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How to Prepare for an Edina Acupuncture Treatment

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It’s likely that you have heard of acupuncture, and you may even know someone who has experienced it. Edina acupuncture is the attempt to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific anatomical points on the body. If you’re considering trying this alternative medical system yourself, for a condition that is chronic, or one where Western medicine seems to have failed you, here are some ideas for approaching your choice.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and Asia. However, it doesn’t follow a Western European method of disease diagnosis and treatment, so it is useful to study this method before seeking treatment

  • Read about it in books or magazines.
  • Talk to an acupuncture practitioner, or to someone who has successfully used it.
  • Read information on suitable websites, such as government health departments or traditional Chinese medicine schools with a good reputation.
  • Decide if you can trust or accept this methodology. If you are extremely adverse to trying it, no one can or should convince you to do so. However, if you are convinced it might work for you, or you’re feeling desperate for another treatment route, acupuncture might be helpful. Acupuncture can relieve pain and reduce symptoms or help restore a balance to your system. Only you can decide if it is worth giving it a try.
  • Be wary of anyone who claims it can cure anything more substantial, however, as it doesn’t cure cancer and cannot save you from an incurable illness.

If you have decided to try acupuncture, see if it is covered by your insurance plan or your health system’s welfare coverage. Your doctor might have to refer you for treatment to get it covered. Discuss this idea with your doctor first if you wish. If it’s not covered, decide if you can afford to pay for it on your own.

  • Find a qualified practitioner. Depending on where you live, you might easily find a qualified acupuncture doctor, or you may not. You will need to check if acupuncture is regulated where you live; a state, province, or region may or may not certify such doctors, making it harder for you to know whether or not your acupuncturist is reputable.
  • If you are having difficulties finding out, inquire in a local Oriental medicine clinic or college for more information.
  • If you know of people who have had successful treatments, ask for their recommendation.
  • Always ask to see the credentials.

Acupuncture is a structure in which you will be given a series of up to 20 treatments of up to an hour each, spread out over several weeks. There will usually be a day or two between each treatment. Acupuncture focuses on treating overall well-being and not just the symptoms, taking a holistic approach.

Written by Valerie

October 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm