How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

No special preparation is required before acupuncture treatment.

Choosing a practitioner

If you're considering acupuncture, do the same things you would do if you were choosing a doctor:
  • Ask people you trust for recommendations.
  • Check the practitioner's training and credentials. Most states require that nonphysician acupuncturists pass an exam conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Interview the practitioner. Ask what's involved in the treatment, how likely it is to help your condition and how much it will cost.
  • Find out whether the expense is covered by your insurance.

Don't be afraid to tell your doctor you're considering acupuncture. He or she may be able to tell you about the success rate of using acupuncture for your condition or recommend an acupuncture practitioner for you to try.

Sep. 03, 2014