How does it work?
Chinese medicine and acupuncture are based on the principle that a smooth flow of energy, or Qi through the body is the key to maintaining health and balance. When this flow becomes blocked, the supply of Qi and blood restricts; thus failing to nourish the cells, tissues and organs. Qi blockage can result from a range of causes, from emotional stress to acute physical injury.
Recent studies have shown acupuncture promotes circulation, reduces inflammation to eliminate pain, improves metabolism and restores proper functioning of all body systems. It activates the natural self-healing abilities of the body.
Are Chinese herbs safe?
Yes, they are safe when prescribed by a professional Chinese medicine practitioner. Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 2,000 years to treat diseases without causing harm. When it is prescribed correctly, Chinese herbal medicine should have virtually no side effects, only beneficial healing results. If you experience any discomfort while taking Chinese herbs, tell your practitioner, who can then modify the formula until there are no side effects.
Is acupuncture safe if I am pregnant?
Acupuncture is extremely safe in the hands of a trained and licensed professional and can be exceptionally helpful during pregnancy. It can help reduce morning sickness and digestive complaints, ease body aches and pain, prevent mastitis, and manage insomnia as well as assist in the healing process of postpartum recovery.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on each person’s presentation. In general, the longer the medical concern has been going on the longer it will take to make headway. For chronic conditions 8 or more consecutive treatments are recommended. Acute conditions tend to resolve faster and we recommend 4 consecutive treatments. It is advised to commit to 4-6 treatments to address your initial health concerns. To help reduce the number of treatments, we may suggest dietary modifications, specific exercises, and relaxation techniques, all of which increase treatment efficacy.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and HSA (Health Saving Account) cards.
Do you accept insurance?
Autumn Goodrich is a preferred provider for Allegiance, Cigna, Pacific Source, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please check your plan to make sure you have acupuncture coverage. Depending on your plan, co-pays, co-insurances, and deductibles may apply.
If you have a different health insurance carrier (such as Aetna or United), we are happy to submit an insurance claim as an out-of-network provider. Please check your healthcare plan to make sure your insurance covers acupuncture performed by an out-of-network provider.