If you are in the process of choosing an acupuncturist, you’ll basically need to take the same steps you would take to choose a traditional doctor. The following steps will help ensure that you find an acupuncturist that meets your needs.
Ask for Recommendations
Because acupuncture is so popular today, it’s fairly easy to find someone who has tried it. Look for someone who has had symptoms similar to your own that acupuncture has helped treat. Even though acupuncture has been used to treat general health problems, there are many that specialize in specific conditions. For example, if you are dealing with a sports injury of some sort, choosing an acupuncturist that specialize in this type of injury is important. There are also acupuncturists that specialize in fertility treatment. So, when you ask for recommendations, make sure that the person you’re asking was having a similar problem treated.
Credentials and Training
The majority of states call for non-physician acupuncturists to successfully pass an exam performed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Although acupuncture is categorized as Chinese medicine, practitioners still need to meet the criteria in order for their licenses to be valid. In addition, similar to other medical professionals, acupuncturists require specialized training in acupuncture techniques.
Interview the Acupuncturist You’re Considering
Have a list of questions ready regarding what’s involved in the treatment, how effective it will be for your condition, and how much it will cost says Samantha Jacobs of CT Acupuncture. In addition, the acupuncturist should be able to provide clear answers to all your questions. You can ask questions about how the they use acupuncture to treat patients, their safety practices, and training. These questions will help you determine if the acupuncturist you are interviewing has what it takes to treat your problem. It’s also important for the practitioner ask you questions so that they can develop a clear understanding of the issues you’re dealing with. In order to treat you effectively, the acupuncturist needs to have a clear picture of the problem (s) you’re dealing with.
Find Out if Your Insurance Covers Acupuncture Treatment
When choosing an acupuncturist, it’s important to make sure that they fall under your insurance company’s list of providers so that treatment is covered. It’s equally as important to ask the insurance company questions concerning the scope of coverage, including which issues meet their terms and conditions, the number of acupuncture treatments covered, etc.
Has a Clean, Organized Treatment Room
Ask for a tour of the facility, especially the treatment rooms which need to be clean in order to prevent the possibility of infection. For example, the treatment table should look clean and covered with a pristine cloth. Also check to see if the materials used for acupuncture treatment look like they are appropriately stored on shelves, on top of carts, inside tables, etc. Bottom line, get a feel for the room (does it look organized, sterile, etc.) Because acupuncture is a medical treatment that involves needles, it’s mandatory that they are sterile, used only once and disposed of appropriately.
Choosing an acupuncturist that meets your needs will be easy if you follow the recommendations listed here.