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

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    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

Return to the Trail

Mushroom of unknown variety

I hope you took advantage of the gorgeous weather we had last week between Christmas and New Year’s. Yes it was cold but we didn’t get the east winds that can freeze you to the bone in about 5 minutes. It is really special to see blue sky in the winter in the Northwest. It’s usually gray and raining. If you go out later in the afternoon you will see some absolutely perfect alpen-glow sunset light on Mt Hood. It’s worth the cold for that. If you weren’t on Mt Hood skiing there were plenty of great hiking spots close to town. My husband and I went back to the spots I spoke about earlier this year. The photos, this time, are from the Summit trail on Mt Talbert. We were quite surprised to see these out in the open with the cold weather. We expected them to look like they have been frozen and on the way out. Not quite sure what they are but they deserved to immortalized. The leafy one looks like a lichen, not quite peltigara family, perhap nephroma family. There were a lot of people out on the trail when we were there but it seemed less crowded and more quieted than in the summer. I thought that was unusual. There were all ages and the young ones were keeping up quite well with the adults.

There has been more clearing of the fir trees up at the summit to make room for the white oaks. They need more light and firs can have a bit of a smothering nature once they get into an area. The Parks and Recreation folks are trying to retore the area to its natural setting. Sad to see the firs go but the oaks are not commonly seen around anymore and they were here first. It will be exciting to see how the area develops over the years. Deciduous trees offer a different canopy for the hikers which changes with the seasons also.

On another day we took a trek up the Springwater Corridor trail from the end out in Boring at the new park. We have not hiked in that direction before. Discovered there are parking spaces and restrooms at the north end of the park. The entire corridor is a great bike trail and is protected from traffic as it is back off from any roads. It is interesting to see some hidden homes and nurseries and who lives back off the main streets and byways. There are many beautiful hidden niches.

The last hike we took on New Year’s day was over the newly renovated Oregon City Bridge. We went across it on the opening weekend back in October but wanted to do more exploring on the “other side”. There is a park that goes under the I-205 brigde and along the river. You can get access by going left off the West Linn side of the Oregon City bridge and continue back around to the left or you can go right along the road, go past the gas station and come down the streets to the McLean House and then go back under that way. There is a tiny little beach that would be a nice place for lunch sometime. Definitely worth another exploration.

Now, unfortunately we are back to the wet and rain. But we are, of course, in the Pacific Northwest. This makes for good snow and skiing. So get out, one way or another. Dress appropriately and enjoy all the seasons this region has to offer. Make this a year of more exercise and adventures. Get some trail books and information on the plants, animals and birds of the area you will be exploring. It makes it more enjoyable and adds more purpose and learning opportunities for the hike.

Treatment Options

Oregon City Acupuncture offers you a variety of options from which you may choose:

Half-hour de-stress session: A great introduction, a little acupuncture and a little massage. Stress can be a potent source of inflammation, an important factor in many health concerns. Even 3 minutes of meditation can calm a person and help to break the vicious grip that stress can have on us. We’d love to see people come in once a week for this.

Private Session: A personal one-on-one treatment is for more significant health concerns. This focused, private treatment is the best option for many conditions. We want you to get the care you need.  We’ll take time to listen to your concerns and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Gift Certificates are always available in any amount for acupuncture. Give the gift of health for birthdays, anniversaries, appreciation, graduation, and holidays – whatever you wish to celebrate.

Canemah Bluff

On Thursday June 21 Oregon City and Metro dedicated the new Community Area in the Canemah district. It was the perfect evening for a barbeque and walk. Mayor Neely spoke and there was live music. Kids were enjoying the beautiful new playground equipment.

Metro had an information table about what they’re doing in the area with maps of the Canemah Bluff and native plant information. There were other booths with Native Americans sharing their arts and traditions. Their work is beautiful.

Canemah overlooks the Willamette River just past the Falls.There are trails through woods and fields. Wild flowers are all over right now. It’s a great time to connect with what’s blooming and what may have been native in the pioneer days.

At the south end of the trail there is the old pioneer cemetary, which they had open for us. It was fascinating to see who was around 100 years ago and when people died. There were trends that followed the Great Influenza Epidemic in the early 19-teens and then with the World Wars. The cemetary is not always open. If you want to view it you need to call ahead. There is information on the gate or you can go to this website for more info.

My husband and I first visited the area last fall when construction was still underway. They have done a beautiful job. It is a great place for an evening picnic and hike in a beautiful setting with forest, fields and views to Mt St Helen’s. You need to go and check this gem out.





Mallow – Medicinally, the plant’s mucilaginous quality  could be used just like the unrelated Aloe vera or cactus: topically as an emollient for soothing sunburns and other inflamed skin conditions, or internally to moisten and soothe a sore throats.

Check our future blogs to learn about the uses of some of our native plants. If you have questions about herbs and herbal medicine feel free to email or call the trained practitioners at Oregon City Acupuncture.

After the Deluge

Well the spring planting is done. Got almost everything in except for transplanting the lilac – that happened today. Watched the root ball get pretty washed away last week with the rain and hail. Seems to have made the transfer with little problem however. The root ball was smaller so it was a bit easier – so said my husband. 

Haven’t had time for much walking lately but the gardening got to the muscles anyway. Did take a short walk last evening – it was gorgeous out. Driveway is 1/4 mile to the road and hilly so it offers a bit of a walk. The mountain was glowing pink in the early sunset. Everything was quiet and still. Went down to survey the creek and see if the excess rain did any damage. We have had some ugly washouts in the past. All looked good and on the way back up the drive I met our local family of skunks. This is the first time this year to see them – mom and four babies. They are soooooo cute! Mom was a bit bothered by the kids as they would not stop pestering her if she slowed down even a bit – over and under her, trying to eat or play. I stopped and watched and she seemed to slowly get closer to me. I thought 20 feet was close enough and I was at a point in the neighbor’s fence where I could climb over and walk back through their pasture. As soon as I started walking back on the other side of the fence she turned around and started back up the drive. Seemed like she was following me. I could have stayed on the drive if I had known she would do this. I was slogging through hip deep grass and she was on the “freeway”.

Had to climb over the gate to get out of the pasture and back onto the drive by our front gate. Turned and looked and there she was coming around the corner in my direction. I guess she figured I was OK. Of course that was true. They are soooooo cute. (I said that already didn’t I). Fascinating scramble of white lines in black background in all directions. Of course I didn’t have a camera for this. Don’t carry my phone on me routinely either. (It’s not a body part). Oh well, just have to hope she comes out again. I’ll have to travel prepared from now on.

Had a great hike in this area this last fall –  Plans to visit this Thursday June 14  from 4:45 – 7:15. Canemah Community Celebration in Oregon City. The Canemah Bluff Natural Area with a Childrens’ Park opening. Hikes and food. Check out the website for more info. You can follow them on facebook also.  Summer Green Scene

See ya there!



Wandering the neighborhood

Had a great birthday hike the beginning of May. Very fortunate to be able to live in the country and walk surrounding properties. On the 6th we went out in the early evening and were surrounded by wooley bears.

Don’t know the specific species but we had to watch where we stepped. They were climbing all over everything. The light was really nice and warm to match the temperature that day.  Got to see the neighborhood hawks circling and courting. The bluebirds had flooded the birdhouses that were put out. They were not bothered by our walking relatively close to their homes. They are very safe here. We were able to walk near Clear Creek and see how swampy some areas still are. Where there is drainage the ground was almost concrete.


We had a lot of Miner’s Lettuce along the trail in one area – just about to open but still pretty. Along the upper hillside out in the sun the horsetails were coming up. Got home just as the sun was dropping below the distant hills. Mt. Hood was starting to glow.

On Mother’s Day we started working in the yard, cleaning out the garden, etc. Didn’t get out on a hike but still appreciated the outdoors. Got our garden swing up and watched the evening light on Mt Hood. It was so nice to have a couple of nice weekends in a row in May.

However, since then my tree peony started to open. Last week I told my husband that once the flowers open the skies will open also. It never fails that they get blasted by drenching downpours and sometimes hail. Gorgeous flowers, no chance of them lasting long. Will cut what is left tonight and bring them inside. That will bring out the sun.

Hope the holiday weekend is nice. Still have to finish the first round of weed-whacking to do. Will intersperse with another walk if it isn’t pouring. Still need to actually get the garden planted. Hope everyone can get out a bit and enjoy some nice weather and get some exercise. Have safe travels. Will catch up with you soon. Please share your outdoor adventures on your return.  

As they say “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”. Take the time to enjoy the world around you.

Spring Energy

Spring Beauties. Found in Tryon Creek State Park

Need an ID. Not spring beauties.

In the NE corner of Mt Tabor

Homalothecium fulgenscens?

We have another pretty nice spring day happening out there. Good to have sun on my birthday. Have been able to get out and enjoy the spring energy in the woods and fields this last month. Visited Tryon Creek State Park just before the Trillium Festival the end of March. Beautiful site with the flowers at peak bloom. A few weeks later I visited Mt Talbert Nature Park in Clackamas. Last visit was on Christmas day. This was Easter. Flowers were just beginning to pop. Went back the next week – hard to imagine 2 good weekends in a row. Got some good pictures there. Planning on going back routinely to see what develops during the year. Both these areas are circled by development but you feel like you’ve gone miles away from town. Lots of areas close to the city for you to get out and explore. Spring energy. Everything is emerging out of the ground, out of the cave (or home), out of our introspection and out into the world. Your energy should have been regenerated and you should be ready for the activities that come with longer days and more sun. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy nature and get to know an area more. Even your neighborhood may have many places to discover if you get out and look for it. Exercise is something we all need more of in our lives. It doesn’t have to include running marathons or lifting hundreds of pounds. Just get up and move. See what’s out there and go back for more. I’m heading out the door now.