Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. And now you can receive acupuncture in Redmond!

For instance, acupuncture for back pain can bring almost instant relief. Acupuncture for migraines help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. Acupuncture for anxiety can calm and reset the nervous system.  One study found acupuncture for depression to be as effective as antidepressants.

Cosmetic acupuncture is also gaining a reputation for reducing wrinkles and increasing collagen in facial tissues. Cosmetic acupuncture is a fabulous option instead of injections or botox.

Acupuncture for weight loss works by resetting your nervous system. It decreases cravings and reduces cortisol levels, making your weight loss journey easier and longer lasting.


Acupuncture has helped many people lead happier healthier lives. Cancer treatment support, depression, insomnia and other conditions can also be relieved and supported with acupuncture.

Who Should Consider Acupuncture at LWW?

Anyone struggling with any of the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal aches and pains. Acupuncture for back pain works exceptionally well.
  • Poor Sleep: Acupuncture catalyzes the production of neurotransmitters associated with relaxation and sleep, which helps insomniacs rest and wake with energy.
  • Stress and anxiety. Acupuncture for anxiety dramatically reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Sluggish Digestion: Sessions of acupuncture can soothe acid reflux and heartburn by speeding up the digestive system and regulating acid secretion.
  • Weight Loss: Acupuncture for weight loss can help shed pounds by stimulating and increasing the body’s metabolism.
  • Menopause Symptoms: Acupuncture can help to ease the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
  • Compromised Immune System: Acupuncture can stimulate the activity of immunity cells that seek out to destroy infections in the body.
  • Heart Conditions: Regular sessions of acupuncture can promote heart health by lowering blood pressure.
  • Acupuncture for migraines, acupuncture for depression, and facial acupuncture give great results and are worth considering.
  • Sinus and respiratory issues.
  • And Much More!

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What Our Clients Say

  • Last year I had a pain in my knee that would not go away. I went to my medical Dr. and went through all the x-rays and things Drs. put you through to find out what is wrong with you. At the same time, I was being treated by Donna to ease the pain. My knee was somewhat swollen and after several sessions with acupuncture treatment my knee didn’t hurt as much and the inflammation subsided. The pain didn’t go completely away so I continued with the treatment. My Dr. told me I had torn meniscus and he needed to operate in order for the pain to go completely away. I followed his advice and continued my treatments with Donna. The inflammation went away faster and the pain from the surgery was insignificant. The pain medication wasn’t necessary because it was bearable after the acupuncture treatments. I believe the acupuncture treatment helped me recover much faster because of the blood flow through my knees, which I believe is what acupuncture does. Not only is Donna a good acupuncturist, she’s also very professional and has great bedside manners. I highly recommend her.

    E. Kai
  • I was 37 weeks pregnant when I first came to Donna for acupuncture, and for anyone who’s been within a mile of a pregnant woman, you know that aches and pains are only the beginning of a vast catalogue of ailments, the later of which aren’t mentionable in even the most unbridled of Yelp reviews. I came for those. Donna was able to quickly and methodically pinpoint my pain (pun intended), treat it, and make the conditions perfect for me to slip into those glorious acu-happiness naps. The results were instantaneous – each and everything I came for was quickly and lastingly resolved and now I’m officially one of those annoying people who “completely swears by” their acupuncturist. Donna’s not only extremely well qualified (Diplomate of Oriental Medicine for both acupuncture and Chinese herbology) but her kindness, compassion and innate drive to help heal is evident straight away. She’s also just a fantastic person, so that’s always an added bonus, and I truly enjoyed coming in not only for acupuncture, but also to have a quick catch up before and after. It was clear she was interested in my overall health and wellness, not just my physical pain. Above all this, she went above and beyond to work with my International insurance and was extremely flexible with her schedule, even when it entailed coming in on a weekend with only a few hour’s notice or booking around an unknown newborn feeding schedule. 

I couldn’t possibly recommend her more highly – Donna is a true healer in every respect.

  • I am pleased to have acupuncture treatments from Donna Turner. I was a nervous and skeptic of pins being put into my body to have a positive result. After interviewing Donna, her conscientiousness helped me to consider the potential of acupuncture in my life. It has been unbelievable, the calm and resolve the miniature needles have brought to me. The fearful symmetry of needles and pain has morphed to needles and wonderful calm. The skin condition that has been with me for the majority of my adult life and brought me to acupuncture treatment has virtually cleared up in two months.

    Riley L Shirey
  • Acupuncture is a part of my routine to help maintain balanced mind body health. Donna is a warm, caring, knowledgeable practitioner who has helped me recover from reoccurring sinus infections, boost my immune system and confront anxiety.

Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

Hi I’m Donna!

Since childhood, I have been driven by a strong curiosity about life.  What is our purpose, the best way to live our lives and how can one be fulfilled in this world?  This interest naturally guided me to explore different schools of thought in health and wellness. By the age of thirteen, I was spending much of my free time at the health food stores and pouring over health and nutrition books. 

I delved wholeheartedly into traditional Chinese culture in 2001, when I was introduced to qigong.  At that time, I had my first experience with acupuncture, and quickly began to learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine.  I was fascinated by the point of view that these traditional practices allowed me—a new lens through which to see my world.  

I studied independently until I entered a full-time program at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2004. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2007 and then spent three years in an intensive acupuncture residency program at one of the busiest clinics in Washington State where I was very fortunate to collaborate with skillful practitioners, and learn from brilliant teachers.

I have been practicing acupuncture ever since and continue to learn, grow, and be in awe at how acupuncture impacts the lives of my clients.  

I am happy to answer questions and help to demystify acupuncture.

Call (425) 882 9065 for a free 15 minute acupuncture consultation at our Redmond Acupuncture Wellness Center and we can determine how acupuncture may benefit you. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (vital energy) that flows through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). In Western Medicine, this correlates with health of the nervous system, circulatory system, groupings of muscles and fascia and the overall functioning of the organ system.

Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow (blood flow and circulation). By optimizing blood flow throughout your body and retraining your nervous system, acupuncture helps your body to heal naturally while improving wellness and increasing vitality.

At it’s core, acupuncture was founded on the Buddhist principle that “Every Human being is the Author of his own Health or Disease”- in other words, each of us possess our own natural healing abilities within us. Every human body desires to exist in an instinctive state of homeostasis. When you experience disease, pathology, pain, or emotional disharmony, this is a sign that your body’s natural state has been tipped out of balance. Acupuncture helps restore your mind, body and spirit to a natural state of equilibrium.

Do The Needles Hurt?

During acupuncture treatment, hair-fine pins are gently inserted into the surface of the skin to stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems. There will be some associated sensation, which is actually good because it facilitates the triggering of the nervous system and sends the appropriate signals to the brain. You may notice a pinching feeling as the needle is inserted. This is followed by the sensation immediately beginning to lessen and relax. Often after the needle is placed you may not even notice the needle is in. If a needle continues to have a strong sensation, this can be immediately lessened by a gentle adjustment.

Some patients feel a distinct energetic sensation, tingling or heaviness from the location of the needles, while others feel nothing. Either way, this is not indicative of the treatment’s effectiveness. The needles are typically left in place for about 30 minutes, although specific treatments may dictate a longer or shorter amount of time. Needles used are sterile, disposable and used just once. After treatment, the needles are then discarded, eliminating any risk of infection.

Acupuncture treatment naturally settles your nervous system. Most of us are running around with our nervous systems in a sympathetic state or in ‘fight or flight’ mode. Acupuncture relaxes your body and puts it into a parasympathetic state, or ‘rest and digest’. Clients often fall asleep on the table, or simply relax into a very comfortable and tranquil state.

What Should I Expect On My First Visit?

Donna will assess and treat you individually, taking into account your specific health condition, needs and goals. The initial visit can take up to 90 minutes and includes a thorough health history and treatment. Return visits are scheduled for an hour. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress and any new concerns.

To ready yourself for acupuncture, please have on clothing that that you can rest comfortably in. Your shirtsleeves need to be able to pull just above your elbows and your pant legs just above your knees. I specialize in a distal style of acupuncture, which means that I typically do not treat at the site of pain. You will be lying comfortably on a heated table, face up.

Many patients drift into a very relaxed state and may even fall asleep. The treatment table is heated, the lights are turned down, there is optional relaxing music- the perfect environment for a tranquil moment in your day, while your body repairs and renews.

How Many Visits Will I Need?

Everyone has a different rate of response to acupuncture depending on a person’s age and state of health and how long they have had the problem we are treating (older problems can take longer to treat). Often acupuncture results don’t show up until the second, third or even eighth visit. This doesn’t mean change is not happening, it is often culminating just below the surface. Completing an initial series of 3-4 treatments is the easiest way to determine rate of response and estimated outcome.  When a patient is in a lot of pain or having an acute injury or illness, it is common to see them twice a week for several weeks.

Does Insurance Really Cover Acupuncture?

Many Insurance companies do cover acupuncture. We do not verify coverage or benefits. It is always a good idea to call the number on the back of your card yourself so you have all the information regarding your coverage and limitations.


If we are working with your insurance our rates can vary depending on the sets of needles used and the length of treatment. The initial visit typically takes 80 minutes and follow up appointments 50 minutes.

If we are not working with your insurance we offer a time of service rate of $150 for an initial consultation, $100 for a 50 minute visit.

We also offer:

1 Plus 3 Package for $379 averages to $94.75 per visit

Package of 5 (50-Minute) visits for $425 averages to $85 per visit

Package of 10 (50-Minute) visits for $800 averages to $80 per visit

Acupuncture appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Lake Washington Wellness has been serving Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bothell and the entire Eastside since 1992.

Voted Best Health Practitioners 4 years in a row! Serving Redmond Since 1992

Cosmetic Acupuncture for a Younger Looking You!

cozmetic accupunctureMei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture skin care, which gained recognition and acclaim in the June 2010 issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine” is a style of acupuncture that has been shown to alleviate wrinkles by toning and firming skin through the use of specific acupuncture points.

This technique increases blood flow to the face, relaxes facial muscles, and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin (structural proteins in the body that revitalize and nourish the skin). Acupuncture anti age program anyone?

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture skin care also utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat underlying internal conditions that may be increasing damage to skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophizes that internal imbalances can affect us externally. Therefore, it is imperative to treat the internal imbalances as well as external signs to reach optimal results of beauty and well-being. Cosmetic acupuncture is an all-natural, non-surgical approach to beauty.

Results you can expect from Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture Skin Care:

  • A reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction of sagginess in the skin
  • Lifting of droopy eyelids
  • Clearing or reduction of age spots
  • An overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face.
  • Minimization of the beginnings of jowls
  • An improvement in acne and rosacea
  • Reduction of under-eye puffiness
  • Improved facial and neck tone
  • Softer, more vibrant skin
  • Enhanced natural glow and vitality that reflects innate health and radiance of the body, mind, and spirit

In addition to the acupuncture anti-aging effects mentioned above, clients may see other positive “side effects” and notice a decrease in other symptoms they are experiencing due to the regulation of the internal environment. This can include an increase in energy, decreased pain, weight loss, improved digestion, increased restful sleep, and decreased anxiety.

Who should consider cosmetic acupuncture?

Any individual seeking a safe and healthy skin treatment technique to maintain or gain a more youthful appearance and age as gracefully as she or he can.

While results can be dramatic, they do vary from individual to individual and should not be compared specifically to other more invasive procedures like cosmetic surgery and injections.

For individuals who want surgical results, surgery may be the best road to take. However, even for these clients, acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture can be used to increase the longevity of chosen surgical or injection treatment and enhance overall natural beauty.

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This procedure is not suitable for:

  • People who suffer from seizures
  • People with bleeding disorders
  • People on blood thinning medications
  • Pregnant women
  • People with severe migraine headaches (this should first be resolved through acupuncture or another modality preceding cosmetic acupuncture treatments)

What to expect:

The acupuncturist inserts sterilized, stainless steel, hair-fine needles into areas of the face. This causes micro-trauma in the skin, (this is a good thing) which increases the production of collagen and elastin. The needles also promote the circulation of Qi and Blood in the face. Increased circulation, moistens the skin and increases muscle tone and elasticity. After the needles have been inserted, the client rests from 20 to 30 minutes, leaving you to relax and envision a younger you.

A study in The Journal of Clinical Acupuncture shares that, with cosmetic acupuncture, 90% of clients have marked improvement in their faces and experience an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to the face. This is a good reason to call Cosmetic Acupuncture procedures “Anti-Aging Treatments” because they affect overall health in a positive way.

Acupuncture anti age effects are less expensive, healthier, and safer than the modern treatments. It’s virtually risk free and there are none of the side effects of face lift surgery, lasers, and injections like numbness, scarring, possible atrophy, and lengthy recovery time. Clients’ faces will never look stretched, burned, puffy, or “banded.”

Some people have noticeable results right away, while others see results over time.

Cosmetic Acupuncture Includes:

A treatment plan consists of 11 appointments (two treatments per week over five weeks for people over 30 years of age). For people who smoke or have severe skin damage, more treatments may be necessary. You will receive:

  • One free 30-minute consultation to answer your questions, fill out initial paperwork, make sure there are no contraindications, and to schedule appointments.
  • One 1.5 hour initial intake and treatment for general health and wellbeing.
  • Ten 1.5 hour cosmetic appointments scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks.
  • It is best to schedule all ten at beginning of series.

Price: $1,320 (Total savings of $430)

Suggested maintenance: A maintenance program of one treatment every month is strongly encouraged to sustain results.

Lake Washington Wellness is proud to have Donna practicing Acupuncture in Redmond at their newly remodeled wellness center.