Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice of inserting thin, sterile, filaform needles in various points of the body to stimulate one's natural ability of healing oneself. Other adjunctive methods such as Electric Stimulation, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Chinese Herbs, and Dietary Therapy are commonly used in conjecture with needles to further strengthen the treatment.




How does acupuncture and Eastern medicine work?


Acupuncture is based on the system of how the blood and body fluid is circulated throughout the body, also commonly refered to as "Qi". Eastern medicine utilizes the knowledge of how this flow occurs and how it effects of one's health and physiological functions. When the body is in good health, Qi is naturally in balance and blood and body fluid flows easily throughout the system. When a symptom or ailment arises, acupuncture may be used to restore regular flow and thereby guides the body to address particular problem areas.




What certifications do Eastern Medicine practitioners need?


In order to be licensed in the state of Washington, an acupuncturist needs to graduate from an nationally accredited Eastern Medicine school as well as pass the National Board exam provided by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).




Why do I need Eastern Medicine?


Acupuncture and herbs can be used as a natural and complementary modality for conventional Western Medicine. It is a great option for those who are interested in a natural way of medicine or would like to understand their ailments from a different paradigm.




Do you accept insurance?


We accept the PPO plans provided by Aetna, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Choice Health Network, United Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Ambetter, as well as Personal Injury Claims (PIP). However, each insurance is unique. It is up to each patient to reach out to their insurance to understand their coverage. If acupuncture is not covered by insurance, we do offer services at a cash rate for all patients.