Sometimes you don’t have a choice in finding a qualified acupuncturist. But those are rare emergencies. Follow these ideas to get one that you can depend on when are in need.
Determine if the acupuncturist can see the difference between the symptoms and the cause. If you are experiencing a headache, does the acupuncturist look to the cause of the headache or just prescribe acupuncture? Is a history taken to explore head injuries or other symptoms? In a fast-paced world, it is important to make sure that the acupuncturist questions why things are happening to you instead of just addressing complaints.
Before visiting an acupuncturist deliberate whether your acupuncturist accepts insurance, most importantly your insurance. Measure the differences in payment to convenience and understand if the option your choosing really is what you are hoping for.
If you feel that your acupuncturist has not been meeting your needs for whatever reason, it behooves you to find a new acupuncturist that best fits your wants and needs. You are putting yourself at risk if there is any disruption in the acupuncturist/patient relationship.
If the acupuncturist has a presence on the Web, you can check to see what types of social media they are connected to. This can let you see how they interact with patients and the public in general in a social setting. You can determine if they spend their time offering health tips and advice, or if they spend their time ranting and complaining.
Select an acupuncturist that you feel completely comfortable with. If you don’t feel comfortable with your acupuncturist or find yourself questioning their judgment, it is important that you not go back. It may take more time to find an acupuncturist that you are completely comfortable with, but doing so will be worth it in the end.
Do not allow your acupuncturist to ignore or scoff at a reoccurring acupuncture problem. It is his or her job to address your health problems and provide the best solutions for them. Bring it up to their attention and if they still don’t listen you can find a new acupuncturist.
A good acupuncturist understands not to make snap judgments based upon how patients present themselves, but understands that the patients will make snap judgments of them. The acupuncturist will not take this personally and will maintain a professional appearance and attitude.
A good acupuncturist will explain interactions your acupuncture have with everyday food. Some acupuncture will not be effective when combined with certain foods. The acupuncturist should explain this to you before you leave the office. You should not have to call back and ask.
When looking to see if an acupuncturist is board certified remember that empathy and respect are not measurable through a test. Acupuncturists do not have to be board certified – some have not taken it, some may have failed. Do not base your judgment on this alone.