What is acupuncture?

Simply put, it's inserting tiny tiny little needles on very precise points on the skin that stimulate the boy to correct imbalances and improve functioning in the body

How does it work?

Let me give it to you straight: science proves that it DOES work, but it cannot prove HOW it works. Some theorize that inserting needles stimulates your immune system. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause biological responses that can lead to activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain and in the periphery. Considerable evidence supports the claim that opioid peptides are released during acupuncture. Stimulation by acupuncture may also activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

What's the difference between "Chinese Medicine" and Acupuncture?

Chinese Medicine encompasses different modalities of medicine with Acupuncture being one of them.  Chinese Medicine is an entire system of medicine that includes acupuncture, massage, diet therapy (I love to use food as medicine!) and plant medicine/herbs. I practice Chinese Medicine. Depending on your condition, we may employ more than just acupuncture.

Does it hurt?

If it does you're doing it wrong. Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people feel the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid needles (not hollow like the needles used to give you shots) and are  much, much thinner - about the diameter of a human hair.

What if I'm afraid of needles?

Chinese Medicine is more than just acupuncture. We can try acupressure, massage, reflexology and cupping. Believe it or not I was afraid of needles my first few acupuncture visits and understand the apprehension. We'll work together so the experience is comfortable, relaxing and effective.

What can acupuncture treat? 

 The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than 40+ conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema, low back pain, muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness, frozen shoulder, runners knee, sciatica, arthritis, constipation and diarrhea, ulcers, Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Check out the World Health Organization's official paper. Unsure if acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will work for you? Schedule a complimentary 20 minute consult.

Do you accept health insurance? 

To The Point PDX accepts all major medical insurance. Give us a call at 503-705-6637 to get a complimentary medical benefits check. If your health insurance does not cover acupuncture, we offer a prompt-pay price. Email sarah@tothepointpdx.com for more information.