Let’s face it. By the time you’ve decided to give acupuncture a try, you’ve probably been in pain or discomfort for a long time. The doctors and the drugs just haven’t worked. Now you’re ready to give acupuncture a shot.
Just how to you find the right person to wield those tiny needles you hope will bring relief? There are excellent acupuncturists and ones you might want to avoid. If you’re lucky, a friend or co-worker could point you in the right direction. If you’re starting from scratch, however, check the credentials of a practitioner before you even think about making an appointment.
Most states require a license to become an acupuncturist. The requirements to obtain a license may vary from state to state. So take the next step and check to see if the practitioner is nationally certified. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) has established standards and a code of ethics for acupuncturists. NCCAOM certification indicates one has met the national standards for safety and competence.
Once you’ve found qualified practitioners, you might want to narrow your choices to those who specialize in relieving the type of pain you’re experiencing. Some acupuncturists specialize in working with women going through in vitro fertilization. Whatever your need, make calls, check websites and visit practitioner offices.
You’ve been in pain long enough. Acupuncture may well ease that pain and the emotional distress that goes with it. Successful treatment could be just around the corner, especially if the acupuncturist you choose is the one you need.