• Is the integrative medicine practitioner open to conventional medicine? Your choice to pursue conventional (Western/allopathic) medical treatment as you see fit should be received with respect. You do not want the practitioner—or any healthcare provider—to add stress or conflict to your life!
  • What did you say? Is the integrative medicine practitioner describing things in plain language that you understand?
  • I hardly even know you! Be prepared to answer questions about your personal health history.
  • What is involved? The integrative medicine practitioner should be able to describe to you how he or she conducts assessment of your condition, the course of treatment, the techniques used, the number of sessions anticipated and the cost.
  • What is expected of me? Many alternative therapies require a commitment from you regarding lifestyle changes. To get the most out of your treatment you need to be an active participant in your care.
  • Is there an end in sight? The integrative medicine practitioner should be able to describe the results you can expect (specific physical, emotional and spiritual outcomes). You may require ongoing treatment to maintain your comfort and well-being.
  • Be patient. Many integrative medicine treatments take time and require multiple visits before you notice significant changes in your health. Although we may hope for more dramatic changes, you may only notice subtle changes as you gradually become more finely attuned to your body.
  • Trust yourself. As in any other professional relationship, you have choices. If you don't feel comfortable with a particular practitioner or modality, you may want to find someone else who is a better fit for you.

Dr. Oz's introduction to acupuncture
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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