What is the Format of Diagnosis and Treatment?
Traditional Oriental Medical Diagnosis consists of a thorough examination
of the present condition, and a complete medical and life history.
Your practitioner will combine this information with a physical assessment
that includes a reading of the twelve pulses to determine the condition
and level of energy in every part of the anatomy in order to determine
your course of treatment. Treatment with acupuncture is the insertion
of very fine needles at particular points along energy pathways or
Meridians. With proper usage of these points, the Qi (chi) energy
flow of your organs and extremities is restored, adjusted, and equalized.
This approach creates a healing that occurs from the inside out. Occasionally,
the Qi-energy is additionally warmed and invigorated by burning a
small cone of a special herb called Moxa over the acupuncture point;
also known as Moxibustion.
How many treatments will be needed and how frequently?
Treatment is given on a weekly basis, occasionally twice a week for
certain situations. It is usually necessary to receive 6-8 weeks of
treatment in order to accomplish significant sustainable progress
in your healing. Because each situation is different, your practitioner
can recommend to you the frequency and duration of treatment that
will best fit your individual needs.
How do I schedule an appointment?
All treatments are by appointment only. Please call 206-781-1371 for
treatment in the Seattle office. Initial acupuncture visits require 1.5 hours and return visits
require approximately 45 minutes.
In consideration of others access to available scheduling times, please
give adequate notice if you need to change an appointment. Late cancellations
or missed appointments may be charged the full fee.
Do the Needles Hurt?
This is a common question. The answer varies from person to person
because the experience of feeling the energy shift inside the body
is so new to most people that it is difficult to find words to describe
the sensation. However this sensation is experienced, be assured that
it cannot be compared to getting a "shot" from a Western
- Acupuncture is an effective form of medicine without side effects.
- Only sterile one-time use disposable needles are used.