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Acupuncture in Seattle

Acute and Chronic Pain & Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an amazing tool for addressing both acute and chronic pain. Many people find they are able to dramatically reduce or eliminate pain medication after a short series of treatments.  Find relief from: acute injuries, athletic injuries, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, low back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel, wrist pain, tennis elbow, elbow pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, hip pain,  painful periods and more.

Stress/Anxiety & Acupuncture:  Feeling overwhelmed with work? Stressed about finances? Relationship difficulties? Does anxiety prevent you from participating in your life in the way you would like? Acupuncture is extremely effective in reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, and increasing a sense of purpose and connection. Our acupuncture team has experience working with both lifelong and situational depressive disorders, anxiety, panic disorders and chronic stress.

Digestive Distress & Acupuncture: Acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective in relieving many of your digestive discomforts. From daily gas and bloating, acid reflux, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation to chronic conditions such as and Celiac disease, Crohn’s, IBS and IBD, together we will get to the root of your digestive imbalances.

Women’s Health & Acupuncture: From adolescence to post menopause, women have a unique set of health care needs including irregular or painful periods,  pre and post menopausal symptoms, fertility and postpartum care, as well as the emotional and spiritual concerns that arise during these times of transition. If you are woman struggling with any of these issues, call today and see if acupuncture can help.

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Our Licensed Acupuncturists

J. Dave Smart, L.Ac.Licensed Acupuncturist

Dave specializes in the following areas: Pain Relief & Pain Management, Mental, Emotional & PTSD and Digestive Issues. Dave is a life-long, avid paddler, and was first drawn to Acupuncture in 1992 when recovering from a shoulder injury.

Kelly Miller, L.Ac.Licensed Acupuncturist

Kelly Miller, LAc. became licensed to practice acupuncture in 1999 and specializes in Pain Relief and Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Reproductive and Women’s Health and Mental/ Emotional Health.

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Most Insurance Accepted

Insurance Accepted Aetna, BlueCross/BlueShield, Cigna, Healthways, First Choice, Kaiser (formerly Group Health) PPO Only, Lifewise, Personal Injury Protection, Premera and United Healthcare. Please note not all practitioners are credentialed with every insurance plan, call us to learn which of our team members is a preferred provider with your insurance carrier.

Please call our clinic about your specific acupuncture benefits when making an appointment.

If you have been in a Motor vehicle accident, call with claim information and start healing your physical pain and emotional trauma today.

To find out if you have out-of-network acupuncture benefits, call us and we’ll find out for you.

What Is Acupuncture

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. Others tools of Chinese medicine include cupping, electro-therapy, gua-sha, Chinese medical massage, Chinese herbs and dietary and lifestyle advice.

A Chinese medicine practitioner evaluates the health and functioning of the entire body by carefully assessing each system and their corresponding levels of Qi.

An Analogy of Chinese Medicine

A mechanic, through diagnostic testing, isolates the problem, and then fixes it, perhaps replacing certain parts to keep the car functional. This is akin to the relationship western medicine has with the body, seeing it as a set of isolated components.

To continue the analogy: No matter how talented a mechanic, a car will never run without oil and gas. If you run out of gas, your car stops. If you run out of oil, you can damage major components of the car, forcing an emergency replacement of parts. In Chinese medicine, bodily health is seen more like car maintenance–regular oil changes, tune ups, and filling up with gas (where blood and Qi are the “oil” and “gas” of our bodies) is what keeps things going.

What should I expect from a first visit?

At your first appointment your condition is assessed and you will be prescribed an acupuncture treatment protocol. A first visit begins with a thorough intake where we will discuss your health history and goals for treatment, followed by a full treatment which may include a combination of acupuncture, acupressure massage, cupping, guasha, and an herbal prescription. At this time your individual treatment plan will be discussed at this time.  Acute or new conditions typically resolve within three to six acupuncture treatments. Chronic conditions may require more treatments over time – however our acupuncturist re-evaluates your progress after each treatment to ensure your recovery is as quick as possible.

How many treatments will it take?

The number of treatments necessary to resolve a specific condition will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying constitution of the individual. Chronic conditions take longer to treat, typically 8-10 treatments for significant changes. More recent conditions can often be resolved within 3-6 treatments. It is important to remember that it took your body time to build up imbalances, and it will take time to shift back to greater health. Cultivating patience and self compassion is always helpful when stepping into a healing journey.