If you are looking for an acupuncturist to help treat a health problem, it is important to be careful and thorough in your search. Here are five tips to help you find the right acupuncturist for you:
If you need names of acupuncturists in your area, ask for recommendations
Personal recommendations from friends and family can help you find a good acupuncturist but it is not always easy to determine whether the acupuncturist who treated your friend or relative will be right for you.
Find out as much as you can about any potential acupuncturist, including their education and certifications
Look for an acupuncturist with a professional designation, such as Certified by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI). You can find a CAFCI certified acupuncturist through Acupuncture Canada’s Find a Practitioner search engine. When you use a CAFCI certified acupuncturist, you can be sure that your acupuncturist has committed to adhering to Acupuncture Canada’s Code of Professional Practice.
Find out whether the acupuncturist is willing to work with other healthcare providers
For safe, coordinated care, your acupuncturist should communicate and cooperate with your healthcare providers. Tell your acupuncturist about any conventional medical treatment you are receiving and inform your healthcare providers about your acupuncture treatment. Keeping everyone fully informed helps you to effectively manage your health.
Explain all of your medical conditions to the acupuncturist, and find out about their experience in working with people who have your conditions
Choose an acupuncturist who understands your health conditions, even if achieving or maintaining general physical and emotional wellbeing is your goal. Remember that certain medical conditions can affect the safety of acupuncture; for example, if you have a bleeding disorder or take anticoagulant medications, acupuncture may not be safe for you. You can be assured that your personal needs are addressed with acupuncture clinics in Toronto, like Sage Health and Wellness Clinic.
Consider your options for funding your acupuncture in Toronto
Do not assume that your health insurance will cover the cost of your acupuncture sessions. Read through the terms and conditions of your insurance policy or contact your insurer and ask. Insurance plans differ greatly in the coverage they provide for acupuncture and other complementary therapies, and even if they cover such approaches, restrictions may apply.
6 Things To Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner (nccih.nih.gov)
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