No, Acupuncture should not hurt. After insertion, you may feel a sensation of warmth, heaviness, or tingling, but there should be no pain. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.
Your initial acupuncture visit will consist of a consultation with Jackie Close, the acupuncturist at Seattle Healing Acupuncture. You will first discuss your main complaints, and then Jackie will get a detailed health history from you. After gathering all of the information, you will receive an acupuncture treatment, and at the end of the treatment, Jackie will discuss your diagnosis, answer any questions you may have, and go over a treatment plan with you.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are designed to treat and maintain health. Chinese medicine is a whole system of medicine which means we look at the entire system and treat you accordingly. It is not a fragmented system of medicine that will put a band-aid on a symptom for temporary relief. As an acupuncturist, Jackie will address the symptom you present with, as well as the root of why the symptom initially appeared. This approach not only allows you to become symptom-free; it also helps in preventing the symptom from returning so you can achieve and maintain optimal health.
As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, Acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile, disposable needles that are discarded after one use.
Many companies now do provide acupuncture coverage. Jackie is an in-network provider for most of the major insurance companies in Washington State. (See our insurance page). We will bill your insurance company directly. Call us at (206) 783-1912, and we will find out for you if you have coverage for Acupuncture on your plan.
Cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard are the accepted forms of payment.
Yes, if you are receiving Acupuncture and herbal formula is indicated for your condition, Jackie will prescribe the formula at no extra charge. The only additional cost will be the actual herbs.
This is extremely individual-based and difficult to put everyone into a box of a specific treatment number. Generally speaking, receiving 1-2 treatments/week for the first 3-4 weeks allows for a solid foundation for your health goals that can be easily built upon with treatments once a week or once every two weeks until we are able to maintain your health at one time every 3-4 weeks.
Qigong is an ancient art form used to promote health and prevent disease. There are many styles and forms of Qigong. There are physical forms that stretch the muscles and tendons and open the collaterals and meridians to allow for the energy or qi to flow more easily through the body. Another style is Medical Qigong which is taught and performed on patients. Medical Qigong moves qi through organs and meridian systems as a form of treatment. Very similar to how Acupuncture works but without the needles. It is very specific and has a wide range of applications, from targeting certain diseased conditions to general health maintenance.