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Portland, OR: Elizabeth Griffing

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Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Autoimmune conditions, musculoskeletal pain, endocrine conditions, neurological conditions, transgender health
Styles: Herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
As a child I was drawn to herbalism and massage, treating my family during week-long backpacking trips with yarrow poultices and chamomile-oil calf rubs. As an adult I wanted to provide preventive, effective, low-cost medical care that empowers people to feel in control of their health. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine fulfill this goal in an elegant and enjoyable way, using the principles found in nature to embody optimal health. I view the body as an ecosystem, and draw inspiration from time spent in wild nature and from the fields of neurology and microbiology. I am passionate about both the art and science of acupuncture, and I love the opportunity to create lasting change within moments.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I enjoy treating people who are new to acupuncture (especially skeptical folks!), and I combine acupuncture with two effective and gentle acupressure massage techniques: Thai traditional massage and Zen Shiatsu massage. Both types can be used in place of needles if necessary, and they enhance the treatment effect of acupuncture. Thai massage works on the musculoskeletal level to integrate the body’s structures while harmonizing the immune system. Zen Shiatsu creates a deep relaxation that calms the mind and rejuvenates the over-worked body. I also give self-care homework and constantly strive to help you manage or prevent illness. Simple herbal medicine and dietary recommendations also fall into this category. My goal is to get you out of the treatment room and into a satisfying life!

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I greatly enjoy meeting and interacting with my patients, who teach me and inspire me every day. I am constantly awed by the power of this medicine and I relish the opportunity to use both the intensely analytical techniques of herbal medical prescription and the creatively synthetic techniques of in-the-moment acupuncture and massage treatments.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it will be uncomfortable. Sadly, in some cases this comes from a bad previous experience with acupuncture, which I honor as a real disincentive to try acupuncture a second time. However, when patients discover that acupuncture actually feels good and experience a sense of security and empowerment, this is the greatest reward and greatest way to remove these misconceptions. People are also surprised that acupuncture can treat symptoms of serious internal medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis. I love describing current research in these areas when asked.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy by feeling gratitude every day. This is a foundation of all of my practices, which include meditation, qigong, playing soccer with a women’s league in Portland (go Belles!), riding my bike to work and for fun, and taking time to enjoy whole food-based meals whenever possible. I use acupuncture, herbal therapy, and massage as preventive medicine, and incorporate herbs and spices into my diet in a delicious way.

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catalystacupuncture.com
bethlac@bambuclinic.com
(503) 274-9360
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