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Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the process of stimulating particular areas of the body (acupuncture points) by the insertion of thin, solid, sterile acupuncture needles. These needles essentially activate receptors that communicate with the central nervous, endocrine and cardiovascular systems, resulting in the release of natural pain-killing substances and the dilation of blood vessels, which then deliver oxygen, nutrient-rich blood, hormones, immune factors and other substances required for health to areas of the body that are undernourished or dysfunctional in some way.   

Acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese Medicine, which also includes herbal therapy, moxibustion, Qi Gong, Tui Na (medicinal massage), etc.  

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Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Pain causes us not only physical but also emotional distress and, at times, the reverse is also true. 

I have seen patients' lives completely transformed by relieving of them of their pain and that has served as incredible motivation to learn to do it better. 

Acupuncture is physical medicine--the branch of medicine that treats biomechanical disorders and injuries. Beyond treating the pain, freeing up tension in musculoskeletal tissues allows underlying systems to work better, too. 

I have a particular interest in treating athletes and published an article about acupuncture treatment of lower leg injuries in runners: "The Runner's Point," Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2011.


Chinese Herbal Medicine

Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture

Chinese Herbal Medicine

 Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is dynamic and intends to restore health in a patient, rather than mask symptoms. As a patient's conditions shifts and improves, the prescribed formula(s) may also be adjusted. 

Ash is a certified Diplomate in Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). This indicates to patients and peers that Ash has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of Chinese herbology as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) profession. While this certification is not required by law in Washington state, it is an important distinction. Click here to learn more about why this is an important distinction that consumers should seek in finding a qualified practitioner.    

What does acupuncture treat?


Here is a list of complaints that acupuncture treats, according to the World Health Organization

Cardiovascular Disorders
Essential hypertension

Neurological Disorders
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
Paresis following stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Meniere’s Disease
Nocturnal enuresis
Cervicobrachial syndrome
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Intercostal neuralgia
Disc problems

Musculoskeletal Disorders
Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures
A rthritis
Work and sports related injuries
Low back pain
“Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”

Respiratory System Disorders
Acute sinusitis
Acute rhinitis
Common cold
Acute tonsillitis
Acute bronchitis
Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
Acute conjunctivitis
Central retinitis
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Toothaches, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
Irritable bowel and colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Paralytic ileus

Gynecological Disorders
Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)
Menopause syndrome
Benign irregular menstruation
Benign amenorrhea

Psychological Disorders
Somatization disorder

Other Disorders
Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
Appetite suppression

Orthopedic & Sports acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture

My commitment to you is to maintain and refine my knowledge of anatomy, muscle functionality, exercise physiology (through the lens of sports acupuncture training), the effects of acupuncture and electro-acupuncture on the neuroendocrine system, classical Chinese medical theory. Together these aspects of health and healing have greatly enhanced the way I practice of acupuncture. ​

Related services:

  • Electro-acupuncture Ash has training in advanced techniques using electronic stimulation of acupuncture points and channels to increase the efficacy of treatments when applicable and speed healing times.

  • Cupping (myofascial decompression) - this technique has been used for centuries in East Asian medicine and has recently caught on with many allied health professions (massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, etc.). It has been shown to decrease mechanical connective tissue changes following inflammation or trauma, decrease myofascial dysfunction, scar adhesions, scar tissue; and decrease myofascial syndromes such as faulty patterning due to hypertonic muscles.

  • Gua Sha - a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine, defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic peticheae (called "sha") representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Modern research shows Gua Sha produces an immuno-protective and anti-inflammatory effect.

  • Point injection therapy (PIT) - The injection of saline or other remedies improves the quality of the interstitial fluid allowing nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and bloodstream to occur efficiently again thus facilitating healing.


Sports Acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture

Sports acupuncture is another area of particular interest to me and falls under the general category of orthopedics.  In 2011, I completed a Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship with Whitfield Reaves and am now one of his assistants. I am also committed to ongoing study of modern anatomy and physiology including myofascial planes, motor points and trigger points.

​The goals of sports acupuncture treatment are simple: increase performance and decrease injury rehabilitation time. In my practice I strive to always consider the underlying health and habits of the individual so I may treat the person and not just the injury. By supporting an individual on the root level--one's basic tendencies in health and living--it is my belief that all aspects of that patient will improve.

As a sort of weekend warrior myself, I have become familiar with other local cyclists, runners, skiers, etc. and quite by chance fell into sports acupuncture as a focus for my practice. This is a population I have greatly enjoyed working with and I have found success in not only the treatment of strains, sprains, tendonitis and overuse injury but also in general performance enhancement and overall balance in terms of the athlete's general well-being. After treating many many runners, I was even led to the "discovery" of an extraordinary point that is useful in treatment of many lower leg and foot problems. (Please see my article, "The Runner's Point," published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine in 2011.)

Depending on the athlete's presentation the focus of treatment may be on an injury itself, balancing opposing muscle groups or injury prevention. Typically a patient will be seen one to two times per week in the injury phase and somewhat less frequently for maintenance and performance enhancement.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive approach to whole health care. We look to support the body’s systems in order to restore health.

In doing so, Chinese herbal medicine addresses a variety of complaints: 

  • Allergies & Asthma 
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bloating & Distention
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cold & Flu
  • Colitis/Crohns Disease
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Eczema
  • Emphysema
  • Enuresis
  • Epigastric Pain and GERD
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastritis
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility in Men & Women
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Muscle Spasms & Stiffness
  • Nasal Congestion & Sinusitis
  • Painful Menstruation
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prostatitis
  • Sciatica

Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is dynamic and intends to restore health in a patient, rather than mask symptoms. As a patient's conditions shifts and improves, the prescribed formula(s) may also be adjusted.   

About our Pharmacy:

Powdered extracts made by Evergreen Herbs  make up the pharmacy at NINE.  Evergreen Herbs is the primary supplier for two main reasons: 

  1. Dr. John Chen, one of the principals of the company, is a brilliant herbalist as well as a PhD pharmacologist. His collection of proprietary formulations are exemplary in the field of modern Chinese herbal medicine, combining extensive knowledge of Chinese herbs and classic formulas with the modern knowledge of a pharmacologist. 
  2. Evergreen's "seed to shelf" consciousness ensures that the herbs I prescribe are of the highest quality and meet the safest standards. 

Along with these extracts, "patent" herbal formulas may be prescribed. They are supplied by Plum Flower, Great Nature and occasionally one or two other companies. These mostly come in the form of teapills--tiny pills rather than large ones, created as such so they may be more easily digested.   

Why use herbal extracts instead of raw herbs?

Raw herbs are no longer carried in my clinic because a) when I started my practice in 2000, patient compliance was low, as preparing the teas takes a lot of time and the taste is too strong for many palates; and b) there is a serious quality control issue once raw herbs leave China. It is challenging for a westerner to be sure those herbs have not been sprayed or irradiated in the handling process, as well as it being difficult for all but the most proficient herbalist to be sure they always have the correct herb and not a substitute. I put my faith in John and Tina Chen at Evergreen Herbs to do this quality control for me.   ​   


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