Only a licensed acupuncturist or a physician or dentist certified in acupuncture may provide acupuncture services. You may verify a license by checking the NYS Office of the Professions website. In addition, you may check to see if an acupuncturist has been found guilty of professional misconduct by looking at the same website.
Will my health insurance cover the services provided by my acupuncturist?
It may. Some health care plans cover acupuncture. Review your insurance plan's benefits with your insurance provider.
To help your professional relationship with your acupuncturist you should:
• Answer all health-related questions completely and accurately
• Ask questions to help you understand your evaluation and treatment plan
• Ask whether the acupuncturist uses disposable needles
• Ask if your condition is appropriate for acupuncture treatment, and whether the acupuncturist has had experience treating it
How do acupuncturists treat health conditions?
Using the principles of oriental medicine, the acupuncturist will examine you by looking, listening, asking questions, and touching. This allows the acupuncturist to record a full case history.
Once an evaluation is made, the acupuncturist may insert very fine acupuncture needles into a number of points on your body. The purpose of the needles is to stimulate acupuncture points; the needles do not inject any substance into the body. Single time use, pre-sterilized disposable needles are the preferred standard of practice.
Display of credentials.
Licensed and certified acupuncturists must display a current New York registration certificate; this certificate lists the professional’s name, address, and dates of the registration period. They must re-register every three years in order to practice in New York. Some professionals also display their original New York license, diploma, their licenses from other states, or membership certificates. You may verify a professional’s license and current registration on the NYS Office of Processions.