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Maintain and achieve health and balance with Oriental Medicine
Explanation of Oriental Medicine Theory

One of the clearest explanations can be found at:

Conditions that often respond well to acupuncture therapy:

Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: Acute or Chronic Sinusitis; Rhinitis; Common Cold; Tonsillitis. Acupuncture often improves immune function.

Respiratory System: Acute Bronchitis, Asthma, Emphysema, COPD, Sinus-relatedAllergies

Disorders of the Eye and Jaw: Acute conjunctivitis, Central Retinitis; Cataract (without complications),  Temporo-Mandibular Disorder /TMJ /TMD

Gastro-intestinal Disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS Acute & chronic Gastritis; Gastric Hyperacidity / GERD; Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief); Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications); Acute and chronic Colitis; Acute dysentary; Constipation; Diarrhea; Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS.

Neurological & Musculoskeletal Disorders: Sports injuries, Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Tennis Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Strains and Sprains, Headache & Migraine; Pain due to Post-surgical scar-tissue, Trigeminal Neuralgia; Facial Palsy (early stage, i.e., 3-6 months); Stroke Sequellae (within 6-18 months for best result; ideally as soon as is medically safe); Peripheral Neuropathy; Poliomyelitis Sequellae; Meniere's syndrome; Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction; Bed-wetting; Intercostal Neuralgia, Cervicobrachial Syndrome. Acupuncture often reduces inflammation.

Genito-urinary Disorders: Urinary Frequency, Incontinence, Urinary Retention, Loss of Libido/sex-drive, Infertility, Peri-menopausal symptoms, Pre-menstrual symptoms, irregular menstruation, pain from Fibroids or Endometriosis or Ovarian Cysts, or due to scar tissue in and around the uterus from any of these or from past surgical scarring.

California Occupational Survey:

In 1996, an occupational survey was conducted under contract to the California State Acupuncture Committee in order to update the content of the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam. This survey identified well over one hundred conditions or categories of conditions treated. The following are the top 25 conditions the Licensed Acupuncturists treated.

25 Commonly Treated Conditions: 

Anxiety and Depression; Arthritis; Tendonitis; Joint Pain; Asthma and Allergies; Auto Injuries; Bladder and Kidney Infections; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Common Cold and Influenza; Degenerative Disc Disorders; Diet; Nutrition and Weight Control; Fibromyalgia; Headaches and Migraines; Hypertension; Indigestion; Gas; Bloating; Constipation; Insomnia; Menopause Symptoms; Musculoskeletal pain; Nausea; Orthopedic Conditions;  PMS Pain and Menstrual Irregularity; Sports Injuries; Tension and Stress Syndromes; Tinnitus;             Work Injuries

Health-care practitioners Laurie Solomon works with and recommends:

Jim Darling, L.Ac./EAMP, has 2 practices, one in Fischers Landing, WA and also in Battle Ground, Washington, which are available by appointment.  Along with the use of herbs and acupuncture to treat chronic and acute pain and internal medicine imbalance, Jim works on emotional and psychological imbalance including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), weight loss, diabetes, addiction, anxiety, and depression. 
Phone: (360) 607-9580

Dr. Kelly Owens, N.D. [pediatric and women's health along with dietary & hormonal balancing, homeopathy] 
Dr. Owens has been helping people with naturopathic medicine and homeopathy and food allergy testing since 2005.
Unfortunately, Dr. Owens relocated her practice to Portland Oct 1, 2013.
Many of her patients continue to benefit from her healing therapy and nutritional and dietary advice by traveling to her Portland office.
New Location: Hawthorne Wellness Clinic
3942 SE Hawthorne Blvd. • Portland, Oregon 97214
Phone: 503-235-5484

Dr. Michael Conway, N.D. 
[Internal medicine, light-laser pain relief, dietary awareness, chronic illness, IV therapy, homeopathy]
3600 Main St, Suite 102, Vancouver, WA 98604
Phone: (360) 695-7699

Mary Lou Rak, LMP  Specializing in Cranio-sacral therapy, Mary Lou Rak now works off of Gher Road in Orchards. Laurie has enjoyed the benefits from Mary Lou's healing work over the years, especially after car accidents, restoring function and relieving pain noticeably after every visit. Mary Lou specializes in reiki and cranio-sacral massage therapies.
Her new location is at: 
Healing Works Massage and Wellness, 5501 NE 109th Ct, Suite L, Vancouver WA 98662, in Orchards. 
Phone: (360) 901-1483 

Dinah Levanen, LMP: (360) 601-0071
Specializing in cranio-sacral work in the treatment of women and children.
[Men who want to experience cranio-sacral therapy can call Mary Lou Rak in Orchards:
Mary Lou Rak's contact number (she is not at this office) is: (360) 901-1483]

Nu-Life Chiropractic 14 NE Grace in Battle Ground, WA.
Dr. Ken Ransonet, D.C. helps many people regain wellness and balance and teaches people how to help keep themselves in balance over the long haul
Dr. Randy Norris, D.C. uses kinesiology to determine appropriate therapies and educate patients about self-care including nutritional supplementation, along with magnet therapeutics.
Phone: (360) 687-5163

Dr. Sue Schultz, D.C., L.Ac./EAMP at Cascadia Healthcare.
Dr. Schultz has been doing chiropractic for over 30 years, and acupuncture for over 20 years. Her work on the board of the Washington Acupuncture Association over the years has helped to bring our profession together and to communicate more effectively with mainstream medical associations as well as legislators to define our scope of practice in Washington State. Her healing expertise is invaluable to many and she bills insurance as well.  
4916 NE St. John's Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 694-4811

Dr. Bob Ratzow, D.C. in SW Portland has a skilled and caring technique that often involves working on the area of pain to help the body accept adjustments more readily.

Dr. Guanying Zhou, L.Ac. (M.D. in China) in NW Portland
[anti-aging and facial acupuncture; experienced herbalist & teacher at NCNM]
(503) 323-0453

Dr. Zhao Xue Lu, L.Ac. PhD (M.D in China) in NW Portland
[experienced internal medicine practitioner & teacher at OCOM]
(503) 227-9898

Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland (researches herbs and interactions, internal medicine) low income clinic on Hawthorne for people who have auto-immune disorders, including cancer

Vancouver Community Acupuncture 
[sliding scale acupuncture starting at $15 in a group setting]
316 E. Fourth Plain, Vancouver, WA, Suite E
(360) 334-4004

Dr. Jared Zeff, N.D., L.Ac. Naturopathic physician, and Acupuncturist, former dean of The Northwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. His specialty is helping with chronic and debilitating conditions of imbalance & acute dis-ease, including cancer, lupus, M.S., Fibromyalgia, and especially MRSA, which is also known as "drug resistant staph" infection.
New location is at 3606 Main St, Suite 201, Vancouver WA       

Elizabeth Merriman, Certified Reflexologist: (360) 606-6946,
For more information about reflexology, some websites are helpful: and
  Elizabeth is trained in the very effective "Ingham Method" of reflexology. She works on building immune function, resolving pain complaints, including inflammation, as well as organ system imbalance by stimulating zones on the feet and/or hands and/or ears to balance the systems that are out of balance and other systems which may be affecting the noticeable problematic organ systems, including hormonal balance. 
  Laurie has experienced Elizabeth's healing work and has reduction of pain complaints after these treatments, and Laurie highly recommends giving reflexology a try for people with chronic pain complaints and especially for treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Many other imbalances, such as digestive or other organ dis-ease improve with reflexology treatments. Elizabeth prefers working on women and children exclusively.
   Peripheral Neuropathy, which is numbness or strange sensations in the hands or feet, can be caused by a variety of imbalances, including chemotherapy and diabetes or sciatic nerve damage, and is VERY likely to be improved with reflexology treatments.       



National Institute of Health (NIH) description of acupuncture:
Washington Toxics Coalition
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides


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