Acupuncture – is it for you?
If you have had questions about acupuncture and didn’t know if it was for you or could help you let our team of acupuncturists (Diwucy Liu ,Licensed Acupuncturist and Kirby Grey, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist) answer your questions with this simple Q&A. If after reading this you have more questions, please call our office at 206-624-3590 and set up a free 10-minute consult or book an appointment.
Our team is a preferred provider with Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Healthways, Lifewise, Personal Injury Protection, Premera, Regence and United Healthcare. Call us to learn which of our team members is a preferred provider with your insurance carrier.
A Natural Way to Heal: Safe, Natural, Drug-Free & Effective
Acupuncture is a component of Chinese medicine (also called East Asian Medicine), which is a type of healthcare that looks at the body holistically. This means that all aspects of health (symptoms + diet + activity level + mental health + energy) are considered in care and treatment. Chinese medicine looks at the flow of energy, or Qi (prounounced “chee”), through a number of systems of the body– like the spleen/stomach system for example. The energy travels through channels called meridians, which are all interconnected.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points along the meridians to directly stimulate and restore balance to any body system and its corresponding Qi. Other tools of Chinese medicine include cupping, electro-therapy, gua-sha, Chinese medical massage, Chinese herbs and dietary and lifestyle advice.
How should I prepare?
- Bring completed paperwork to your first appointment. If you want our clinic to check your acupuncture benefits you must provide paperwork prior to your first appointment. Come 10 minutes prior to your first appointment to complete any final paperwork.
- Come with questions, we are here to help you.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
- Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.
- Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
- Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or change in the frequency and type of problems.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, the size of a cat’s whisker or human hair.
What can it help with?
The World Health Organization concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many diseases and conditions.
Cancer Treatment Support
Pain Relief and Pain Management
Motor Vehicle Accidents | L & I and other Work Related injuries | Minor Aches and Pains | Chronic pain | Headaches and Migraines | TMJ | Sciatica | Low Back | Knee | Heel Pain | Ankle Sprains | Neck and Shoulder Tension | Plantar Fasciitis | Other Acute or Chronic Injuries | Carpal Tunnel | Arthritis/Joint Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Digestive Problems | Colitis | Constipation | Diarrhea | Gastritis | Acid reflux | Pain relief from ulcers
Decreased Athletic Performance | Impaired Workout Recovery | Muscle Spasms | Muscle Weakness | Prolonged Recovery from Injury | Diet and Nutrition Deficiency
Fertility | PMS | Menstrual Pain | PCOS | Menopause | Delayed or No Period |Pregnancy Support like nausea, pregnancy related back pain | Lactation Issues | Infertility | Low Libido | Erectile Dysfunction | Morning sickness
Mental | Emotional Health
Anxiety | Depression | Stress | Anger | Disconnection from self | Lack of Purpose | Fear | Insomnia | Fatigue | Seasonal Affective Disorder
Sobriety Support and Recovery from Addictions
Smoking Cessation | Food Addiction | Reducing Withdrawal Symptoms and Cravings
Alcohol and Drug rehabilitation in conjunction with other support systems to ensure success in recovery