Trust is a fundamental aspect of the patient-acupuncturist relationship.Even well-informed and knowledgeable patients have to rely on their physicians to provide them with appropriate information, keep personal information confidential, provide competent care, and act in their best interests.

Why does your patient trust you?

Accoding to research, patient who trust their feelings are more likely to make choices based on what "feels right" even when feelings are irrelevant to their decision.


Certain individuals have a stronger belief that their feelings will generally point them in the right direction. These individual differences in trust in feelings are not fixed personality traits, but rather recurring tendencies that arise from the person's history of success or failure in reliance on feelings, as well as from surrounding social and cultural norms," write authors Tamar Avnet (Yeshiva University), Michel Tuan Pham (Columbia University), and Andrew T. Stephen (University of Pittsburgh).

High trust in feelings encourages choices that 'feel right' even in the presence of compelling information that favors an opposite response.

Patient want to find an acupuncturist that they click with. If patient like and trust their practitioner, their encounter with acupuncture will be more positive.

Do your patient trust you? Why not?

According to new research,Acupuncturists' communication of optimism about treatment effectiveness contributed to pain and function outcomes indirectly through its effect on satisfaction during treatment. Future research should model pathways through which clinician-patient communication affects mediating variables that in turn lead to improved health outcomes.(Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Jul 31)

Understanding that it is the unfamiliarity of the medicine that is scary rather than the needles is important. It is important to make potential patients trust, that as a practitioner, we understand what we are doing and that they don't have know everything. Acupuncture has become more mainstream, but there are still thousands of people who can be helped who won't try acupuncture because it's too scary. The fear isn't about the needles, but in the unknown and the unfamiliar. The needles, however, are an easy familiar frame of reference to be afraid of.Acupuncturists shouldn't always take themselves so seriously. Heart centered, loving healing is important. Remember, laughter is about the heart. Being open means being able to laugh with our patients and connect with them as they go through their healing process. Our openness lets us touch the patient's spirit as they make the first steps down a journey towards better health, no matter how afraid they are.