Acupuncture Northwest & Associates


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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

Your First Mind/Body Therapy Visit

During your first visit you will go over any presenting problems, your history and your goals for therapy. You will have the opportunity to go over any concerns regarding the counseling experience. You will leave with homework to work on before your next session. Sessions are 50 minutes, however, sometimes 80 minute sessions may be required.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Meet Us

Acupuncture Northwest & Associates has over half of all of Washington State’s nationally certified fertility acupuncturists (ABORM). We continue to learn and grow in this ever progressing field of fertility enhancement. We work with the local fertility clinics. They all know Acupuncture Northwest and if you are trying to have a baby, you should too.

Fertility

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.

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.

Acupuncture and IVF

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.

Citations: 

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

2. http://fertilitysuccessrates.com/index.html

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

 

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Seattle Office

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Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

Tacoma Office

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CLINIC HOURS

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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