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Raleigh Acupuncture: Five Tips To Finding the Right Acupuncturist For Your Needs in Raleigh

Raleigh acupunctureAcupuncture is rapidly gaining respect and acceptance within doctors’ offices and hospitals as scientific evidence and studies of its efficacy continue to gain publication and recognition. With a variety of treatments geared towards anything from back pain to fertility, headaches, depression, insomnia, and even chemotherapy side effects, Acupuncture is being raved about by many patients who use it as a modality because they consistently get results they need. But how do you find the right Acupuncturist to fit your needs? These five tips can help:

  1. Check to see that your practitioner has a current license:Each state has an organization and licensing board. An Acupuncturist does not have to be a physician but should definitely have an updated state license. Requirements vary by state, but include an average of 2,700 hours of training during a 4 year master’s degree program, and a series of written National exams at one of more than 65 accredited US acupuncture schools. Check the NCCAOM at nccaom.org for a list of National Diplomats, and check your state Acupuncture Licensing Board for a list of active Licensees in your local area.NOTE: Western Medical Doctors (MDs) who practice acupuncture do not need a state acupuncture license but are required by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture to have a “Certificate” which consists of on average 100 hours of training without a written National exam.
  2. Read your practitioner’s website: Your Acupuncturist’s website is a wonderful resource of information and exemplifies their presence and branding on the web. You can glean a lot of information about their educational background, their style, and the services they offer, as well as get a general feel for their clinic and business/clinical experience. Often times their website will have a “Testimonials” page for you to read about other patients’ and Doctors/Practitioners’ experiences and opinions of their expertise and professionalism.
  3. Ask about your Acupuncturist’s specialization: While all Acupuncturists are trained as general practitioners, most likely they will each have an area of specialization or clinical focus. Ask about what your Acupuncturist specializes in to determine if he/she has more training or clinical experience in the field you are researching for yourself. These areas of focus can range from Pain Management, Fertility, Hormone health, Anti-aging, Pediatrics, TMJ to chemotherapy side affects.
  4. Set up a phone consult with the Acupuncturist you are interested in before your visit: Often times many Acupuncturists will do a free 10-15 minute phone consult to answer any specific questions you may have about your healthcare needs. If your Acupuncturist is too busy for a phone consult (which is often the case), you can certainly call and ask their reception team any further questions you feel you would like answered to help you schedule your appointments with him/her.
  5. During your first visit, ask your Acupuncturist what the overall treatment plan and goals for your healthcare needs are: Remember, most Acupuncture treatment plans require multiple visits in order to gain the proper treatment goals and accomplish your specific treatment strategy. During your first visit ask your Acupuncturist what his/her overall treatment plan is for the next 1-3 months. Then ask yourself if this is something you are capable of committing to and whether or not you feel that your Acupuncturist was listening to your concerns and customized a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Finally, ENJOY your Acupuncture treatments!

While it may take some research on your part to narrow down your search, these five tips can help you find a reputable practitioner that is capable of assisting you along your path to restored balance and health.

Dr. Meaghan Dishman, ND, LAc, MSOM is a Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor and a Licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Dishman maintains her Naturopathic License in the state of Oregon, her Acupuncture License in North Carolina, and is a National Diplomat of Acupuncture. She is currently the director and owner of Bloom Integrative Health located in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. She provides comprehensive Integrative healthcare for the whole family, offering Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine to Raleigh & The Triangle Area. Her specialties include Functional Endocrinology, Fertility, Reproductive Healthcare, Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Pain Management, Lifestyle Counseling and Wellness.

If you’re ready to take control of your health once and for all, call us today at 919-825-3888. We are never too busy to help you!