Gerri Ravyn Stanfield holds a Bachelor’s degree in biological psychology from the University of Kentucky.
She worked as a medical social worker in Albuquerque, New Mexico both before and during her attendance of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine where she received her Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine. Gerri had a private acupuncture practice in Albuquerque until moving to Portland in 2004. She is a long time advocate
for public health and social justice issues.

Gerri works with a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Elements Acupuncture and Hari, a Japanese style of acupuncture. She blends acupuncture, herbs, and massage with principles of Neidan (Taoist alchemy) and Jungian psychology to facilitate healing and transformation on a holistic level. Her specialties include the treatment of pain and stress disorders and sexual health concerns. She also works with women's reproductive health issues such as menstrual difficulties, pregnancy, and menopause..

 


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Lynx Adamah received her first acupuncture treatment in 1999, and was so amazed and inspired by the care she received, especially the loving and calming presence of her
practitioner, that she later went on to study Chinese Medicine herself, and has been an advocate of Chinese Medicine ever since!

A graduate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Lynx is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a Reiki practitioner. She specializes in pain conditions, digestive disorders, and emotional wellness, and loves working with people who are ready to take their health to the next level. All genders and bodies welcomed!.

Lynx

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Rose S
harma
is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Ayurvedic Wellness and Massage. She earned her LMT certification at East West College of The Healing Arts in Portland Oregon, Certified Ayurvedic Panchakarma (detoxification) Technician at Kerala Ayurveda Academy in Seattle Washington, Medical Massage Therapist and an Ayurvedic Therapist certification at Chakarapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India.

Rose
 Before starting her own practice, she completed her practical work and studies in the Portland area; working through established massage clinics, fine tuning her specialty to traditional East Indian massage therapies and healing using Ayurvedic properties. 

Additionally, she is a Pranic Healer, Reiki Energy Healer, a PSYCH-K Therapist and a Doula.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

How does acupuncture work?
This 2000 year old system of medicine is based upon the theory that the body is a map of energetic pathways that connect the musculoskeletal, organ and nervous systems. The “Qi” can be accessed and moved through specific points to restore health, relieve pain or transform states of being. Disease is a result of blockages in the pathways or a deficiency of energy in the organs and channels. Acupuncturists redirect the traffic of the Qi to the places where it will most benefit the whole body. Treatments result in pain relief, increased circulation, enhanced immunity and respite from many health challenges. The client’s active participation is of primary importance in the facilitation of these treatments. Using breath work and visualization while receiving acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of the results as well as providing much needed relaxation for the person. Acupuncture is a team process, with the client often taking herbs or performing exercises between treatments.

Is it painful?
Acupuncture is not painful. Clients often say that the needles feel relaxing or that they produce a tingling sensation. Thin, hairlike needles are inserted into points on energy pathways on the body to access “qi”, (pronounced “chee”) or life force. This often stimulates the central nervous system, blood and lymph flow and moves energetic blocks out of the way. Occasionally, the actual insertion of the needle can sting slightly. If the site where the needle is inserted continues to feel sore, practitioners will remove the needle and either re-insert it or try another less sensitive location.

What does acupuncture treat?
The Center for Disease Control has found acupuncture effective in treating or managing many condifions including:
Allergies, Arthritis, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, GERD, Flu and colds, Headaches, Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, Menopause, Infertility, Endometriosis, Hypertension, Kidney Stones, High Cholesterol, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Stroke, Stress, Gum Disease, Muscle Pain, Strain and Sprain, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and more.

Is it covered by insurance?
Most major insurance providers in Oregon such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthNet, Lifewise, Pacificare, and Providence have an option for acupuncture within their health plans, particularly to treat painful conditions. Contact your employer or member services hotline to see if you are eligible for this benefit or ask your acupuncturist to verify your eligibility.

Does it work?
Acupuncture is very effective, particularly in holistic transformation of chronic patterns and health problems, both physically and psychologically. Clients are advised to commit to six to ten sessions initially to see the best results, but even a single session can often improve many conditions radically.