Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well. Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe,
effective and drug-free therapies that can help
address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.
Meet Our Acupuncturist:
Peter R. MartinL.Ac., L.M.T.
I am a licensed acupuncturist of over 20 years whose work is informed by over 35 years as a licensed massage therapist and an interdisciplinary B.A. in Dance/Movement Studies and Health & Healing from Naropa University. My professional credentials include holding a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, diplomate status conferred by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and certificates of advanced study from the Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China and the World Health Organization International Acupuncture Training Center at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. I presently serve as Associate Medical Director at Complementary Healthcare Plans and as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.