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Acupuncture Savvy

Seattle, WA 98105
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Acupuncture Savvy is the small business of a licensed Seattle acupuncturist focusing on fertility support, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. She has a Master’s in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr, which involved an internship in China. Available services include Acutonics, moxibustion, cupping, and electro-acupuncture, for help with pain reduction.

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Body in Balance Acupuncture

Seattle, WA 98105
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Body in Balance Acupuncture is a Seattle clinic with a focus on sports medicine, fertility, and digestive orders. The University District clinic’s board-certified, licensed acupuncturist and EAMP has been practicing acupuncture since 1998. She treats patients to help boost immune systems, control or eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, balance moods, and regulate hormones. Her background integrates western and eastern techniques, with a Master’s from NIAOM and B.S. in chemical engineering.

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5.0 / 5 (12)
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Family Acupuncture & Wellness

4208 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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Family Acupuncture & Wellness is owned by Annie, a licensed and NCCAOM board-certified acupuncturist and massage practitioner serving people in Seattle and nearby areas. She caters to the wellness needs of women, from those trying to conceive to females with fertility and hormonal issues. She provides dietary and lifestyle advice to help clients achieve holistic wellness and address specific conditions, including allergies, insomnia, and headaches. Chinese herbal medicine recommendations and Maya abdominal therapy services are also offered.

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4.0
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GoodMedizen Acupuncture & Herbs

509 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101
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GoodMedizen Acupuncture & Herbs is an acupuncture clinic based in Seattle. The company's goal is to help improve clients' overall health by treating existing illnesses, preventing new illnesses from occurring, and improving the overall activity of the immune system. Aside from this, the experts at the company also help clients in alleviating aches and pains and in healing acute injuries and chronic conditions. The team of professionals all have a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and are all nationally board-certified.

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5.0 / 5 (29)

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Green Point Acupuncture

Seattle, WA 98109
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Founded in 2009, Green Point Acupuncture is a Seattle clinic providing private and community acupuncture. The clinic’s doctors are licensed acupuncturists with graduate degrees from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture treatments include facial rejuvenation series and techniques targeted for muscle spasms, hypertension, incontinence, impotence, insomnia, irregular menstruation, neuropsychological disorders, and weight and respiratory issues. Packaged services and sliding scale fees are available.

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Health Discovery Acupuncture

Seattle, WA 98101
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The licensed acupuncturists at Health Discovery Acupuncture in Seattle provide facial acupuncture services, which can improve wrinkles and complexion. Additional acupuncture treatments target stroke recovery, chronic pain, sports injuries, and hormone balance. The practitioners have undergraduate degrees in biology and physics, and one completed a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology. The founder also earned an acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine Master’s from Bastyr, with training in Shanghai.

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5.0 / 5 (26)
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5.0 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (4)

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High Point Health

Seattle, WA 98126
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High Point Health is a West Seattle acupuncture clinic operated by an NCCAOM certified and state licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing since 2003. The practitioner has a B.S. from Cornell and Master’s from NIAOM, with internship experience in China. She applies Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, non-needle therapy such as moxibustion, Eastern and Western herbal formulas, and nutritional response testing. Additional methods include facial rejuvenation, ear, and five-element acupuncture.

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4.6
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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Jade River Healing Arts

704 Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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Katia Durand founded Seattle, WA’s Jade River Healing Arts in 2000 as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She is a skillful, thorough, and dedicated practitioner who loves what she does. Keenly intuitive, compassionate, and gentle, her clients appreciate her deep body of wisdom and diverse approach. Katia has a special interest in working with individuals seeking relief from stress, fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, menstrual and digestive issues, menopause, and support during fertility work, life transitions, and spiritual crisis. She is a preferred provider with many insurance panels. She looks forward to supporting you on your journey towards greater health and vitality.

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5.0 / 5 (28)
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New Leaf Natural Medicine

Seattle, WA 98136
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Dr. Liz Carter is a licensed acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor who serves the West Seattle community at New Leaf Natural Medicine. She practices acupuncture in combination with other low cost, sustainable, and safe, natural therapies. Her training includes craniosacral therapy, massage, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and five-element acupuncture. Additional techniques are low-level laser therapy, flower remedies, tuning forks, and osteopathy. Dr. Carter completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and master's of science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University.

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North Seattle Community Acupuncture

Seattle, WA 98125
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Four licensed acupuncturists operate North Seattle Community Acupuncture with clinic hours seven days a week. The team includes NCCAOM board-certified professionals with extensive experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The team specializes in orthopedic treatments for significant tendon, muscle, ligament, and bone issues that cause loss of strength, reduced stamina, pain, or restricted range of motion. This may include needling, electro-stimulation, cupping, or massage therapy. Additional treatments include acupuncture and acupressure neck releases, and Sotai.

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Seattle Healing Acupuncture, LLC

Seattle, WA 98103
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Seattle Healing Acupuncture, LLC, is a private clinic with a Chinese herbal pharmacy, whole food supplementation products, and nutritional counseling services. The Seattle clinic’s board-certified and licensed acupuncturist practices the balance method, teaches Qi Gong, and treats patients to help with digestive disorders, allergies, PMS, fertility issues, and pain. She earned a B.S. in psychology and biology and an M.S. from NIAOM. The office handles insurance billing.

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5.0

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Sourcepoint Acupuncture

Seattle, WA 98102
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Sourcepoint Acupuncture serves a limited number of patients in the Eastlake area of Seattle. A certified Toyo Hari acupuncturist treats one patient at a time, also practicing Japanese and German herbal medicine and Qi Gong. He is an NIAOM Master’s graduate, trained in Japan, and state licensed in acupuncture since 2002. Patients visit Sourcepoint Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain, digestive orders, emotional health, and acute injuries.

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5.0 / 5 (5)
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Twelve Rivers Medicine

Seattle, WA 98122
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A licensed acupuncturist treats Seattle patients for imbalance at Twelve Rivers Medicine. The clinic’s practitioner works with and trained in the care of queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming patients. She earned a Master’s from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. Techniques combine traditional acupuncture with complementing treatments such as herbal medicine, food therapy, Tui Na massage, essential oils, and self-care education to help with anxiety, injuries, and digestive orders.

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Union Center for Healing, LLC

Seattle, WA 98122
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Union Center for Healing, LLC, is a team of Seattle licensed acupuncturists and massage practitioners. Team members completed Master’s degrees in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and advanced training in women’s health and pediatric acupuncture. Services include five-element acupuncture, craniosacral, Bowen therapy, Maya abdominal massage, and intuitive energy healing. The clinic’s co-owners studied in Shanghai, interned in Seoul, and conducted acupuncture research at the University of Washington.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.

How does acupuncture work?

Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

Is acupuncture effective?

Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

How much does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.

What should you wear to an acupuncture appointment?

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your first acupuncture appointment. Shorts or pants you can pull above your knees are a good idea. Short-sleeve tops are also preferable. Slip-on shoes are helpful. If your treatment involves back or torso needle placement, your acupuncturist likely provides gowns. After your first visit, you have a better idea of suitable clothing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe with a certified, reputable, and capable acupuncturist. When the practitioner follows the law using sterile, disposable, single-use needles, adverse effects are rare. The World Health Organization reported no major side effects and only 671 minor adverse events out of 10,000 treatments. Plus, acupuncture has none of the serious side effects of traditional pain medications. 

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is also called intramuscular stimulation. The procedure involves the insertion of needles to treat muscular pain. Unlike the ancient practice of acupuncture, dry needling is relatively new. It’s not a well-regulated field either, while acupuncture is. Physical therapists and other providers can perform dry needling with no special training, licensing, or certifications.

What are some conditions that acupuncture can treat?

Acupuncture can help relieve pain caused by many medical conditions. Some examples are migraines, menstrual cramps, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, postsurgical dental pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients also experience improvement from acupuncture treatment for conditions, such as asthma, addiction, ADHD, and TMD. Plus, acupuncture may also help relieve nausea, stress, and anxiety.

How long does an acupuncture appointment last?

Initial acupuncture appointments typically last longer than routine sessions. They may include an interview about your health issues and a medical exam. With the acupuncture session, the entire appointment may take one to two hours. Successive sessions typically last about 30 minutes to an hour. The needles will be in place for only about 10 to 30 minutes.

How many acupuncture appointments will you need to complete a treatment?

It’s best to discuss how many sessions you’ll need with your acupuncturist during your initial consultation. Most patients who seek acupuncture to help with a medical condition and related pain need several sessions. They may start treatment with one to three sessions per week for a few weeks. Once they see improvement, treatments may taper off to in-frequent maintenance sessions.

What needles are used in acupuncture?

Metal filiform needles are the type commonly used for acupuncture today. These sterile, stainless-steel thread-like needles are available in varying diameters and lengths. The typical gauges range from 0.12 mm to 0.35 mm. Japanese acupuncture calls for thinner needles than Chinese methods. Acupuncture needles are designed for one use before disposal. Some acupuncturists use gold or silver needles.

Do acupuncturists need to be licensed to practice acupuncture?

Washington D.C. and 47 states require some type of licensing to perform acupuncture. South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama don’t regulate acupuncturists. Elsewhere, credentialing requirements and standards vary. Most states with acupuncture legal oversight require National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exams or certification in compliance with the Acupuncture Practice Act. California has its own licensing exam.

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