What does acupuncture treat? 
While acupuncture is most well known for its effectiveness in treating pain (see: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/acupuncture-for-pain.htm), it can effectively treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including colds and flu; women’s health; digestive health; post-stroke recovery; allergies; and much more.

What do you specialize in?
I specialize in acute and chronic pain management, digestive issues, stress reduction, and menstrual health.  To find articles about specific conditions, go here.  While I see these conditions a lot at the clinic, I have successfully treated a wide range of other conditions as well.  Please give me a call or send me a text if you have questions.

Do you take insurance? 
Yes.  I am a preferred provider for several major insurance companies.  I also accept most Auto Insurance, provided you are insured in Oregon or Washington, and your treatment is for injuries sustained in an auto accident that occurred within the last year and you have not exhausted the claim's medical benefits.  I am happy to verify your benefits for you.  Just give me a call or send me a text!

Does acupuncture hurt? 
Generally, no.  You might feel some sensation, like a mild pressure, tingling, or small insect bite; or you may feel nothing at all.  More than anything, patients report a deep sense of relaxation and well-being from acupuncture. 

How big are the needles? 
They are about the thickness of a human hair. 

Are the needles sterile?
Yes.  All needles are sterile and single use only. 

How does acupuncture work? 
Most health problems are caused by imbalances in the body.  Those imbalances can be caused by numerous things: injuries, stress, diet, sedentary lifestyle, overexertion etc.  Acupuncture and herbs don’t just treat symptoms, but instead work to fix the imbalances at their core level, where they begin.  Correcting the imbalances allows the body to heal itself.

Will you prescribe herbs?
I may recommend herbs to you, as they can be helpful for many conditions. I generally don’t recommend them on the first visit (unless you come in for an acute condition like a cold or flu) so we can see how you respond to the acupuncture first.

Do the herbs have side effects?
Chinese herbs are typically mixed into formulas of several herbs that balance each other.  They are also administered in low doses.  Because of this, side effects are very rare. 

How should I dress for my appointment?
Wear whatever you like.  We have gowns and drapes here for your use.  If you’d prefer to wear your own clothes, loose fitting items work best.