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  • Writer's pictureHolly Christiansen, L.Ac.

How To Pick the Right Acupuncturist for you

Updated: Oct 8, 2018

We live in a time when so many of us have already experienced the wonderful healing capacity that is Chinese Medicine.

Or if you haven't yet, you likely know family and friends who've had acupuncture, or you've seen photos of athletes with cupping marks (think Michael Phelps in the last Olympic games). It's quite common for people to be very curious about how acupuncture works, and if it's the right modality for them, and what to look for in selecting an acupuncturist. If all things are equal, I suggest considering the following 2 factors: experience and connection.


What knowledge, training, and education does the practitioner have? Currently in the U.S., all but 3 states have adopted extensive licensure laws regarding acupuncture and Chinese medical practitioners (folks who have studied Chinese medicine -- of which acupuncture is part of). In Washington state, a 4 year master's degree from an accredited school school, plus applicable board exams, and bi-annual continued education credits are required for licensure. A licensed acupuncturists has tons of experience and knowledge, even before they become clinicians. I've been in practice since 2011, and have years of experience working with women and helping them with their unique challenges. Fertility and achieving pregnancy has become a strong area of focus within my practice.


More than anything, how's your connection with your practitioner? This is such a vital part of healing and wellness. Does your practitioner listen to you? Does your practitioner answer your questions and welcome your inquiry? I want you to feel heard and seen. There's nothing worse and more alienating than seeing a practitioner who talks over your head, doesn't have time for you or your questions -- or worse -- doesn't even answer your questions! I've heard this way too many times! I am also completely passionate about you understanding how your body works, and developing a deep inner connection. Also, do you feel like the treatment room is a safe place where you can share without judgement? Part of the reason for naming my space A L C H E M Ē alcôve, is that this is where change can happen -- held within a sacred, safe container.

Unfortunately, with many of the issues women uniquely face -- fertility challenges, menopause, menstrual challenges, PCOS, anxiety, interstitial cystitis, and pain -- you may have never been given much explanation about your diagnosis -- or even a prognosis. Meaning -- were you laid out a path how to become free from your issue? Or were you merely given a diagnosis, prescription, and pushed out the door? Designing a clear plan from the beginning, and addressing YOUR concerns, is my main goal.

Are you ready to step forward on your healing journey?

Schedule Online or Contact Us with any questions you may have.

Here's to your transformation!

-Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist and East Asian Medicine Practitioner

A L C H E M Ē alcôve Acupuncture & Apothecary

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