How does it work and how often should I come?

Acupuncture is a process.  Every now and then, acupuncture will act like a “miracle cure”, and a person will have all of their symptoms disappear after only one treatment – but that is a rare event. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's own self-healing mechanisms; it is gentle and safe and usually gradual. Almost everybody who gets acupuncture will need a series of treatments to get good results. Acupuncture works best when you come in often enough and long enough. Your acupuncturist will suggest a treatment plan to you, meaning, how many treatments we think you will need to experience the best outcome. Let us know if you have any questions about your treatment plan, and please do your best to stick with it, so you can feel good faster. Eventually you will be so familiar with how acupuncture works for you that you'll know when and how often you need treatment.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible. I’ve fit eighteen of them inside a hypodermic needle. They are usually barely felt when inserted. There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include tugging, tingling or electric sensations traveling along the meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and lasts only an instant.

How many treatments will I need?

From five to fifteen treatments are generally adequate for the majority of chronic complaints. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require more. The nature, severity, and history of each individuals complaint, as well as the individual him or herself, determine the number of treatments necessary. At its best acupuncture can be a robust part of your preventative healthcare so you may just want to add it into your routine. 

We accept insurance including the following carriers:

Regence, Kaiser Permanente, ODS, MODA, Cigna, CHP, Coventry, Premera Blue Cross, First Choice Health

Call us to ask if we take your insurance.