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Portland, OR: Tracy Andrews

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Depression, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress
Styles: Craniosacral therapy, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
While I was always curious about natural healthcare, my experiences healing chronic depression and anxiety were the real fuel for my desire to become a healthcare provider. I choose to study and practice Chinese medicine because it not only offers powerful and effective modalities for healing, it is also comprised of elegant traditions and philosophies that provoke my curiosity, engage my intellect, and inspire my desire to continually educate myself to become a better practitioner.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Each acupuncturist has a unique set of gifts that makes them a good fit for their patients. Like other acupuncturists and herbalists, I provide quality care for patients seeking help for depression, migraines, emotional trauma, or back pain. My unique offering is in the witnessing—the deep listening, quality of attention, and reflection that so often take place in the treatment room.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The real joy that I derive from my work is in witnessing and supporting my patients on their journeys. People come to me when they are stuck. I love being a part of getting them unstuck!

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The most common misconception I hear is that acupuncture is primarily for pain. As both practitioner and patient I’ve experienced acupuncture as a powerful tool for not only the mundane challenges we face—such as digestive distress, migraines, menstrual complaints, and musculoskeletal imbalances—but also the psychoemotional—alignment with one’s own nature, connection with oneself, clarity, sense of purpose, and higher consciousness.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
It’s always a balancing act to maintain consistent healthy habits and also leave room for playfulness, spontaneity, and mirth. In my daily life I eat simply, do my best to practice good sleep hygiene and keep a fairly consistent bedtime, commute by bike most of the time, and prioritize maintaining the relationships that truly nourish and support me. I also set aside regular time in the backcountry—primarily backpacking and backcountry skiing—which invigorates, rejuvenates, and nourishes me on a deeper level.

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tracyandrewsacupuncture@gmail.com
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3133 NE Prescott Street, Portland, OR 97218

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