Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of oldest and safest forms of medicine. When performed by a trained professional, acupuncture carries little to no risk or side effect and safely complements other treatment.

 

How does it feel?

Acupuncture needles are thin, solid, sterilized needles. Each is used only once, and disposed of in a biomedical ‘sharps’ container after use.  Some people feel no sensation with needle insertion. Others feel a slight pinch, like a mosquito bite, followed by tingling, pulsing, or heaviness. These sensations are all normal.  Having worked with many people who are anxious before a first treatment, Amy takes sensitive care to explain each step to patients, answer questions and alleviate concerns.

Once the needles are inserted, a patient rests for 20-30 minutes depending on the particular condition. Most people feel deeply relaxed during a treatment. For some, a deep sense of relaxation continues throughout the day and even for days following. Other people feel revitalized and energetic after treatment.

Please see the Amy’s Clinic page for a detailed outline of Amy’s clinical expertise and approach.

 

What is the treatment frequency & duration?

For acute conditions, Amy commonly advises weekly treatment for the first month. Treatment frequency decreases as symptoms resolve. After fully resolved, some patients conclude treatment entirely. Many choose monthly or seasonal visits to maintain and optimize health. There’s no fixed prescription. It truly depends on the individual.

Some conditions respond very quickly and even immediately to treatment. Others require combined acupuncture, herbal treatment and other patient-driven behavioral changes over a period of months. Amy is happy to consult by phone or email before a first appointment to discuss your questions.

 

Does acupuncture work?

In addition to the 3,000 years of empirical evidence, there is mounting modern clinical research supporting acupuncture’s efficacy in treating a variety of medical conditions. The Patient Stories page offers detailed accounts of patients’ experience with treatment.  Amy specializes in the conditions below.

  • Neuromuscular skeletal conditions (Pain and rehabilitation)
  • Internal medical conditions – including digestive problems, IBS, IBD, menstrual and menopausal disorders
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders (notably anxiety and depression)
  • Trauma (ACEs and somatic expression of trauma)
  • Sinus and upper respiratory disorders
  • Grief support

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies in Washington State provide some coverage for acupuncture. Utilize the insurance verification document to determine the specific coverage offered by your individual plan.