Acupuncture Northwest & Associates


“We are so grateful for your help in making our child a reality for us.”  ~Acupuncture Northwest patient.


I’m New!

About Acupuncture Northwest & Associates.

Welcome to Acupuncture Northwest & Associates!

We offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to answer your questions. If you are interested please call the office. Here is some information that you may want as a new patient to Acupuncture Northwest & Associates.   If you have any questions, please contact us.


Here is some information that you may want as a new patient to Acupuncture Northwest & Associates.

Let’s Get Started – Your First Acupuncture Visit

Your first treatment will begin with an extensive interview covering most aspects of your health and habits. The practitioner will then look at your tongue and feel your pulse. All the information will be assessed to create a total picture of your state of health. If we feel that Chinese medicine would be effective for you, a plan for your treatment will then be created. An acupuncture treatment will be given and an herbal formula will be created especially for you. Your first treatment will take about 90 minutes, with subsequent treatments lasting 45-60 minutes. Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles and is generally painless. A dull or achy sensation may be felt with needle insertion and this is very normal.

All needles used are ONE-TIME USE, sterile and disposable. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing; in fact, many patients fall asleep on the table. To prepare for an acupuncture treatment: • Wear comfortable clothing • Do not eat a big meal just prior • But do not be hungry

Manual Therapy/Massage

Mayan Abdominal Massage (MAM) is founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage which is an external non-invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs that have shifted, which can restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerves and qi. Using MAM is an important component of your fertility enhancement at Acupuncture Northwest & Associates. We recommend a MAM consultation for all of our fertility patients, to know where your uterus and other organs are positioned and whether adhesions are found. MAM is especially helpful when you have physical stagnations in the lower abdomen, such as: adhesions, polyps, fibroids, endometriosis, cysts or tubal blockages. self care Learn self-care techniques to do at home. recommendations Consult on lifestyle, nutrition and overall health. assessment Have abdomen and reproductive organs assessed for adhesions and position. treatment Repositioning of internal organs and breaking up stagnations.


If you have any questions, please contact us.


Meet Us

Acupuncture Northwest & Associates is a holistic health care clinic located in Seattle and Tacoma.  We specialize in fertility enhancement, treatment of women during pregnancy and sport's medicine.  In the world of fertility enhancement, Acupuncture Northwest has over half of all of Washington State’s nationally certified fertility acupuncturists (ABORM).  We work closely with local fertility clinics.  We also have a massage therapist who specializes in fertility enhancement.


Our goal is to bring healthy children into loving homes.

The Acupuncture Northwest & Associates team has the largest concentration of nationally certified fertility acupuncturists in Washington State (ABORM).  You can trust that all of the practitioners are highly specialized and will put together a comprehensive plan to optimize your fertility.

 To get some of your questions answered before you come in, we offer a free 15 minute fertility consultation.  If you are interested please call the office and you will be scheduled with one of our fertility acupuncturists.

Planting the Seeds of PregnancyYou can also purchase Stephanie Gianarelli and Dr. Shahine’s book, Planting the Seeds of Pregnancy for more information on how you can start improving your fertility right now! Or read more about the book here.


At Acupuncture Northwest & Associates, you can use our services independently or in conjunction with western medical treatment, such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), or with ovulatory-stimulation medications like Clomid.

Chinese medicine works with both female and male factor infertility.

The body’s ability to conceive rests on a myriad of organs and complicated processes.   Because Chinese medicine is holistic (it focuses on the body as a unit and not just its individual parts), our goal is to get you as healthy as possible to increases your chances of conception.  We want to make sure that all of your organ systems are functioning properly so that your body can create new life.

Studies have demonstrated the ability of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to regulate hormonal balance, resolve menstrual irregularities and enhance endocrine function (See the Research Pages).  Also, Chinese medical theory believes that there is a connection between the emotional and the physical.  Therefore, by connecting the Uterus with the Kidneys, Heart and Brain, we can impact how emotions affect endocrine function, as well as create a sense of peace and well being while trying to conceive.

If you have been diagnosed with any of the following by your physician, our experience shows that we may be able to help:

  • Hormonal Imbalances – FSH, LH, TSH, progesterone, estrogen
  • Perimenopause
  • Thin endometrium (uterine lining)
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Anovulation
  • Poor egg quality
  • Poor quantity of follicles
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine Myomas (fibroids)
  • Endometriosis
  • Adhesions
  • Tubal Blockage
  • Unexplained Infertility

Did you know that it’s just as important for men to get treated with Chinese Medicine as it is for women while trying to conceive?  Working with male factor is an often over-looked step in the pregnancy process, but one that we strongly suggest. Several studies have shown that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are often helpful for most sperm parameters.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can specifically work with:

  • low sperm count
  • decreased sperm morphology
  • poor liqifaction
  • decreased sperm motility
  • varicocele
  • prostate swelling
  • pre-mature ejaculation
  • anxiety/hopelessness/depression

See the Research Pages page for research done with Chinese medicine and male factor.

Even if you are “bypassing” the male factor with IVF/ICSI, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are helpful for getting the sperm/male partner as healthy as possible for passing on his genes to the next generation. Everyone can agree that they only want the very best for their children.


As IVF statistics continue to increase, do we  need acupuncture and Chinese medicine?  Let’s go back.  When I started Acupuncture Northwest in 2000, IVF success rates were being reported at 21.8% (1.).  As of 2012, some IVF clinics are boasting up to 82.4% success rate (with women under 35) and 47.1% (with women 41-42 years of age) (2.).  With all of this progress in the field of reproductive medicine, does acupuncture still have a place?

Absolutely!  Chinese medicine has at least 3 major roles to play in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). 

  • Further increase IVF success rates, including an increase in blood flow to the ovaries and uterus (see the Research Pages).
  • Decrease the side effects of the medications.
  • Getting the parent(s) in the best health possible so you can optimize your health and the health of your unborn child through pre-conception care.


1. Data on IVF clinics show wide variation in success rate,   BMJ. 2002 August 31; 325(7362): 460.   PMCID: PMC1169457 


Although we are credentialed with all of the major insurance plans in the State of Washington, at this time most insurance plans will not cover acupuncture for fertility enhancement. If you have acupuncture benefits with your insurance plan, we recommend that you check with your insurance plan before you come in to see if they will cover acupuncture for fertility enhancement or infertility.  Here is a July 23, 2015 letter from an insurance company denying a patient for fertility acupuncture:

“Your condition does not meet medical necessity criteria or guideline at the time because: Treatment to increase fertility is not considered medically necessary. Treatment to increase fertility is not treatment for a specific illness or injury; it is considered treatment primarily for your convenience. Treatment primarily for your convenience is not considered medically necessary. Fertility treatment is excluded from your acupuncture benefit and cannot be approved.”

Although we are more than willing to bill your insurance for issues outside of fertility, at this time, unless your insurance specifically allows for fertility acupuncture, we are unfortunately unable to bill your insurance. Feel free to call your insurance and tell them how you feel about this.

Acupuncture Northwest & Associates has been featured in Seattle Times, on Q13 FOX News, KING 5 and KOMO 4, and in Alternative Medicine Magazine, Seattle Magazine and South Sound Magazine for our work with fertility enhancementOur expert practitioners have also written several articles for RESOLVE’s national publication, Family Building Magazine.


Sport’s Medicine and Pain

Acupuncture is well known for treating pain. There are countless studies showing acupuncture’s ability to reduce pain experienced by patients. While all of the practitioners at Acupuncture Northwest treat pain, we have 2 practitioners with additional sport’s medicine training and they are Julie Booker and Cheryl House in the Seattle office.

Acute Athletic Injuries- While acupuncture cannot replace the need for surgery, it can often relieve pain and quicken healing and reduce down-time. In the case of an acute (recent) injury, the sooner the treatment, the better. Treatments while an injury is new may be more frequent and then subsequently lessened as symptoms decrease and healing takes place. 

Arthritis – pain, aching and/or stiffness of a joint or joints. Acupuncture often helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, allowing the joints to be less painful and more flexible. Chinese herbs can help to drain dampness from the joints, which is the Chinese diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a deficiency pattern and tonic building herbs are needed.

Back pain can be due to many factors, such as trauma or overuse. Acupuncture is a great way to relieve back pain. In addition, Chinese herbal lineaments are used topically on the affected area to move qi and relieve pain. Chinese herbs are often used for chronic pain, which is often due to a deficiency pattern.

Knee pain is often treated effectively by acupuncture. And like back pain, Chinese herbal lineaments are also used to move qi and relieve pain. Torn or very damaged ligaments often require surgery, though acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to hasten recovery.

Sciatica is lower back buttock pain that travels down the back of the leg usually to the knee and possibly the sole of the foot. Acupuncture can effectively resolve the pain associated with sciatic nerve impingement.

Headaches can occur in many areas of the head, with varying intensity and quality of pain. In Chinese medicine, a headache is diagnosed according to these criteria: location, intensity and quality. Lifestyle, emotional makeup and nutrition are also possible contributing factors. A Chinese medical diagnosis takes all of this information into consideration to derive the best way to treat this particular person’s headache. Because of this individualized approach, Chinese medicine is often very effective in reducing the symptoms of headaches.

Migraines- are more severe and intense then stress headaches. They are often repetitive, may interfere with normal activities of daily living and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise and may be preceded by visual auras or auditory sounds. Chinese medicine can help reduce the severity of migraines already in process and reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. 



Seattle Office


Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: Closed




Tacoma Office


Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: Closed


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