Acupuncture is a licensed and
regulated healthcare profession in approximately half the states
in the Union. In those where it is licensed, patients should
first of all ensure themselves that the potential practitioner is
licensed. In those states which do not currently require
licensing, patients should seek practitioners who are national
board certified by the National Commission for the Certification
of Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists having passed this exam
usually append Dipl. Ac. (NCCA) after their names. In
addition, patients should inquire about where the practitioner was
trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in
practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating
the patient's specific ailment. And, beyond intelligently
checking a practitioner's professional credentials, the best
assurance is word of mouth from satisfied patients.
& Answers About Acupuncture
What problems can be treated by
How deep do the needles go?
Does it hurt?
Are the needles clean?
Do acupuncturists only insert needles?
How does acupuncture work?
Are there different styles of
What criteria should one use in
choosing an acupuncturist?
How many treatments will I need?
Is there anything I need to do before
receiving an acupuncture treatment?
Is there anything I need to do while
What can I expect after treatment?