Philip Kelley, L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist in Burien, WA 98166


Acupuncture: Ancient Knowledge for Results Today



Your body has a remarkable ability to regulate and maintain itself. We all depend daily on this vital energy to sustain life and health. In Classical China, a powerful system of medicine was developed around the ability to balance this life-sustaining vital energy or Qi.

Acupuncture is based on a network of interconnected channels or meridians which circulate this Qi throughout the body's interior and exterior. To restore and maintain health, extremely fine needles are inserted into specific points along these meridians to regulate and balance the flow of Qi.

Today, this ancient medicine is gaining increasing acceptance due to its excellent safety record and proven effectiveness.

How Acupuncture Works

Chinese medicine theorizes that Qi flows in the meridians circulating throughout our exterior and the internal organs. Physical and emotional well being, which are understood to be intimately connected, depend on free and balanced circulation throughout this system.

Acupuncture points are highly active locations along these meridians which influence Qi circulation and body functions. Modern science, while unable to logically explain the meridian system, does observe some remarkable qualities about the points themselves. A Chinese medical diagnosis will determine which points can best restore a balanced Qi flow and state of health.

Research shows a cascade of physiological effects take place during acupuncture. The response includes; increased multilevel brain activity, widespread neurotransmitter changes, immune and hormonal balance, improved local circulation, decreased inflamatory reaction, autonomic regulation of involuntary functions such as digestive, respiratory, endocrine, circulatory systems, and more.

Acupuncture Can Help You

Many conditions, and virtually any painful condition, can be alleviated or improved rapidly by acupuncture. Some disorders which have existed over time naturally require longer continued treatment. Many conditions which have proven resistant to conventional treatment respond very well to acupuncture.

As a new patient, you will provide some basic health information, then we will discuss your specific condition and general health in some detail. Most patients are pleased at how much better they feel after only one treatment.

I treat using several advanced systems, mainly based on simple and effective distal point acupuncture strategies. The results which I regularly see in clinic are truly amazing; using points on related meridians, painful symptoms can quickly improve without direct needling in the affected area. The results are often immediate, and can be achieved with very gentle technique.

While acupuncture successfully treats many difficult conditions, other medical modalities are important to your complete health care. Acupuncture does not conflict in any way with other forms of treatment. I am happy to work cooperatively with other medical providers.

Safety and Comfort

In the hands of a trained practitioner, acupuncture is remarkably safe. The National Institute of Health cited the safety of acupuncture compared to drugs or other medical procedures in its 1997 recommendation. I use only single-use disposable needles; virtually eliminating any risk of disease transmission.

The acupuncture experience bears nearly no resemblance to receiving an injection. Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and hair thin, unlike the familiar hollow, thicker hypodermic needles. Most people feel minimal discomfort with needle insertion.

There may be a sensation of heaviness, energy, or aching once the needles are set. Often heat, gentle massage, or other techniques are combined for greater effectiveness. I have also studied Korean Hand Therapy which has some very effective non-needle treatments to improve health and quickly relieve pain. Most patients find their treatments very relaxing, and many even fall asleep during a session.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Many conditions respond positively to Acupuncture. The World Health Organization lists over forty common conditions which can be treated effectively. These include:

  • Digestive disorders; indigestion, food allergies, constipation, IBS, diarrhea, hyperacidity.
  • Emotional conditions; anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness.
  • Gynecological; PMS, infertility, menopausal symptoms, dysmenorrhea.
  • Headaches, migraines, sinusitis, chronic fatigue, addiction control, & smoking cessation.
  • Immune system enhancement and support.
  • Musculoskeletal; arthritis, back and neck pain, sciatica, muscle cramping & weakness, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, and many others.
  • Respiratory; asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, common cold.
  • Stress reduction, postoperative pain, and more.

Acupuncture is very beneficial in treating traumatic injuries, and greatly improves recovery from accidents and sports injuries.

How I Can Help You

I am always willing to meet with interested patients for a free consultation. Please contact me directly or schedule a 15 - 20 minute session through Advanced Massage.

If you have never had acupuncture before, and wonder if it works, the answer is a definite yes. If you are experiencing a difficult health condition which is not responding as well as you would like to other treatments, you owe it to yourself to experience the power of acupuncture.


Many health insurance plans cover acupuncture, and I am on most preferred provider lists. All automotive personal injury policies cover acupuncture. My billing service submits claims directly for me, independent of Advanced Massage. As there are many different plans with a variety of benefits, it is important to verify your individual coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier about your coverage, or I will gladly verify your benefits for you.