Points of Origin FAQs

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Points of Origin, PLLC is a Holistic Health Care Clinic serving the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon communities of the beautiful Pacific Northwestern United States.

Although Points of Origin provides Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, we also offer "acupuncture without needles" in various forms of safe and effective non-needling treatment methods.

These "acupuncture without needles" techniques include BodyTalk™ and Colorpuncture™ and are especially good for children and for adults fearful of needles.

If you have questions about our practice or any of the services we offer and you cannot find answers in the "Frequently Asked Questions" listed below, please feel free to contact us using the email form or phone number listed on the Points of Origin Contact Page. We are always happy to talk with you!



Frequently Asked Questions




What does an Acupuncture treatment feel like?

Everyone wants to know if acupuncture hurts. That is a natural concern if you think that an acupuncture needle is just like a needle used for shots like vaccinations. I assure you, acupuncture needles are very different. Acupuncture needs are extremely fine (the diameter of a human hair) and very flexible.

New patients often report that the acupuncture itself is surprisingly pain-free. In fact, acupuncture usually produces a pleasant and very relaxing experience which patients look forward to.

After the needles are placed, you can rest for 15-20 minutes, or longer depending on your condition and the treatment protocol.

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What can I expect from an Acupuncture treatment at Points of Origin?

Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to determine and treat the deeper underlying causes of your condition. The diagnostic procedure involves a detailed discussion of your chief concerns, medical history, and health goals. We ask detailed questions (perhaps ones you have never been asked) to gain important insights into your unique physiological constitution, then we design a treatment that will address the acute symptoms (such as pain) as well as the cause of the symptoms.

We will tell which modalities we recommend and how often to receive treatments in order to receive maximum benefits. We always take into consideration your concerns and goals so that the entire process is as comfortable as possible.

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Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?

No! I can answer this from personal experience considering I walked into my first acupuncture treatment thinking it would not work. I only tried acupuncture because I trusted the person who recommended it to me, not because I believed in it.

I came from a research background in western science and was very skeptical about Chinese medicine. Once I started reading about acupuncture, it became clear that this was a scientifically sound medical system that had consistently proven its effectiveness over thousands of years. Because my symptoms improved so dramatically, I can say with certainty that one does not have to believe in acupuncture for it to work.

However, in my own case, greater progress was made once I began to accept and participate in my healing process. The mind plays a powerful role in healing (and illness), so if you need information to help you understand how acupuncture is working, ask us questions, read a book on Chinese medicine… or do what I did and become an acupuncturist!

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If I am feeling sick on the day of my appointment, should I cancel?

We are very fortunate to have patients who do not wish to expose us to colds, flues, and other possible contagions, however one of the best times to receive treatment is when you are feeling sick! Often such symptoms as fever, congestion, body aches, nausea, and fatigue can be helped immensely with acupuncture and herbal treatment. If you feel all you need is rest, by all means stay in bed. But if you feel sick, come see us!

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Are there any good books you can recommend on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

There are many excellent books describing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. We have a library of the books we recommend most often in our Alternative Medicine Bookstore for you to look through and purchase.


Some of our favorite books on Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Heath, Healing, and Wellness are:

Staying Healthy With the Seasons (2002) by Elson Haas, MD
Elson Haas, MD has wonderful dietary recommendations (including recipes), cleansing instructions, and activity guidelines based on the Chinese medicine principles of modifying foods, behaviors, and activities according to the seasons.

Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments (1990) by Michael Reed Gach
Filled with pictures, diagrams, and easy-to-understand descriptions, this is one of the best books for treating yourself in the comfort of your own home for everything from headaches and back pain to insomnia and hot flashes.

Acupressure for Emotional Healing (2004) by Michael Reed Gach and Beth Ann Henning
Filled with pictures, diagrams, and easy-to-understand descriptions, this is one of the best books for treating yourself in the comfort of your own home for everything from anxiety and depression to phobias and stress.

Practical Chinese Medicine (2000) Penelope Ody
This is a great book for the beginner. It has lots of pictures showing acupuncture channels, points, qigong techniques, and Chinese herbs. It provides a basic understanding of the principles and practice of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Web That Has No Weaver (1983, Revised 2000) by Ted Kaptchuk
Ted Kaptchuk wrote this book in 25 years ago but it is still one of the foundational textbooks for any student of Chinese Medicine today. It is more complex than the other recommended books and has in depth descriptions of the inner aspects of Chinese medicine principles, theories, history, diagnosis and treatment.

Between Heaven and Earth (1991) by Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korngold
This is a great book for the beginner to intermediate student of Chinese medicine. Beinfield & Korngold describe the Five Elements of Chinese medicine and provide a detailed "self test" so you can determine your strengths and weaknesses according to the Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood elements of Chinese Medicine. There are terrific dietary and herbal suggestions as well.

The Chinese Way to Healing: Many Paths to Wholeness (Reprinted in 2006) by Misha Cohen
Misha Cohen is a pillar in the Chinese Medicine Community and has written several books on the use of Chinese medicine in treating HIV, Hepatitis, and cancer. This book gives information on how to combine Chinese dietary guidelines with Western medicine and various other healing therapies to create healing plans for a wide range of ailments including digestive problems, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, gynecological problems, PMS and more.

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