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Payments: We accept most Insurance, cash and check, health savings account plans, Personal Injury Protection Plans such as Car Accidents or Workers Comp claims.
Our Health Care Philosophy
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a wonderful way to integrate natural holistic health care into your current medical regimen. Most of us use Western Medicine in the United States. I believe there are many different ways to treat the body, some work better for certain people than others.
If you are looking for a practitioner who believes their style of medicine is the only way to receive the best health care, then I am not the practitioner for you. If you are looking to add to the tools in your health care toolbox, then you have clicked on the right page. This clinic will never ask you to choose between what you are doing now and what the ancient Chinese doctor would want you to do. Using TCM with other modalities of medicine is by and large very successful. In China TCM is often combined with Western Medicine to give an individualized holistic treatment.
Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
I will give you options that may enhance what is already being done for you. Most of my patients come to me when they are at their wits end, with pain and discomfort. Where else can they turn? Someone knew someone…and patients come to me often by referral. So here they are, giving this weird needle thing a try.
Many patients will experience a decrease in pain, so they naturally tend to decrease their use of pain killers or muscle relaxers. Many patients suffering from migraines 2-4 times a week, forcing them to take Imitrex or numerous doses of Excedrin Migraine, will find that their migraines occur less frequently; and may now require an Advil only a few times a year. For some, Oriental Medicine may be a wonderful alternative to western drugs; for others, it may increase the effectiveness of the drugs they are already taking. In the end, patients may take fewer drugs, as a result of their bodies using Western Medicine in a more effective way.
The Practice of Oriental Medicine
I practice traditional Oriental Medicine, a holistic medical system that has improved the quality of life for billions of people for more than 5,000 years. I use its time-proven, effective and drug free methods to support your body's natural healing process. This system of health care uses multiple modalities, such as acupuncture, Tuina Massage, cupping, moxibustion, and herbal therapy. Symptoms, as well as primary causes of your illness are treated. In addition to symptomatic relief, you will feel an increase in vitality and an overall state of well being from your treatments.
Commonly Used Terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture: Insertion into the skin with a sterile needle into acupuncture points.
Tuina Massage: This massage style is a mix of physical therapy like stretches and exercises, deep tissue massage, acupressure along channels, and lighter more relaxing shiatsu like pressure. Depending on the patient a Tuina treatment may be as gentle and relaxing as a western relaxation massage, or as specific and deep as a sports massage.
Cupping: Creating a suction with bamboo or glass cups against the skin. It may or may not leave a red or maroon mark on the skin. When done properly it does not hurt during or after, although it may look like a bruise.
Moxibustion: Heat is hovered over the acupuncture point &/or points using moxa (it resembles a piece of charcoal).
So, how does acupuncture work?
This is a question I get all the time during the first treatment. Although there are books on the subject, a simple way I like to describe it to a new patient is this.
Think of the human body, your body, as a small ecosystem. We have blood flowing in our veins, electrical impulses running in our nerves, hormones traveling in our body's, and interstitial fluid flowing through us. Acupuncture uses channels/meridians to describe the bodies super highways, qi & blood are the forces that move in those super highways. The earth is a large ecosystem. We know that the weather in Hawaii will affect our weather on the Oregon coast, Portland, and even Colorado. Although it seems far fetched we know this is true of our weather. Acupuncture will manipulate the bodies ebb and flow with carefully selected points. So a needle, acupressure, moxa or Tuina massage may be used to disperse stagnation in your low back, while another point may be used in your hand or foot to draw the excess stuck energy away from your low back.
It can be much more complicated than this, but you get the idea.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless alternative for treating:
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and carpal tunnel
- Sports Injury
- Allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Gynecological problems like infertility and PMS
- Depression, anxiety,
- And many more physical, emotional and neurological issues
At Acupuncture for Natural Health LLC, we are dedicated to bringing health and healing to our patients. M. Tumi Swigart L.Ac. graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She trained in China at Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Center. She is NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) certified. Certified by Virginia Doran L.Ac. to practice Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Hobbies she enjoys include running, soccer, dodgeball, horseback riding, and hiking. She especially enjoys treating patients with sports injuries, digestive complaints, menstrual irregularities including infertility and emotional complaints (such as over stressed or anxiousness).
Give us a call today to find out how we can help you return to optimal health and wellness!
Office phone number: (503) 939-8016