We are a dedicated team of naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists here to bring you the best of cutting edge collaborative and integrative health care. We want you to feel welcome and clear in the process of transforming your health and restoring your vitality. You will see below the steps we take to insure that you receive the best naturopathic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine care.
New patients will receive diagnostic evaluation by either Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist.
When you schedule your first appointment, your first step will be to complete a detailed health questionnaire which asks you about the various facets of your health and life. This is an important tool for you and your acupuncturist to discover the factors affecting your total health.
First Clinic Visit
Your acupuncturist will spend 60 minutes with you exploring your health history, your chief concerns and goals. After examination of pulse and tongue, palpation of points and meridians, an acupuncture treatment is given. A treatment plan usually involves a series of weekly acupuncture treatments, nutritional recommendations and customized Chinese herbal formulas to take care of the health issues.
Acupuncture is commonly more effective when received on a regular basis, weekly for at least 6-10 treatments. Follow-up with treatment of Chinese herbs is commonly every 2-3 weeks.
Chinese herbal medicines are customized to meet your individual needs. Herbs are dispensed as powders, pills, or raw herbs to be made as a tea. Our herbs are of the highest quality and are verified by lab analysis to be free of heavy metals or pesticides. All herbal formulas are combinations of several herbs which, when put together, have a specific effect upon the body. All herbal formulas are adjusted regularly for improved effect.
Food is medicine in most traditional cultures and Chinese medicine has a unique approach to healing
with food. Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. is an expert in the field of Chinese nutritional healing and offers consultations and guidance on adjusting what and how you eat to foster health. Nutritional consults are one hour in length and are not covered by insurance.
Many health insurance companies now offer coverage for acupuncture services. Be sure to check your coverage in order to understand your acupuncture benefits. Some of the companies that do have plans with acupuncture benefits are:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- American Specialty Health
- Pacific Source, Pacific Care
- Providence, Cigna, Aetna, MODA, CareOregon and many others with coverage for complementary medicine services
As a courtesy we will verify your benefits after you have made a time for your first appointment.
Preventive Health Care Visits
Our goal is not only to help you improve your health now, but to prevent future illness as well. It is much easier, more sensible and less expensive to keep your body healthy than to allow illness to take root and then work to eradicate it. Coming in for periodic preventive health care visits is a valuable way for us to stay current with new developments in your health and to prevent future disease.