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Acupuncture and Asian Medicine

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Modern Science & Ancient Wisdom

Acupuncture & Asian Medicine is a key and integral part of our mission to provide “Healing for the Whole You.” Our acupuncturists work directly with our naturopathic primary care physicians and our physical medicine providers in order to provide you with holistic, individualized treatment plans to help you achieve greater overall health and wellbeing.

Acupuncture & Asian Medicine is the oldest continuously practiced system of medicine in the world. It is comprehensive (meaning that it is effective in treating a wide range of conditions) and it is holistic (meaning that it is focused not only on healing injury and curing disease but also on supporting your optimal functioning as a whole being).

Practitioners of Asian Medicine prescribe combinations of herbs, nutritional supplements and other medicinals, suggest rehabilitative practices and exercises, provide systematic lifestyle recommendations, and offer traditional physical medicine treatments such as massage, cupping, gua sha (a traditional form of myofascial release) and of course acupuncture. Acupuncture is not only the most easily recognized aspect of East Asian Medicine, it is also the most widely practiced modality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a whole.

Over the past 25 years, the most dramatic increase in acupuncture use has been in America, such that today the use of acupuncture in the United States is second only to its use in China. Acupuncture & Asian Medicine have been proven (both through the long course of time and through modern controlled clinical trials) to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including physical injuries, all sorts of pain patterns, common illnesses and complex disease.

What Acupuncture Helps With

What is Acupuncture An Effective Treatment For?

How Does
Acupuncture Work

Modern science recognizes humans as complex bio-electrical systems, interacting with fields of energy daily. This understanding is the foundation of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine, which view illness as an imbalance in life force, or Qi (“chee”). Qi circulates throughout the body, generating fields of resonance that affect health.

Acupuncture points are key locations along these energy channels. Stimulating these points with slim needles adjusts circulation, rebalances energy, and promotes healing. Many energy pathways in East Asian Medicine align with known neurological and electrical pathways, connecting muscles, tissues, organs, and systems to maintain balance. This is believed to be the basis of acupuncture’s effectiveness.

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A Visit with Your Acupuncturist

An acupuncturist will assess your lifestyle, energy, emotions, and medical history, along with body temperature, tongue condition, and pulse qualities to identify Qi blockages. Treatment involves using thin needles placed anywhere on the body to stimulate healing. Additional recommendations may include herbs, supplements, exercises, and dietary or lifestyle changes.

Many people feel little to no sensation during treatment, though some may experience a dull ache or tingling, indicating the restoration of healthy Qi flow. The overall experience is relaxing, often leading to sleep, and is known to induce a healing brain wave pattern.

In Washington State, acupuncturists undergo specialized training and certification, including 3-4 years of study, extensive clinical training, and a licensing exam. At Heart of Wellness, our certified acupuncturists are ready to help you.

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Meet Our Acupuncturists

DAVID LERNER LAC, EAMP, MTCM
ACUPUNCTURE, HERBAL MEDICINE, NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING

David treats a wide variety of disorders, utilizing acupuncture as his primary treatment modality, sometimes in combination with herbal and/or nutritional medicine. He also works in conjunction with the physicians at Heart of Wellness, treating patients based on the foundations of functional medicine.

MORGAN TOUGAS LAC, EAMP, MAOM

MORGAN TOUGAS LAC, EAMP, MAOM
ACUPUNCTURE, HERBAL MEDICINE, MANUAL THERAPY

Morgan’s practice integrates Japanese Meridian Therapy acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture, tuina (East Asian manual therapy), and Chinese herbal medicine. TCM acupuncture is effective for treating for treating many types of pain, musculoskeletal and neurological injury, and more.

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