Acupuncture in Seattle

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical therapy using very fine, thin stainless steel needles to stimulate/treat specific points and organ systems. Acupuncture points have been “mapped” out by the Chinese for about 2,000 years. This treatment is used to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders. According to the World Health Organization, many common acute and chronic health disorders lend themselves to acupuncture treatment based on clinical experience such as:

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Eye disorders
  • Neurological and muscular complaints
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Any type of local pain, strain or sprain
  • Aid in stopping smoking or other addictions

A single acupuncture appointment may include any combination of acupuncture and these other Chinese Therapies as part of the patients treatment.

  • Tui Na: a type of massage
  • Cupping: warmed “cups” that slide across the skin
  • Earballs: tiny metal balls that are taped to acupuncture points in the ear
  • Chinese herbal medicines and nutrition

What is “qi”?

In Chinese qi (pronounced “chee”) translates to mean vital energy and is considered to flow through channels called Meridians that traverse the body in a manner similar but not identical to the nervous and circulatory systems. Acupuncture can regulate the flow of energy by moving it away from areas that have too much to create a balance by moving to areas that are deficient for the patient.

What Will I Feel?

Acupuncture is considered to be relatively painless, however, with stimulation, the movement of qi for a patient may cause a sensation that has been variously described as heaviness, distention, tingling or electric. This sensation may only be at the location of the needle or may travel up or down the meridian (energy pathway) that is being affected. This sensation is what the acupuncturist wants to happen for the patient as it is a sign that the patient’s qi is adjusting towards balance.

Are the Needles Clean?

All needles used in this clinic are disposable. This means that only pre-packaged, sterile needles are used on a patient, one time only. Once used, they are discarded appropriately as indicated by law.

What Can I Expect at an Acupuncture Appointment?

After completing your initial patient questionnaire/intake form at our Seattle office, you will be seen by Dr. Buxton. She will perform an extensive interview and any physical exam which may be required to formulate a working Oriental medicine diagnosis and treatment plan specifically for you.

Case taking includes a detailed history and present concerns. Additional questions may be asked that seem unusual but are quite essential for a Chinese diagnosis and treatment. A few examples of usual questions might be:

  • Do you perspire? Where?
  • Do you wake to urinate? What time?
  • Are you warm or cold blooded?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your sexual energy? Is this an increase or decrease?
  • Does your stool float or sink?

Exam will include taking your pulse at both wrists and inspection of your tongue. The information gathered will allow the clinicians to develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

How do I Decide if Acupuncture is for Me?

Some key things to keep in mind when choosing a particular mode of treatment are the frequency or length of the treatment and cost.

Frequency: Acupuncture can be very effective with just one treatment but in many chronic disorders that involve a patient’s constitution, several consecutive appointments may be necessary. How many and how often can be worked out between you and Dr. Buxton.

Most of the Oriental medicine treatment is done right in Seattle at our clinic but on occasion, a patient may have to prepare an herbal tea or brew one at home.

Finally, whether or not you can have acupuncture done on you really depends on how you feel about it. If you fear needles, perhaps Tui Na, cupping, earballs or herbs would be better for you.