New Patients

I am accepting new patients.  Please email or call me  about making an appointment.  (Emailing me is the best. :-) )

I see patients on Mon, Wed, and Friday afternoons and Tue, Thu, and Sat mornings. 

New patient appointments are generally about 1 1/2 hours long and follow-up visits are about 1 hour long.  

Please bring your completed forms with you when you come.  

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, which can easily be pushed above the elbows and knees, when you come.  

Please have had something to eat earlier in the day.  It is better to have eaten something before your visit.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you.  Type your paragraph here.

Lifestyle Counseling

I also spend quite a bit of time talking to my patients about lifestyle changes.  Please be open to change.  Good health requires effort.  Good diet, good exercise, good sleep, and a good attitude go a LONG way!  

Relaxation Techniques:  I especially pay a lot of attention to relaxing.  Stress and its effects on the body can be horrible.  I especially talk about abdominal breathing and relaxing the low back with all of my patients.  We are not usually taught how to relax and breathe as children, in fact we were more than likely taught to sit and stand at attention (maybe not so much now, thankfully).   Learning to soften and relax the body will result in many positive effects.  

Chinese Herbs

I may ask a patient to take Chinese herbs to enhance the effect of the treatment.  In my office I generally use either herbs in a pill form (called Patent Medicines) or a powder formula (called Granule Herbs).  These herbs need to be taken regularly to have an effect.  They can be thought of as a potent form of food.  And though there can be occasional minor side-effects (digestive upset) from the herbs, they are not toxic or harmful like pharmaceutical prescriptions.  


Acupuncture is a physical modality which employs very thin stainless steel needles which are inserted into the skin at various acupuncture points which are located on acupuncture meridians or channels.   The needles stimulate the flow of the Qi (or energy) in the meridians.   The Qi can either be stagnant or stuck, resulting in pain or discomfort and which needs to be moved or can be weak, which requires tonification or strengthening.  

Many needles or just a few needles may be used during each treatment.  The patient may be treated lying face down, face up, or even while seated.  The patient may be asked to lie still for just a few minutes or even 30 minutes.  The patient is certainly able to speak to the acupuncturist about what is comfortable. 

I use very thin needles, so therefore I expect it to be an almost  painless treatment.  I want patients to tell me if it bothers them.  Acupuncture is also a very safe modality.  We acupuncturists are trained to avoid internal organs and other sensitive areas of the body.  There can be minor bleeding or bruising and occasional pain, but for the most part this would be rare. 

Acupuncture also includes a number of adjunctive therapies such as moxabustion, a heat therapy, cupping, a suction therapy, and gwasha, a scraping therapy.  They are a little different than acupuncture, but all work toward helping the body to heal.  

Rose City Park Acupuncture 

Robert Kaneko, DAOM, LAc

Payment for Services

Medical Insurance:  Many insurance plans pay for acupuncture treatment.  Please consult your insurance company to see what your benefits are.  If you need help in doing this; I can help.  

Cash, checks & credit cards:  I accept them them all.  I give a small discount to cash paying patients.  I can also easily provide you with a statement which you can turn into your insurance company or HSA (Health Savings Account) for reimbursement.  

Auto Accidents:  I also accept auto accident cases and will bill your insurance.  

Financial Hardship:  If you have some financial hardship, but would still like treatment, I would be happy to discuss this with you. There are also lower cost alternatives in the Portland area, including the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), Mercy and Wisdom Clinic (both of which I work at also), and Working Class Acupuncture Clinics.  

Individualized Treatment Approach

Everyone is different, so I approach each patient differently.  I have the patient fill out at questionnaire and then do a thorough intake at the first visit,  which takes a little longer.   I  try to find the root cause of the problem, so that we can hopefully rectify it (it isn't always this easy).  The root cause might be posture, repetitive motion, dietary, not enough sleep, or stress.    Sometimes the cause is severe injury or severe illness in which case rectifying the cause is not possible.  But still small changes on the part of the patient may result in big changes.