Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Yes, many insurance plans cover acupuncture. You can call your insurance provider with specific questions, or have us verify benefits before your first appointment. I am credentialed with the following insurance panels:

  • All Motor Vehicle Accident Policies in Oregon

  • Providence Health Plans

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

  • Regence

  • Providence

  • MODA

  • First Choice Health

  • Aetna

  • HealthNet

  • Optum Health

  • United Healthcare

  • Cigna

  • Pacific Source

  • ASH /American Specialty Health

  • Oregon Health Plan Open Card

  • Health Share of Oregon

  • Care Oregon

  • Worker's Compensation Insurance
    * Please inquire about time of service rates.

What is Chinese Medicine 

Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine dating back thousands of years, yet still applicable in today’s modern world. Chinese medicine looks at the whole person, not just the disease or the symptoms. The aim of a Chinese medicine practitioner is to uncover areas of imbalance, unique to each individual. A specific treatment plan using acupuncture, medicinal herbs, bodywork, cupping, gua sha and/or dietary and lifestyle advice is implemented to restore optimal health. At its core, Chinese medicine is rooted in the principle that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal itself. By harnessing this power, Chinese medicine helps people to heal themselves. 

How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been widely studied and proven effective in the treatment many conditions. How does it work physiologically? Simply put, acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow to the area of pain, stimulate the immune system, calm the nervous system, stimulate the release of dopamine and other pain relieving neurotransmitters in the brain, balance hormones, and release bound up muscular and fascial tissue. In fact, many acupuncture points are located at muscle motor points or trigger points, that when released, can restore healthy muscle function. Through all of these physiological effects, acupuncure restores balance and function within your body.


What does Acupuncture Treat?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat many conditions including:  Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy - Dental pain after surgery - Addiction - Headaches - Menstrual cramps - Tennis elbow - Fibromyalgia - Myofascial pain - Osteoarthritis - Low back pain - Carpal tunnel syndrome - Neck pain -Knee pain - Asthma


What to Expect?

Acupuncture is usually painless and quite relaxing. The needles are very small, often compared to the diameter of a strand of hair or a cat whisker. Most people who try acupuncture return because it is relaxing and feels good. After a comprehensive intake on your first visit, I will develop a treatment plan that includes acupuncture, body work and possibly herbs or supplements. Your first visit will take a little longer - roughly 75 minutes. Follow-up visits usually last about 60 minutes. After a treatment, you may feel fatigued. Plan to avoid any strenuous activities if at all possible for the remainder of the day.


How to Prepare?

Make sure you are well hydrated and have eaten a small meal or snack before your appointment.
Avoid caffeine two hours prior to the treatment if possible. Bring a list of your medications and supplements with you. Dress in comfortable loose clothing - workout shorts and t-shirts or tanks are best.