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What does Acupuncture treat?

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO)  recognize acupuncture as effective for treating the following conditions:


Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat Disorders:   Sinusitis • Sore throat• Hay fever • Earache • Nerve deafness• Ringing in the ears • Dizziness • Poor eyesight


Circulatory Disorders: High blood pressure • Angina pectoris • Arteriosclerosis • Anemia


Gastrointestinal Disorders: Irritable bowel syndrome • Spastic colon • Colitis • Constipation • Diarrhea • Food Allergies • Ulcers • Gastritis • Abdominal bloating • Hemorrhoids


Gynecological and Genitourinary Disorders: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation • Endometriosis • Menopause • Fibroids • Chronic bladder infection • Complications in pregnancy • Morning sickness • Kidney stones • Impotence • Infertility in men and women • Sexual dysfunction


Immune Disorders: Candida • Chronic fatigue • HIV and AIDS • Epstein Barr virus • Allergies • Lupus • Multiple Sclerosis • Hepatitis


Addiction: Smoking Cessation • Drugs • Alcohol


Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety • Insomnia • Depression • Stress


Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders: Arthritis • Neuralgia • Sciatica • Back pain • Bursitis • Tendonitis • Stiff neck • Bell’s palsy • Trigeminal Neuralgia • Headaches and Migraines • Stroke • Cerebral palsy • Polio • Sprains • Muscle spasms • Shingles


Respiratory Disorders: Asthma • Emphysema • Bronchitis • Colds and flu


Miscellaneous: Chemotherapy and radiation side effects • Diabetes • Dermatological disorders • Weight control    Back to top

How can I prepare for my treatments?

  • ‘Please print and fill out the three New Patient Forms located on the 'Forms’ page and bring them to your appointment.  Otherwise, please come to your appointment 15 minutes early to complete this paperwork prior to your treatment. 

  • Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing. Scrubs will be provided if needed. 

  • Eat within at least 3 hours before a treatment, but avoid eating a very large meal. Having a small snack or meal is recommended before a treatment.

  • Do not consume large amounts of alcohol or other intoxicants before or after a treatment.

  • Vigorous activity before or after a treatment is not recommended. Back to Top

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture is not painful but can produce many different sensations unique to each person. Some sensations are described as achy, heavy, tingly, electric, or warm. Sometimes the recipient feels a brief pinch on insertion, while others do not feel the needle at all. Often, a great sense of relaxation will occur during a treatment while the needles are in place, and you may find that you drifted into a very nourishing nap. Please let me know if the sensations you are experiencing are too strong or uncomfortable. I can easily adjust the needles for you making for a more comfortable and more effective treatment.  Back to Top

How many treatments will I need? 

Generally, a series of 4 to 10 treatments is common. Often, it is recommended to come weekly for the first two or three treatments, and as the symptoms resolve, treatments may be scheduled less frequently. Acute conditions (a cold, waking with a stiff neck, etc.) may resolve in as little as one or two treatments. Chronic conditions (old, achy injuries, long-term back pain, etc.) may take a number of treatments over a longer period of time. Because the effects of Acupuncture are accumulative, you will see greater relief with each subsequent treatment. However, each patient is different, and a treatment plan upon your first visit will be developed to help us be on the same page, and your progress will be reevaluated at each visit to determine what is right for you.


Wellness and preventative visits are always welcome and can be scheduled at your discretion. 

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Can I still get Acupuncture if I am Pregnant?  

Yes! Because it is safe and has very few side effects, acupuncture is great for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, depression, sleeping issues and other related conditions due to pregnancy. Back to Top

Do you take insurance?

I am credentialed with Regence and First Choice. Please bring your insurance card at the time of your first appointment. Back to Top

Don’t see your question? 

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Bobbi Jo Epperson, L.Ac.

Acupuncture & East Asian Bodywork

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