|Acupuncture, Massage & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Seattle ~ Haydn Engelke, MSA, LAc|
In the Chinese Medicine Theory of Five Elements, Metal is the element of the Lung and Large Intestine and is associated with the emotion of grief. In nature, metal is represented in the Autumn, when the rotten smell and pungent taste of autumn nourishes he earth for the next season. An individual with a Metal constitution search for what is pure and spiritual. They set the highest standard for themselves and others, and respect is important. Sometimes they live in a sense of what could have been.
Acupuncture, a complex branch of Chinese Medicine, is the ancient science of inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to restore the normal balance of Qi. Through a balanced flow of Qi, the body is able to heal itself. It is a safe, effective and relaxing therapy used as a dynamic approach in the prevention of illness and restoration of health.
Acupuncture began in China and has been documented for over 3,000 years. Only since 1971 has it been known in the United States. The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognize Acupuncture to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of illnesses.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
The Chinese pharmacopia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances. As the oldest practiced system of herbal medicine in the world, Chinese herbs have been studied and utilized extensively.
Traditionally, an herbal formula is taken as a custom made tea. However today there are several options such as tea pills, plasters, tinctures, drafts and granules. Herbal remedies are made from the highest quality herbs and are combined to form custom herbal prescriptions.
Tui Na (pronounced tway-nah) is a Chinese medical massage developed as another branch of classical Chinese medicine. It is a rhythmic massage preformed by applying pressure in circular movements on selected acupuncture points or along meridians. This therapy is used to stimulate or relax muscle groups, channels of the body, and relieve pain.
Moxa is a combination of Chinese herbs that can be burned on an acupuncture needle or near the body to build Qi and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients usually enjoy the warmth and relaxation that comes with moxibustion.
Cupping is an ancient technique in which glass jars are heated to create a vacuum and placed on the body to relieve acute illnesses such as cold, fever and pain.
The initial session includes consultation, diagnosis and treatment and lasts about one and a half hours. Follow up treatments generally take about an hour, and may include any of the above modalities, which you can discuss with the practioner.
In Washington State, most health insurance companies offer medical insurance programs that cover acupuncture treatment.
We are contracted as preferred providers with the following insurance companies:
Out of Network:
If your insurance plan is not listed above, but covers "out of network" providers we will provide you with the correct form to submit to your insurance company so that you may be reimbursed directly.
As individual plans differ, please contact your insurance company to see if Acupuncture is covered. Please print the insurance verification form, which will help you ask the right questions when discussing your coverage with your insurance company representative.
Time of Service Discount
For those that do not have insurance, or those whose insurance company is not listed in the In Network section, we offer a 20% time of service discount. This discount only extends for those who pay promptly for their sessions, and does not apply for those patients who wish to be billed for their appointments.
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