Alternative medicine is fast becoming popular, the majority of people are turning to using it alongside more conventional treatment, while others are turning to it when all else fails. Whatever your reasons for looking into alternative medicine, it is essential that you get the best advice possible and if going for treatment such as acupuncture or massage that you choose an established practitioner of alternative medicine.
Where to find a good practitioner
You could start off by asking your Doctor or physiotherapist for advice and the names and telephone numbers of qualified practitioners, failing this many hospitals and health care centres have listings of those who practise various forms of alternative medicine. The most popular forms such as acupuncture and massage therapy won’t be too hard to find, while others may take a little searching out.
Looking online is also a great idea, the internet gives you access to a huge range of information regarding the various options for alternative medicine? Here you will be able to find almost any organisation you could wish for, with information and telephone numbers of clinics and practitioners.
Choosing a practitioner – what to ask
Once you have found a few practitioners for the type of treatment you are looking for, then the next thing you will have to do is choose one. Of course this can be difficult if there are many to choose from, here are some tips to help you choose the right practitioner.
Make an appointment and ask the practitioner about their qualifications and how long they have worked in the field. Ask to see any licenses and certificates to back up any claims they make and ask where they got their education from.
Ask the practitioner how many times they have treated similar cases to yours and the outcome of the cases they were involved in, did they have a good success rate?
Make sure you know what the cost will be and what is included for it, for example is the quote for an hours treatment and does the cost include any extras such as medication.
Find out if your choice of alternative medicine is covered by your insurance. Many private health care schemes will now include alternative treatments and therapies.
Ask how many sessions it is likely to take for the type of treatment you are asking for and when the sessions would be carried out.
Make sure you know what is included in the first assessment and any special requirements there would be before attending the assessment, such as not drinking or eating.
Most of all take notice of how you feel in the presence of the practitioner. Are they someone you feel totally at ease with, or does the practitioner make you feel uneasy?
Ask to look around the clinic; this is especially wise if the treatment you are planning to take could include staying for a period of time in a clinic or hospital.
Once you have made a choice and an appointment then make sure that you fully understand the type of treatment involved and what you should or should not do on the day.
A good practitioner will give you all the details in writing along with any information they think you might need.