Frequent Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect if treated?
A: Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and herbs; however, some conditions which have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. TCM is also an educational process in which the patient becomes more aware of his or her own body, thus increasing its ability to maintain well–being.
Although there are techniques in TCM for healing most conditions there is a medical circumstance that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, it's recommended you contact a physician as complementary to Western medicine.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: You safely is assured, It will be clear skin by alcohol before the needles are inserted, the needles are sterilized and disposable.

Q: Is acupuncture painful?
A: Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle, and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, the skilled practitioner is performed with the minimum of discomfort. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment. In some cases, it is not necessary it uses needles at all.

Q: Are all of the “herbs” vegetables in origin?
A: Although called Chinese herbs, TCM practitioners use ingredients from all three kingdoms, vegetable, animal and mineral. However, the majority of these are from vegetable sources, leaves. Flowers, twigs. Stems, roots, tubers, rhizomes, and barks are some of the many vegetable parts used.

Q: How are Chinese herbs taken?
A: There are many different methods to be used such as decoction, pills, powders extracts and tinctures.
The most common method of taking Chinese herbal Tea is a fresh decoction, in which the herbal is boiled for 15 minutes to 60 minutes, (It depends on necessity) and then strained and drunk 1-2 times daily.

Q: What are the benefits of drinking Chinese herbal in decoction?
A: This method allows the practitioner maximum flexibility in writing a prescription. They can put in just what is necessary in just the right amounts. The formula can be changed even on a daily basis if necessary and decoctions tend to be more patent than other means of administration..

Q: What are the benefits of pills or powders?
A: Pills and powders are good for prolonged administration in the case of chronic disease where formulas do not have to be very potent or changed on a frequent basis. Pills and powders are also commonly used to considerate therapeutic results after a successful course of the therapy with decoction

Q: What are Chinese herbs good for?
A: Chinese herbal medicine treats the full range of human diseases. It treats acute diseases, like intestinal flu and the common cold, as well as chronic diseases, such as allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, chronic viral diseases, and degenerative diseases due to aging. In particular, Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body’s ability to heal and recuperate.

Q: Can children take Chinese herbs?
A: Yes, again. Pediatrics is a specialty within TCM and children can be given reduced dosages. There is also specially prepared pediatric herb in pills, tea and powders form. Of course, it needs to be under your doctor's care.

Q: How do I know acupuncture treatment by an insurance company?
A: Auto Accident Claims
You do not pay any medical service if you have PIP benefit (Personal Injured Protection) under your auto insurance carrier. Just bring the claim information that includes the claim number, adjuster name and contact information.
L & I (work injured)
You do not pay any medical service if your claim is approved by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
Health Insurance
It has more insurance plan could be accepted in our office. To ensure acupuncture coverage please call or check online to your insurance company, the question includes:
1. Does your plan cover acupuncture?
2. What medical condition can be covered?
3. How many visits allow a year?
4. Do you need a referral by a physician?
5. Dose deductible satisfaction?
6. How much Coy-pay do you need to pay?