Corvallis Acupuncture
& Wellness Center

Frequently Asked Questions

We have the answers to the most asked questions by our patients. If you have more questions, please contact us.

How many treatments does it take to achieve results?

Each person is unique with an individualized treatment plan. No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity and duration of the condition, and one’s physical state at the time of treatment. In general, acute conditions often resolve within 4-6 treatments, while chronic pain and complicated illness may take up to 10-12 treatments.

How often do I need to come for treatment?

This depends on the condition. Usually treatments are weekly, though more often is good for acute symptoms. In general, acute conditions respond well to 2-3 treatments per week for a short period of time. While complicated health issues and chronic conditions may require weekly treatments for a longer period of time. In general, it will cost the patient less time and money to have more treatments over a shorter period of time, than 1 treatment a week over a long period of time.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are about as thick as a strand of hair and a lot of times people can’t even feel them going in. Although most people find acupuncture to be a painless, deeply relaxing experience, at times there can be some mild pain associated with certain treatments.

Is acupuncture safe?

When performed by a licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe. All of the needles used at Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center are sterile and single use only. The World Health Organization sees acupuncture as a safe health therapy and endorses acupuncture for the treatment of many pain syndromes.

Are Chinese herbs safe?

The herbal medicines used in our clinic are carefully selected from sources that only deal with trusted farmers and herbal processors. The factories where the products are processed use chemical analysis, including thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to confirm proper identification, ensure potency, and test for active constituents when necessary. Every batch of our herbs is tested by third-party laboratories for heavy metals, microbial contaminants, moisture content, and harmful pesticides such as DDT and benzene hexachloride.

Are there any negative side effects to Chinese Medicine?

One of the great advantages of Chinese medicine is the infrequent occurrence of serious side effects, including those from herbs. The most common side effect with acupuncture is the possibility of slight bruising at the sight of the needle insertion, while the most common one with herbs is digestive upset. If you are experiencing any negative side effects the acupuncturist can adjust treatment at any time to eliminate reactions.

Does Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center accept insurance?

Yes, we work with a lot of private insurance companies. Here is a list of who we are in-network with:
  • Regence
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Pacific Source
  • Providence
  • United Health Care
  • Samaritan Choice
  • Samaritan Advantage
  • Cigna
Please note that we do accept out-of-network insurance, but you will most likely have to meet separate out-of-network requirements. Please contact the office prior to your first appointment to receive an estimate of what you may owe and/or if you do not see your insurance carrier listed. Unfortunately at this time we are not accepting Medicare, Medicaid/OHP, and IHN.

Does Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center accept motor vehicle accident/car accident insurance?

Yes, we do accept motor vehicle accident insurance or car accident insurance. We handle all insurance billing so you can focus on your recovery. All drivers with Oregon insurance are covered by personal injury protection (PIP). This money is available to you to cover the cost of treatment for accident related pain. You do not need a referral from your doctor.

Does Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center accept Worker’s compensation insurance?

Yes, we work with worker’s compensation insurance. You can receive treatment to relieve your pain without a doctor’s referral for 30 days after the injury. After 30 days a referral is necessary. We are comfortable working directly with your doctor to establish the best treatment for your condition.