Seeking Treatment: What to Ask
There are varying education requirements for people who perform acupuncture. (See FAQs) Be aware of the requirements in your state and ask questions regarding education when you call an acupuncturist.
You can go to www.nccaom.org and search for a certified acupuncturist in your area. The practitioners listed on this site have passed national board exams.
It may be helpful to search for an acupuncturist online. Check out websites, search for reviews at “google places”, “yelp”, etc.
There are many different acupuncture styles and techniques. Acupuncture is an art form and each practitioner is unique. If you have received acupuncture before and did not have success, it does not mean another acupuncturist cannot help you.
Do a brief phone interview. Ask about the practitioner’s education, if they treat your condition, their style of treatment, what happens during a new patient treatment and if you will be able to ask additional questions during your first appointment. This initial communication is brief but helpful to determine if the practitioner is a good fit for your healthcare needs.
Remember, there is a practitioner out there for everyone. If you don’t feel comfortable with the person you are seeing, try another acupuncturist. Ask your friends or family for a referral to someone with whom they feel comfortable.
We hope you are able to find your Good Health.