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East Asian Medicine is based on the concept that we are all whole beings and endowed with the ability to self-heal. Acupuncture stimulates known points on the body that release our own opiates and anti-inflammatory chemicals, and then down-regulate the Sympathetic (fight or flight) response. Thus, patients often report feeling deeply relaxed and “balanced” after an acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture and herbs help a body safely heal without serious side effects. The addition of muscle release techniques, cupping, gua-sha and moxibustion further add to the low-risk, non-invasive healing modalities that encourage a higher baseline of health.

Conditions Commonly Treated 


Acute Injuries


Cancer treatment therapy adjunct

Chronic pain

Circulation disorders

Digestive disorders

Fertility (men and women)


GYN/Women’s issues


Wellness or “preventative maintenance”

Immune disorders

Post-infection weakness

Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Muscle strain/sprain

Neurological disorders

Post-stroke recovery


Pregnancy issues


Toxicity weakness

....To name a few.....


Often referred to as "Traditional Chinese Medicine", Washington State practitioners obtain a license in “EAST ASIAN MEDICINE".   This is a health care service using East Asian Medical diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders.

The scope of practice includes the following: the use of acupuncture needles to directly or indirectly stimulate acupuncture points and meridians; use of electrical, mechanical, or magnetic devices to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians; moxibustion (heat applied to points), acupressure; cupping on the body;  infra-red wave therapy; dietary advice and health education based on East Asian medical theory; the recommendation & prescribing of herbal medicines and nutritional supplements; breathing, relaxation, and East Asian exercise techniques; and Qi Gong; East Asian Tui na (bodywork) which does not include spinal manipulation; and specific heat and cold therapies.


Since starting her practice in 1999, Ingrid Heintzberger Vu has maintained licensure with the National Board for this Profession, the NCCAOM, or National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  This is a good resource to use if you want to ensure that your Practitioner meets the highest standards of our Profession.  With National Board licensure, you can be sure that a practitioner stays current with Medical training (required CEU's) and has an impeccable record of professional conduct.

Training Woman

Extra Training and Education in the Field

A small sampling of Ingrid Heintzberger Vu's Additional training (continuing education classes).  

  • Master Tung's lineage special needling techniques, taught by California Veteran, Susan Johnson, L.Ac.
  • Japanese style special palpation and evaluation in the tradition of Kiiko Matsumoto and Master Nagano, taught by Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac.
  • Endocrinology and Pathology of the Thyroid Gland taught by Tran Viet Dzung, MD -- the eminent French Endocrinologist AND Acupuncturist.