David Lerner, acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine


David Lerner, L.Ac. inserting an acupuncture needle - Seattle and Olympia Acupuncture

The West has recently recognized that human beings are complex bio-electrical systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture for thousands of years. According to Chinese medical philosophy, energy circulates throughout the body along certain pathways. Specific points on these pathways allow access to various body structures and systems. Pain and illness are caused by an imbalance or blockage of this energy. Stimulating the acupuncture point enhances the circulation of energy, improving the health of the entire person. Acupuncture also releases tension in the muscles and connective tissue, making it particularly effective for pain management and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

Acupuncture is usually painless, especially when using very gentle Japanese techniques. Tiny needles the width of a thick hair are inserted at specific points on the body. State and federal agencies have established strict procedures for acupuncture treatment; the needles used are sterile and are disposed of after each use.

Acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins and many people experience a deep sense of relaxation during and after the treatment. Treatments last 30-60 minutes and are usually prescribed weekly or biweekly. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can expect to notice improvement in your health within 6 to 10 treatments.


"I was experiencing acute pain and numbness in my arm due to a badly herniated disc in my cervical spine. I was skeptical of acupuncture but willing to try anything and a friend recommended that I see David. My goal was to avoid surgery and I was desperate to try anything that would reduce my pain and help me function. David was beyond understanding, a great listener, and instantly put me at ease. He treated me with acupuncture as well as electrical nerve stimulation and I am convinced that it was this treatment that prevented me from having more severe nerve and muscle damage. He also helped me find a fabulous physiatrist (M.D.) who was so impressed by my progress that he wrote down David's contact information to recommend him to other patients. David is not only an excellent practitioner; he is a wonderful human being. I am so grateful to have worked with him and will see him again for anything else that may present itself in the future." db

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