At Unravel Therapeutics, we bring ancient wisdom and scientific understanding together for the optimal benefit of our patients.

What is Acupuncture?

It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.    The human body has great innate healing abilities, however it is weakened by toxic environments, improper lifestyle and negative emotions. Acupuncture is a way of activating the body’s own healing response through the energetic regulatory system called meridians.

Acupuncture relieves pain

Recent research shows that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, part of the body’s pain control system.

Can acupuncture treat more than pain?

Yes. Acupuncture is proven to be effective in treating:

Digestive disorders, anxiety, fatigue, Insomnia, common cold, menopausal symptoms, reproductive system disorders, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, stress-depression and more…

 

About  Nejat:

What made you interested in acupuncture?

In my early twenties I had studied philosophy and comparative eastern-western esoteric traditions for many years. During that period I was introduced to self-cultivation and internal martial art practices of the East; Qi Gong (Nei Gong) and Tai Qi Quan (Tai Chi Chuan). These are energetic development systems, thousands of years old,  that work at various levels of human existence:  Bio-physical, bio-energetic and metaphysical-spiritual levels.  Whole foundation Traditional Chinese Medical theory is based on these ancient yogic practices. We can use an umbrella term for these different modalities: Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Arts and Sciences. As a beginner in the arts I was not able to make the connection with the medical aspect at first; until my Yang style Tai Chi Chuan teacher Sifu Ron Hoffman started talking about meridians and energetic gates and their significance in internal martial arts. That was the starting point for my quest in Eastern Asian Medicine. Without understanding either side of the arts, we do not have the whole circle. I wanted to have access to the whole circle.

When did you start learning and practicing acupuncture?

Acupuncture is only one of the 8 branches of true Chinese Medicine. Meditation, Qi Gong (Nei Gong)- internal martial arts (Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua, Xing Yi), food therapy, herbal medicine, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), Philosophy-Cosmology (Yi Jing/I Ching-Astrology-Numerology) and Feng Shui are the other branches. Academic training mainly include acupuncture and herbal medicine in the curriculum and some schools also have some Tui-na and Qi Gong classes which only scratch the surface. My formal academic training started at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I received my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at this school. Upon graduation I attended Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Bastyr University. I received my doctorate degree in 2010 specializing in Integrative Oncology and Pain Management. I have been practicing since then in Seattle area. However, I pay as much attention to my non-academic training which allows me to access the other branches of East Asian Medicine that academic training does not offer. And of course this is a life-long learning process. I once heard from an archeologist about his experience in Chinese archeology, he said  “The more you dig the more there is and it gets more and more profound”. That is so true for Yang Sheng Sciences and Chinese Medicine too. Over the years I had the privilege of training with some extraordinary teachers; Master Zhongxian Wu, Master Zhang Jie, Jeff Nagel, Sifu Ron Hoffman and Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun are the mentors helping me claim the whole circle in all 8 branches in healing and self-development arts.

Do you get acupuncture treatments? Can you treat yourself?

Self-treatment is not easy. Some simple treatments are possible and I do that occasionally. Usually I prefer to see another colleague if necessary. But keeping yourself healthy with food, nei-gong exercises is the main the main principle. As an internal martial arts and nei-gong practitioner I keep myself healthy as much as possible. That is the Taoist way.

What type of feedback do you get from your patients regarding their acupuncture treatments from you?

 I always get positive feedback. Most of my patients are the referrals of other patients.  That is the nest feedback a healthcare practitioner can get.