Welcome to Balance Medicine


peter-martin036Hello and welcome, my name is Peter Martin. I’m a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist (#883) and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. My downtown Portland, Oregon office is located at 1130 SW Morrison, Suite 430 Portland OR 97205Directions to my office.  Services are available by appointment @ 503.294.0162 You may also email me.
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Today in most western cultures it is considered a complementary or alternative medicine. In reality, acupuncture (and its related moxibustion) are practiced medical treatments that are over 5,000 years old. Basically, acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles, (sometimes in conjunction with electrical stimulus), on the body’s surface, in order to influence physiological functioning of the body.
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Massage Therapy

Massage is a successful tool for healing and has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. In adults as in babies, massage has many benefits from a preventive health perspective as well as stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to aide in the recovery from trauma or other physical or emotional stresses.
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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote healing and to improve functioning by inserting needles or applying heat or electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points.

The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture’s effectiveness is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These channels, sometimes referred to as meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to cleanse and nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any blockage or deficiency of energy and blood will eventually lead to disease and be evidenced by pain or dysfunction.
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Coding for Acupuncturists

By Peter Martin LMT. LAc. – Portland Acupuncture Practitioner

The provision of acupuncture and oriental medicine within the third-party payer system of American healthcare necessitates the use of codes which designate what is being treated and what procedures are being utilized. This information is relevant for Acupuncture performed in the Oregon, Washington and most of the United States.

Some state rules and regulations restrict licensed acupuncturists from diagnosis in medical terms. Still, the ICD-9 contains many codes that are sign and symptom oriented and well within those limits set for acupuncture. If you have a referral with a diagnosis and treatment plan from your primary care physician, so much the better. But you must provide an ICD code when billing and that diagnosis should be clear in you chart notes as well. The codes that designate therapeutic procedures including acupuncture are listed in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), updated and published yearly by the American Medical Association.
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World Health (WHO) Acupuncture Trials


Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach. Unlike many other traditional methods of treatment, which tend to be specific to their national or cultural context, acupuncture has been used throughout the world, particularly since the 1970s. In recognition of the increasing worldwide interest in the subject, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a symposium on acupuncture in June 1979 in Beijing, China.