Acupuncture & Chinese Herb Clinic
 Vaughn Wu, LAc, MS, OMD
 15710 NE 24th St. Suite E
 Bellevue, WA 98008


Frequently Asked Questions

How does Acupuncture Work?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, a vital force called "Qi" (chee) circulates throughout the body along specific pathways or channels. There are 12 major channels, each of which specifically influences a certain group of functions of the body. These channels are named for the organs that are associated with these functions: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Small Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Kidney, Triple Burner, Pericardium, Gall Bladder, and Liver.

In order for each system to be healthy, the flow of Qi through its associated channel must neither by excessive or deficient. The Qi should flow freely and not be impeded in any part of the body.

When one is ill, the flow of Qi in the body is out of balance. When one is well, the Qi flows through the 12 channels harmoniously.

By means of acupuncture, we can adjust the flow of Qi in the channels, thereby restoring the natural balance, flow, and rhythm of energy in the body.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and fine. They are flexible and are generally not painful when inserted. The sensation of the needle insertion is often compared to the bite of a mosquito. One person may be more sensitive than another. However, the sensation is not at all similar to getting an injection because injection needles are considerably thicker.

Frequency and Number of Treatments?

Many factors must be taken into account in determining the number of treatments which will be necessary. Although some conditions may be alleviated quickly, most chronic ailments require a minimum of six treatments.

The initial session will start with one or two treatments a week. As the patient progresses, the frequency of treatment will be decreased to twice a month, once a month, etc., until only a regular check-up during a change of seasons is needed.

Most patients will feel better after treatment, but some may feel worse. The stimulation of the body's energy as a result of treatment may cause new sensitivities in a body that has been dulled by chronic illness.

The patient may temporarily feel worse, or re-experience symptoms that were present years ago. This may by due to a reversal of the course of the illness.

What Ailments Can Be Treated?

Please see this page for problems and ailments that Dr. Amy Chen treats. If your particular problem is not listed, please give us a call, as Dr. Chen has treated patients for a wide variety of issues throughout her career.


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