WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting ultra fine needles into specific points on the body. The points lay along 14 meridians or channels that cover the entire body. There are 365 points associated with these meridians as well as many 'extraordinary' points. These points were mapped on the body thousands of years ago through qi gong, trial and error. History shows that manipulation of these points produces predictable results.

 

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

The needles used in acupuncture are very thin--varying from .20 mm to .30 mm. Sometimes a client will feel the needle enter the skin, like a bee sting or a pinch. Once the needle is in the body, the client generally feels no pain. If the client feels  a sharp sensation the needle is either readjusted or removed altogether. We do, however, want to have the client experience some kind of 'qi' sensation. This can be dull and achy, tingling or feeling like electricity, hot or cold sensations, or just 'strange'. Sometimes the area can begin to throb. We want your treatment to be well within your tolerance level. Please let us know if you feel uncomfortable in any way.

 

Washington State Insurance Companies with Acupuncture Benefits

 

Aetna

Asuris

Cigna*

First Choice Health Plans

Great West Healthcare

Group Health & Options**

PacifiCare

Premera Blue Cross

Premera Basic Health*

Premera Lifewise

Regence Blue Shield

Regence Blue Shield Boeing

Regence Blue Shield - Uniform Medical Plan

United Healthcare

 

  *may require a referral

**may require a referral; some plans cover 5 or 8 self referred

Find relief from chronic or acute bodily pains with acupuncture. The World Health Organization indicates several diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested ,in controlled clinical trials, and thus shown to treat these disorders effectively--including low back pain, knee pain, nausea and vomiting, allergies, insomnia, depression, and adverse reactions to radiation therapy and chemotherapy