FAQ about ACUPUNCTURE

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How does acupuncture work?

 This 2000 year old system of medicine is based upon the theory that the body is a map of energetic pathways that connect the musculoskeletal, organ and nervous systems. The “Qi” can be accessed and moved through specific points to restore health, relieve pain or transform states of being. Disease is a result of blockages in the pathways or a deficiency of energy in the organs and channels. Acupuncturists redirect the traffic of the Qi to the places where it will most benefit the whole body. Treatments result in pain relief, increased circulation, enhanced immunity and respite from many health challenges. The client’s active participation is of primary importance in the facilitation of these treatments. Using breath work and visualization while receiving acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of the results as well as providing much needed relaxation for the person. Acupuncture is a team process, with the client often taking herbs or performing exercises between treatments.  

Is it painful?

 Acupuncture is not painful. Clients often say that the needles feel relaxing or that they produce a tingling sensation. Thin, hairlike needles are inserted into points on energy pathways on the body to access “qi”, (pronounced “chee”) or life force. This often stimulates the central nervous system, blood and lymph flow and moves energetic blocks out of the way. Occasionally, the actual insertion of the needle can sting slightly. If the site where the needle is inserted continues to feel sore, practitioners will remove the needle and either re-insert it or try another less sensitive location. 

What does acupuncture treat?

 The Center for Disease Control has found acupuncture effective in treating or managing many condifions including:  Allergies, Arthritis, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, GERD, Flu and colds, Headaches, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, Menopause, Infertility, Endometriosis, Hypertension, Kidney Stones, High Cholesterol, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Stroke, Stress, Gum Disease, Muscle Pain, Strain and Sprain, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and more.  

Is it covered by insurance?

 Most major insurance providers in Oregon such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield,  CHP/Kaiser and UHC and Providence have an option for acupuncture within their health plans, particularly to treat painful conditions.  Contact your employer or insurance provider to see if you are eligible for this benefit or contact our office for help verifying your eligibility.   

Does it work?

 Acupuncture is very effective, particularly in holistic transformation of chronic patterns and health problems, both physically and psychologically. Clients are advised to commit to six to ten sessions initially to see the best results, but even a single session can often improve many conditions radically.