Acupuncture is a modality of practice under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a medicine which considers whole body and lifestyle in its treatment. By identifying physical and mental imbalances and using acupuncture as a treatment, TCM can provide an alternative way to assist the body in using its own abilities to work more efficiently.
What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture has been shown to successfully treat a range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Common cold
- Digestive issues
- Irritable bowel
- PMS/gynecological concerns
- Sleep disturbance
- Stress relief
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disease
- Injury/surgery recovery
Cupping is the suctioning of skin, typically with glass cups, to release blockages of muscle tissue that are causing pain, tightness, or discomfort.
Moxa is a warming technique using the Chinese herb Ai Ye, more commonly known as Mugwort Leaf.
Tuina is a TCM massage used in treatment to help stimulate or sedate organ systems of the body depending on diagnosis.
HERBS AND FORMULAS
Some of the oldest books of TCM are the herbal formulations books dating back thousands of years. Through these years of observation and trial, the formulas that TCM provide are safe and very effective when given proper diagnosis. Herbal formulation should only be prescribed by a licensed acupuncturist or herbalist.
Guasha is a technique using a tool (traditionally a jade stone) to massage and release stagnation and tension.
Before medication and herbs, there is food. Food should keep you healthy. Dietary advice that follows the recommendations of TCM and the five elements can be offered. For more basic info on diet, we recommend reading Asian Diet, by Jason Bussell.
Electrical stimulation is a modern technique using low electrical currents on needles.
Qi Gong is a cultivation of Qi by meditation or slow movement exercise.
About Our Acupuncturist
Donica Schmidt, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac, MATCM
Donica Schmidt is the founder and owner of DS Acupuncture. She received with honors a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in California. Shortly after, she moved to Portland to continue practicing. Before this, she graduated with a BFA in Dance through California State University, Long Beach.
Movement of the body lead Donica’s curiosity to yoga. She received her 200-hour Yoga Certification in 2008 and has been practicing and teaching yoga ever since. She has also invested time studying other forms of physical healing through Thai Yoga Massage, the MELT Method, and various forms of Tai Chi. She is also trained in Cupping, Moxa, Tuina, Gusha, Herbal Formulations, and Nutrition.
Contact and Appointment Scheduling
By appointment only. Please contact Donica to schedule a free 30 minute consultation today.