Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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NUNM offers Chinese medical care that promotes health and treats illness. Our health centers employ the best and brightest staff, who offer cutting-edge care to patients where new advancements exist, while respecting the ancient traditional healing modalities. Through our health center network located across the Portland metro area, teams of doctors, acupuncturists and students utilize Chinese medicine techniques most appropriate for each individual’s situation.

What is Acupuncture?

In Chinese medicine, it’s thought that pain and disease result from blocked energy channels that run along meridians, or energy pathways, throughout the body. By placing hair-thin needles at specific points along the channel, healthy energy is restored.

Acupuncture is often prescribed to treat:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Addiction
  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Gynecological/Genitourinary Disorders
  • Immune Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders

What is Chinese Medicine?

The practice of classical Chinese medicine incorporates ancient Chinese philosophy and teachings. Fundamental components are the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other treatment modalities that provide a complete therapeutic system. The end goal is to prevent disease and imbalance in the patient by helping to establish mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Chinese medical practitioners use classical methods of physical examination, including taking physical pulses and palpations, to find the patterns in the body that correlate to ill health. The goal of classical Chinese medicine is to bring the body back into dynamic wholeness with the natural environment by using minimally invasive techniques. Classical Chinese medicine is used worldwide for everything ranging from the common cold to pain to severe and recalcitrant disease. Other modalities employed in Chinese medicine include:

  • Moxibustion and heat therapy
  • Cupping
  • Scraping or “coining”
  • Movement therapy like qigong and tuina
  • Massage
  • Meditation