Frequently Asked Questions


Does acupuncture work?

Yes, acupuncture is very effective for many conditions. We have seen very difficult and complicated cases greatly improved or completely resolved with the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and massage.


Does acupuncture hurt?

For most people acupuncture is a painless process. There can be some mild ache associated with acupuncture, but most people find the experience deeply relaxing and restorative.


What are Inner Gate Acupuncture's specialties?

Our Acupuncturists specialize in pain management, sports injuries, women’s health, and digestive health. Although these are the main conditions we see here at our Portland clinic, we have successfully treated many other complaints. If you’d like to know if we have experience working with your specific complaint give us a call we would be happy to spend 10 min on the phone to discuss your case. You can also read through our testimonials.  


Does Inner Gate Acupuncture accept insurance?

Yes, we do accept insurance. Most major insurance companies in Oregon and Portland cover acupuncture. There are many different plans and different coverage policies. Our staff is happy to verify your benefits prior to your first appointment so you know what your out of cost responsibility is. Below is a list of some of the insurance companies that we work with:

Private Insurance: Oregon Health Coop, Health Republic, Axis, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Providence, Kaiser Permanente, CHP, Moda, Lifewise, United Healthcare, Health Net, and many others.

Motor Vehicle Insurance: Allstate, Geico, Traveler's, State Farm, Ameriprise, Farmer's, Progressive, all Oregon companies accepted.

Worker's Compensation: Saif, Caremark, Hartford, Police and Fire, Gallagher Bassett, Adventis
 


Does Inner Gate Acupuncture accept motor vehicle accident/car accident insurance?

Yes. We accept motor vehicle accident insurance or car accident insurance. All drivers with Oregon insurance are covered by personal injury protection (PIP). This money is there to help you recover from accident related pain. We handle all insurance billing so you can focus on your recovery. You do not need a referral from your doctor.  We also have several great lawyers in the Portland area that we have worked with and that we trust.


Does Inner Gate Acupuncture accept Worker’s compensation insurance?

Yes. All of our acupuncturists are on the Saif and the Caremark worker’s compensation insurance panels. You can receive treatment to relieve your pain without a referral for 30 days after the injury. At that point a referral is necessary. We are comfortable working directly with your doctor to establish the best treatment to help you recover.  There are many Portland area doctors that regularly refer to us and that we can recommend to help manage you case.  


How big are acupuncture needles?

Acupuncture needles are the size of a hair. They are single use sterile needles that slide smoothly through the skin and don't draw blood.


What is Qi?

Watch our video that explains the concept of Qi. (Coming soon)


Is Acupuncture safe?

When performed by a licensed acupuncturist acupuncture is very safe. The World Health Organization endorses acupuncture for the treatment of many pain syndromes. Acupuncture has been used safely in China and all around the world. All needles are sterile and single use only.


How do you know where to put the needles?

Inner Gate Acupuncture began in Portland in 2005. We have five experienced acupuncturists who have a great diversity of knowledge and experience. When we see patients we use orthopedic exams and syndrome differentiation to classify all disorders. We then diagnose which channels are out of balance and use acupuncture along these affected channels.


How many treatments does it take to achieve results?

Each situation is unique. Generally speaking, acute conditions often resolve within 4-6 treatments while chronic pain and complicated illness may take up to 10-12 treatments. We will work with your budget and schedule to design the best treatment plan that is cost effective and result driven.


How often do I need to come for treatment?

This also depends on the condition. Acute conditions respond well to 2-3 treatments per week for a short period of time. More intense situations and chronic conditions often warrant weekly treatments for a period of time. After their chief complaint is resolved many patients opt to come once or twice a month for wellness and prevention.
 


Do I need a referral from a doctor to get acupuncture treatment?

No. In most cases with Oregon health insurance you do not need a doctor’s referral. Motor vehicle/ car accident insurance does not require a referral. Some Kaiser insurance plans, as well as worker's compensation insurance, require a doctor's referral. These are easy for us to help you coordinate.