To schedule an appointment for acupuncture, you can call me at 541.680.5660 or pick your appointment time online. I accept insurance and can offer sliding scale treatments in a group setting as on option for those without insurance coverage.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, one-time use, hair-thin needles into specific points in the body for therapeutic effect. It is increasingly recognized as a safe and effective therapy for a variety of health concerns, and it tends to have a relaxing effect. Rather than pain, a patient may feel increased tingling, heavy sensations, or sensations of radiation from a properly inserted acupuncture needle. If inserted directly into muscle tissue, acupuncture needles may elicit a twitch reaction or create a dull aching sensation, similar to receiving a massage. Needles also interact with connective tissue, creating the pulling, distending, and radiating sensations, and this creates changes in the central nervous system.

I practice acupuncture within the framework of Chinese medical theory, which views the body in terms of a network of channels that contain the flow of Qi, somewhat like hoses contain the flow of water. The sensations described above are seen as evidence that the needle is interacting with the Qi of the channel, and thus having a therapeutic effect.

The photo above is of a patient receiving acupuncture at Qin Huai Hospital in Nanjing, China, in the fall of 2014.



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Milwaukie Acupuncture is located in downtown Milwaukie at 2305 SE Washington Street, Suite 110.