Acupuncture

Healing Nature of Acupuncture

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture helps to release the body's natural pain killers, anti-inflammatory and feel-good brain chemicals (endorphins, corticosteroids, and serotonin). Our bodies are designed to be self-healing. When you get a scratch on your arm, you don't have to think about healing it. Your body automatically responds to the injury by increasing blood clotting factors to stop any bleeding, making and sending white blood cells to the area to fight any infection, and forming a scab. The acupuncture needle safely stimulates this same healing response, directing the body's natural anti-inflammatories and painkillers to the area of need.

THE LAKE WASHINGTON DIFFERENCE

Our vision is to have a healthy, happy, and productive community of empowered individuals who are knowledgeable and have access to the necessary resources to make informed health choices. This vision gives them the opportunity to meet their full health and wellness potential.

Our Mission is to provide unparalleled, evidence-based therapy to relieve pain and suffering, restore health, and promote wellness by fostering the body’s natural ability to heal. This mission results in a healthy, productive, and happy life for every individual.

Common Areas of Treatment:

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Jaw Pain (TMJ)

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Sports Injury and Performance Massage

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Post Surgery

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Pregnancy

Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization and other leading health institutions to be effective in treating a variety of health conditions. Here are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can help with:

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  • Musculoskeletal problems and pains
  • Low back pain, sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Post-operative pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Allergic rhinitis (allergies and hay fever)
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Sprains and injuries
  • Facial pain and TMJ dysfunction
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Thoracic outlet
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Knee and elbow pain
  • Osteoarthritis and joint pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal spasm
  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy
  • Dental pain after surgery
  • Addiction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Asthma
  • And more

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture can bring the body into balance and assists in the healing process through the regulation of qi/energy, blood and fluid in the body. Acupuncture removes circulatory blockage or obstruction; stimulates the immune system; and harmonizes emotions. Acupuncture needles are placed in specific intramuscular locations, they stimulate the nociceptive proprioceptors and trigger the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that can, among other things, reduce pain and inflammation, and stimulate healing in the body's tissues.

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.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (vital energy) flow 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. Traditional Chinese Medicine utilized ancient wisdom and techniques to nourish deficiencies, strengthen organ function, reduce excesses and harmonize the body. 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).

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Meet Donna!

DONNA TURNER, Licensed Acupuncturist

Academic Background

Masters, Traditional Chinese Medicine Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2004-07

Bachelors of Arts, Sociology Western Washington University, 1997-1999

 

Medical Licensing & Certification

-NCCAOM-National Diplomate in Oriental Medicine #100099 (2007 - current)

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) sets high national standards for competency and licensure; representing 98% of the states that regulate licensure of acupuncture in the United States.

-East Asian Medical Practitioner # AC 00003062 (2007 - current)

The many benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Pain reduction and relief
  • Aids post-operative healing
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Increased energy, better quality of sleep
  • Improved digestion and metabolism
  • Support for allergies and asthma
  • Greater sense of overall health and well-being

Conditions Commonly Treated with Acupuncture

 

  • Pain of all kinds: headaches, neck and back pain, arthritis and joint pain, jaw tension, pain related to MVAs, support for post-operative recovery, plantar fasciitis
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, sinus, allergies, ear pain, digestion support
  • Acupuncture can also be used for overall feelings of good health and wellness, improving circulation and blood flow while relaxing the nervous system.

 

Occasionally when I treat patients, confusion arises over why I am not placing needles in an area of pain. For example headaches and other head pain are often treated by needling the hands and feet. The acupuncture points used could be located on the scalp and ears, or on the arms and legs. Consequently, patients can lay on their back face up and often will not need to remove any clothing.

There are two main benefits to distal needling. First, the site of pain will not be needled. This means that there is no chance of further injury or irritation at the pain site by needling, and it will also allow the patient to give feedback as they are needled whether the injured site is better.

The second benefit is that patients often experience results immediately. Since the nerves are denser below the elbows and knees, the central nervous system has more stimulation to release endogenous opioids such as enkephalins, beta-endorphins, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine, and to stimulate blood flow to the site of pain. More brain stimulation causes a larger shift in these natural chemicals. Because of this ability to tap into the body’s natural healing system, acupuncture can do more than just treat pain. Acupuncture can and does help bring the body’s organ systems back into

Distal acupuncture places needles away from the area of pain or discomfort. Common examples are for knee complaints the needles often go in and around the elbows; painful shoulders respond well to needling the lower legs, and for headaches and migraines, I commonly needle the feet.

This style of acupuncture was popularized in the West by two famous acupuncturists — Dr. Tan, with his Balance Method, and Master Tung using his ‘Magical Points’.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has different systems of treating patients' concerns. Local acupuncture points can be chosen, other times your acupuncturist will use the logic behind the meridian pathways in how to treat you. Using points that are at the periphery of our limbs to treat areas closer into the body is referred to as distal acupuncture.

Placing needles in your body communicates to your body tissues and encourages the body to function in a healthy way. Think of how many structures are at work inside of you: skin, fascia, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the electrical system, the endocrine system, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, bones, and so on. This network of tissues is why we can have an influence on one part of the body by working on another. Acupuncture needles direct Qi and blood to areas where it is needed. Qi is often translated as energy or life force. Consider how we need food and oxygen to stay healthy. Healthy blood and energy are necessary to move the nourishment to all of the tissues in our body. Our cells also conduct electricity. These are all the different ways in which Qi plays out inside of us.

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Testimonials:

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I had suffered from pains in my back and neck after the minor car accident. My pains had almost disappeared as soon as I got the treatment. After several treatments, I could manage to go on business trip to overseas, which I had cancelled due to the accident. She patiently listened to me about the symptoms and kindly advised me how to alleviate the pains in my daily life, which I really appreciated.

-NN

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I have had knee pain from a torn and scoped meniscus for five years. Weather changes and my job, as a second-grade teacher have a great impact. I started going to Donna Turner and the effects were immediate. With the drastic reduction of swelling came relief that I have not had for five years. I was able to bend to garden and do other tasks and activities that have otherwise been painful. Donna's methods worked for me.

-RJ

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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 has virtually cleared up in two months.

-RS