What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture West Seattle

Acupuncture is a centuries old medicine has been proven by modern science. Very fine needles are inserted into the body in a nearly painless way to improve body function. This often results in deep relaxation during and after the treatment. Besides acupuncture, there are other aspects of East Asian Medicine which may be utilized during your treatments.

Cupping therapy

Cupping is a therapy that can feel like a deep massage. Light suction is applied to produce therapeutic effects.  It is useful in treating pain conditions, women’s health complaints, immune  issues and more. Cupping is most often done on the back and can leave round “hicky” style marks.


Moxibustion is a warming technique where Chinese Sage is burned over an acupuncture point. The herb might have been processed into a charcoal like stick or in loosely pressed into cones or “grains.”

Cold Laser

Cold Laser is a cutting edge modality that utilizes powerful light waves to stimulate acupuncture points. The light activated the mitochondria of red blood cells to produce more ATP or energy. The laser is painless in fact, many patients report that they do not feel anything but that is does induce a feeling of wellbeing. We use this therapy most often for chronic pain such as carpal tunnel, post concussion syndrome, and fertility issues including diminished ovarian reserve, thin uterine lining, and ovulatory disfunction. In men it can improve results of a semen analysis.

East Asian Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine and dietary therapy is another important part of East Asian Medicine.  An old proverb states the superior doctor treats disease before it is manifest. This is done through medicinal dietary therapy. In our clinic we blend these traditional ways with modern ideas about diet. We utilize both East Asian Medicinals and Western supplements for synergistic results.

Dry Needling

This technique is touted as a modern form of Acupuncture. It is fact a type of acupuncture that all acupuncturists are taught. It also uses acupuncture needles. If it looks like acupuncture and smells like acupuncture.. you get the point.

The difference is that acupuncturists receive far more training. Acupuncture is a complex system that cannot be mastered in the “weekend course”  model where dry needling is tough. Most acupuncturists receive in excess of 2000 hours of clinical and didactic training vs. dry needling which is taught in a weekend.