I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the right acupuncturist for everyone. There have been multiple occasions when I’ve referred patients to other acupuncturists who I think would meet their needs better, both from a specialty standpoint and personality-wise. For example, someone who is seeking strong needle stimulation that is prevalent in the Chinese and Korean Medicine approaches would not have as good of an experience with my gentle, Japanese-style treatments. Or someone who prefers quick treatments that only focus on their chief complaint wouldn’t engage well with my treatment plans that focus on getting to the root of why your chief complaint exists in the first place (for these patients I highly recommend community acupuncture - it’s quick and effective).
That said, for those who seek a straight-shooting acupuncturist whose approach is gentle, includes lots of moxibustion (mugwort burned at strategic points) and herbal medicine, and focuses on chronic health issues that heal overtime with multiple followup treatments, I’m your gal.
So how do you find the right acupuncturist for you? Below I’ve outlined questions to ask - both yourself and any potential practitioner - that will help you get a clear idea of what you need and who can meet those needs.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Questions to Ask An Acupuncturist
If you don’t know the answer to the questions above - that’s ok! You might need to try out a few acupuncturists before you find the right one, Goldilocks style. If you still need help in finding the right practitioner for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll schedule a time to talk through your health needs and goals so that I can recommend someone who might fit them.
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