The Basics of Acupuncture : How to Choose an Acupuncturist


Hi, I’m Doctor Filardo, I’m certified in Acupuncture and we’re here with Expert Village on their behalf and in our next segment we’re going to talk about which doctor should you go to to get acupuncture done. There’s a lot of speculation about who’s good and who’s not good, what the education is and what the time and practice is, and the experience. So, I’m going to go through a few things that might help in choosing an acupuncturist, or someone that performs acupuncture. One of the things I think the best way to determine is, go to someone that you trust.

You know, go to someone that you might have gotten a different service, or somebody that they know on a referral basis. That always, kind of eliminates some of the crowd that way. And, then the second thing you can go into different forms of school. You can go to a DC, a Doctor of Chiropractic which I am, and we’re certified in acupuncture so we took the necessary schooling to perform acupuncture. And then there’s also a licensed Acupuncturist. And, so a licensed acupuncturist aren’t physicians but they’re very well trained in acupuncture. Then there’s Acupuncture Physicians, which are actual doctors, they’ve taken the right amount of hours to become a doctor of acupuncture.

And then there’s medical doctors that do acupuncture as well, and there’s DO’s that do acupuncture. If you’re already an existing doctor, it’s a certification to get acupuncture versus a licensed acupuncturist and an acupuncture physician. And, I think it comes down to trust, the comfort feeling that you may have through the office. Because acupuncture is pretty much, if you’re doing it the way the Chinese taught it, you’re doing it all the same in the different professions.

I mean, if it’s taught the way it should be taught, then you’re going to get it, that’s going to be similar. But then it comes down to the physicians accuracy and diligence in getting to be very good at what he or she may be doing. So, I think that’ll help in the sense of who to go to.

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