If an alternative approach to medical care appeals to you, acupuncture will be a great fit. The practice has also been used along with traditional medicine with great success. A trusted acupuncturist will be your partner in dealing with symptoms and supporting your healing and wellness. The important thing to keep in mind is that finding a great acupuncturist is crucial when it comes to successful treatment results.
The following tips will help you find the perfect acupuncturist.
Ask for Referrals
The best way to find a great acupuncturist is by asking for a referral from someone you know who has undergone treatments for your specific condition or at least were happy with their results. Ask the referral about the acupuncturist’s communication skills, strengths, etc. If you don’t know anyone who has tried acupuncture, look up reviews online.
Check out Their Credentials
Be sure to check out the credentials of the acupuncturist you are considering, making sure that they have the necessary training and skills to perform acupuncture. In addition, confirm that they don’t have a history of disciplinary actions or any malpractice claims. There are state and other medical grade websites online (healthgrades.com) where you can find out about the acupuncturist’s education, training, certifications, disciplinary information and more.
Because there are many variables involved with acupuncture treatment, you’ll want to find someone who is familiar and experienced with your specific ailment. An acupuncturist who has been practicing for a while will more than likely have the background and experience necessary to treat most illnesses. Someone who is fresh out of school, while still being good at what they do, won’t have the hands on experience that you may want your first time trying acupuncture.
Evaluate Communication Style
Besides experience, it’s always a plus to find an acupuncturist who freely explains the process and that you feel comfortable talking to. During your consultation (always a good idea before you make your choice), determine whether or not they welcome your questions and answer them in an easy to understand manner. Your acupuncturist should show an interest in learning more about you, one who will consider your treatment preferences, and who will treat you with respect when addressing your concerns.
To get the most out of your insurance benefits and pay least out-of-pocket for your treatment, find out if the acupuncturist you are considering is covered by your plan. If acupuncture is covered by your plan, you’ll still want to take the time to research the available practitioners, considering their experience, credentials and background.
Chinese medicine and Acupuncture have been proven to be incredibly powerful and restorative. That said, it is not always a quick fix because your acupuncturist won’t just address the symptoms – their main objective will be to get to the underlying cause of the problem. Some people experience 80% improvement after only one or two sessions, however this isn’t the case for everyone. Even if it takes time in your case, the end results will be well worth the wait.
Health and wellness is more than a state of mind. It’s the act of choosing to live a healthier and more fulfilling life – finding a great acupuncturist will help make it possible.