“It’s been a long road to recovery from surgery, but my appointments with Chérri have been instrumental in getting me back to my old self.

Chérri is intuitive. She’s able to pick up on verbal cues and energy from me to not only tell her specifically where to place her needles, but what to say to get my mind in the right frame to heal my body.”  ~Brandon J.

Acupuncture FAQs

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Through acupuncture, Neuromuscular Release techniques and focused microcurrent, Chérri targets tight, inflamed areas in your body. She employs needles, cups, direct microcurrent, laser, and hands-on neuromuscular techniques to release tight muscles and fascia to dissolve scars and adhesions that are the cause of your pain. Once released, you have better circulation in your musculoskeletal system, increased range of motion and pain stops. Chérri uses ancient acupuncture and contemporary ancillary techniques to stimulate your body’s circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems for optimum health.

Research evidence (see links) using high-tech tools shows the insertion of acupuncture needles regulates nerves, muscles, and fascial tissue to positively affect the whole body. Blood flow increases in treated areas as demonstrated by Doppler ultrasound. Newer neuroimaging technology reveals acupuncture calms the brain areas that register pain and increases activity in the brain zones that promote rest and relaxation.

This unique 4,000 year old system of medicine treats the entire body from the brain outward through the body’s own natural healing systems. It treats the symptoms and heals the cause of the body’s problem by healing on many different levels.

Correctly placed acupuncture needles:

  • stimulate the body to release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer which is 200 times more powerful than morphine) to produce natural pain relief and create a deep state of relaxation
  • stimulate brain chemicals in the serotonin-dopamine pathway to enhance anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and sleep-inducing effects which calms the autonomic nervous system
  • increase white blood cells which have anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and anti-infection effects
  • increase red blood cell production which brings increased oxygen and nutrients to repair damaged tissues and reduce inflammation

Potent microcurrent:

  • increases endorphins, cell production, and breaks up scar tissue

Neuromuscular Release techniques:

  • target tight muscle and joint tissue
  • cause muscle tissue twitching to produce immediate reduction in tightness and pain. Patients are often pleasantly stunned to be able to immediately move their formerly stuck shoulder or kinked back.

In some cases acupuncture is combined with other healing tools:

Cupping and GuaSha
Cupping and GuaSha (pronounced gwaa-shaw) are both manual Chinese medicine techniques I use to treat pain. When cupping, I use glass or silicone cups which suction to the skin over sore muscle areas like the back, shoulders, or legs. I leave these cups in place or move them around to relieve congestion in tissues and relax the muscles and fascia. With Gua Sha, which uses a smoothed edge tool, I often use this technique around the neck or joints, rubbing the area gently with sweeping motions. Both techniques rapidly stimulate circulation, break up tissue adhesions, clear metabolic wastes (toxins) that are trapped in tissue, and relieve pain and muscle spasm.

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
The ear can be used to treat the rest of the body and is particularly powerful for addictions, food cravings, anxiety, and overall pain.

Chinese Herbs
Chinese herbs, like acupuncture, have been used safely and effectively for thousands of years. I use traditional formulas when something more is needed beyond the acupuncture to help the body heal. Herbs feed the body and continue the healing process between treatments. They are excellent to decrease or stop hotflashes, increase lagging energy, prevent or stop colds and sinus infections, settle digestive problems, stop chronic itching, and help broken bones heal faster.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

*The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared acupuncture as a no-risk, effective treatment for these and more than 200 other conditions:

Bone, muscle, and joint pain —Sciatica, low back, neck/shoulder pain, joint pains, acute injuries, numbness/tingling, muscular aches, frozen elbow, soft tissue injury

Breathing disorders — Asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, common cold
Chemo nausea
Circulatory disorders — Hypertension, palpitations, heart disease
Emotional and psychological disorders –Stress , depression, anxiet

Headaches, migraines
Facial or Bell’s Palsy
Gastrointestinal disorders– GERD (Gastric Hyperacidity), indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, eating disorders, ulcers, constipation, colitis, gastritis
Gynecological disorders– Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal problems, fertility issues
Immune disorders – Chronic fatigue, HIV/AIDS
Internal Organ dysfunction
Nervous System disorders– Multiple sclerosis, post-stroke conditions
Neurologic Pain
Pregnancy-related complaints – Morning sickness, edema, fatigue, infertility
Respiratory disorders – Chronic colds, cough, asthma, allergies
Sleep and stress disorders – Nervous tension, insomnia, low energy, depression, anxiety
Urogenital disorders – Urinary tract problems, sexual dysfunction

“I came to Chérri with symptoms of IBS due to stress and anxiety. My past acupuncturists only made a dent in my healing but Chérri has most definitely turned it 100% around!” ~Chris M.

Why Is Acupuncture So Effective?

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, chemical-free treatment because it stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities. More people around the world use it to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve their overall health and well-being than any other system of medicine.

  • Acupuncture treats the whole person
  • The cause of your problem is addressed, not just your symptoms
  • It can correct problems before drugs or surgery are necessary
  • It treats conditions where conventional medicine has been ineffective
  • It reduces stress and anxiety (It is estimated that 60 – 90 percent of all visits to physicians are for stress related problems!*)
  • Thousands of years of use have proven it is safe and highly effective

(*Stress: America’s #1 Health Problem. American Academy of Family Physicians Survey, 1988,U.S. News & World Report, December 11, 1995. Saving money by reducing stress. Perkins, A.,1994, Harvard Business Review. 72(6):12. cited research that showed that 60% to 90% of doctor visits were stress-related.)

Do You Accept Insurance?

Yes– Because acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment, many insurers cover acupuncture for pain and multiple disease conditions.

  • If you have alternative medicine insurance coverage, then you can get acupuncture treatments with me partially or fully covered.
  • If you do not have insurance, I offer a discount for paying at time of service.

To serve you better, I am a preferred provider on all the major health care plans:

  • American Specialty Health (ASH)
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Physician-Referral and Complementary Health Program (CHP)
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • LifeWise
  • Medica
  • MODA Health/OEBB
  • OptumHealth
  • PacificSource
  • Providence/ PEBB
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare

As your provider, my office will help you get the care you need—we will:

  • Verify insurance coverage and benefits for Acupuncture with your insurance company
  • Bill the insurance company directly
  • Access your legally free treatments if you have been in a car accident
  • Accept your co-payments through cash, checks, or credit card

Feel free to call me at 503-452-0224 to discuss fees and length of treatment for your particular health situation. And remember, I offer a free 30-minute in-office consultation to help you learn how I might resolve your health problem.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The positive effects of acupuncture are cumulative. Each treatment builds upon the last to decrease pain and improve function in your tissues, ligaments, organs, and body systems.

If your problem is acute — a recent injury or flare of a chronic injury or disease —
expect to receive treatments 2 times a week for 3 weeks then once a week for 4 weeks.

If your problem is chronic — plan for 10 weekly treatments then we will re-evaluate and determine if another series of 10 are needed and what type of frequency of treatment would keep you feeling better.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and, unlike needles used by doctors, slip through your skin easily.
Most of my patients report they feel nothing more than a skin prick or nothing at all when the needles are inserted. Of course, if you have problems with needles, my tool bag is filled with many non-needle techniques that I can use to help you feel better.

These sensations are excellent signs that acupuncture is working, and that formerly stuck energy and blood are no longer stuck and have begun to move.

If I am doing a Neuromuscular Release technique, you will notice a contraction in the muscle belly and then the wonderful feeling of total muscle release. Patients often say, “You got it! That feels so much better now.”

With Microcurrent, there can be absolutely no sensation or the slight to stronger sensation similar to deep tissue massage — that “good hurt” of a muscle knot release that will let you move more easily and without pain once again.

Once needles are in place, my patients report feeling deeply relaxed and sensation-free. Most fall asleep during the treatment and wake renewed and revitalized.

I do recommend you avoid drinking coffee for several hours before your appointment as caffeine can make you and your skin more sensitive.

Have More Questions?

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