How To Choose The Right Acupuncturist?

Updated: Jan 9

An acupuncturist is a proponent for alternative medicine, who specializes in a group of treatments that fall under Acupuncture, a subset of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many people assume that acupuncture is all about the needles that are inserted throughout the body, but there are numerous techniques involved in acupuncture that are used in the restoration and maintenance of good health and prevention of illness. Although Acupuncture is from the eastern part of the world, it has gained huge popularity in the western parts of the world. So, choosing the right acupuncturist is of prime importance so as to get the best experience. It could be a daunting task to figure out who could be the best fit for you, especially when you have never experienced acupuncture before.


Here are some tips on how to choose the right acupuncturist that fits your needs.


1. Identify Your Needs: Acupuncturists can treat a wide range of health conditions such as fertility, chronic pain, allergies, insomnia, sleep disorders, migraines and even help recover from drug addiction and smoking. So, figuring out why you want to choose acupuncture treatment can help you find the best acupuncturist to meet your needs and requirements. Remember that an acupuncturist not only treats medical conditions but also helps maintain overall health and well being by treating stress, anxiety and other lifestyle-related problems.


2. Check for the qualification: It is imperative to find out if the acupuncture health care provider is a certified acupuncturist who has exceptional knowledge on the human body from the perspective of this specific field and that who could treat a wide range of health conditions for the betterment of your health. An acupuncturist must be certified as a practitioner of acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine who use Dipl.Ac.( Diplomate of Acupuncture) or Dipl. O.M. Diplomate of Oriental Medicine after their names. Even an MD or a DO who is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and had finished 100-200 hours of training in acupuncture has L.Ac. after his name can offer acupuncture treatment.


3. Get Referrals from Family and Friends: Before you start extensive research for an acupuncturist, try to get referrals from someone you know, who had experienced acupuncture before. Even your family doctor or a health care professional can have recommendations of good acupuncturists you may want to visit by expressing your specific need to have an acupuncture treatment.


4. Read Online Reviews: Online search can help you to a great extent in finding the best acupuncturists. Follow Google or the yelp reviews to find a popular acupuncturist, visit their website and get information about the services offered. Make sure to learn as much as you can before you plan a visit to the acupuncturist you want to have the treatment with.


5. Look for the facilities: You will get the best results only when you receive acupuncture treatment with the best facilities, as it a place to relax and rejuvenate yourself totally and completely for over a fixed period of time. Acupuncture covers a wide spectrum of facilities from simple to comfortable bedding, sterile to clinical treatment procedures, flamboyant to a spa-like experience. You can get these details from their very own website or do pay a personal visit to look for the facilities offered.


6. Check for the Insurance: Make sure to find out if you are lucky enough to have a plan that covers acupuncture. It’s important to find if acupuncture is covered under insurance, if so what is the deductible, amount that could be reimbursed for each visit, and cap on the number of visits that could be covered. If your treatment continues for a longer period such as cancer support, please find out how many treatments would be reimbursed.


Finally, go with someone who listens to you, understands your need and help you through the journey of healing. If you are looking for the best acupuncturist, we at NY FOUR SEASONS ACUPUNCTURE & Wellness work together with our patients to provide optimal care and guidance for the progress and betterment of their health and living.

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