I have an interest in pursuing acupuncture training with additional training in western practioners modifications such as adding myofacial release points to the 15 meridians. There is a good paper discussing what acupuncture is and a critical analysis of the research that has been done in the following paper. http://www.annals.org http://www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/136/5/374.pdf "ACADEMIA AND CLINIC: Ted J. Kaptchuk Acupuncture: Theory, Efficacy, and Practice Ann Intern Med, Mar 2002; 136: 374 - 383." I read the AOA's positive statements about accupuncture, but I am unable to find much information about education at osteopathic schools. Google mostly yields results from Osteopaths in the UK which I understand are not physicians like the Osteopaths in the US. I was able to find an elective at Touro and a class for practicing physicians. I am not including the sources of information for these classes. In Oregon state Osteopathic physicians are granted the right to practice acupuncture. Though I would also seek licensing under OAA to be able to communicate and share with other acupuncture practitioners. http://licenseinfo.oregon.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=license_seng&link_item_id=1574 "In Oregon, a DO's scope of practice also includes the practice of acupuncture." http://www.oregonacupuncture.org/com_main.php There are schools which teach chinese medicine and classical chinese medicine. NCNM a naturopathic and classical chinese medicine college have strict attendence policies and emphasize the classical apsect of chinese medicine. I am able to use a model that I don't believe literally or directly, but I will need to be able to correlate the Qi model with knowledge of homeostasis from physiology, biochemistry, OMM for it to be useful to me. There is another school of chinese medicine in Portland that I am not very familiar with; Oriental College of Chinese Medicine. http://www.ncnm.edu/academics/classical_chinese_medicine_school.php http://www.ocom.edu/communityclinic/aboutacupuncture.html#1 We are able to describe natural phenomena utilizing simplified models that we continue to refine. How accurate is the model inside of the specified boundaries. Engineers design antennas using Maxwell's equations which work well for this problem, though a model base upon quantum mechanics is a better description of the physical phenomena. Some economic models utilize game theory because traditional modeling methods do not work well.