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If you want to try acupuncture, be sure to choose a licensed acupuncturist. Most states require a license to practice acupuncture. The requirements, education, and training standards for obtaining a license vary from state to state. If you live in a state that does not require a license, choose a practitioner who is licensed in another state or is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

It's also important to make sure that the acupuncturist uses only sterilized needles that are disposed of after a single use.

Before your first acupuncture session, prepare a comprehensive list of all of your medical conditions and all treatments or medications you are taking.

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