Yay! All medical services in Issaquah can resume!

A new friend we met on our daily walk 🙂
We are very excited to announce that yesterday, Governor Inslee gave the okay for health care offices to immediately begin seeing non-urgent cases, as well as opening up dental cleanings, orthodontic visits and routine patient care in offices such as ours. Here is a link to the announcement. We have made additional changes to our procedures based on the new information presented yesterday, including taking your temperature before the appointment and running down a checklist of possible COVID symptoms with each patient before they are seen. We ask that you wear a mask to your visit and please arrive on time rather than early and only bring a family member if needed, to minimize the amount of patients in our small waiting area. Other precautions that we are taking that were added previously can be found below and as always you are also welcome to call or email if you have any questions or concerns about these.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our clinic safely, starting today, to help you with any health issues you may have: headaches, aches, pain, anxiety, hormones, allergies and many more. Remember that most health care plans cover acupuncture!

Stay healthy- With love from Alpine Acupuncture

Alpine Acupuncture Clinic Safety Modifications

Carleton continues to see patients who are feeling healthy on Monday-Thursday with slightly modified hours depending on the week. Our online schedule is always up-to-date and accurate.

Below is a list of steps that we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to promote the health and well-being of our patients.

1. We ask that if you are feeling sick that you notify us to reschedule
2. Carleton is wearing a fabric mask daily in accordance with the new recommendations from the CDC and patients need to wear one as well- please choose a reusable/fabric one to free up the disposable ones for our front line health care workers.
3. Carleton will be taking your temperature and asking you about any COVID risks at each visit
4. We are disinfecting all tables, chairs, doors, counter tops and credit card machines multiple times per day.
5. We are washing our hands during and in between patient visits.
6. We are propping our front door open during business hours to decrease common touch contacts.
7. We are asking all patients to wash their hands before entering the office.
8. We are having patients go right into their treatment room top minimize waiting room contact (please try to arrive right on time rather than early- normally we love to chat in the waiting room but these are special times!)
9. Please only bring family members if you need their assistance for driving or during the visit.
9. If you are higher risk and need an appointment slot when other patients will not be in the clinic to reduce your exposure, please call and request that, we are happy to help. We are already spacing out ALL appointments to minimize contact.

We believe that with these action steps we can play a vital role in helping our patients to continue to improve their health while simultaneously preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We are here and ready to serve you and our community.

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We are open- here are updates and a small business highlight!

Carleton continues to see patients who are feeling healthy on Monday-Thursday with slightly modified hours so he can join us at home for dinner a few nights a week. With our hospitals and medical facilities being potentially overwhelmed during this crisis, acupuncture treatment for non infectious illness can help ease the burden and is allowed by the new state regulations.

Below is a list of steps that we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to promote the health and well-being of our patients.

1. We ask that if you are feeling sick that you do not keep your appointment!
2. Carleton may start wearing a fabric mask daily in accordance with the new recommendations from the CDC (pending) and you are welcome to do that as well- please choose a reusable/fabric one to free up the disposable ones for our front line health care workers.
3. We are disinfecting all tables, chairs, doors, counter tops and credit card machines multiple times per day.
4. We are washing our hands during and in between patient visits.
5. We are propping our front door open during business hours to decrease common touch contacts.
6. We are asking all patients to wash their hands before entering the office.
7. We are having patients go right into their treatment room top minimize waiting room contact (please try to arrive right on time rather than early- normally we love to chat in the waiting room but these are special times!).
8. If you are higher risk and need an appointment slot when other patients will not be in the clinic to reduce your exposure, please call and request that, we are happy to help. We are already spacing out ALL appointments to minimize contact.

We believe that with these action steps we can play a vital role in helping our patients to continue to improve their health while simultaneously preventing the spread of COVID-19.
We are here and ready to serve you and our community.

If you are quarantining at home, we support you! Please consider using this time to write us a review on Facebook, Google or Yelp or passing our information to a friend.

Consider supporting one local business each day by making an online purchase or writing a review or “liking” them on your favorite social media. We can get through this together. (see our local business highlight below)
Stay healthy- With love from Alpine Acupuncture

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One of our favorite local small businesses is Experience Tea in downtown Issaquah (every day you’ll see Carleton is drinking a cup of her famous tea- his favorite is Puget Gold).

We called Roberta (her business phone is: (206) 406-9838 ) yesterday to see how business was going and she said she missed meeting her customers face to face in the gorgeous store but that she was still doing drive by orders as well as mail orders from her website- here is a link to the quarantine comfort kits she has made up, and all of her products ARE listed on the website for the same prices in the store- https://experience-tea.com/?search-type=main&siteblock-type=&s=quara

We hope you find some tea you love (self care)! Let’s keep our favorite shops open!

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The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help?

Chinese medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing the immune system.

Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere—in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink—according to Chinese medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when our Wei Qi and our meridian organ systems are weak and out of balance. When this occurs it creates a hospitable for germs, bacteria, and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold, the flu, or worse. continue reading »

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Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »

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Germ Theory: 101

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.

Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »

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