Acupuncture Portland, Oregon

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Acupuncture is a fascinating modality within the classical Chinese medical system; a traditional medical philosophy with roots that can be traced back almost 5,000 years. The Chinese medical system uses the body to diagnose and treat many common and complex illnesses. The main modalities within Chinese medicine include acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and bodywork. Terrain Wellness of Portland, Oregon uses acupuncture, cupping, herbal formulas and other Chinese medicinal practices to bring the systems of the body into balance. A Chinese medical practitioner may check your pulse, tongue, ears, or manually press on areas of the body to find where the imbalance resides. While acupuncture Portland is an important facet of what we offer our patients it is worthwhile to keep in mind that our totality of service is much more expansive in scope.

Much More Than a Portland Acupuncturist

Dr. Dani Smith Anderson is an Oregon licensed primary care physician who also holds a Master’s Degree in acupuncture from the prestigious Portland, Oregon University (National University of Natural Medicine). As such, Dr. Dani seamlessly integrates the best features of acupuncture, classical Chinese medicine and can also order an MRI, view x-rays and lab results as well as write prescriptions if appropriate. Rather than offering a single modality such as an acupuncturist Portland, Doctor Danielle Smith Anderson is your complete source for integrative healthcare. In summary, while some may refer to this as alternative healthcare our patients have found that our true definition as an Integrative Medical Practice is far more accurate.

FAQ’S (Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon)

What is Chinese medicine used to treat?

Answer: Chinese Medicine is used with a goal of physical and emotional health and can be used to treat almost anything. That said, Chinese Medicine is not a replacement for Emergency Medicine. Chinese Medicine is the “Ounce of Prevention that’s worth a pound of cure.” As an example, rather than using Chinese Medicine to treat a patient in the throws of a cardiac arrest, Chinese medicine would help that person move toward emotional, spiritual and physical health so that they would be less likely to end up in cardiac arrest to begin with.

What is acupuncture and is it painful?

Answer: Acupuncture is the use of tiny precision needles placed in very specific points on the body for the purposes of interacting with the body’s nervous system to produce a variety of desired results. When practicing acupuncture in Portland, Dr Dani uses extremely fine single-use needles that she places in areas around the body that can treat various symptoms throughout the body. Acupuncture works directly with channels or meridians that run throughout the body and can affect physical as well as internal imbalances. When these points are stimulated they work with qi or energy, similar to an electrical system, qi movement can affect the local area, organs as well as the distant sites throughout the body. As a Naturopathic Doctor and apuncturist, Dr Dani is able to give patients a holistic experience that organically blends modalities rather than falling into the western mentality of compartmentalized treatments that only address symptoms. Most of the time acupuncture is relatively painless and patients find the treatments to be very relaxing to the mind and the body…think mediation without all of the sitting.

What is Moxibustion?

Answer: Moxibustion is the burning of a Chinese herb called Artemisia or wormwood in a fashion similar to incense that is placed on or near acupuncture points. Moxibustion can be a fascinating technique to warm the body and moves qi within the channels/merdians.

What is Cupping?

Answer: Cupping is the precise placement of cups on the body under light suction for the purposes of releasing muscle tension and treating tightness or poor circulation in surrounding fascia.

What is Gua Sha?

Answer: Gua Sha is a physical technique that is used to break-up adhesions within your body’s tissues and improve circulation.

Some may think of us in terms like Naturopath Portland or acupuncturist but the totality of our practice as naturopathic doctors in an integrative medical clinic go beyond this. We treat the whole person and believe in restoring health rather than treating disease. If it’s time for you to feel better while reaching a greater self-awareness then you owe it to yourself to pick up the phone and call us right now.