Choosing an Acupuncturist Saturday, October 17, 2015 by Editor

Whilst we may look the same... beware, not all Acupuncturists are fully qualified for the job! 

Practitioners who are certified, as opposed to registered (including some medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists) only take part in dry needling training programs which often run for just two or three days... This is just enough time for people to gain a basic understanding of how to ‘needle the point that hurts’ and perhaps deliver short-term symptom relief. These courses do not cover the deep and complex knowledge of the principles of Classical Acupuncture which form the basis of all treatments.

There is no shortage of online dry needling courses. However, a qualified Acupuncture practitioner undergoes over 2,000 hours of intense Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine education. 

To ensure you get the absolute best from your Acupuncture treatments, never settle for an undertrained, or unregistered acupuncturist!

Key tips on finding the right practitioner for you:

  • Is my practitioner registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)? It’s important to be aware that the Health Practitioner National Law Act only allows practitioners registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) to use the title ‘registered acupuncturist’. In order to gain acupuncture registration with the CMBA, a practitioner must provide evidence of their competency to provide the full range of acupuncture intervention methods to the public. Take some of the guesswork out of your quest to find a suitable professional by visiting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) register of practitioners here
  • Is my acupuncturist registered with a reputable national professional association? The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) is the leading national professional association of acupuncture and TCM practitioners. Visit there website here.
  • Get recommendations from your friends and family. Acupuncture has grown tremendously over the past few years, so chances are you already know someone who has tried it. Ask for recommendations, especially from someone who has seen an acupuncturist for reasons similar to your own.
  • Convenience can help. While some conditions can be treated in a single session, acupuncture is usually an ongoing therapy, which may require several weeks to many months of treatment. Therefore, your practitioner's location and schedule can be important!
  • "Please explain" ... Find a practitioner who will explain the process, theory, and treatment plan to you. They should be willing to answer any questions you have.
You can book your Acupuncture appointment in Drummoyne today by clicking HERE or calling Vaughn on 0415 378 572.

Disclaimer: This blog is my own opinion, derived from my working experience, knowledge and education in the industry. I have also sourced inspiration, facts and stats from some great studies, websites and other resources.