How To Choose The Right Acupuncturist

“The 5 Most Important Things You Need To Know.”

Looking for an acupuncturist may be a daunting experience for some people, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for. The best way to find a good acupuncturist is to ask your friends and family for the name of a practitioner they’ve had a good experience with. But if that’s not possible here are 5 important points to remember when interviewing an acupuncturist in Herndon for the first time.

1. Where did they receive their training?

Make sure your acupuncturist attended a nationally accredited school. In states with strict licensing laws, acupuncturists must have completed four years of training and passed rigorous national and state board exams. But, in other states, less qualified people may legally practice.

Some states require passage of the national certification exam administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to be eligible for state licensure. NCCAOM specifically requires graduation from an ACAOM accredited or candidate program to be eligible to sit for NCCAOM's certification exam(s). Look for someone with Dipl.OM certification. "This National board certification in Oriental medicine has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Oriental Medicine Certification Program in 2003. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomate must abide by the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics."

2. Do they offer a FREE initial consultation?

Before scheduling the appointment, ask for a free consultation, or at least the opportunity to speak with the acupuncturist on the phone or via email. If they are too busy to communicate with you in a timely manner, they may be too busy to give you high quality care. If they are with a patient when you call, leave a message so they can call or email you back. Look at their website. Does it include details such as rates for visits, insurance billing, and essential information for new patients? Remember to make a list of questions before you contact the practitioner.

3. Are they flexible in scheduling?

Look for an acupuncturist with who provides an easy way to schedule an appointment with flexible hours, who can see you without having to wait weeks for an appointment - or who can accommodate a later appointment when you really need one.

4. Do they have more than one treatment room?

An acupuncturist operating 2 or 3 treatment rooms instead of just 1 has increased capacity and the flexibility to get you in on short notice. When you are in pain or have to get that much needed treatment, this alone can make the difference between getting in today or getting in next week.

5. Do they accept insurance?

If you have a health insurance policy that covers acupuncture, then find an acupuncturist who not only accepts insurance but also will file the claim on your behalf instead of making you do the paperwork.


Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic
1033 Sterling Rd #105, Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: 571-306-0533


Serving Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Northern Virginia..

Zip Codes: 22066, 20148, 20151, 201152, 20164, 20166, 20170,
20171, 20190, 20191, 22182, 221124.