Week 1 Living well in Beaverton

Week 1: Eastern Medicine – January 7-14 

Let’s begin the year by embracing the ancient wisdom of Eastern medicine. From acupuncture to herbal remedies, discover holistic approaches to well-being that have stood the test of time. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite stress-relief technique or a wellness ritual that resonates with your inner zen.

Downtown Beaverton is a wellspring of options to support holistic health and put your body in balance. 

These service providers look at the body as a whole, focusing on solutions to common problems through preventative care and alternative treatments for difficult issues. Explore these providers with me and find out which ones fit your unique needs. 

Sanzen Acupuncture, LLC is run by Dr. Kerry Morton DAOM, L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist specializing in pain management and other chronic conditions. This office, which opened in April of 2015, is a place for you to relax, rest, and heal, and can help with issues such as depression, migraine headaches, low energy, sleeplessness, and menopause symptoms. Dr. Morton has a great deal of experience treating musculoskeletal injuries like joint/back pain and sciatica. She also offers cupping.

(503) 277-1430   12750 SW 2nd St UNIT 102

Young Pine Acupuncture provides holistic healthcare courtesy of S. Frances Butler Fan, NCCAOM certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She provides diet, exercise, and lifestyle advice, as appropriate within the context of the acupuncture session. She enjoys collaborating with other health providers, including MDs, NDs, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists to resolve difficult cases more quickly. Her specialties are Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Conditions, Pain, Fertility and Women’s Health, Digestive Disorders, Asthma and Allergies as well as Stress and Mental Wellbeing.

(503) 877-5633   12750 SW 2nd St UNIT 102

Wu Wei Wellness is a woman-owned business opened in February of 2022. The name is taken from the concept of effortless action, in the practice of Dao. It encourages you to be in alignment with the rhythm of the elements both within and outside the body and to be an active participant in your health and wellness. The goal is to achieve a healthy body through balance, seeing the body as a whole. Wu Wei offers a unique and complete healthcare experience in a relaxing setting, using the traditions of acupuncture, cupping and gua sha, bodywork, herbal medicine, infrared sauna and PEMA and light therapy. (See details at the end of the article)

(503) 530-8097   12555 SW 3rd St

Northwest Family Acupuncture, run by Maria Hicks, Lac, MSOM, MA, it specializes in acupuncture for the entire family and people of all backgrounds, ages, sizes, and abilities. She practices specifically from a HAES (Health at Every Size), weight inclusive approach. Her primary treatments include: 5 Element Acupuncture (treatment that is heavily based on an understanding of the natural world. These treatments can be particularly effective for helping patients find ease in life), Custom Herbal Support (individually formulated herbal prescriptions to support a variety of conditions), Japanese Meridian Therapy (gentle, balanced treatments that work to support your general constitution and provide targeted relief), and Shonishin (very gentle, short treatments with no-needle insertion. This system is based on Japanese Meridian Therapy for treating children).

(971) 319-1046   4530 SW Hall Blvd

Singing River Natural Medicine is run by Jennifer Means, ND LAc, and has been serving Beaverton since 2009. Singing River is a healing center that provides comprehensive care that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit, and welcomes the whole family. Here, they consider the mental, emotional, and spiritual as well as the physical aspects of their patients’ lives to discover and address the root causes of illness. They do this through nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy, detoxification strategies, intravenous and injection therapies, and even pharmaceuticals when it is indicated. They offer expertise in naturopathic medicine, women’s health, memory care, hormone and neurotransmitter balance, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, IV therapy, and LDI/LDA (Low Dose Antigen/Low Dose Immunotherapy), which helps with allergic reactions.

(503) 641-6400   4970 SW Main Ave #200

Haiku Organics offers Ayurvedic medicine, massage, and facials.  Clarissa and her team have a passion for combining self-care, nature, science, and healthy skin. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Aesthetician and a Certified Natural Products Manufacturer. Haiku Organics teams up with other wellness providers to offer experiences such as sound baths, cacao ceremonies, and breathwork, along with hosting mini classes from time to time. Haiku Organics has recently reopened and will be hosting a New Year New Moon Mini Retreat of self-care on the 21st from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. The retreat will include experiences such as a cacao ceremony, sound bath, breathwork, and incense making.

(503) 526-3450   4625 SW Washington Ave

Holistic Health Clinic strives to enrich their patients’ lives by enhancing their bodies’ function and health through an integrated, holistic approach to healing. Holistic Health Clinic emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place. They do this by offering acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, and massage services. These services treat a wide range of conditions, including auto accident injuries, back pain, headaches and migraines, knee, neck and lower and upper back pain, sciatica issues, sports injuries, whiplash, scoliosis, and concussions.

 (503) 395-2386   4670 SW Washington Ave

A Wellspring of Natural Health practices person-centered health care that operates under the mantra that Medicine treats. Nature cures. Life heals. They do this by applying naturopathy, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, herbs, and other living traditions of natural medicine. Their method revolves around you being “at the center of your self-healing processes and medical relationships. Your communication with and coordination and collaboration among the healthcare practitioners who serve you significantly influence your health, medical choices, and real-life outcomes.” 

(503) 526-0397   4720 SW Watson Ave

Kalia Life invites you to discover your natural vitality, and eliminate stress, boost immunity, improve digestion and activate the mind-body connection using ancient wisdom tailored to your modern life. Cecilia Reinig of Kalia Life will work with you to design customized health practices that will teach you to live a more healthful and holistic life. Drawing on ancient wisdom based in Ayurveda and yoga, your plan will be tailored to your unique situation, needs and constitution, and will enable you to rediscover your natural vitality. Group and individual yoga sessions are provided in their studio or on-site by appointment. Ayurveda is based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness. Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment. 

(503) 806-8954   12725 SW Millikan Way, #300

While I explored these businesses, I learned some terms I was largely unfamiliar with prior to my research into Eastern Medicine. I share them here, taken directly from the websites of our community’s service providers:

Acupuncture: Boost immune function, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation while releasing endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers. Promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, physical and emotional health, and improving overall function and well-being.

Cupping/Gua Sha: Serves a similar function to a deep tissue massage, pulling fresh oxygenated blood into an area with congested circulation, releasing toxins, increasing lymphatic flow, relaxing tight muscles, reducing inflammation, and aiding recovery.

Functional Neurology: Treatment achieved through methods that include Eye Movement Analysis, Balance Therapy, Adjustments, and Muscle Balancing Manual Therapy. It may help people suffering from vertigo, peripheral neuropathy, post-concussion symptoms, mild traumatic brain injury, or chronic migraines.

Herbal Medicine: Nutritional therapy, supplementation recommendations to make lifestyle changes for better health.

Hot Laser Therapy: Helps with pain and inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Benefits include better mobility, decreased joint pain and muscle tension and faster healing time. Used as a complementary technique to chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.

Infared sauna: Lamps are used to heat the body itself instead of the air. Benefits include relief for inflammation, stiffness, and soreness, achieved by increasing blood circulation. Also aids in faster muscle recovery. 

Light therapy: Major benefits of LED light therapy are anti-aging, acne prevention, pain management, wound healing, and hair regrowth.

Microneedling: Addresses skin concerns and is suitable for all skin types. Functions as a non-surgical collagen induction and skin rejuvenation therapy, resulting in smoother and more toned skin.

PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field): Increases blood circulation, improving the body’s ability to repair damaged tissue, reduce swelling and pain, and speed up healing and recovery.

This post written by Mariah Welka.