Acupuncture doctors, also known as acupuncturists, have sprung up in great numbers around the world over the past decade. Certifications are available through many schools and organizations who want to take the profession to a new level. Of course, as with any health professional, care and research should be taken when choosing an acupuncture doctor before receiving any treatment. A few ways to tap into their qualifications would be to check their credentials, references and probably the most important check would be to get patient testimonials.
As with any profession, the level of experience can vary greatly from one acupuncturist to the next and although experience isn’t necessarily a determiner of competency it doesn’t hurt to know – if for no other reason than peace of mind. If you are new to these kinds of treatments, it may best to meet a veteran whom can teach you the basics of the practice and what it can do for you.
Always Verify References
Everyone looks good on paper but do the references check out and does a potential acupuncture doctor have references for you to verify their training? Is the school or organization they attended qualified to train acupuncturists? Verifying this information before agreeing to treatment is a smart idea.
Another factor to consider before making that final choice includes, talking with many acupuncturists, both experienced and less experienced to do a side by side comparison. Taking the time to do an in-depth analysis up front will pay off and help ensure the find the best, most qualified acupuncturist that you feel comfortable with.
How many individual clients has the acupuncture doctor-assisted? Can the clients be contacted directly or do they have endorsed testimonials backing their work? In today’s society, finding this information could take less time than you think. Ask your potential acupuncture doctor for the client numbers to contact for their services – only if a privacy agreement will not be broken.
New acupuncturists should attract credible sources that are willing to endorse their work, but if you can not check, it may not be worth it. Some individuals require direct information if they are cynical of the acupuncturist’s credentials which are understandable but try not to disrespect the doctor if they can’t provide client information – it is the law.
Finding the right doctor will take time and research but the more you learn about the profession, the better you’ll be able to judge who knows their stuff when your meet with them. And because your health is of utmost importance you need to take the task of choosing an acupuncturist with the same zeal you go about buying a home or selecting a school for your children.