Traditional Chinese Medicine
Originating over 2,000 years ago, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing modality which springs from the ancient philosophy of Taoism. TCM encompasses many different practices including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy, which when used correctly can work in harmony to help manage the physical and mental stresses of life while promoting optimal health and wellbeing.
My goal is to help my patients strengthen their immune systems and understand and establish healthy mental and emotional boundaries while rewiring and resetting for better health. My acupuncture and in-person services focus on chronic pain, internal medicine (Chinese herbs and nutrition), addiction recovery, and mental/emotional conditions. The remote aspects of my practice take a more mental/emotional approach by offering hypnosis supported by Chinese herbal medicine and functional nutrition.
My Acupuncture Program forms the foundation of my in-person services, offered at my office on NE Fremont St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Acupuncture is the most well-known modality within Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), though your treatment may include other modalities such as cupping, guasha, infrared heat, liquid moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, Tibetan singing bowl therapy, and/or topical liniments. As Ted Kaptchuk says in his book, The Web That Has No Weaver, Chinese medicine is no less logical than Western medicine. It’s simply less analytical. At the heart of TCM lies the concepts of the macrocosm and microcosm. The macrocosm, being the world and environment in which we live, plays a significant role in the microcosm, or the smaller internal world within the boundary of our bodies. Chinese medicine speaks in terms of nature and how our external world affects us, from the climate in which we live to the stresses in the workplace and society. Everything is connected, with nothing in Chinese medicine existing from its own right. It’s the theory of Yin and Yang.
Rooted in the philosophy of Taoism, with many similarities to Buddhism, Chinese medicine seeks to understand the relationship between phenomena and how we are affected by it. The art of diagnosis practiced by the acupuncturist takes all the patient’s signs and symptoms into account when seeking to understand which pattern of disharmony is present. Once the pattern is identified, acupuncture points are chosen that work to re-establish a state of equilibrium in the body. A point may be chosen to nourish an organ’s matter, such as blood, or to remove a local obstruction causing pain. The points chosen work in harmony with one another. By using small pins that are placed at very specific acupoints located throughout the body on primary or extraordinary channels, the organic flow of energy within the body is reinstated, resulting in improved health, reduced pain, and a calmer nervous system.
Acupuncture can effectively treat a wide range of disorders. I specialize in and commonly treat the following:
Relief from Immune System-related conditions, including Autoimmunity
Acute and Chronic Pain Relief
Generalized Women’s Health
Common Cold Relief
Cupping is a part of my in-person services, offered at my office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may experience cupping as a part of your Acupuncture treatment or you may choose to come in just for cupping or guasha!
I primarily practice Taiwanese-style Cupping, but also offer traditional Chinese-style Fire Cupping. This modality works to bring cell-waste, or toxins, to the surface so that your body is better able to flush them out, creating improved health and reduced pain. By releasing the built-up lactic acid and carbon dioxide, allowing clean oxygen into the affected area, the body naturally begins to function more efficiently. The patterning that I use is specific to this style of cupping and is used on the back, hips, and shoulders. I use guasha to treat neck pain. Cupping can also be helpful in respiratory conditions.
Please reach out with any questions you may have about whether cupping or guasha will be helpful and effective for you.
Herbal Medicine and Whole-Food-Based Nutrition
My Herbal Medicine and Nutrition Program is best accessed via telehealth appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays, although it may also be incorporated into my in-person services.
This is a very collaborative program that seeks to understand, from a Chinese medical perspective, how your body metabolizes foods, habits, supplements/medications, the environment, and life, and which foods, herbs/supplements, and lifestyle choices create your unique and optimal state of health.
My background of Chinese herbal medicine forms the backdrop of this program. There is, however, some cross-over between Chinese herbs and Western herbs. And given our native American geographical location, I seek to use and suggest local, PNW options when possible. Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on the same principles as Acupuncture. The science and art of Chinese Herbal Medicine is among the most studied, researched, and systematically organized and presented of the world’s traditional medicine systems. While getting my Master’s degree at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, I studied single herbs for a year before spending another year learning how to synergistically combine these single herbs into formulas. When a patient is prescribed a Chinese herbal formula, they will likely end up with a formula that is based on a classical Chinese formula, with both herbal and dosage modifications that are custom-made to their unique presentation of disharmony. And as patterns of disharmony are always shifting and changing, so too will the formula they are prescribed. As the herbalist, I adjust and shift my prescriptions with the patient’s changing patterns. We are lucky to be located in a place where the highest-quality herbs are accessible. I can either create a custom, granule-based prescription for the patient to pick up/drop-ship from Golden Cabinet Herbal Medicinary, or find the most appropriate combination of herbal patent formulas through Classical Pearls or Institute for Traditional Medicine (Seven Forests, White Tiger, Pine Mountain).
In addition to herbal medicine, I frequently ask my patients to complete a 21-Day Purification Program to not only cleanse the body of accumulated toxins, but to also incorporate an elimination diet that helps us to better understand where potential food sensitivities/natural boundaries lie. The experiential process of the elimination diet is an extremely valuable component of the program. Once we have a clear picture of which foods and habits are aggravants and begin to help the body to function more efficiently, we can start to create a more long-term, balanced nutrition and lifestyle plan. Whole-food-based nutritional supplements will likely be included to help fill in the nutritional gaps left by our modern diets.
I typically use Standard Process supplements. They are a phenomenal whole-foods-based nutritional supplement company complete with their own organic farm in Wisconsin from where they source many of the ingredients used in their supplements. The MediHerb line of herbal supplements works well in conjunction with Standard Process. Additionally, Natura Health Products out of Ashland, OR, a nutrition and botanical medicine supplement line has proven to have a beautifully-formulated and effective product line that works well within a wholistic health plan.
Hypnosis is offered remotely via my telehealth program. I am pleased to be able to offer this therapeutic modality regardless of location.
Though hypnosis is not considered a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is an ancient therapeutic modality with roots in Egypt and Greece. As a Certified Professional Hypnotist, I offer custom hypnosis sessions/packages from within the perspective/background of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The collaborative process of hypnosis gives you the opportunity to “sit back” into your subconscious mind in an effort to better understand the nature of your health and behavioral struggles, while discovering and practicing effective methods to move through them. As we seek to create positive conditions to close the mind-body gap, I will invite you to begin discovering naturally-occurring responses and improved self-esteem, confidence, and health.
Connecting the mind with the body can create a powerful source of healing energy. Hypnosis can address many health and behavioral concerns including:
Mental/Emotional concerns such as various and specific fears and Anxieties, Trauma, Teeth Grinding, OCD, ADD/ADHD
Addiction Recovery - Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse
Internal health concerns such as Acid Reflux, Asthma, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headaches
Issues with Manifestation, Self-Confidence, Relationships, Stage Fright, Time Management, Perfectionism