What health issues can you treat?
Acupuncture is probably most well-known in the U.S. for treating pain. Although this is true, Chinese medicine is just as good for treating most other conditions, especially the chronic and long-term illnesses which are often unsuccessfully treated by Western Medicine. Five Element Acupuncture specifically, is very effective in treating depression and mental illness.
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can effectively treat the following health issues:
Chronic and acute pain—injuries, headache, neck, back and joint pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
Neurological disorders—trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke recovery, movement disorders
Upper Respiratory Disorders—asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu
Digestive Disorders—IBS, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, GERD, ulcers, food allergies
Circulatory issues—cold hands and feet, heart palpitations, arrhythmia, numbness, high and low blood pressure
Urinary and Reproductive Disorders—cystitis, kidney stones, prostate disorders, PMS, menopausal symptoms, infertility
Immune function—recurrent infection, supportive treatment for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients (helping with nausea, fatigue and pain)
Mental and emotional health--depression, anxiety, mood disorders
In addition to this list, acupuncture can be very helpful for common issues such as insomnia, weight loss, addiction, detox, and stress management.
Do you have a specialty?
Though I'm confident that I have the tools to handle most common illnesses and ailments, I really like working with mood-related issues such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and other emotional imbalances which commonly result from stress.
Do you take insurance?
I do not bill insurance which means that payment is due at the time of treatment. I am happy to provide a coded receipt (superbill) for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Many clients are successful with this.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are solid, very slender—just slightly thicker than a human hair—and bear no resemblance to syringes. They are made of stainless steal, are pre-sterilized, and disposed of after each use. Many people don’t feel their insertion at all, whereas others report feeling a dull, momentary ache or tingling sensation. It is very common for people to fall asleep during treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
This depends on the individual, of course. If one’s symptom/condition has been present for a long time, then it will likely take more treatments to resolve the issue. An acute case may take just one treatment to clear up. A general rule is that for every year a condition has existed, it will take about a month of regular treatments to resolve. Some people are more sensitive to acupuncture than others and that will affect the course of treatment as well. Typically, I will suggest that a person see me once per week for 3-4 weeks (following the initial visit). After this, if they are still symptomatic, they may be able to switch to seeing me once every 2-3 weeks until the problem is resolved. It is recommended to all clients that they receive at least one treatment four times per year (at the change of the seasons) for basic maintenance and prevention.
A bit more about me
I received my master's of acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainsville, FL. During my course of study there, I also completed the academy's certification programs in Chinese herbology and medical qi gong. I am nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM and Licensed as an East Asian Medical Practitioner (acupuncturist) by the State of Washington.
Prior to attending Graduate school, I received certification as a yoga teacher through the 8-Limbs Yoga teacher-training program, and completed a year-long certification course in Nutritional Therapy through the NTA. I have completed levels 1 and 2 of Bastyr University's cranio-sacral training program.
In my free time I like to get out into the woods as much as possible, backpacking, cross-country skiing or foraging for medicinal plants. I have many other passions including cooking, arts and crafts, meditation, I Ching, and shamanic journey work.