Acupuncture FAQs

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are very rarely felt when inserted. Most people don’t even notice them. TCM uses various needling techniques but you should never feel sharp pain during needling. Many people report feeling heaviness or pressure in the area and some even report feeling the Qi energy moving throughout their bodies. There is not one single way in which the Qi is felt and most people feel nothing at all.

What does acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture is ideal for reducing and managing chronic pain symptoms.

Acupuncture is most commonly used to reduce chronic pain throughout the body. It is a natural therapy that can have lasting and positive effects on the body without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture has been proven to help with…

·        Headaches and Migraines

·        Support for Addiction Recovery and PTSD

·        Stress & Anxiety Management

·        Chronic Pain, Including Back, Neck, Knee and Arthritic Pain

·        Insomnia

·        Supporting Cancer Therapies and Chemotherapy Recovery

·        Prevention of Cognitive Decline

·        Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum Health

In fact, many doctors are now recommending acupuncture as a treatment to reduce stress, balance hormones, and ease the anxiety and pain of pregnancy and labor.

What can you expect?

Treatment can last up to 60 minutes depending on what you are presenting with.

Since Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes your whole body, mind, and spirit into account during treatment, your first appointment will generally be more of an intake than a treatment. This gives me time to get to know your body and the ways it works.

Once I have a good understanding of your body, the intake process becomes secondary to the treatment. Most treatments will not require you to get undressed but some treatments may. In that case, you will be provided with sheets to keep you warm and comfortable.

Most of all you will experience a peaceful relaxation during your treatment and this deep calm is the most healing aspect of acupuncture.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Many insurances cover acupuncture. Some of the insurances that I accept are United Health Care, Regence Blue Shield, Premera and First Choice Health Network. If you have a question about your insurance please contact us or call the number on the back of your card.

When used together, whole systems modalities mutually enhance each other for a greater benefit.