Why I Practice Chinese Medicine in Portland
I love this medicine because I see amazing results every day. With each patient, I see how Chinese medicine can make profound changes for people in their lives. A person’s health is a very personal thing, and to be a part of that healing process feels like an enormous privilege.
I have seen so many people resign themselves to poor health. It’s as if we get used to feeling unwell. To be offered only medications leaves large aspects of our health unattended. As acupuncturists, we look at the big picture, and patients like you have a chance to tell your story so we can provide care unique to the individual and treat the root of the problem, rather than just the symptoms.
How I Got Started
I used to want to be a pediatrician, and then a surgeon. But the world of Western medicine never fit me. I felt like it was leaving things out, like how diet or emotions can influence health. I grew up observing, watching how people lived and dealt with health issues, people who existed daily with chronic pain and were offered only a pill. I wanted to find a way to offer more to patients and help people break these patterns that were depleting them. In my early twenties, I had my own experiences with acupuncture that so quickly and effectively improved my health, they changed my idea of what medicine could be. I was inspired to practice Chinese medicine so others could feel the same way.
I strongly believe in the value of integrative medicine. There is enormous power in combining different approaches to health. Yet, acupuncture should not just be a last resort, but instead used as a first defense, an efficient and natural way to balance the body and help restore health before having to undergo surgery or take a pain pill. Every patient is unique, and I want to see all of them experience good health and energy, as well as renewed hope for increased well-being.
Stephanie Worth is an Oregon State Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM ). She has completed additional training at hospitals in Nanjing, China. Stephanie received her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.