Four new business-related updates regarding my acupuncture practice

November 26th, 2014

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am amazed at how quickly this year has rushed by. I am also amazed that I have not posted a blog since July of 2012. Wow! I can only state that this is due to a very busy and quickly growing acupuncture practice, which is not a bad thing!

I have four important business-related updates I would like to share with you. First, I am extremely happy to announce that I am now a contracted, in-network provider with Regence Blue Shield of WA. Regence sent me a personal “invitation for credentialing,” to which I was quick to respond. After one week to review my application, Regence responded that I am now a contracted provider. As a contracted provider with Regence, I am able to serve a larger population in Washington state. Regence is a covered provider for employees of the State of Washington, the City of Seattle, and King County. This includes employees of the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview. Open enrollment with insurance plans is currently underway, so please pass this on!

Also, I now offer credit and debit card services. This means you can pay your co-pays or co-insurance via your credit or debit cards. And for those of you with a health savings account, I can run that card as well. I did the research and met with a credit card consultant who recommended a safe, encrypted credit card swiper. So rest assured that when I swipe your credit or debit card, your information will be safe.

Online scheduling is available via my web page. Online scheduling is an extremely convenient way for you to schedule your first appointment with me or follow-up appointments and you can also cancel or reschedule as needed without having to contact me. Here is a link for your convenience: http://ingerjohnson.com/schedulingandlocation.html

And I now have a HIPAA-compliant secure email service called ProMailSource for your privacy protection. You will receive emails from me from the following address: ingerjohnson@healthways.promailsource.com  (Note that at first this email might end up in your SPAM folder because it is new to your email system. If so, simply move it to your inbox.) The email will let you know it is encrypted. You will then be asked to create a password so that you can read such emails from me going forward. You only have to do this once! And this will ensure that our conversations via email are safe, encrypted, and HIPAA-compliant.

It feels good to update the technological side of my business. Technology changes faster than the seasons. On that note, here’s a friendly reminder to please take some time to slow down this holiday season in order to rest and renew for the upcoming New Year.

–Inger

Current articles regarding the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese medicine

July 4th, 2012

For today’s blog, I’ve chosen a handful of recent articles selected from the Journal of Chinese Medicine to show the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. As more and more people choose acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat what ails them, there has been a demand for more research on it’s effectiveness. I hope you find this selection of articles intriguing:

—Inger

Sharing a patient testimonial

February 29th, 2012

Hello.

Below is a letter I recently received from a patient after a single treatment. With the permission of the patient, I’d like to share that letter with you here. This letter reinforces for me why I do what I do: resolve people’s pain, whether physical or psycho-emotional, and share new ways of living informed by Chinese medical perspectives:

Dear Inger,

I just wanted to write to thank you for treating me yesterday.

When I came to your office, I could barely put any weight on my right foot due to hip and sciatic nerve issues.  What you accomplished in one appointment was nothing short of miraculous.  After being in excruciating pain for nearly a week, 24 hours after seeing you I am literally pain free!

I came to you because I was told by my primary care physician that it would take weeks in physical therapy to accomplish this (he spent 5 minutes with me before proclaiming this).

While I believe there is a place for my primary physician, I want you to know that I see it’s equally important to receive care on a regular basis from my L.Ac. for both prevention, and treatment.

With gratitude,

A.D.

Happy new year! Some words about food for 2012

January 17th, 2012

The symbol yin yang

 “The root of a quiet body must be supplied by food.”     —Sun Si-maio

Most people begin the new year with numerous resolutions. I‘d like to suggest that you keep things simple by focusing on eating in a balanced manner. The quote above means that the root of good health depends on a proper diet. Chinese medicine is based on the concept of yin and yang. Yin and yang are in a dual relationship and rely on each other. When our body becomes out of balance—if we eat improperly, for example—yin and yang become out of balance. If improper diet and unbalanced eating habits become a regular pattern, then over time disease will occur.

Here is another statement about eating from Chinese medicine:

“If drinking and eating lose their discipline, cold and warmth will not be proper and the spleen and stomach will therefore be damaged.”

In other words, if you eat too many foods that are either too hot or too cold in nature, cold and warmth will be unbalanced. Overeating hot foods causes heat to accumulate in the stomach, while overeating cold foods will damage the spleen and cause it to be vacuous.

This statement shows that yin and yang become out of balance via eating too much of something. On the other hand, not eating enough food is detrimental to your health as well:

“If grains do not enter, in a half day, the qi declines, and in one day, the qi is scanty.”

Your qi (your body’s vital energy) will have declined if one does not eat for half a day. And if one does not eat for a whole day, then one’s qi is insufficient for health. Yin and yang are out of balance due to lack of foods entering the body.

To help support you in 2012, I plan to regularly post about food, diet, and the energetic properties of foods from a Chinese medicine perspective. Feel free to follow these posts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/IngerJLac

Or you can find my posts on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Inger-Johnson-LAc-Acupuncture-Chinese-Medicine-Practitioner/218850764799964

Happy new year to you! Here’s to a year focusing on balance!

—Inger

“Demystifying the science behind acupuncture”

October 27th, 2011

“Is it possible to discuss acupuncture in a way that makes sense to even the most Westernized brains?”

This article answers that question and tries to explain some of the theories behind acupuncture:

http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/a-healthy-poke-demystifying-the-science-behind-acupuncture/245816/

 

—Inger