Quote from Josh L.Ac.
It is an error to assume that a master's degree-level (or beyond) acupuncture training program focuses only on the didactic aspect of acupuncture and ignores the "spirit" of the medicine, and it is a logical fallacy to conversely conclude that a "barefoot doctor" training program is better because of the training avoids standardized tests.
You are quite correct that would be an error. Neither should be assumed. However the only "guarantee" (insofar as anything is certain) is that someone who has passed a multiple choice test had certain book knowledge available when that test was taken.
They may be most adept. They may also a hack.
Similarly a village/barefoot doctor can only be assumed to have been convincing to patients in the past.
They might be adept. They might also be a hack.
It largely depends on the situation. I personally would want a person with a very strong neigung foundation,
quite apart from the clinical skills or the book knowledge (both of which are highly desirable).
One of the biggest ramifications of playing acupuncture without a solid foundation is that it leaves the practitioner much more open to be seduced by their own personal anecdote.
It is always difficult to determine if A caused B or if it merely preceded it. Without a strong acupuncture foundation, this determination becomes much more challenging.
This determination is highly challenging and generally suspect in any event, which is the irreducible problem with holism. But I'm sure you knew that.. you are a smart guy.
Bonus points if you can guess my "Five Element" diagnosis.
I'm afraid I'm not following you on this one. I understand Wuxing principle of course, are you implying some sort of relationship between the creative/destructive cycle and the question of acupuncture education?
I also note (sadly) you didn't bother to answer the "how long have you been doing neigung?" question..
As I said.. it's not that I don't think you are largely correct.. I just think there should be some wiggle room for the outliers. Most folks in the fat part of the bell curve should be learning from books, especially in today's society (IMO).