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  • Begin your path to optimum wellness.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fully integrated system of theory, diagnostics and treatment that can address virtually any health condition.

  • Health

    A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being beyond merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • One of the side benefits of my treatment at Oregon City Acupuncture is the holistic view they have of care. I am not just treated for pain or inflammation. I am treated as a whole person and when I leave, I feel more centered and in tune with who I really am. — CC

  • For the first time in many, many years, I am able to really be comfortable in my body throughout my day and find joy in life.  I have an extensive history with western medicine, having had many surgeries and been treated by many doctors.  However, nothing has given me the benefits I receive from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. — CC

  • From the first visit, we noticed improvement. Each session for each of us was fashioned for our individual needs at that time, in a relaxing atmosphere. The results were encouraging, often giving us flexibility and release from pain. — J & G

Covid with mask

Office visit guidelines

Office visit guidelines for patients

The office will contact you a day or two before or Friday if your appointment is on Monday, to check to see that you are healthy, have no signs of illness, or have not been exposed to a known or suspected patient having the Corona virus. If you have any symptoms you will be asked to wait for 2 weeks after exposure before coming to the office. Also if you are a regular patient and develop these symptoms at any time please notify the office even if you are not on the schedule. The pre-visit call will also be the time we discuss your concerns and treatment you desire. This will decrease talking time while in the office.

Mask or face covering will be worn at all times while in the office. A cloth mask is fine as is a bandana.
Consider your comfort while lying face down. We will work to make this comfortable. It can be a challenge.

Please ‘come clean’ to the office – shower, wash hair, fresh clean clothes you haven’t been wearing for the last 3 days. Try to make this the first stop in you day of errands if you have a list of things to do.

Please bring your own pen for signing any charges or documents while you are here. Also have your calendar with you in the office (not out in the car) to schedule your next visit at the end.

In the interest of limiting laundry – gowns, sheets – please wear very loose clothes or bring a change. Yoga pants and stretch jeans are not an option. Also if you will be having a treatment on your back (laying on your stomach) bring a shirt or button down top that you can put on backwards during your treatment. Fresh pajamas with button tops work well. Please know that you will always be appropriately draped and kept warm.

Please arrive at your designated time. There will be not be a lobby to wait in. If necessary wait in your car. Any family, drivers or attendants must wait in the car during the treatment or run an errand and return for you when done.

Upon arrival please go to the restroom and wash your hands. Return to the lobby and wait for me (Carol). There you will have your temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation taken. You will be escorted to the treatment room where you will stay until your treatment is done. Please take your charge card and your pen out and leave it on the side table. Change clothes if necessary and wash your hands again. I will assist in getting you positioned and the treatment will take place.

At the end of treatment I will take the cash, check or charge card out to the front office. 
The receipt will be brought back to the room for you to sign. Yes, cash and checks are acceptable.
They will be sprayed with disinfectant. (This is where I excel at ‘laundering’ money. Sorry, I had to inject some levity into all this.)                                                       


We can set up the next treatment on my phone calendar before you leave.

You will then get dressed, wash your hands and leave the office.

Thank you so much for reading through all this. It is a bit of a hoop jump but I am trying to provide a safe environment both for you and me in your continued care. If you have any concerns or questions always feel free to call: 503-653-1468. I return calls on Mon, Thurs and Fri. Email is best:

Thank you again. I look forward in being your partner on your path to optimal wellness.

Take a deep breath

As this is a challenging time for everyone on the west coast with the wildfires adding to Covid I thought I would share some acupressure points you can use to help you if there are breathing challenges.
Remember that anxiety can create symptoms that mimic a heart attack or asthma and constricted breathing not just smoke. Do not avoid 911 if there is a risk you are having a heart attack.

A good spot to start with is the chest rub in the middle of the sternum (breast bone). This is commonly tender so don’t rub too hard.

Here are some other points:

These are Lung 1 and Lung 2.

In the angle between the clavicle and the top of upper arm – deltoid muscle. The pectoralis
muscle also attaches in this area and it may
be very tender depending on how much upper
body work you do. These points support Lung
energy and function.


Ding Chuan

This is a great point to massage when
having difficulty breathing. It is the asthma
point. At the base of the neck close to the




Bladder 13 – Lung support point

This point is half way between the spine and
the border of the shoulder blade. If you follow
the “spine” of the shoulder blade toward the
vertebrae you can find the area. This is a good
place use two tennis balls in a sock. Place a
ball on either side of the spine and lay and
roll over this area. Also helps with the knots we
seem to carry around with us back there.



Bladder 23

This spot is a Kidney nourishing point. In  Chinese medicine the Kidney energy ‘grasps the qi’ meaning the breath is pulled down into the lungs allowing for a full breath to occur. This spot is about waist level and the same distance from the spine as BL 13 above. You can use the tennis balls here or a foam roller to work on this area.


There are many more points that can be used to help breathing issues. Best to see your acupuncturist for assistance. More persistent and chronic conditions are often helped with herbal formulas that can be safely prescribe for you.

Call my office now: 503-653-1468

Ban Colds and Flus this year

Wowza!  Can you believe it? Kids are going back to school. The days are getting shorter but it is still summer.

However, in Oriental medicine Autumn is a summer month. There is plenty of Yang with the hot, steamy days but the Yin is increasing as those days get shorter. We have cooler nights, plants are starting to contract down and we are in the heavy harvest time. Only a few weeks until the Equinox – balanced light and dark.  This is the perfect time to focus on minimizing the dampness that begins to accumulate in the air.

The digestive organs – here the Stomach and Spleen – are involved in keeping us nourished with fully digesting our food. Best to eat lightly steamed or sautéed veggies. Some light green raw salads are OK. Understand cold food is harder to digest because we have to bring the stomach temperature up to body temp after it has been cooled off by cold food and drinks. Alcohol is also very hard to digest but who doesn’t like a cold beer or icy soft drink after a hard day working outside.  When the digestive organs have challenges with our food and drinks there is a residual dampness and phlegm that develops in us.

The Spleen energy is very responsible for supporting the Lung energy and the immune system. What isn’t digested fully gets passed onto the next organ system – Lung – and sludge builds up. This leads to a swamped immune system and Lung passages that are not clear and filled with phlegm.

The phlegm in your airway passages can act like flypaper and have all sorts of intruders hanging around longer than you would prefer. Important because….when the kids go back to school they start bringing home cold and flu viruses.

Oh yuck!!

So what can you do?

Watch what you are eating and drinking to help your Spleen help your Lungs.

Actually eat a bit lighter but maybe more often.

Make sure you are eating nutritious food (all year).

At this time also you can begin taking some Chinese herbs that help build up your defense system and keep the invading viruses out of you. If you do get something many herbs can be a god-send at clearing them out of your system. You don’t always need antibiotics – and shouldn’t take them if you have a virus.

Give Oregon City Acupuncture a call (503-653-1468 or email : and we can discuss what you can do to fit your personal needs.

There is a free 30min consult (not a diagnosis / treatment). It is best to call to make that appointment or email is even better.

I am in the office Monday, Thursday, and Friday 10-6. I will get your emails when I am not in.

Let talk and get you into a better preventive program this year.

When your Lungs stay healthy they are more resistant to Spring allergies also.

503-653-1468 or

Let’s talk soon.

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy 2017 – Year of the Fire Rooster

As you can see by the picture, the Rooster is a flamboyant and colorful character. Their aim is to be tops at what they do. However, Roosters can also be very volatile and should try to avoid acting on the spur of the moment.

They are organized and like to plan their various activities well in advance. Fire Roosters can handle large tasks and are capable of multi-tasking. They have the ability to succeed beyond their expectations and are capable of accumulating a considerable sum of money throughout their life.

They usually exhibit no hesitation in speaking their mind. They love discussion and enjoy taking part in debates. However they can also appear quite reserved or shy and may need to work on being more confident.

Astrologically this year will be an excellent time for moving full steam ahead and with clarity so that you and your work in the world can get closer to the fullness of potential. Now is when you need to work smarter, not harder. There is a very active imagination here that does not always like any interference from other people although it may be in ones best interests to take advice from others every now and again.  Consider joint ventures that will carry you to greater strength and visibility while conserving the qi reservoir.  Its a good time to get involved in fulfilling your purpose with more focus and passion.

The Rooster values achievement, loyalty, practicality and resilience, and is always alert to opportunities. This person is  a very strong willed and proactive person. This year is the year to focus on your intentions regarding love, money and business.  Roosters will do well in PR and the media, make friends readily, are involved in many groups and are very caring people.

The Fire aspect is powerful to create transformation and in many ways that looks like destruction. Work on being in sync with the flow of the changing circumstances that come your way.  Being overwhelmed is not on the agenda. The Rooster calls us to wake up and and be ready.

Get new projects started and flow with the passion that Fire instills in you. It is a time for change and new beginnings. Let’s get going.


See what other things Susan Levitt has to say about this year.

Read more about the year of the Fire Phoenix here



Holiday Greetings

Here are some tips to make your holidays happier, healthier and more beautiful.

Breathe. Makes you more calm. Gives you time to back up and take in the important stuff and let go of the garbage. It lowers your blood pressure which may make everyone around you happier.

Exercise and Energize. Now is the season to replenish the stores. Yes, some appreciate the winter wonderland and all those snowy activities but remember to stay warm and eat to nourish well. Bone broth is a great way to do this. Look back at a previous blog (Jan 2016) for that recipe.
Exercise does not have to be in the snow but avoid the tendency to hide in the back of the cave and not come out until spring. Have to use it or you will lose it.

Accept and Appreciate. Take a look around. Even the simplest things have great value. Give them the respect they are due. Accept that what you have is perfect in and of itself.

Understand more. Lots of fear going around these days. The answer is not always packing a pistol. Take time to really listen and understand people and situations. It’s also called respect. It goes a long way to release the fear and resultant anger. Understanding also weighs less than a gun and can be just as powerful.

Tolerate more. We need more Love, less Hate, but that is hard for many people. So I suggest you, at least go to neutral and just tolerate others. You will never be surrounded by people with whom you always agree on everything. Just too many of us. So take a deep breath and let go, move on.

You. This is where you get to be #1 (that’s ‘number’, not ‘hash tag’). You do get to have others care for you. You do get to be first. You know how others like it when you give to them. Take a deep breath in and accept what they want to give to you.  Then say ‘thank you’ as you exhale. All the energy you absorb will energize you, make you calmer, stronger, more patient.

Notice a common theme – Breathe, Respect, Love, Understand, Accept, Energize. All these things work together synergistically to bring about Balance inside us and around us. What we have inside will exhibit itself outside. So if you don’t like what you see around you…

Have a wonderful holiday season and a joyous and beautiful new year.

Fall Food Recipe Corner

Spoiler alert – these are unstructured recipes

OK. So what does that mean.

For some people cooking is all about the letter of the recipe. It needs to be laid out precisely. I will admit it makes it easier to read but these are simple recipes. One is a soup. You can add as much as you want to spice it up. Empty the refrigerator. Make notes so you can come close to replicating it again. Clarify how much is enough or too much of an additive.

What I want you to do is “let go”. Just make a soup. Taste it as you go and be creative.

This soup involves some vegetables you may not usually eat. Maybe you’ve never eaten them or only heard yucky stories about them – turnips and kohlrabi.

You can’t be serious Carol. “Why not” I ask?

In the fall, which is Lung season, it is good to focus on white food. I know a lot of you think white food is awful—too many of the wrong carbs. I tend to follow the “all things in moderation” philosophy. Some them are just good to eat. This is the time to nourish the Lung energy, Metal element, so you can have the reserves you need for winter. Besides what can we usually plan on sharing this season – colds and flus. Let’s not do that this year.

Try this as a base and experiment.


Med turnip peeled and diced into 1/2” pieces.

Med kohlrabi diced the same.

Daikon radish scrubbed and diced the same. You can get a bigger one and keep it in the frig. It can be sliced thin and used raw in salads (see recipe below).

Get some chicken broth 2-4 cups and cook the turmip until it is soft—about 30 min. Let this broth cool.

Put this in a blender to cream. You can then add diced kohlrabi and sweet potato, pumpkin, or any other winter squash to the pot. These will add texture and sweetness and balance each other. For extra flavor there is always ginger, onions or mushrooms, celery…  Try it and makes notes like I said. It’ll be OK.

Daikon radish on the wood background

Daikon radish on the wood background

Veggie of the season: Daikon, which is the big Japonese radish, is good for Lung energy in this season as are the white veggies.

It helps clear phlegmy coughs and is good if trying to stop smoking.

Qi moving Salad

I first ran into a variation of this salad after coming back from Japan and wanting to try my hand at Japanese cooking. Being that you don’t have to cook I thought is was an easy place to start.

Get a small to medium daikon and scrub it well. Use a coarse grater and grate away until you have a cup or two.

Get some carrots and do the same. You want about equal amounts of each.

You can julienne both the daikon and carrot if you prefer.

If you don’t have rice vinegar, get some. It has a great mild vinegar flavor that can moderate other stronger ones. If you want a more tangy base for dressings, but not too tangy, this is a good one to add.

You’ll need about a 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, maybe less if you have less daikon and carrot. Mix in a tablespoon of sugar or honey. Heat this up to help it mix.

When it is a still a bit warm pour it over the veggies and let them marinate.

A teaspoons of sesame oil adds a nice flavor. You can also sprinkle some dried fish flakes for a very Asian taste.


Did you know that there are different types of cough? Some are more wet, phlegmy and others, dry and hacking.

For a stronger formula to clear phlegm you can add some tangerine peel to the mix.

You need to plan ahead on this as it will take a few weeks for the peel to dry. Just peel the fruit and save the peel. Julienne cut this up. You can also grate it off and add to mix.

If you have a dry cough, a great way to moisturize the Lungs is to eat pears with the peel – western or Asian. These will also be great to continue eating in to the winter to nourish the Yin and Kidney energy.

Have fun playing with your food this fall!

Tradition – sometimes you have to let go

I was reading a few articles the other day on kids going back to school. Another busy year of learning and growing. Hopefully they get a teacher that inspires, supports and nurtures them as they try on new subjects to expand their awareness and abilities in life. The wrong one(s) can really be a child’s undoing. Now the concept of homework is changing.

SChild with backpack and a books pilechool systems are starting to review studies that say younger children in grade school may do best without having homework. I hear a lot of parents exclaiming how wonderful that they don’t have to beg and nag their child to knuckle down and do homework when their ability to focus is not as developed as it will be. Parents have enough to do and with even more limited time to be with their kids they don’t want it to be a mental tug-of-war. However, we probably all remember the ordeal of homework and some of you may think that this will be a mistake (hard to let go).

Rest assured, though, that homework is not going away for all students. They are finding that junior high and high school do better when they do have homework. They have better attention spans and need to learn to focus, set goals and understand that “good things come to them who wait (or finish their homework.)” There is always a give and take in life. Here is where the yin and yang come into a clearer focus—work earns you money, better grades or play time. Since the goal, hopefully, is a better education and job they will be rewarded for the effort put forth.

Make sure your aren’t overburdening your kids, both mentally AND physically. According to the Chiropractic Association, “a child’s backpack should weigh NO MORE than 10% of the child’s weight”.

Check out this link and see a great X-ray of someone carrying a shoulder bag and how you strain your back. It’s not good at any age, but for the growing child, it shouldn’t be allowed. 

Reflection time – what will Feed your soul?

Fall squashHopefully you have spent the summer planting and tending your ‘garden’ and now you have a lot to harvest and treasure. This not only refers to  food but also to friendships, work accomplishments and other life goals.

Summer is when we are the most active and have the longest days to put our efforts into our projects. We have extra time to go for walks after a day’s work and spend more time in activities with our families. If this is not what you have done then this is a good time to reflect on your goals and how and why you try to achieve them.

We have incredibly busy lives and we seem to make them busier and busier. Motivation may be a difficult thing to maintain if you over-book yourself. You can just get too tired. Maybe you need to find a better organization system, get assistance or just don’t put so much on your plate. You really can’t do it all as much as you think you can or want to. To say you can’t is almost politically incorrect and a sign of weakness.

What we need to do is take an honest reflection of what WE are capable of accomplishing with what we have to address the requirements of family and work and the extras. Perhaps we added school on top of it all. Is going to every football game and race a reality if you insist that you will only settle for a grade of “A”?

Take a look at who and what are creating your goals and expectations and if they don’t belong to your authentic self then this is a good time to work on letting them go. You should be fulfilled at this time of year with all the bounty you have created and gathered in your life, not exhausted.

The bounty you have created this summer is what fills your storehouse to carry you through the cold, gray and dreary fall and winter ahead.  Work on planting only that which you want to reap. It should feed your soul.


Fall -The Season of Letting Go


To everything there is a season and time for  every purpose under heaven…. “

With this newsletter we celebrate moving on but continuing to share and grow. Scott Stuart, my partner of over 11 years is leaving this practice. He will continue to be seen around the place from time to time, perhaps filling in, completing tasks for closing his practice, etc. It is a semi-retirement for him as he will be continuing to teach at the American College of Health Sciences.

Distinguished Teacher Award   Scott has a lifetime of experience with eastern western herbs and highly enjoys teaching them to the herbal  students. An advantage of these classes is that they are online and that makes it easier for him to have more free time. Of course Scott will miss his acupuncture patients in the office. Oriental medicine has been a means for him to help people—body, minsummer-2012-scottd and spirit. He has thoroughly enjoyed his practice and has many friendships and memories that will stay with him forever. We will stay in touch. I will continue to confer with him regarding the perfect formula, as I greatly value his input. We both look forward to having new colleagues joining the office and continuing the legacy of great treatment and care for you, our patients.  But that is for another newsletter.

Stay tuned in!



True Healing Begins With The Heart


Have you ever given your friends valentines and little heart-shaped candies on Valentine’s Day?  Have you ever crossed your heart when making a promise that you really mean? Or turn on the radio to hear a guy singing about his broken heart?

We see and hear about hearts everywhere. A long time ago, people even thought that their emotions came from their hearts, maybe because the heart beats faster when a person is fearful or excited.

flaming heartIn Chinese medicine the heart is the motive force behind blood circulation.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is the physiological function of the heart to propel blood through the blood vessels, just as it is in conventional western medicine.  In addition, TCM says that the heart houses the “mind”.  In this case, mind has a broad meaning to include the outward appearance of the whole body and a more narrow meaning of consciousness which means “spirit” and thinking.  Both of these aspects together are called Shen.   Spirit, consciousness, thinking, memory and sleep are all related to the heart.  The element associated with the heart is fire, its season is summer.  Its sound is laughing and its emotion is joy.  From the above quote by Hur Jun, we can see that illness was seen as coming from dysfunctional emotional states between the heart and the spirit or “shen”.  To the ancient physician, the range of habitual patterns of imbalance is based on a disordered spirit that is not able to rest tranquilly in the heart.

“In my view, the separation of heart and mind denotes a tearing apart of the fundamental fabric of life, indicating a dire separation of yin and yang.  The essence of the spiritual path in the inner tradition is that all concepts and beliefs which create separation between our mind and heart must be methodically rooted out.  Only when our mind is able to spontaneously acknowledge and act on the truth within our heart is healing complete.” Lonny S, Jarret.  Nourishing Destiny:  The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine.  Spirit Path Press.  1998, 2000, 2001

In other words, when your head and heart are balanced and in agreement, you are on the right path.  When you have realized your passion in life it nourishes the heart.  Without passion and joy we may look elsewhere for that nourishment.

All organ-meridian systems are interrelated. The Heart/Fire creates or is mother to the Earth Element of the Spleen and Stomach.  When the Fire of the Heart is not nourished we may turn to nourishing the Heart’s “child” the Spleen and Stomach in an attempt to also nourish its mother, the Heart.  This imbalance may result in obesity, digestive complaints and other related health issues such as Type II diabetes..  In this pattern we can see how a disease can come from the “Heart”.

The 16th century Korean physician Hur Jun (Chinese: Xu Jun) wrote in his Dongyi baojian (Precious Reflections by an Eastern Physician):

“If you wish to bring about real healing, you must first and foremost treat a person’s heart. You must bring the heart on the right path, so that it can be filled and sustained by a universal sense of truth. You must get it to a place where it can safely abandon all doubting and worrying and obsessing in senselessly looping patterns, where it can let go of any anxiety provoking imbalances, and where it is willing to surrender all “me, me, me” and all “this is his/her fault!” Try and awaken the heart to acknowledge and regret all the wrong that one has done, to lay down all selfish attachments, and to transform one’s small and self-centered world for the glorious universe wherein we are all one, and wherein there is nothing to do but praise its existence.”

This is not only true of us as individuals; it is true in for the world in which we live.  Fear, anger and resentments cause hearts to clench like fists.  We can readily see this play out in daily headlines and we can wonder has our world gone sick?

To heal a society is to replace anger with forgiveness.  To replace resentments with gratitude.  To replace fear with love.  This is indeed the prescription for true healing from the ancient physicians.  As much as herbs and acupuncture are good medicine, true healing also comes from the heart.