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What is Acupuncture and what type of conditions can it address?

Acupuncture is a form of East Asian medicine, rooted and developed in China dating back over 4000 years. It can be used to treat a wide variety of physical, emotional, and mental health conditions. As a catalytic pivot in jumpstarting our body's natural healing processes, Acupuncture works to re-balance and optimize the body's metabolic and biochemical systems by increasing blood and Qi circulation to address physical blockages in the body which you may experience as physical pain; emotional and mental blockages; hormonal imbalances; general growth and development inefficiencies; and more. 
The beauty of East Asian Medicine lies in that, by balancing the body's energy and improving circulation, it addresses the root of the pathology of disease(s). You may find that while you are seeking treatment for a main complaint, secondary issues may be resolved as well. 

Acupuncture and other East Asian medicine modalities have proven to be a strong healing component for the modern, holistic health-conscious population. Its therapies are effective for anyone, from infants to geriatrics, seeking balanced wellness.

Other healing concepts and modalities that fall under East Asian medicine include:

  • Herbal therapy and Food as Medicine 
  • Tuina bodywork, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha
  • Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation

How should I prepare for an Acupuncture treatment? New Patient paperwork

For your initial visit at Zenjoy, you'll need to bring with you completed New Patient paperwork.  

It is advisable to have eaten at least 2 hours before your scheduled appointment. 

It is advisable to wash up/shower before your scheduled acupuncture appointment.

Be sure to wear loose, comfortable attire.


Does Acupuncture hurt?

Today's acupuncture needles are as thin or even thinner than a hair on your head. Upon insertion, you may feel a sharp pinch that's not any more uncomfortable than a mosquito bite. This sensation does not last. During or after insertion, you may feel a dull, "cramping" pain which in Chinese medical terms is known as De Qi. It is this sensation that we are seeking, the arrival of your body's Qi to the site of needle insertion. This dull sensation may last until and, for a brief period, beyond the treatment.


What can I expect during and after an Acupuncture treatment?

In an initial treatment, the practitioner and patient go over the patient's current and past medical history; assess the current condition of the patient and his/her main complaints that he/she would like to be addressed; then, the practitioner formulates an individualized treatment prescription to achieve the best and desired results for the patient.  

During  the acupuncture treatment, the practitioner administers acupuncture, tuina, cupping, and any other modality fitting with the treatment principle. The patient can expect to rest for 20-30 minutes on the treatment table to allow the body to react to the treatment and re-balance itself accordingly.

After an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner may prescribe an herbal prescription, diet and nutrition prescription, and/or exercises in line with the treatment goals. The practitioner will also review your treatment plan, including estimated number of treatments to achieve the goal.
It is advised that you keep your body covered up, avoid showering, and avoid exerting too much energy for the next 24 hours so as to not counteract effects from the treatment.


Private Session or Community Acupuncture: Which is better for me?

Community Acupuncture offers an open-style, cost-effective and affordable option to receiving East Asian medical care. Acupuncture has cumulative effects. The more regularly you are able to get treatment, the better results you will obtain. The unique benefits of Community Acupuncture are also found in the shared healing energetics given and received as a collective. People may also find comfort in numbers, getting a treatment in the safety and presence of others if the practitioner is not well known to them. As well, there is no need to disrobe in Community Acupuncture. Though Community Acupuncture may be limited to exposed extremities, the treatments are proven to be quite effective in addressing a wide variety of health concerns. If you are seeking to try acupuncture for the first time, this may also be a good route to test the waters.
Zenjoy holds monthly Community Acupuncture events in Edmonds, WA.

Private Acupuncture sessions offer more privacy, luxury, and attention that some patients desire and/or require. A full 60 to 90 minutes is dedicated to assessing your individual health concerns and treating them. 

Contact Zenjoy to book a community or private acupuncture session.


Does Zenjoy accept medical/health insurance?

Zenjoy bills as an Out-Of-Network health provider to any health insurance that covers Acupuncture services. Please call and provide your health insurance information for verification. Prior to you receiving service, we will need your:

  1. Insurance Plan Name
  2. ID #
  3. First and Last Name
  4. Date of Birth 

Zenjoy also accepts HSA and Flex Spending payments for Acupuncture and medical services. Full payment is expected upfront and a superbill receipt will be provided to you.

Zenjoy is currently not In-Network with any insurance companies. Simply, medical insurance billing is a costly and time-consuming task that I would rather avoid in order to spend more of my professional time providing quality care to my patients. In this way, I do not feel pressured to conjure treatment protocols to fit the insurance claims and am able to provide the care tailored to fit the individual and their needs. I do believe quality health care should be accessible to all, which is why I offer sessions in both the private and community setting. 


What is the Payment & Cancellation Policy?

Payment is due at time of service. Cash, Credit Card, Check, Venmo, and Square Cash are all accepted.

There is a 24-hour Notice for Cancellation Policy. For cancellations made with less than 24-hour notice and for no-shows, you will be charged for the scheduled appointment.


For further questions on Services, Pricing, Treatment Packages options, please Contact Zenjoy

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