There are three important attributes that a doctor of Chinese medicine must have, or be willing to cultivate. They are:
1. A good knowledge of classical Chinese literature. Most Chinese medical writings were in ancient Chinese characters, not simplified modern Chinese. Therefore, you need to have a decent literary background to properly understand the original Chinese writings.
2. A philosophical approach to life and healing. In Chinese medicine, the diagnosis is systematic, requiring a logical, step-by-step approach. Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the whole picture, and gain an overall perspective.
3. A humble approach to money. Chinese doctors are not in it for the money. Why? There are two reasons. The first is that in the U.S., traditional Chinese medicine is not largely covered by insurance; therefore, consultations are much cheaper than with a regular GP. Commonly, a Chinese medical practitioner will only charge $20 for a consultation, or perhaps 30 or $40 for acupuncture.
A good Chinese doctor exhibit genuine sympathy towards his or her clients, and want to help them to live a healthy life. This is the starting point, and cannot be overlooked.