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A: Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine that is based on principles developed in China over the past 3000 years. The foundation in which these principles are set is that there is a subtle life energy, called Qi (pronounced chee), circulating though all parts of the body via energy channels, called meridians. These meridians connect our head, torso, arms, hands, legs, feet, and all internal organs. According to Chinese medical theory, pain and illness results when the smooth, cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes blocked or unbalanced. An Acupuncturist uses acupuncture needles to stimulate specific points along the meridians. This stimulation helps restore balance and the smooth flow of Qi so all parts of the body can work together in harmony as intended. This harmony allows the body to repair itself and maintain health.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Your first appointment is $125 and follow-up visits are $85.  All visits are one hour in length. All payments are due at the time of service. We accept cash, check, debit cards and Visa/MasterCard/Discover credit cards.

Q: Why 5 initial treatments?
A: I typically recommend that new patients begin care with a brief course of 5 Acupuncture treatments over the course of 2 to 3 weeks. During this time period you will have an opportunity to experience Acupuncture for yourself and I will have an opportunity to work with you closely to monitor, and to continue to adjust your care. At your fifth treatment I will do a Patient Evaluation with you.  We will determine if any further care is necessary for you to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Your treatment is individually tailored to meet your own special needs.

Over the course of two-plus decades of private practice I have observed that most patients begin their Acupuncture care out of sense of “having tried everything else.” If you have had a painful condition that has become chronic (lasted for more than 6 months) it would be reasonable to assume that some level of care would be necessary in order to help change that established painful condition. If your condition is not as long standing you may generally expect to feel better a bit more quickly. If your general health is good and you are looking to establish a Wellness Plan you will require much less care.

Q: What are the goals of Acupuncture?
A: There are three levels of care. The first level, for most people, is to alleviate the painful condition that brings you into care. The second level is to begin addressing the underlying condition. Pain relief is a great thing, but it’s even better if the condition that caused it can be resolved. The third and highest level of care is a Wellness or Maintenance Program. At this level of care, working together we will identify the best program to help you stay at your new level health.

Q: Will insurance cover Acupuncture and herbs?
A:  I am currently a Preferred Provider with Premera and LifeWise. I also support Veterans receiving the care they need through billing referred patients through the TRIWEST PROGRAM.  Most insurance companies in Washington State, since the advent of the Affordable Care Act, will cover some amount of Acupuncture. Check with your Insurance Company for the limits of your coverage and any copays, coinsurance or deductibles.

I will also directly bill for some PIP (Personal Injury Protection) secondary to motor vehicle accidents.

Q: Does Medicare cover Acupuncture?
A: Medicare does not cover any costs associated with Acupuncture care. You may choose to submit billing to Medicare and upon rejection submit your request to your secondary insurance.  Labor & Industry (L&I) also DOES NOT reimburse or cover direct payment for Acupuncture care.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: You can schedule an appointment on-line by clicking on the “booknow” button below.  Or you can call us at 360-417-8870 or email us at:  info@olympicacupuncture.com.  If you are a first-time patient, you need to call the office to schedule your first appointment.  Call for your free phone consultation.

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More Questions?

Email your questions directly to Pat at:  patflood@olympicacupuncture.com.   Please allow for up to 3 working days for a direct reply.


For more information on Acupuncture check the Washington East Asian Medicine Association.