Acupuncture & Vibrational Therapy




At Hado Health, we take a stand for your wellbeing and quality of life. Our goal is to go beyond easing your pain and work with you at multiple levels (physical, emotional & mental) to make sure we heal your whole person. The results we have had with our patients show we are able to achieve this not-so-easy task by blending the ancient wisdom of the East with the open, inquisitive mind of the West. 

We work collaboratively with each patient to provide a deeper and more holistic form of health care while holding ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards. For you, this means you will receive your desired health results and gain a new, expanded perspective on what healthy living means to you.



Acupuncturist, PSYCH-K® facilitator and practitioner Minerva Henson provides her patients with holistic healing. She creates custom treatment plans catered to improving the health of each individual patient’s mind, body and spirit.

Minerva blends professionalism, knowledge and a warm personality to create an atmosphere at Hado Health in which patients feel relaxed and at ease.



Minerva’s introduction to acupuncture was literally an accident. After surviving a rollover crash, Minerva underwent successful neck surgery but was left with intense, unrelenting shoulder pain due to stretched ligaments. Faced with the prospect of shoulder surgery, she followed a family member’s recommendation to try acupuncture. After only four sessions, her shoulder pain was completely gone.

So rapid and successful were her results that Minerva became determined to deliver the same relief to others, leading her to found Hado Health in Kirkland, Washington.

Though Minerva is able to deliver demonstrable results to her patients through acupuncture and Chinese medicine, she was not satisfied with just treating conditions. She pursued her PSYCH-K® facilitator certification to expand her ability to help patients thrive on every level. Through PSYCH-K® treatments, Minerva helps patients eliminate obstacles to live positive, healthy, successful lives.


At Hado Health, Minerva Henson relies on mastery of numerous modalities to develop the most effective treatment for each patient, with an emphasis in the following:

  • Anti-aging and other cosmetic services

  • Women's health, pregnancy/fertility andpPostpartum care

  • Acute and chronic pain

  • Sports and accident rehabilitation

  • Advanced facial rejuvenation

  • Digestive disorders

  • Sleep disorders



Minerva obtained her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. In addition to her certification, she completed rigorous programs taught by Five Element practitioner Lonny Jarrett and Changing the Face of Aging practitioner Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. These supplemental programs specialized in psycho-emotional conditions and anti-aging protocols. When you dedicate your life and career to the practice of Eastern Asian medicine, the desire to keep learning never ends. She also continued her advanced fertility training at Bastyr under the guidance of fertility expert Dr. Rosey Ma. Minerva is also a certified PSYCH-K® facilitator.

Licensed Acupuncturist • Bastyr University, Masters of Science in Acupuncture
Diplomate of Acupuncture, National Committee for the Certification of Acupuncturists (NCCAOM)



What’s the theory behind acupuncture?

According to Western medical theory, acupuncture works by stimulating parts of the brain and stimulating the body to release natural biomolecules, such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators and hormones. Although the scientific community does not fully understand how this occurs, it notes acupuncture has a noticeable positive effect on health.

Chinese medical theory explains acupuncture as balancing the body’s Qi (chee). Qi is defined as a form of bioenergy that runs along 12 major meridians in the body. When Qi is blocked it reveals itself as an imbalance or illness. Chinese medicine is about diagnosing the imbalance and then balancing it through acupuncture and other natural techniques.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture address health imbalances that show themselves as diseases, disorders and discomfort. The procedure of acupuncture can be compared to a turning on a light. When you walk into a room you look for a switch on the wall to turn on the light in the ceiling. The source of the light is not in the same place as the mechanism of controlling the light. Similarly, when you go to an acupuncturist for therapy, the practitioner treats the underlying health issue that is causing the symptoms. Treatment may occur in a completely different place of the body, but it acts as the switch to turn off the source of the symptoms.

A good example of this is the use of acupuncture to induce labor. Acupuncturists are taught that there are a few points that are absolutely forbidden to use with pregnant women, as they will actually induce labor. But when the time for birth arrives, studies have shown that using acupuncture to induce labor reduces the active (painful) phase of labor by an average of 3.6 hours.


Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Most patients report not feeling a thing; many don’t even notice when the procedure has begun. Some people report feeling a slight pinch. Acupuncture needles are entirely different from standard needles, which are large and form a blunt, wedge-shaped tip in order to inject substances into the veins. In fact, one standard 18-gauge hypodermic needle is bigger than 40 acupuncture needles combined!

Can acupuncture help with my problem?

Thousands of years of real life success and countless modern medical studies show that acupuncture definitely works. Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, is as often effective as traditional Western methods but is associated with fewer negative side effects or risks.


What should I expect on my first visit?

The “getting to know you” part of your first visit will last to 30 minutes. During this time, we will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your lifestyle and health by asking in-depth questions and performing exams, such as checking your pulse and examining your tongue. Having a comprehensive understanding of your wellness is a vital part of Eastern medicine, because we treat your whole person, rather than just the symptoms of your condition. Following this, your first acupuncture treatment will last another 30 to 60 minutes.

Subsequent visits will be much shorter, lasting about an hour.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists receive thorough training in anatomy to ensure they properly place each needle. Acupuncture needles are also safe and arrive pre-sterilized and individually packed. They are immediately disposed of after use.

On average, liability insurance for acupuncturists costs $600.00 per year, whereas primary care physicians pay an average of $12,000.00 per year. This indicates insurance companies deem acupuncture 20 times less risky than your doctor.


What side effects might I experience during or after acupuncture?

Some patients will begin to notice immediate relief of symptoms after acupuncture therapy. Other sensations associated with the healing effects of acupuncture (called de qi “duh-chee”) include tingling, warmth, heaviness, slight cramping, distention or achy sensations in the body. Most patients report any discomfort as mild.

How often would I need to come in for a treatment?

Most acupuncture programs are weekly. Treatments may be given two or three times a week if the condition is acute and painful until the pain recedes. Because every patient is unique, every treatment is unique. Exact duration depends on the condition, your basic level of health and how your body responds to acupuncture.

What should I do before and after my treatments?

  • Eat a light meal before your treatment. Do not eat an unusually large meal, smoke excessively or drink alcohol before or after your treatment.

  • Wear shorts or loose clothing so that your arms, legs and possibly abdomen are accessible.

  • Plan your activities so you can get some rest after treatment, or at least do not have to perform strenuous work. This is especially important for the first few visits.

  • Do not exercise or engage in strenuous physical activity for six hours before or after each treatment.

  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or non-prescription drugs before treatments. Substance abuse (alcohol or drugs) will seriously interfere with the effectiveness.


Does insurance cover acupuncture?

We are not contracted with any insurance companies, allowing us to offer affordable rates to all, insured or not.

Most insurance companies cover our services and we work with them as an out-of-network provider rather than a participating provider. We are happy to submit an “Out of Network” claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.

If you do have insurance and will be relying on reimbursement for our care, it is generally helpful to call your insurance company and confirm that you have out-of-network benefits.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

Acupuncture is not magic, and it will work whether you believe in it or not. The successful results of acupuncture speak for themselves. Acupuncture and other Chinese methods are especially effective when all other treatment methods have failed, as this indicates a system imbalance.