Brazos Minshew and Oriental Medicine

Brazos Minshew is a Board Certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

He was first licensed in 1985, became Board Certified in 1990 and earned his Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in 1993.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Its mission is to assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting national evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing.

An acupuncturist may be consulted for specific symptoms and conditions such as pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraine, hormone disorders, intestinal disorders, addiction and a plethora of other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the above conditions and many more as being responsive to acupuncture treatment.

Oriental herbal medicine, also known as Oriental herbology is one of the primary modalities within the scope of Oriental medicine. Oriental herbology includes treatment with substances such as plants, roots, minerals and more. Like acupuncture, Oriental herbology has evolved as an integral part of Oriental medicine and is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body.

As a part its mission, the NCCAOM is dedicated to promoting nationally accredited certification programs and certified practitioners (Diplomates) to consumers and the public. NCCAOM accomplishes this by continuously offering customized services and publications for Diplomates to promote their certification such as marketing and consumer brochures, press packets, statistics about the profession and online continuing educational courses. These tools inform consumers about the benefits of choosing an NCCAOM certified practitioner.

All of NCCAOM’s certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institution for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). NCCA standards for accreditation exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission. NCCAOM certification and/or the passing of the NCCAOM certification examination(s) are recognized for licensure by 43 states including the District of Columbia (which represents 98 percent of the states that regulate licensure of acupuncturists). Since the organization’s inception, the NCCAOM has issued more than 21,000 certificates in Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, Oriental herbology and Asian bodywork therapy.

It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation “Diplomate (NCCAOM)”. NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in acupuncture since the inception of the Commission. In 2007, the NCCAOM celebrated its 25th Anniversary, along with its sister organizations the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). As a tribute to the tireless volunteers and staff that devoted countless hours to the success of the organization, the NCCAOM dedicated its NCCAOM® 25th Year Anniversary Commemorative Booklet as a thank you to their immense contributions.


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