Although herbal medicines are safe when prescribed by a trained and knowledgeable practitioner, they are strong medicines. Patients should ask about where the practitioner was trained, how long the training was, how long he/she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient's specific ailment. Most importantly, find out the background of the herbal medicine specialist. (e.g. experience, knowledge, years of education, years of medical excellence, good reputation, RESULTS, etc.) Ask about the qualifications first. In the state of California, the Board of Medical Quality Assurance certifies those who pass a state board qualifying examination. We hope that you have found answers to questions about herbal medicine. To locate a qualified herbal medicine specialist, call Agape Acupuncture at 949.877.8889