How to Choose an Acupuncturist in Today’s Healthcare Setting

Medical science has come a long way. Thanks to scientific advancements that revolutionized the clinical and biomedical landscape, we now have cure for diseases that were once considered incurable. Many modern medicines and treatments, however, have side effects.

Many people with health issues use acupuncture to steer clear ofside effects of medicines. Acupuncturists in Santa Rosa and elsewhere treat their patients by inserting thin needles through their skin at strategic points in their body. Precision is of utmost importance in acupuncture. The success of your acupuncture treatment will largely depend on the expertise of your acupuncturist. The question to ask here is how do you know whether an acupuncturist deserves your trust? Here are some factors to consider when choosing one.


Look for an acupuncturist with hands-on experience (5 years or more). Enquire whether they work as an acupuncturist full-time or part-time. When interviewing your acupuncturist, remember to ask them whether they have treated patients with your condition and what was the end result.


An acupuncturist requires a graduate degree to practice. Schools around the country offer master’s degree programs and doctoral degree programs. Many schools also offer doctorates with specializations such as family medicine and reproductive health. Enquire whether your acupuncturist holds a specialization in your condition. Though this should not be a deal breaker, if you can find an acupuncturist specializing in your condition, nothing like it!


In most states, it is mandatory for an acupuncturist to get licensed by the concerned authority. Enquire whether your acupuncturist holds the license to practice in the state. Also ask your acupuncturist whether they hold any advanced specialization certification such as ABORM that may indicate lengthy postgraduate training.

Types of Treatments Available

Many people wrongly believe that acupuncturists are just trained in the technique of using needles to treat health problems. It is not uncommon for an acupuncturist to offer different treatments such as cupping and moxibustion. Many acupuncturists also use Chinese herbal medicines to treat health conditions. Ask your acupuncturist whether they would be just using needles to treat you or can customize your treatment plan according to your needs.

Language Barriers

This is something that many people take for granted. Hiring an acupuncturist who does not understand your language or vice versa can be a costly mistake. Your acupuncturist must be able to communicate the intricacies of your health problems. Language barriers can create misunderstandings, and you may never be fully able to understand your acupuncturist.

Acupuncture, unlike many other treatment forms that help the symptoms of a health issue, attacks the root cause of the problem, which explains why it is so effective. At Acupuncture Mama, we have mastered the art of using acupuncture to restore the natural flow of energy in the body. We are committed to helping our patients get their health back on track. To make an appointment, call us at 707-303-7200.

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