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Acupuncture How To Find A Doctor

Updated on January 3, 2016

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is Chinese Traditional Medicine based on maps of the body. These detailed maps follow meridians which map the energy, called Qi, as it flows throughout the body. These highly complicated maps of the body were developed thousands of years ago. These maps have been scientifically studied and proven to be quite accurate.

Many people believe acupuncture involves small sharp needles inserted into you at strategic places on your body, acupuncture is so much more than needles.

Acupuncture can also include herbs and cupping. My doctor has given me herbs that work on hot flashes and intestinal upset.

Cupping is when the doctor puts small cups, that form a suction, on a place that is injured or causing difficulty. The cupping may leave back and blue marks that look awful. It doesn't hurt. There may be some tugging, but it is really rather relaxing. The point of cupping is to draw blood flow to an area of the body. Acupuncture, cupping, and acupressure have been practiced for thousands of years in China. Tui Na is a form of massage treatment you may find when you visit a acupuncturist. Do not expect calm soothing massage when you receive Tui Na. Many Acupuncturist specialize in different areas. Celebrities are having face lifts done with 'acupuncture, One fashion model, in a magazine I read said "It was difficult to forgo her quick fix Botox shots, but acupuncture did so much than remove wrinkles". This form of face lift takes longer than Botox treatments. Some celebrities won't use acupuncture,despite the health benefits. While your fine wrinkles are erased your immune system is strengthened. Your stress level drops like a rock. One of the doctors that has treated me specialized in sports injuries. The Doctor I am currently seeing, has good results treating allergies and acid reflux.

What Makes A Good Practitoner And How Do You Find One?

The first friend I knew who had acupuncture, said "Always to find a doctor who is Chinese trained. I have been to three different acupuncturist. Two were trained in the Chinese method and one in the Korean method. I like the Chinese method best.

So what makes a good practitioner and how do you find one. Recommendations are the best way to start looking for a acupuncture doctor. Personal recommend is one way to find a doctor. Here are some other ways:

  • Does the doctor explain treatments well?
  • Acupuncturist can have very strong religious connections. Are you comfortable with a practitioners spiritual practices?
  • Are they licensed? Only about 21 states license acupuncturists, so this may not be an option or a need.
  • What other education do they have?
  • Is the office clean? Flee if the office isn't clean. If the office isn't clean and they use medal needles consider another practitioner. Some practitioners use plastic needles which will be destroyed after each use, but I have never experienced these.
  • Does the doctor insert the needles expertly? Very good doctors insert the needles so quickly that you hardly notice.

Acupuncture has become common practice. Information on acupuncture is prevalent. The best recommendation a practitioner can have is word of mouth. In my area there are many doctors of acupuncture. I hope you are as fortunate.


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Acupuncture is great! I wish I could go more often. Thanks for sharing this info with people. Many people can benefit from it. Voted up

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Very good information about acupunture. So many diseases can be treated with acupuncture that are not curable with conventional medicine.

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      I guess coming from South East Asia give us access to quite a number of good qualified acupuncturists. The guy that I go to does it for charity and the fee is very nominal, US$3 per visit (extra for the needles), just to cover his overheads. Of course there's a long queue but it isn't so bad, waiting time at most is only 2hours (no prior appointment accepted) From your profile, you said you love to time, come over to Malaysia and I will introduce you to this acupuncturist.

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Good personal experience and your tips were great. It was interesting to watch the accupuncturist 'feel' for the correct placement of the needles...amazing.

      I have had acupuncture and found it quite helpful for pain...and only rarely did one of the needles 'hurt'. I would recommend it highly. Had not learned of the Chinese vs. Korean methods though...don't know which I had.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent article, I have had acupuncture treatment - it isn't painful and I found it very effective!

      Thank you for sharing, voting up, best wishes MM

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      tirelesstraveler 6 years ago

      Not painful unless the practitioner isn't too good. It's wonderfully relaxing. Thanks Sharon for dropping by

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      sharon1967 6 years ago from Kent, United Kingdom

      it sounds painful to me

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      Bbudoyono 6 years ago

      Really interesting.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      There are good practitioners of acupuncture around here. Personally, I believe there is sound science behind it. I understand that it is not only good for pain and wellness, but can even help to treat depression and things like that.

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      Rosetta Ceesay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      People tell me it works. Interesting hub.