Willamette Acupuncture & Wellness
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance plans now cover acupuncture treatment. 
We are currently in-network providers for the following insurance companies:

All Motor Vehicle Insurance/PIP (No referral required for Acupuncture services)
Most workers Comp. Insurance
MODA/ODS
Providence
Kaiser/CHP
Blue Cross Blue Shield/Regence
Shasta Insurance
Health Republic
Samaritan Health
Cigna
Healthnet
Pacific Source
Lifewise
First Choice Health

We do not take Aetna or OHP.
If your insurance company is not listed, please let us know so that we can become providers. In some cases, while your insurance may not cover the acupuncture treatments, they may offer a discount program that we will honor. If you are unsure if your plan is included, we can verify your coverage for you. If you have any other questions regarding insurance, please call 503-751-1460.



How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on the nature, severity, and duration of your condition. The longer you have had the condition, the more treatments you may require. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and generally requires a minimum of 4 to 6 treatments to initiate and begin to stabilize a change in symptoms. Complex chronic conditions may take longer to treat and may require booster treatments every few weeks or months to maintain optimum function and prevent any worsening symptoms.. Treatment frequency usually involves one or two visits a week initially, with a gradual reduction in frequency as symptoms improve.


What does Acupuncture feel like?

Some people experience a very slight pinch when the needle passes through the skin, although most often there is no uncomfortable sensation due to the extreme fineness of the needles. Acupuncture is meant to elicit a dull, achy, warm or heavy sensation at the site of needle insertion. Sometimes other sensations, such as numbness, twitching or an electric sensation can be felt along the acupuncture channel being stimulated. Acupuncture needles do not damage the tissue or create pain and discomfort like the hypodermic needles used by Medical Doctors.



How much education and training do acupuncturist receive?

Acupuncturists receive four years of extensive graduate training at nationally certified and accredited colleges. They must pass national board exams for Acupuncture and Herbal medicine as well as state licensing exams. Acupuncturists are also required to complete continuing education classes every year in order to maintain their license. Acupuncturists are held to the same high standards as every other medical profession in the United States.