The Process

1. Intake

At your first appointment, we will take the time to understand the context of your concerns.

We’ll discuss your whole health because many seemingly unrelated things provide insight.

Through acupuncture we’ll seek to unravel the root causes of what’s leading to your current concerns and to prevent new problems from occurring down the line.

2. Treatment

The treatment portion of your appointment will generally last about 45 minutes.

It can involve needles, bodywork, cupping, gua sha, electro-stim, and warming therapies such as moxa.

This healing process all happens in a spa like setting helping you to feel revitalized and ready to face the world.

3. Follow up

After your appointment, we’ll develop a treatment plan custom designed for you. This can include exercises, herbal supplements and lifestyle and nutritional information.

At your subsequent appointments, we’ll continually assess your progress on your path toward optimal health and wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

No. The majority of the time, there is no pain and it is actually very relaxing and pleasant.

Occasionally you may feel some discomfort, but we’ll always work together to make sure you are comfortable with what is happening and we’ll make adjustments as needed.

Acupuncture needles are VERY thin, about the diameter of a human hair and 1/40th the diameter of the hypodermic needle used for flu shots.

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Does it work?

Yes! It’s been used for millennia and we’re in a really exciting time where there’s some quality research being done.

Acupuncture efficacy is a particularly difficult thing to determine in a traditional double blind study because you know when you’re being stuck with a needle. Newer research is discovering novel ways to study its effectiveness, such as brain mapping.

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What's it good for?

There is no short answer to this question – just like Western Medicine, acupuncture is good for so many things! It’s particularly good at whole health conditions and in pain reduction/elimination.

It’s also effective in a wide variety of conditions including sports injuries – both recent and long term, neck/back pain, headaches – including migraines, insomnia, stress relief, digestive issues, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, autoimmune disease, gynecological issues including PMS and menopause, and much, much more.

Acupuncture is also great at balancing the negative affects of western therapies such as chemotherapy.

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Is it safe?

Very! It has been used effectively for literally thousands of years.

Acupuncturists today are highly trained, and the needles themselves are single-use and sterile. And unlike many Western treatments, acupuncture has no known side effects.

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What should I wear? How should I prepare?

Loose, comfortable clothing is best, especially clothing that can be rolled up to the knees and elbows. If you forget, no worries – we can provide comfortable sheets and blankets for modesty coverage.

It is also best if you have eaten recently and are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the days prior to your appointment, it is good to pay extra attention to how your body is feeling because we’ll be asking you a lot of questions. It’s also good to bring your own questions.

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Do you take insurance?

We’ve tried to keep our prices affordable and are happy to provide you with a Superbill you can submit for reimbursement from your insurance if desired, but we do not bill insurance directly.

It is the goal of Mix Acupuncture & Wellness to make health care accessible to all so if the costs are prohibitive for you, we can have a discussion about how we can still help you.

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What kind of training does it take to become an acupuncturist?

I’m glad you asked because I had no idea when I was a patient. The short answer is 7 years of college, 3 national board exams and close to 1,000 hours of clinical work.

At the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, we had several prerequisites we needed to meet before enrolling in the program, including coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition and a Bachelor’s Degree.

The program itself included about 1,000 hours of clinic work and extensive coursework in both Western and East Asian Medicine. It was a 4 year Master’s Program (done in 3 because clinics and courses don’t stop in the summer).

Our coursework included classes in orthopedic assessment, diet therapy, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, dermatology, biophysics, herb/drug interactions, microbiology, trigger point assessment, kinesiology and of course, many courses on body work, surface anatomy/palpation and acupuncture techniques were required.

Washington State requires passage of 3 board exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Acupuncture, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in addition to our Master’s Degree.

Any other questions? Feel free to email them to me () or bring them along to your appointment.