Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective modality used to treat illness by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities. Acupuncture needles are sterile wires that are inserted into acupuncture points. Once the needles are inserted, you will feel sensations at the local points or even traveling sensations along the body. Common sensations you might experience are heaviness, tingling, aching, or even dullness. After the treatment, you will feel very relaxed and calm.
Michelle Beeson Greissinger, MAcOM, L.Ac. Michelle holds a masters degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon, with two further years of classical Chinese Medicine education from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in British Columbia. There, she learned to read Mandarin in order to study Chinese medical books in their original language. She has been practicing with a focus in women’s health since 2009.
Although she specializes in women’s health, she also enjoys treating a wide range of complaints and working with patients of all ages. Her patients report relief from pain of all types, better sleep, recovery from numbness and neuralgias, help with fertility issues, and relief from stress-related conditions, such as anxiety and insomnia
Michelle has a background in research and psychopharmacology, and is excited to be a clinical researcher in a study addressing the effects of acupuncture on pain experienced by women after recovery from breast cancer. She believes that Oriental Medicine offers the medical spectrum viable options for patient care, and feels that research is an important part of acupuncture’s inclusion in the medical world.
Michelle informs her practice with a fascination with herbal medicine, her interest in internal medicine and women’s health in particular, a lifelong love of exercise and dance, and a deep belief in the importance of eating wholesome nutritious foods, grown locally. She is an avid gardener, and enjoys cooking what she grows for her friends and family. She chose to live in Portland for its amazing combination of a beautiful natural environment and rich art and food scene.
She looks forward to treating you.
WHAT DOES CHINESE MEDICINE TREAT?
Chinese Medicine has clinically proven to treat a wide variety of health issues. Regular acupuncture plays a role in easing:
- Back pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Reproductive health issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive disorders
- Weight loss
- Common cold and flu
- Chronic fatigue
What should I expect at my first treatment?
Your initial appointment usually lasts about one and one half hours. During that time we review your medical history and ask many questions, giving you an opportunity to tell your story and inform us of any and all symptoms you are experiencing. We also discuss your lifestyle and goals for treatment. These conversations are an important part of the diagnostic process. We take your pulses and look at your tongue, then make a diagnosis and discuss a plan for treatment.
You are then left to change clothes and get settled on the treatment table under sheets or in a gown. You then receive a full acupuncture treatment, which can include needles, massage, cupping, or other modalities available to us as acupuncturists.
For most people receiving treatment is quite relaxing. When the needle initially penetrates the skin, you will feel a small pinch. After the insertion, you may feel something similar to a dull or heavy ache, a tingling, a numbing, or an electrical sensation. We will adjust the needle immediately if you feel any discomfort.
Patients are encouraged to leave plenty of time both before and after their treatment. Rigorous exercise, sexual activities, eating a full meal, and consuming alcohol should be avoided immediately before and after a treatment for at least 1 hour.
How you’ll feel afterwards varies greatly from patient to patient and from session to session. Some treatments may leave you relaxed and energized; others may leave you with a desire to rest.
Follow-up visits usually last from forty-five minutes to one and one half hours. We begin by asking you about any changes you might have felt since your last treatment and if you have any new concerns. After the assessment, we proceed with the appropriate treatment.
Do You Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?
In addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas may be prescribed to further assist in your healing. A Chinese herbal formula is a combination of various herbs to treat either an acute or chronic condition. The formulas are given in the form of tea, capsules, granules, powders or liquid extract. We use the only the best herbal companies that guarantee the highest quality. The herbs are safe to take and go through rigorous testing to ensure their safety.