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No, you do not necessarily need a diagnosis to begin acupuncture treatments. If you have an insurance company that covers acupuncture, they may require you to get a diagnosis from your primary medical doctor. However, that is not necessarily always the case.
Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!
Acupuncture is highly effective to relieve pain. Acupuncture treatment reduces or eliminates pain and discomfort with minimal side effects, while reducing the need for pain-medication. It does this by stimulating the nervous system to alter the processing and perception of pain signals by releasing natural painkillers, such as endorphins and serotonin.
An acupuncturist will make their own assessments and treat based on their assessment.
Hope this helps.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Glenn R. Williams, D.C., L.Ac.
You don't need to get a diagnosis before you see an acupuncturist, but a diagnosis from a medical doctor helps.
Acupuncture is primarily based on its meridian therapy. However, all acupuncturists were trained with knowledge of biomedicine. It will not hurt of telling your DX to your acupuncturist.
If you wish to pay through your insurance company, however, you may need a prescription from a doctor or the procedure may need to be performed by a medical doctor and that may complicate things a bit. Contact your insurance company for more information. This is not required if you pay out of pocket to see a licensed acupuncturist.
Acupuncture deals with subtle cues from the body and we as practitioners are trained to look for these subtleties. Things that you think may have nothing to do with your pain may have everything to do with it. Things such as hormonal imbalances, bowel movements, sleep patterns, diet and so on. Just because you can't see it on a scan, doesn't mean it's not there. A little understanding and active listening on the part of your acupuncturist can go a long way in treating your condition, whatever it may be.