Specialties

You may be surprised at how many different ailments we can treat here at 1st Choice Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. From headaches through to arthritis, fertility support through to post-partum recovery, we have an array of techniques and styles to support you.

Please click on any of the following for more information:

Pain Management

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture Pain ManagementMillions of Americans suffer from pain that is chronic, severe, and not easily managed. Pain from arthritis, back problems, other musculoskeletal conditions, and headache costs U.S. businesses more than $61 billion a year in lost worker productivity.

Estimated more than 100 million Americans suffering from some types of chronic pain everyday but are not receiving the treatment they need. Many fall between the cracks in their own private health insurance, workman’s compensation and disability benefits. Others are simply helpless because of a lack of health insurance. The common thread is the lack of appropriate treatment for chronic pain.

Chronic pain, whether from a pinched nerve, sciatica, arthritis or other conditions can be very frustrating for the sufferer. It is often difficult to treat nerve pain with traditional medications as nerve pain does not respond well to prescription pain relievers, including narcotics. People who suffer from chronic pain often turn to complementary and alternative medicine for relief.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Pain:

Acupuncture, a complementary therapy for the treatment of chronic pain, works by stimulating the nervous and vascular system and allowing for the body to regain balance.

In December 2007, the Center for Complementary Medicine Research out of Munchen, Germany filed a report on the efficacy of acupuncture in treating chronic pain. Scientists discovered that acupuncture proved to be a treatment in high demand as an option for dealing with chronic pain conditions, and in fact they recommended that acupuncture be covered under traditional health insurance policies due to its effectiveness.

There are other ways to relieve back pain without medication. These include physical therapy, and a progressive exercise program that uses both stretching and balance techniques. Back pain may not be completely relieved by exercise or physical therapy alone and that is when alternative treatments become useful. Strengthening the stomach muscles through exercise is a specific way to increase back strength and improve the overall functioning of the low back.

Shoulder pain is another difficult to treat illness because of the complexity of the shoulder joint. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, attached together by ligaments and protected by cartilage. If there is ligament damage or the cartilage has worn down, the joint will hurt when it is used. There is no significant way to stop shoulder pain that is caused by worn cartilage without surgery. Acupuncture may help you keep pain at bay while you wait for a surgical procedure.

At 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we use thin, sterile, stainless steel needles that do not hurt when they are inserted. There are points in the body, that when stimulated, decrease pain and promote an overall sense of well being. Our licensed Acupuncturists are trained individuals who have completed extensive classroom and clinical hours in order to become certified to treat patients.

If you have any pain and ache that is keeping you from enjoying your life, please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule your free consultation today.

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Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture Cosmetic AcupunctureCosmetic Acupuncture

A non-surgical facelift – Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging by using acupuncture needles on specific points on the face to enhance beauty and to preserve a youthful appearance. This method of youth preservation has been done for centuries in China and other Asian countries, but it’s just started to gain its popularity in the United States in the past decade or so.
Cosmetic acupuncture is done in the same fashion as traditional acupuncture for general health and specific conditions, with the goal of creating collagen just under the skin to help fill in wrinkles and plump skin, similar to the results of Botox, Restylane, or plastic surgery. This superficial insertion of very thin disposable needles will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen and elastin production, which then will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. As an added bonus, like traditional acupuncture, the cosmetic version also aims to balance the body’s energy and create a sense of well-being.
“A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: The skin becomes more delicate and fair, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion, fewer wrinkels, and overall rejuvenation. ”

Celebrities who rave about “acupuncture facelift”: Madonna, Cher and Gwyneth Paltrow have all spoken glowingly in public about it. Prince William and Diane Lane are rumored to be converts, and there are even specialist clinics in London devoted exclusively to the practice of cosmetic acupuncture.

The benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture:

Cosmetic Acupuncture may take 5-10 years off your face. The treatments also result in an erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines, less sagginess, lifting of droopy eyelids, minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, and a clearing or reduction of age spots. And, as an added bonus, there is an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face. Other benefits include:

  • Relaxes muscle tone
  • Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin
  • Increases collagen production
  • Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
  • Helps keeping acne skin under control
  • Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glow
  • Moisturizes the skin from the inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired looking skin

Who would benefit from this procedure?

Anyone who wants to delay the process of aging and wants to look and feel younger. The greatest candidates are women in their mid-30s, because it can slow down or diminish wrinkling, but women in their late-40s and mid-50s, who have some lines and wrinkles can also greatly benefit from it.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a good alternative for women who don’t want the side effects associated with a surgical facelift, or simply opting for needles over knife. The procedure works for men too! How about adjunction to Botox? You bet! It will help maintain the effectiveness of Botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year. Please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule your free consultation today.

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Sleep Disorders

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture Sleep DisordersAccording to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10-15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia

Insomnia is more than tossing and turning. It’s more serious than an inability to fall asleep early and has more debilitating effects than are commonly recognized. An estimated 32 million people suffer from insomnia in the U.S. Insomnia refers to difficulty sleeping or sleeping satisfactorily. This difficulty includes not being able to sleep at all, trouble getting to sleep, waking up in the night with difficulty returning to sleep, unrefreshing sleep and/or waking up too early in the morning.

The problem might last a short while and be the result of some situational factor such as anxiety over a big test. Or, insomnia can be long-lasting and more serious. If insomnia persists and the loss of sleep begins to interfere with a person’s ability to function during the day, the condition could require professional treatment. People with insomnia can experience fatigue, lack of energy, morning headaches, poor concentration, loss of productivity and irritability.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Sleep:

Oriental medicine, with its focus on healing whole syndromes rather than individual symptoms, is widely used as an insomnia remedy and has shown great success treating those who experience insomnia.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system. It clears obstructions in the muscle and nerve channels, facilitates the flow of oxygen-enriched energy and relaxes the system. Common noted benefits of acupuncture include deeper breathing, improved digestive abilities, better sleeping patterns, decrease in various pains and a general sense of well being, which are all excellent treatments for insomnia. If physical pain or discomfort is a factor in the inability to fall asleep, don’t put up with it. Acupuncture has proven successful in treating pain associated with arthritis and many other physical conditions. General acupuncture protocol for the treatment of chronic insomnia includes 10 initial treatments at two to three treatments per week, followed by a two to four week observational period and possibly one treatment per week.

Chinese herbs and herbal medications are also useful in combating insomnia. An Oriental medicine practitioner can recommend an insomnia remedy to best suit individual insomnia symptoms.

Insomnia should not dictate when or for how long you sleep. It can be frustrating and scary when any disease or disorder takes away control. Oriental medicine will lead you back to a place of balance and calm, giving you the power to lay insomnia to rest.

If you believe your poor sleep quality is affecting your work performance and daily tasks, please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can help you to regain your sound sleep!

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Fertility Support

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture Fertility SupportInfertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. It affects approximately 6.1 million individuals throughout the United States

The path to pregnancy for some is not pleasant or free of tribulations. Some experience delays, unexpected losses, frustration, and emotional stress on the way to becoming parents. For those experiencing fertility challenges, the diagnosis of infertility can be devastating. Women who use TCM to enhance fertility or in combination with western infertility treatments find peace of mind knowing they have done everything in their power to encourage their bodies to achieve pregnancy.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Fertility:

Did you know that treating Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has been recorded in our ancient texts, and even on the backs of turtle shells for thousands of years? How can this age-old medicine make such a difference? In the last seven years the science behind many studies reveal that:

  • Acupuncture stimulates the flow of intrinsic energy in the body, enhances the blood circulation to the pelvic region and benefits vital organ function, which dramatically improves a woman’s response to the hormonal therapy.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, which improves the release of gonadotropin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and estrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.
  • Acupuncture reduces stress and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response.
  • Acupuncture has been speculated to moderate cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus, reducing uterine motility to improve implantation rates.
  • Chinese herbal formulas further help tonify (restore) kidney energy and nourish the deeper vital essence to help the body produce a healthy ovum.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal has concluded the utility of acupuncture in conjunction with assisted reproductive technology. With all this conclusive “proof” in the last five years, you would think that every reproductive clinic in the world would require their patients to receive acupuncture. Thanks to the role that acupuncture and TCM has played in helping women get pregnant, and the media coverage it has received in recent years, all of that is changing.

Please watch the following videos for more insights on how acupuncture can help you with fertility concerns.

Please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation.

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Prenatal Support

Prenatal Support Bellevue 1st Choice AcupuncturePregnancy is a time of physical and hormonal changes,  and for some a time of great discomfort.

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems.

Many pregnant women suffer from nausea, fatigue, body aches and other conditions that are considered a “normal” part of pregnancy. When performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner, acupuncture is a safe and widely-accepted form of treatment during pregnancy.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Prenatal Support

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman. There is strong evidence to support that acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.

Acupuncture as it is practiced today is a safe, effective, comfortable and cost effective treatment for many of the problems that commonly develop in pregnancy. This is especially true since pharmaceuticals are contraindicated in pregnant women in most cases.

The First Trimester can often be accompanied by nausea, fatigue, anxiety and edema. Localized treatments encourage healthy circulation and are designed to be emotionally reassuring and relaxing during these first few months in particular.

During the Second Trimester the growing uterus displaces and compresses intestines, nerve endings and impedes circulation. This often leads to constipation, leg cramps and further edema. The treatment is focused on the back to relieve tension in the abdominal organs and to restore circulation to these areas.

During The Third Trimester the body drastically changes to accommodate the baby. The symptoms are generally a culmination of all the above with the addition of both upper and lower back ache, as well as headaches. Expectant mothers appreciate treatment during this time the most, as a way to restore energy and promote relaxation. Working primarily on the lower body, the treatments are tailored to ease sore muscles through careful stretching and gentle pressure points.

What Acupuncture Can Do for “BREECH” Babies

Breech Presentation – A fascinating use of Chinese Medicine in pregnancy is its role in turning a fetus that is presenting breech, i.e., feet first. The technique is most effective between the 28th and 34th week, up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. The optimal time for effectiveness is 32-34 weeks. Past the 36th week there is usually not enough room for the fetus to turn around.

The treatment uses the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) called “moxa’ in Chinese. Moxibustion is the burning of the herb moxa and the application of the generated heat to certain acupoints. The whole procedure (either with the Moxa stick or the needle) should be repeated twice a day for a maximum of ten days, yet most babies turn within three days.

A Japanese study published in 2000 confirmed that stimulation of acupuncture points is effective in correcting breech positioning. By studying 357 women with breech presentation they found that the moxibustion treatment group had a correction rate of 92.48 percent compared to the control group which had a spontaneous correction rate of 73.66 percent.

If you are currently pregnant please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can promote smoother pregnancy! We also offer workshops to teach expectant mothers must-know tips for successful prenatal care. 

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Postpartum Support

Postpartum Support Bellevue 1st Choice AcupuncturePostpartum period includes the six-week period after childbirth up to the mother’s postpartum checkup with her healthcare provider. This period is extremely crucial to recovery from delivery, and has great impact on her general health for the next 50 years.

The first month (some consider the entire three months) after birth is called the “Golden Month(s)” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In many Asian countries, as well as in many other traditional cultures, following delivery new mothers are expected to rest, recover, and nurture and bond with their babies. Unfortunately here in the United States, the importance of postpartum care is rarely mentioned even amongst the medical providers. Often time, after childbirth the new mothers are sent home with a piece of paper outlining simple tips to help with recovery.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the Golden Month is a critical life period as it has the ability to eliminate past diseases and deficiencies in the mother and prepare the baby for life. Also the care that they both receive during this time will bear heavily on their future health, potentially creating new diseases.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Postpartum Support

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help the transition of those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding. Although she will be very busy, the new mother should be encouraged to get acupuncture treatment after delivery. The restoration of her own health is imperative for her own well-being and for her ability to be present for her newborn.

Here at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we are proud to offer the first complete Postpartum Recovery Wellness Program here in the Pacific Northwest. We use workshops, acupuncture, herbal medicine, specialized natural supplements, and imported postpartum body re-contouring products to help new mothers (and babies of course!) to thrive during and after postpartum period.

Please call us at (425) 392-8881 and find out the details of this wonderful program. We encourage everyone who is interested to sign up for the program no later than the middle of their third trimester as there are important workshops to attend. 

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PMS

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture PMSPremenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. An estimated 3 of every 4 menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome. These problems tend to peak during your late 20s and early 30s

Premenstrual Syndrome covers a broad spectrum of symptoms before a period. Symptoms may be emotional, such as depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration. PMS may also involve physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, a change in bowel habits, acne, or loss of libido. Symptoms can vary widely in terms of severity, and may change from month to month.

Within the framework of modern medicine, problems associated with PMS are treated as any other disease. Its “symptoms” are treated with over-the-counter or prescription drugs or hormones. In Chinese medicine, severe PMS is considered an indicator that an underlying imbalance exists. Treatment is focused on correcting the imbalance, or the source of the problem, not just treating outward “symptoms”.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your PMS

Let’s see how PMS is viewed through the eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A woman’s cycle, in short, is characterized by the building up of Qi (roughly translated as energy or life force) and Blood throughout the month to support the possibly fertilized egg and ensuing pregnancy. The menses are the release of this unused Qi and Blood. This process requires high precision on the part of the Liver. However, the Liver has been termed, by the classical Chinese medical texts, as the ‘tender organ’ since it is easily disturbed by emotional upsets, poor dietary habits, or an overly stressful life. When this occurs, the Qi of the Liver begins to stagnate and back up. This can manifest on a physical and/or emotional level. Menstrual cramps, breast distention, and lower abdominal bloating are the result of the Qi becoming stuck along Liver channel. These complaint as many others should be relieved with the onset of bleeding as this releases the stagnant Qi and Blood. Emotional changes and irritability are the result of the Qi failing to maintain a smooth emotional response.

The treatment for PMS would comprise a multi-faceted approach incorporating many of the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture, probably the most well known branch, would function to free up any blockages in the acupuncture channels. Its calming effect would directly and profoundly affect the emotional roller coaster along with aiding menstrual cramping. An herbal formula would be selected or custom-made based on that particular individual’s imbalances. This would take into account each person’s internal landscape and constitution.

Chinese herbal therapy seeks to combine anywhere from 5 to 15 herbal components all of which work synergistically to treat the person as a whole and not just alleviating the symptoms. As soon as the Liver regains its control over the smooth flow of Qi and adequate Blood is being stored, then an improvement in the condition will be observed.

This approach attempts to balance the person and the root of the problem, which will effect a permanent change. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that each person is a composite of both the physical and psycho-emotional. Chinese medicine is not interested in treating premenstrual syndrome; rather, it focuses on how that disorder manifests through the individual. What changes in the energetics of the person are taking place and how can they be corrected? To really attain health and balance, we must treat a person in a holistic manner. Perhaps it all starts with your Liver.

If you believe your premenstrual syndrome is affecting your work performance and daily tasks , please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can help you to eliminate your premenstrual syndrome!

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Menopause

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture MenopauseMenopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman’s body. This time of change may last a few months to several years.

Menopause affects every woman. Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and are brought on as our bodies try to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness, headaches, joint pain, and weight gain.

Few areas of women’s health stir up as much confusion and debate as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which is normally started when the first symptoms of menopause appear. While they may alleviate hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis, they will also increase the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, and have a number of significant side-effects. But HRT isn’t the only solution. Menopause is an area in which Oriental Medicine shines. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and quickly relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, foggy mind, and irritability.

What Acupuncture Can Do For You During Menopause

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been treating hot flashes and other menopause-related symptoms through the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine for almost 3000 years.

According to Chinese Medical theory, menopause occurs when a woman’s body begins to preserve blood and energy in order to sustain her vitality and allow for the maximum available nourishment for her body, especially her kidneys. The kidney is the organ Chinese Medicine sees as the root of life and longevity. Therefore, the body, in its wisdom, reserves the flow of a channel in the center of the body which sends blood and energy down to the uterus. Instead, blood and essence from the kidneys are conserved and cycled through the body to nourish the woman’s spirit and extend her longevity. Thus, in the Chinese Medicine, menopause is seen as true change in life from mother to enlightened and wise being.

Since the early seventies, studies around the globe have suggested that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective treatments for hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, vaginal dryness and many other symptoms associated with menopause. Recent studies show extremely positive results:

From 1997 to 1999, one of the first studies in the United States to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating hot flashes, insomnia and nervousness, conducted by Dr. Susan Cohen, D.S.N., APRN, associate professor of the University of Pittsburgh, it was found that during the course of acupuncture treatments, hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia decreased by 50%. A follow-up study revealed hot flashes significantly decreased in those receiving acupuncture, compared to those receiving routine care.

A 2002 pilot study in England found that acupuncture reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes in women being treated with tamoxifen for breast cancer.

The United Nations World Health Organization has approved acupuncture as a treatment for symptoms associated with menopause.


If you would like to reduce or even eliminate your menopausal symptoms please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can help you to achieve this!

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Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Bellevue 1st Choice AcupunctureAt least 1 million people in the United States have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and tens of millions more have a CFS-like condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is one of the most common health complaints in America. Fatigue robs millions of people of the ability to enjoy work and live life to the fullest. For many people, fatigue has done more to destroy their quality of life than any other condition. The cause of CFS is not yet known. Current research is exploring the possibility that people with CFS may have a dysfunction of the immune and central nervous systems.

CFS is a debilitating and complex disorder, which involves a number of different symptoms and unidentified causes for which there are no specific diagnostic tests. Currently, conventional medicine has no successful treatment for the syndrome as a whole.

CFS usually strikes people between the ages of 20 and 40, but it also occurs in teens. A CFS-like illness also has been determined to occur in kids younger than 12. The actual number of children and teens affected by CFS is unknown.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Chronic Fatigue

Fortunately, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, effectively treat the various symptoms associated with chronic fatigue. Chinese medicine can explain the cause of each specific symptom and individual personal imbalance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine will treat the underlying root cause of your conditions and prevent severe diseases.

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, chronic fatigue is considered a Qi deficiency. Qi is the life force energy of the body and mind, and gives us a measure of the vitality of a person. The level and quality of a person’s Qi depends on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing or balance.

Acupuncture works as a complement to Chinese medicine. It is, in itself, an energy medicine, acting on the body’s own subtle energy system to clear obstructions and maximize the flow of energy and blood through the healing mechanisms of the body; including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Thus, Acupuncture enhances the body’s own innate healing capacity and leads to an overall increase in energy and vitality.

If you are experiencing excessive fatigue that is affecting your work performance and daily tasks, DO NOT WAIT! Please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation.

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Headaches

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture HeadacheHeadaches are by far the number one health complaint in America. Literally millions of people suffer from headaches. Various types include sinus/allergy headaches, migraine headaches, and tension headaches.

Headaches occur when pain-sensitive nerve endings around the scalp, in the blood vessels that surround the skull, in the lining around the brain, and in other areas around the head send impulses to the part of the brain that interprets pain signals from the rest of the body. Some headaches are related to tender spots in head, neck, and shoulder muscles.

More than 45 million Americans have headaches severe enough to require the help of a health care professional. The toll on the economy from migraines alone is immense—direct costs (from prescription drugs, outpatient expenses, and emergency room and inpatient care) are estimated at $11 billion and indirect costs (such as missed work days) may exceed $12 billion annually. Migraine headaches also cause an annual loss of 157 million workdays.

Do you suffer from headaches? If so, how long have you suffered and how frequently? What is it like for you when they are at their worst? What do they restrict you from doing? How does it affect you, your family and those around you? How is it affecting your work?

Have you tried many solutions but received only temporary relief at best?

Would you like to be rid of your headaches ONCE AND FOR ALL and be able to live life at its fullest again? There is an alternative to surgery or drug therapy.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Headaches

The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Since acupuncture treatments can induce potent muscle relaxation effects, both general and local, most patients experience relief during, or immediately after their acupuncture session.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have been used successfully to treat and relieve headaches and migraines for thousands of years and is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches in our society today. Treatments address the acute symptoms as well as the underlying imbalances that cause migraines and headaches. Many variables are looked at in order to properly diagnose and successfully treat headaches. Each individual is treated differently depending on their unique symptoms.

We specialize in the treatment of headaches and migraines and can help you manage your pain with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

If you have headache or migraine that is keeping you from enjoying your life, please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation.

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Auto Injuries

Auto Injuries Bellevue 1st Choice AcupunctureAccording to the US Census BureauIn, in  2010 Nearly 2.6 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments after being in a motor vehicle crash.

Many of us have experienced some sort of motor accidents which result in injury. Those aches and pains from the injury are an indication that the area has suffered damage. The majority of auto accident and injury victims are unaware of hidden injuries because at times medications are masking the pain. Pain-relief and anti-inflammatory medications provide excellent short-term pain-relief by blocking the production of pain-causing substances (prostaglandins). When an injury occurs, not only is tissue damaged, but also the injured area loses its integration with the rest of the body.

Whiplash injury is the most common injury suffered from a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to as neck sprain or neck strain. It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck. It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury.

Hyperextension of the neck upon impact results in a number of capillaries and tissue fibres being broken, which, if left alone, can cause scar tissue development. In many cases, abnormalities can not be viewed upon x-ray and there is no visible injury. As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often initially overlooked.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Auto Injuries

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the complicated injuries sustained in auto accidents. With accurate diagnosis and assessment our acupuncturists can steer the course for your quick and complete recovery.

If you just had an auto accidents recently please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation right away. The sooner we begin the treatments the faster the recovery. Pain or discomfort can be easily managed within the first three months. Don’t wait! Call us today to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can help you to recovery fast!

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Arthritis

Arthritis Bellevue 1st Choice AcupunctureAn estimated 27 million adults in the United States live with osteoarthritis — the most common type of arthritis.

Arthritis pain can be felt anywhere in the body there is a joint, therefore, arthritis pain can be anywhere in the body. Arthritis can be widespread or it can be concentrated in a knee, low back, or shoulder. Arthritis is a very common health ailment for the general public and with early management, arthritis pain does not have to be disabling. You can live with arthritis for a long time without pain if you make changes in your lifestyle that include alternative therapies.

What Acupuncture Can Do For Your Arthritis:

According to Chinese medical theory, arthritis arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes blocked. This blockage is called, “bi” type pain and is successfully treated using a combination of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on if the blockage of Qi (arthritis) is caused by the pathogenic wind, cold, damp or damp-heat.

Traditional Chinese Medicine does not recognize arthritis as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 10 patients are treated with Oriental medicine for joint pain, each of these 10 patients will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, different herbs and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.

Your acupuncturist will examine you, take a look at the onset of your condition and learn your signs and symptoms to determine your Chinese diagnosis and choose the appropriate acupuncture points and treatment plan.

If you have arthritic pain that is keeping you from enjoying your life, please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation.

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Smoking Cessation

Bellevue 1st Choice Acupuncture Smoking CessationAmong current U.S. adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit smoking and millions try to quit every year.

If you have attempted to quit smoking, you know how difficult it can be. Nicotine is a powerful addiction. In fact, research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol.

It is estimated that most smokers will attempt to quit two or three times, or more, before finally kicking the habit. When conventional methods to quit smoking have failed, smokers often look outside mainstream approaches and turn to alternative medicine.

What Acupuncture Can Do For You

Break the Cycle – Minimize the anxiety & discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. Acupuncture has turned a growing number of cigarette cravers into permanent ex-smokers and is a great adjunctive therapy for all types of addiction recovery. In fact, researchers say that acupuncture is a promising treatment for all types of addiction from cigarettes to heroin.

Acupuncture can detoxify the body of nicotine. Modern science has confirmed that smokers develop higher levels of nicotine-induced endorphins, and acupuncture stimulates the nervous system naturally to regulate the amount of endorphins in the body and helps clear away nicotine buildup. Unlike the patch, acupuncture actually rids the body of nicotine instead of adding more to it.

Acupuncture helps to eliminate the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal. Acupuncture is highly effective in calming, and relaxing the mind, enhancing the ability to concentrate, minimizing anxiety and alleviating feelings of depression. In addition, acupuncture successfully suppresses appetite and diminishes food cravings.

In one study, a team from Yale University successfully used auricular (ear) acupuncture to treat cocaine addiction. Results showed that 54.8 percent of participants tested cocaine-free during the final week of treatment, compared to 23.5 percent and 9.1 percent in the two control groups. Those who completed acupuncture treatment also had longer periods of sustained abstinence compared to participants in the control groups.

Another study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.

The acupuncture needles used are hair-thin. They are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.

Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.

If you would like to quit smoking the most natural way please call us at (425) 392-8881 and schedule for your free consultation to find out how drug-free, all natural alternative medicine can help you to thrive! 

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Eczema (Pediatric and General)

Eczema Bellevue 1st Choice AcupunctureThe prevalence of this condition has risen dramatically during the last three decades.  Currently, 15% to 20% of children in the United States are expected to experience this condition sometime during their lifetime, compared to 7% around 1960.

Atopic dermatitis often occurs in infants and children who have allergies or a family history of allergy or eczema, although the problem is not necessarily or always caused by an allergy. Eczema usually develops in three different phases. The first occurs between two and six months of age, with itching, redness, and the appearance of small bumps on the cheeks, forehead, or scalp. This rash then may spread to the arms or trunk. Although eczema often is confused with other types of dermatitis, especially seborrheic dermatitis, severe itching and additional allergy problems are clues that atopic dermatitis is the problem. In many cases the rash disappears or improves by two or three years of age.

The second phase of this skin problem occurs most often between the ages of four and ten years, and is characterized by circular, slightly raised, itchy, and scaly eruptions on the face or trunk. These are less oozy and more scaly than the first phase of eczema, and the skin tends to appear somewhat thickened. The most frequent locations for this rash are in the bends of the elbows, behind the knees, and on the backs of the wrists and ankles. All types are very itchy, and the skin generally tends to be very dry.

The third phase, characterized by areas of itching skin and a dry, scaly appearance, begins at about age twelve and occasionally continues on into early adulthood.

What Naturopathic Medicine Can Do For You

Our goal is provide safe, natural pediatric care – combining the best of Western medicine with naturopathic medicine principles. We seek to avoid drugs and surgery, unless necessary, and treat the root cause of your child’s condition with natural medicine.

Naturopathic pediatric doctors view eczema as a systemic problem of the gut and immune system. Often, eczema comes in a triad alongside asthma and allergies. Strategies for treatment include modulating the immune system with various natural supplements. Treatment may involve supplements and modifications to the child’s and (if nursing) the mother’s diet.

Traditional therapies, like steroid creams, suppress symptoms and do nothing to cure the underlying problem. Symptoms that are suppressed temporarily flare once the treatment is stopped. Steroid creams are based on the cortisol molecule, a natural hormone found in the body. However, steroid creams absorb into the body systemically and change your child’s hormonal makeup. Changes in cortisol levels may change blood sugar balance, fat distribution, and energy levels.

Natural solutions to treat the gastrointestinal tract and immune system work far better in the long term for reducing or eliminating your child’s eczema. Please call us at (425) 392-8881 to schedule your appointment.

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