What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Acupuncture Kai in Beaverton, OR

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. The traditional eastern medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By manipulating needles at specific points on the body, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself

Japanese Acupuncture

Chinese medicine was first brought to japan in the 6th centuries. Over the millennia, the modalities of Chinese medicine have been studied, practiced, refined, and uniquely evolved in Japan.  I practice Toyohari -  a school of Japanese meridian therapy.  Our goal is bringing the balance in the patient's body with the minimal and gentlest stimulations.  The smooth flow of qi equals the maximized the healing ability of the body.  

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Kiyoka Ogura offers Gentle Acupuncture Painless Japanese in Beaverton, ORMy intention is giving a comfort but pain. I use  fewer needles per treatment and only the thinnest dispersible acupuncture needles (0.16 mm) in my practice.   I also use non-insertive needles for the sensitive patients and the children.  Most patients report feel very minimal needling sensation

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture treatments are customized to one person at one moment in time. Each person is different and the number of treatments required depends on the depth of the condition and the overall health of the patient. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative. In general, you should feel some results within one to two treatments, with a larger shift for the better happening around treatment four – six. A typical acupuncture series lasts for at least twelve treatments. Appointments are scheduled once or twice in the first few weeks and then further and further apart after the optimal response has been achieved. 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture Kai offers safe, effective Gentle Acupuncture Painless Japanese in Beaverton, ORYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the state. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. So please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the appointment time.  The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. 

To find out the source of the imbalance and determine your diagnosis in the traditional eastern medicine , I perform the examinations as followings;

1. Asking -  Besides of asking about the details about your chief complaints, I will ask you about your subjective temperate, sweating, sleep, appetite, bowl movement, urination, emotional states, menstral cycle and more.  

 2. Looking/listening - I will check your facial completion, posture, gait, and the tone and quality of your voice.

3. Palpating - I will palpate your abdomen, neck, back and the meridians on lower arms and legs.

4. Checking pulse and tongue - I will palpate the radial pulse on the both arms. I will ask you to stick your tongue out so that I can observe its color.  

After examination, I will decide a treatment plan that is customized to your particular case and perform acupuncture and other adjunctive techniques that will help to bring your systems back into balance and address your main complaint.

Acupuncture - Acupuncture Kai in Beaverton, OR

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)