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  • Begin your path to optimum wellness.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fully integrated system of theory, diagnostics and treatment that can address virtually any health condition.

  • Health

    A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being beyond merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • One of the side benefits of my treatment at Oregon City Acupuncture is the holistic view they have of care. I am not just treated for pain or inflammation. I am treated as a whole person and when I leave, I feel more centered and in tune with who I really am. — CC

  • For the first time in many, many years, I am able to really be comfortable in my body throughout my day and find joy in life.  I have an extensive history with western medicine, having had many surgeries and been treated by many doctors.  However, nothing has given me the benefits I receive from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. — CC

  • From the first visit, we noticed improvement. Each session for each of us was fashioned for our individual needs at that time, in a relaxing atmosphere. The results were encouraging, often giving us flexibility and release from pain. — J & G

FAQ

How does acupuncture work?

According to ancient Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are places where the Qi (vital energy) gathers, disperses, nourishes and drains. By locating the appropriate points we are able to stimulate the activity necessary to enhance and smooth the qi movement to bring about balance in your organ and acupuncture meridian systems, your body, mind and emotions. A balanced, healthy life means that the qi is moving freely and easily. Blockage (stagnation) or deficiency leads to discomfort, pain and illness.

At Oregon City Acupuncture your acupuncturist takes time to speak with you to determine where the imbalances are and remove the obstructions. Sometimes acupuncture is the best option, other times herbal formulas provide stronger treatment. Often it is a combination of both. The process is like peeling an onion layer by layer. Some symptoms are removed only to reveal another, different set. Oriental medicine focuses on treating the root of disease as well as treating the symptoms.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Getting pricked by blackberry or rose thorns is usually a more unpleasant experience. Yet most would not forgo the pleasure of freshly picked blackberries or the beauty of a bouquet of roses.  If you do experience any sensation it usually only lasts a few seconds. Common sensations are a tiny pinch, a feeling of fullness at the site of insertion, warmth, dull ache or tingling. Taking a couple of slow deep breaths allows the sensation to dissipate and the qi to flow. If any sensation continues beyond 30 seconds discuss it with your practitioner.  You are always in control and can say  “stop”. You are an active participant in the healing process. We do not cure you, your body and mind do. If you feel the process is a challenge then you and your practitioner will discuss other options to best assist you back into balance.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture needles are processed and sterilized in single use packages just as any needle in any other health care setting. We do not reuse needles. They are disposed of in standard biohazard containers common to all health care facilities. Infections or bruising are always a possibility with any medical procedure. But the blackberries and roses pose more of a threat than acupuncture.

What can I expect during my treatment?

With your first visit to our clinic we prefer to take time to do a full history review and get to know you. We understand that this may be a different style of health care for you and you may have many questions. The more you understand, the more easily we can work together to resolve your health concerns. The first visit takes longer – approximately 1.5-2 hours, which includes your first treatment. Follow up treatments are 1 hour or a bit less.

How often and how many?

You and your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan focusing on the health concerns you bring to the office. For most concerns, once a week is fine. Some may need 2 or more treatments the first few weeks. And others may find that once a month for maintenance is great. We recommend for “healthy” people to come in for seasonal treatments – when the seasons change – as a good addition to your health routine. Herbal formulas, if appropriate, can augment your treatments and may be preferred.

Will I be prescribed herbs?

Taking an herbal formula between acupuncture visits enhances and speeds healing. Not all acupuncturists are trained in, or comfortable with, herbal medicine. The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the cornerstones of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). At Oregon City Acupuncture, our acupuncturists are trained and experienced herbalists as well as acupuncturists. We are always willing to discuss with you your options for herbal remedies.

What about herb/drug interactions?

Herb / drug interactions are a challenge for any Oriental medical practitioner. We are certified herbal practitioners and maintain education in the appropriate combinations. We will work with whatever prescriptions you are currently taking and find safe and effective formulas to address your needs.  With appropriate protocol and your physician’s awareness we may be able to lower your dose or eliminate your need for some prescription drugs. We do not take the use of herbs concurrent with prescriptions lightly and any decision for their usage will have safety in mind first.

I’m on the schedule, now what?

Be sure to have a light meal before you come for your appointment. Coffee with milk and sugar is not a meal.  Wear loose fitting clothes that can easily be pushed up to elbows and knees without restriction to the arms or legs. Do not come under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs, caffeine. We prefer that you not use any fragrances including scented laundry detergent, fabric softener, fragrant makeup, perfumes, shampoo, smoke, etc. We do treat patients for allergies and odors can be potent challenges that remain in the office long after you are gone.

Is acupuncture covered by my insurance?

You need to call the customer service representative at the number on the back of you insurance card to determine that. We are not on any network.  You will need to pay at the time of service which will be more than your copay but we will bill many of the insurance companies for you. They will then reimburse you. Most Providence Healthnet policies and Kaiser do not pay out-of-network.  In the case of a motor vehicle accident you are covered though your Personal Injury Protection and do not need a doctor’s recommendation to see us. Please call the office for complete financial details.

Can western and Chinese medicine be combined?

Yes. Both traditions are valid.  It is prudent to use the best of each to develop a more complete health care plan. Feel free to get the opinion of your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or other health care professional about the use of acupuncture. We are always willing to call and discuss your treatment plan with your doctor.  In any urgent or emergent situation it is always best to call them or 911 first. But please remember to call us too.

Office Hours

The office is open the following days and times:
Monday – 10-6
Thursday and Friday – 10-6

Closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.