Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, pre-sterilized, single-use needles into specific points on the body.

These points have been mapped by the Chinese for more than 2,000 years, and more than 1,000 of them are known.

Acupuncture points are generally located along twelve main pathways, or meridians, that run throughout the body, and act as gateways to the vital breath, or qi (pronounced “chee”), that flows along these pathways. Health, on a very basic level, is defined by the continuous and unobstructed flow of this qi, while disease is defined by its irregular and obstructed flow.

Health is synonymous with balance, and disease with imbalance. The aim of acupuncture is to access and influence the qi, with a number of acupuncture needles at specific points on the body, to restore balance.

The sensation you may experience from an acupuncture needle can vary widely: you may feel nothing at all or you may feel something like a quick pinch or tingle, spreading warmth, or a heavy, dull ache. During your treatment, I will continuously communicate with you to ensure that you are comfortable with the sensations you are experiencing.

I currently provide private acupuncture sessions.

**If you are interested in, or used to receiving, group acupuncture sessions, please feel free to contact me to discuss whether this might be a possibility.

Private Acupuncture

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Your private session will take place in your own room. My patients who prefer private acupuncture have reported better results from their private treatments, in part, because of the flexibility in treatment composition and the additional modalities available in an individual setting. For example, we might decide to do the acupuncture with you lying face-down first, let you rest for a few minutes, then come back and reevaluate, and decide to do some additional acupuncture with you lying face-up.

Your private acupuncture session may also involve the use of moxibustion, cupping, or dietary and lifestyle counseling:

Moxibustion (or moxa) is a form of heat therapy that involves burning an herb over a specific point or points to expel cold and warm the meridians.

Cupping is the application of pre-sterilized glass cups to a specific region of points to remove stagnation and facilitate the flow of qi and blood.

Dietary and lifestyle counseling involve a conversation around how the food you regularly consume and the various components of your lifestyle — sleep, exercise, work/life balance — directly influence/are reflected in the state of your health: body, mind, and spirit.

 
 

Throughout its history, the two major pillars of Chinese medicine have been Chinese herbalism and acupuncture. Despite the fact that Chinese herbalism is lesser known than acupuncture here in the West, the documented use of Chinese herbal formulas predates that of acupuncture. Chinese formulas, as opposed to single herbs, are prescribed to treat both acute and chronic conditions and can be administered internally or externally.

Internally administered herbal formulas can take the form of decoctions (teas), granules, or capsules (tea pills).

Decoctions involve placing raw herbs in water and boiling them for a set period of time before straining the liquid to drink, while granules involve mixing herbs in their powdered state with a small amount of water to drink.

Externally administered herbal formulas can take the form of soaks and compresses, liniments, salves, plasters, patches, oils, and poultices.

 
 

Per Session Pricing

private acupuncture APPOINTMENTs:

First session is $150, subsequent sessions are $120.

 

Packages

I offer two packages or prepayment plans for cash paying patients. You are offered free treatment(s) in return for your agreement to prepay for a specific number of sessions in advance.

With the purchase of 5 at $120/session for a total of $600, the buyer receives one session free for a total of 6 sessions.

With the purchase of 9 treatments at $120/session for a total $1,080, the buyer receives two sessions free for a total of 11 sessions.

Additional details regarding my prepayment plans can be found here.

Payment & Insurance

Payment for all services is due at the time of the visit, unless a previous arrangement has been made with me.

I currently accept Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon insurance.

As a courtesy, I will bill this insurance on your behalf.

If you are planning to use this insurance to pay for your visit, please inquire about your benefits in advance of your appointment. I have a 24-hour cancellation policy so it is important that you determine your insurance benefits prior to this cancellation window to avoid incurring any fees related to non-coverage or high deductible. I try to avoid financial surprises at all costs! The Insurance Verification Form provided here gives you a list of questions you can use when contacting Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.

Please remember your insurance policy is an agreement between you and the insurance company, and it is ultimately your responsibility to pay for any balance not paid or covered by insurance.

Please provide a copy of your insurance card and proof of identification at check-in.

 

For private acupuncture appointments:

A fee of $75 will be assessed for appointments missed or cancelled without a 24-hour notice.

If you have missed your appointment due to an emergency, please speak with me as soon as you can.