Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of oldest and safest forms of medicine. When performed by a trained professional, acupuncture carries little to no risk or side effect and safely complements other treatment.

 

How does it feel?

Acupuncture needles are thin, solid, sterilized needles. Each is used only once, and disposed of in a biomedical ‘sharps’ container after use.  Some people feel no sensation with needle insertion. Others feel a slight pinch followed by sensations including tingling, pulsing, or heaviness. These sensations are all normal within the context of an acupuncture treatment.  Having worked with many people who are anxious before a first treatment, Amy takes sensitive care to explain each step to patients, answer questions and alleviate concerns.

Once the needles are inserted, a patient rests for 20-30 minutes depending on the particular condition. Most people feel deeply relaxed during a treatment. For some, a deep sense of relaxation continues throughout the day and even for days following. Other people feel revitalized and energetic after treatment.

Please see the Amy’s Clinic page for a detailed outline of Amy’s clinical expertise and approach.

 

What is the treatment frequency & duration?

The number and frequency of treatments depends on the history and severity of the medical condition as well as the overall health of the individual. When seeing new patients with acute conditions, Amy commonly advises weekly treatment for the first month. Treatment frequency decreases as symptoms resolve. After fully resolved, some patients conclude treatment entirely. Some choose monthly or seasonal visits to maintain and optimize health.

Some conditions respond very quickly and even immediately to treatment. Others require combined acupuncture, herbal treatment and other patient-driven behavioral changes over a period of months. Amy is happy to consult by phone or email prior to your scheduling a first appointment to offer an estimated treatment timeline based on her clinical experience.

 

Does acupuncture work?

In addition to the 3,000 years of empirical evidence, there is mounting modern clinical research supporting acupuncture’s efficacy in treating a variety of medical conditions. The Patient Stories page offers detailed accounts of patients’ experience with treatment.  Amy specializes in the conditions below.

  • Neuromuscular skeletal conditions (Pain and rehabilitation)
  • Internal medical conditions – including digestive problems, IBS, IBD, menstrual and menopausal disorders
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders (notably anxiety and depression)
  • Skin conditions – specializing in psoriasis
  • Sinus and upper respiratory disorders
  • Grief support

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) additionally finds acupuncture effective for the following categories of conditions:

  • —Addiction —
  • Circulatory Disorders —
  • Chemotherapy and radiation side effects —
  • Diabetes
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders —
  • Immune Disorders —
  • Weight control

 

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies in Washington State provide some coverage for acupuncture. Utilize the insurance verification document to determine the specific coverage offered by your individual plan.