Acupuncture has been used in my home for a variety of health ailments, often with great success especially in a supportive role. If, like me, you are looking for ways in which to improve your family’s health, it is important to consider how acupuncture can be effectively used with traditional medicine. For children who have Rett syndrome, acupuncture can be quite effective at alleviating symptoms – or so we learned in applying this treatment to my niece’s health needs.
Why We Used Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is typically understood to be a limited solution for most health conditions but it can serve as a quality supportive tool in alleviating symptoms while traditional medical care works to fight the underlying disease or complication. In the case of Rett syndrome for my niece, traditional medical care was effective but alternative treatment like acupuncture may have improved symptoms much faster. So, if you have a child who is living with these symptoms, never assume acupuncture will cure the condition but, instead, view it as a viable supportive tool.
How We Chose Our Acupuncturist
After being diagnosed with Rett syndrome, our family met with the healthcare team to address the needs of my niece. As part of that visit, we asked about a referral to a licensed acupuncturist who can provide supportive treatment as well. While we could have searched for licensed professionals in our area, we felt the best place for referral was through the doctors who were already familiar with Rett syndrome, and knew what alternative medicine specialists could give the best care. So, when choosing an acupuncturist for your own family member, try to utilize the expertise of your healthcare team rather than randomly choosing an acupuncturist at your own discretion.
Coverage Without Insurance Support
Unfortunately, many health insurance companies will deny claims associated with acupuncture, without regard to the diagnosis. In my nieces’ case, we continued to seek out this type of treatment even though traditional health insurance would not cover the costs. Before engaging in this form of supportive therapy for Rett syndrome, be sure to ask about what insurance coverage the practitioner accepts, and what costs you will need to pay out-of-pocket. Even without adequate health insurance, it is my opinion that paying for acupuncture treatment will offset the costs of long term traditional medical care that is covered by an insurance place. Either way, you’ll have out-of-pocket expenses so why not utilize alternative forms of therapy to treat the symptoms.
Like many forms of alternative medicine options, the use of acupuncture has become increasingly more common in recent years. In our family, we utilize different acupuncture specialists depending upon their specialty and our own health needs. While acupuncture does not offer a cure in the treatment of conditions like Rett syndrome, it can serve to alleviate symptoms that often cause a decrease in quality of life. If you are caring for a loved one with Rett syndrome, it is important to consider this type of treatment as a viable supportive tool and consider these steps in choosing the right acupuncturist while mitigating the health insurance expenses.
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