Acupuncture at To The Point PDX

Congrats to Sarah Hammer Stevens, LAc for being voted one of  Portland's Top Complimentary providers.

Congrats to Sarah Hammer Stevens, LAc for being voted one of Portland's Top Complimentary providers.

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. 

When you come to To The Point PDX, leave what you know about medicine at the door. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine views the body in a different way than your chiropractor, massage therapist or primary care doctor. We see the body as if it's made up of 14 different channels, 365 acupuncture points and we strive to bring balance to your body. 

Sarah Hammer Stevens, LAc has been featured on a variety of Podcasts. Hear Sarah explain how acupuncture works on the Run To The Top podcast, the PDX Small Business Network podcast, or on the Northwest Business podcast.

How does it work?

Let us 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 (we love to use food as medicine!) and plant medicine/herbs. We 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. And acupuncture hurts A LOT less than dry needling. 

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, Sarah was afraid of needles before her first few acupuncture visits. We 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 for more information.