Acupuncture has long been a mysterious phenomenon by which countless individuals the world over have sworn for its effectiveness in managing pain and other physical issues. Unfortunately, a good amount of knowledge on the topic has eluded vast portions of the general population.

When you are looking for a qualified acupuncturist, make sure that he is certified by the NCCAOM. This organization ensures that the practitioner has completed the required coursework and internship and that he has passed the exam. Without this certification, you cannot be sure of the practitioner’s level of training.

Ask any potential acupuncturist how many years they have been in business. As with most other professions, experience counts for a lot. You also want to find out where they received their education. There is often a big difference in quality if the person trained in the United States versus somewhere else.

If you frequently suffer from coughs or colds, ask your acupuncturist to work on Lung 7. This will help you get rid of neck pain, but it will also help strengthen your lungs. When your lungs are in good shape, little bugs won’t hit you as hard. This is especially useful during wintertime.

Develop a treatment program with your acupuncturist. Based on your needs, he can customize a program for you that can work around your schedule. Schedule appointments around the times when you are least stressed to get the maximum benefits from each treatment. This will encourage to stick with the program.

To make your acupuncture benefits last longer, remember to eat before a treatment. Eating puts energy into your body, and your body will need that energy to reap all the benefits of your treatment. If you go to a session hungry, your body will utilize the stored energy it has, rather than saving that to facilitate your healing process.

Be sure to take along a list of any and all medications you are currently taking when you visit your acupuncturist. That knowledge will help them devise an appropriate treatment plan for you.