questionnaire which helps provide important details into how Sherman will heal each client. I thoroughly enjoyed our in-depth consultation, allowing me to express my points of discomfort. Sharon wanted to help loosen my stress knots and relieve knee pain I had been having, in just one session.

Ultimately, Empirical Point offers excellent results in just one hour-long session in peaceful surroundings. It doesn’t hurt that, after visiting Sharon’s Chestnut Hill location, I learned that Empirical Point is one of the cleanest, more comforting acupuncture locations in Philadelphia.

We want to thank Insight Magazine for this designation, but remain most dedicated to being the “best” in our patients’ eyes. So, we’ll celebrate this award for a bit, but will continue to focus our 2012 efforts on helping you achieve your long-term health goals.

Thanks – YOU are the best!