What is it?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It originated in China several thousand years ago and is a cornerstone to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). One of the major tenets of TCM is that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state and that disease is due to an internal imbalance. That imbalance leads to blockage of the flow of vital energy (qi) along pathways know as meridians. There are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians with more than 2000 acupuncture points on the human body where the meridians surface.

With fine sterile, disposable needles, Acupuncturists stimulate specific points on the body using a variety of needling techniques to produce different effects and results.

Acupuncture standards are currently regulated by the World Health Organization which has identified many medical conditions as responsive to acupuncture treatment.  See List




Does it hurt?

The needles are very slender and flexible. When applied by Dr. Tack, who is experienced and skillful in the practice of acupuncture, there is usually little or no sensation. 

Are the needles sterile?

Yes.  Dr. Tack uses only sterile, disposable needles

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients begin to feel relief after the first few treatments. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond; all patients are unique and results vary from person to person.  

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Dr. Tack is a preferred provider for many insurances, most covering both acupuncture and naturopathic medical care including: Regence/Blue Cross and  Premera (policies vary and it it vital you check with your personal policy re specific coverage policies). Provider One covers naturopathic medicine only. Triwest Program is Acupuncture only. Please note at this point insurance recognizes acupuncture for treatment of pain only.

Medicare does not currently cover any costs associated with acupuncture nor does Labor & Industries (L&I) 

NOTE: regarding  Qi - As we know, science uncovers new depths of understanding "reality" every year, which makes it so exciting! As yet, science has not been able to explain "the spark of life". Oriental medicine calls it Qi and works with that flow of "life force" in supporting emotional and physical well being.