PACIFIC NORTHWEST ACUPUNCTURE
Welcome to Pacific Northwest Acupuncture.
Through the modalities of East Asian medicine, we strive to treat the whole person, body and mind and spirit, throughout life's changes. We practice evidence-based holistic medicine to guide patients toward health, mindfulness, and self-care.
Dr. Lacey Smith, DACM is currently treating Mondays at Transmission Wellness in Georgetown. Email for more information or schedule a Monday online below.
We are hard at work to be able to accept insurance soon! Check back for updates!
EAST ASIAN MEDICINE THERAPIES & SERVICES
See a trained herbalist for an herbal consultation, or add herbs to your natural wellness routine.
Cupping can provide pain relief and promote circulation. Intead of pressing on the muscle fibers like other types of massage, cupping pulls (with suction) tissue and fibers to relieve pressure.
ACU POINT INJECTION THERAPY
In Washington State Only. Acupoint injectables include vitamin B12, lipotropic injections for metabolism and weight loss, and homeopathic injections for pain, scar tissue, nerve pain, mood support. *All diagnostics are made according to tcm theory.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese therapy that gently rubs the surface of the skin and is used to treat sickness and pain. It is known to release the pathogen from the body through the epidermal layer. People report greater range of motion, less stiffness and pain, and increased recovery speed from sickness after receiving gua sha.
Auricular acupuncture treats the whole body by stimulating the nervous system through tiny needles on the ear. Symptoms of addiction, high blood pressure, insomnia, and anxiety are often addressed through these points.
Mild electrical currents directly stimulate muscles and aid in injury recovery. This process can greatly increase the effectiveness of any acupuncture treatment.
Facial rejuvenation is available in 5, 10, 15 and 20-visit packages. Micro needles, cupping, gua sha, and herbal facial masks fill in wrinkles and stimulate collagen production to naturally create a healthier, more youthful appearance.
FERTILITY & MENOPAUSE SUPPORT
Chinese medicine can aid and assist female and male fertility, and can be extremely effective in soothing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Painful and irregular periods and any type of endocrine/hormonal imbalance can be addressed through Chinese medicine.
MOOD & SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
Mood disorders and emotional instabilities are seen as an issue of imbalance within the body and can be addressed with a personalized Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment plan. (Check out the blog at the bottom about Chinese medicine and seasonal affective disorder!)
With a Chinese medical diagnosis, issues with symptoms of acid-reflux, excess gas, painful digestion, constipation, cramping, and other maladies can be regulated.
Chinese medicine is now widely recognized for its ability to fight opioid addiction. Acupuncture can be highly effective to fight cravings and addictive behavior, assisting with anything from food addiction to smoking cessation.
INJURY AND PAIN RELIEF
Studies show acupuncture can actually stimulate connective tissue repair and create a therapeutic effect (Langevin et al, 2001) in patients with soft tissue injury. Recovery time can be significantly less with Chinese medicine.
Moxibustion, or moxa, is a warming Chinese herb called Ai Ye, or commonly known as mugwort. Moxa can warm internally and promote quicker healing of injury and ligaments, while nourishing and circulating blood.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture is very rarely painful. Most patients describe feeling a certain heaviness or mild throb sensation in the muscle, which is known as "da qi" and is desirable in some cases for efficacy. Acupuncture needles are so tiny that some people report not feeling anything at all. To give you an idea of the size of one acupuncture needle, about 30 of them can fit into the hollow of a standard syringe.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture accesses a system of "meridians" that closely follow the route of the connective tissue of the body. It is known to produce connective tissue regrowth and to stimulate blood circulation throughout the body. Chinese medicine notes that when there is a lack of circulation (stagnation), there is pain and disease. Acupuncture promotes the body's natural circulatory and healing abilities.
WHAT CAN CHINESE MEDICINE TREAT?
Chinese medicine cannot legally claim to cure any disease. But what I can share, is that it can treat the symptoms of anything you would seek out medical help for. From symptoms of colds and flus (very effective early on), to muscle, bone, and soft tissue injury, to mood disorders, to irregular or painful menses, to endocrine imbalances, to anxiety, to G-I disorders, to pain and nausea caused by medication or chemotherapy, to fertility, to symptoms of frozen shoulder or plantar fasciitis, to menopausal symptoms... the symptoms of life, really!
WILL I FEEL BETTER AFTER ONE VISIT?
The answer to this is dependent on the nature of the treatment. Chinese medicine sets out to restore balance, free circulation, and reset the body's natural ability to heal itself. Because it works as a whole body medicine, sometimes the results are immediate, and for longer-standing imbalances or injuries, it can sometimes take longer to reverse. Chinese medicine diagnoses through pattern differentiation and recognizes that each person is unique. You will be given an idea of the treatment strategy (including the parts you play in your own recovery at home) and a time frame at your first visit.
WHAT WILL MY FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
Great! You've decided to take the first step to feeling better! Please fill out the contact information below and we will send you the initial paperwork to fill out and so you can send it back before your first visit. All information is private and follows HIPPA regulations. Your first visit will be a little longer than a standard treatment. We will review your paperwork, discuss your reasons for seeking treatment, and then a Chinese medicine physical examination will be given, followed by treatment and evaluation. There is never any pressure to purchase packages or supplements. All treatment strategies will be presented to you at this time. Ask as many questions as you want!
CAN I TAKE HERBS IF I ALREADY TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION?
Yes! As a trained herbalist, Dr. Smith is also trained in pharmacology and drug interactions. Most herbs are perfectly safe to take as directed, alone or along with your other medications. Please keep us updated with any changes in prescription medications so we can be sure to prescribe the best herbal formulas for you. Under no circumstance should you discontinue prescription medication without the approval of your physician. We are happy to communicate and work with your prescribing doctor if needed. Chinese herbs are natural, powerful, effective, and affordable, and they work hand-in-hand with acupuncture treatments.