Combining the Best of the Past and the Present in Healthcare
Most likely, if you’re reading this, you have a nagging health issue that you would like help with. Whether it’s a painful shoulder or knees or sleepless nights due to hot flashes, you’re seeking help to get this issue resolved. In my practice, I work with patients with all kinds of health issues from musculo-skeletal pain to digestive issues, headaches, and menopausal or other hormonal issues.
I use a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine along with recommendations from modern health research to help my patients. Acupuncture has been being used to treat health issues for over 3000 years, and science has brought us a wealth of understanding of how the body works and the mechanisms of disease. An understanding of both is critical. Take, for example, the common cold or flu. It was once believed that you caught a cold from spending too much time in a cold or damp environment. Acupuncture points were discovered and herbal formulas created to address this type of illness. We now know that bacteria or viruses are the actual cause, not some cold energy that’s invaded your body, but the acupuncture points utilized and the herbal formulas devised are still effective. It’s the knowing that hand washing is more important than avoiding damp weather that speaks volumes for the benefits of a more modern mindset to go along with the ancient methods.
When I meet with my patients, I bring to the table information on the latest health research, the mechanisms behind disease (from a modern perspective), and a balanced analysis of the benefits of both modern and traditional medicine. When we first meet, we’ll go over your health issues, and I’ll offer my perspective on what might be going on and what avenues it might be useful for you to explore in addition to the acupuncture. In fact, if you’re not interested in acupuncture or are not sure you want to try it, you can still schedule an evaluation. Either way, with acupuncture or just an evaluation, I believe that I can be of assistance in helping you to sort out your health issues and get on the road to recovery and improved health.
Give me a call or schedule an appointment. I think you’ll be glad that you did.
Your First Visit
I am currently accepting new patients and would be happy to work with you on your health concerns. First visits generally take about two hours. We will spend the first hour reviewing your current health concerns as well as your health history, and the second hour will be spent on the exam and treatment. Follow-ups are generally about an hour. You may schedule your own appointment by clicking on the button below, or call me at (541) 754-1717, or use the form on the right to contact me. Please note that the office phone number is a land line, so it does not accept texts.
My hours are:
Mondays: 10:30 – 8:30
Tuesdays: 8:00 – 5:00
Wednesdays: 8:00 – 5:00
Thursdays: 8:00 – 5:00
Fridays: 8:00 – 5:00
845 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
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How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles at precise points on the body. When the points are stimulated, signals are sent to the brain initiating a cascade of biochemical reactions in the body. It is through these biochemical changes, that the body begins to reset and repair. After treatment, my clients usually report feeling calmer and relaxed and whatever pain they came in with has lessened. All that with very little risk of a side effect or further injury.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture is usually a very comfortable experience. What most people feel is a slight pinch when the needle is inserted and then maybe a dull ache. The experience of having acupuncture is nothing at all like getting an injection or pricking yourself with a pin. Most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation, and some even prefer it to getting a massage. Probably half of my patients fall asleep during treatment. Yes, they’re that relaxed and comfortable. The most common comment afterward is “Wow, I feel really relaxed.”
I am a board certified acupuncturist licensed by the Oregon Medical Board and Nationally Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine. Most people aren’t aware that there are many different styles of acupuncture, and they are not all the same. Some practitioners believe in a more painful style of needling — I’m not one of those. The most widely practiced style in the United States is TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It encompasses about 80% of the acupuncture practiced in the U.S. Although I have been trained in both Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I no longer offer treatments using Worsley Five Element acupuncture. The style I practice is Traditional Chinese Medicine because I find it to be the most effective.
Along with performing acupuncture, I believe it’s important to help my patients to navigate the complex world of healthcare. I continually research health issues pertinent to my current patients, and will help to educate you on the latest research findings on diet, exercise, and living healthily. As part of an extensive health care community, I also often recommend other practitioners who are well regarded in their field, because I believe that together we can help you recover more effectively and faster than any one of us alone can.
In short, I will pull in knowledge from all fields of medicine, and I will work with your team to help you.