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!

Located in Redmond, we are close convenient and gentle.

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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.