Like many of you, I have a list of doctors and practitioners on the contacts list on my phone. Hands-down, the practitioner I look forward to seeing most is my acupuncturist! I began seeing Heather Johnstone many years ago when I was hit with unexplainable GI symptoms and joint pain. I continue to see her today as a complement to regular visits with my doctor and occasional visits to the physical therapist to help manage my autoimmune disease and my daily stress, as well as to help address running injuries, sleep issues and more. My time on the acupuncture table is the most relaxing hour on my calendar!
When a family member in Texas asked me about acupuncture, I was adamant she should give it a go…but realized I had no idea how to identify a good practitioner!
Not only is Heather excellent at her practice, she is a wealth of knowledge and was happy to help. So how do you find a good acupuncturist? Here's the word straight from Heather…
1. Ask for a referral from friends and family
2. If the state requires NCCAOM testing and/or certification, check the NCCAOM website to find a practitioner or to see if he or she is indeed certified to practice: nccaom.org
3. If there is an acupuncture school nearby, use them as a resource.
Once I found an acupuncturist I'd ask them:
1. Where did they study?
2. How long have they been practicing?
3. Whether or not they had experience with my particular reason for seeking treatment?
4. Does he/she use disposable needles only? (Most likely the answer is yes, but never hurts to be extra careful!)
From my personal experience, your first visit with an acupuncturist should be relaxing and full of insights. I was amazed just how much Heather could discern about me from asking questions about my digestion and sleep, by taking my pulses and looking at my tongue (yes, looking at my tongue!). Feel free to contact me with any questions about my experience with acupuncture, or to reach out to Heather directly. Just don’t try to take my appointment time!