Pain Relief


Pain Relief


Research is showing acupuncture to be effective in treating pain, particularly of the back, neck, knees and head. Oregon State began funding acupuncture as a pain treatment in January 2016, in the hopes of avoiding opiate withdrawal. The US Military has also implemented acupuncture as a pain relief method. Most pain conditions require 6-12 weekly or bi-weekly visits to start with “tune up” treatments later in the year. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents cause very common pain patterns that we are experienced with treating at The Local Healer. In addition to the treatment you are receiving, auto insurance companies require very specific charting practices from your acupuncturist or they can deny paying for your treatment. We take our time to objectively measure you at specific intervals during your treatment, outline our expectations for recovery and work with your auto insurance and other care providers to make sure that you are able to receive the treatment that you need to get you as close to your pre-accident state as possible. 




Anxiety can overwhelm or consume us sometimes, making everyday life stressful and challenging. When we experience this very common phenomena—one of the most common illnesses worldwide—we feel it in our bodies too:  a pit in our stomach, a lump in our throat, digestive or sleep troubles, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, looping of negative thoughts, and even fears. 

The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization has recently recognized and recommended the use of acupuncture for stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  Chinese medicine has always recognized that the mind and body act together – our emotions have a profound physiological effect on our bodies. Acupuncture and powerful herbs are a great way to bring balance and calm strength to your whole being. 
Acupuncture relieves generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition characterized by excessively intense and debilitating chronic anxiety.
In this study, researchers note that “a number of Meta analysis and system evaluations point out that acupuncture treatment has more advantages than drugs in the treatment of anxiety disorders….” The researchers also note that acupuncture has a fast effective action and high compliance with a relatively minimal risk of side effects compared with drug therapy.

The Local Healer can help with these common symptoms:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Worry, grief, and overthinking
  • Irritability, quick to anger
  • Digestive upsets due to emotions

Womens Health

Womens Health

When we care for women, all of humankind is healthier.

The Local Healer assists women in all stages of life with balancing health, from puberty to pregnancy, the postpartum, perimenopause and a healthy aging process. We work to maintain general wellness, support breast health, increase fertility, regulate and harmonize menstrual irregularities, decrease hormonal headaches, balance the endocrine system and assist with a healthy pregnancy, labor and postpartum. 

Conditions that respond well to acupuncture, Chinese herbs and dietetics:

  • Menstrual irregularities: early, late or non-existent periods. Heavy, long or scanty periods. Painful periods. Bleeding between periods. Clotting. Fibroids (<4.5cm). Endometriosis. Infertility. 
  • Menstrual issues: PMS, breast tenderness, headaches, edema, diarrhea, constipation, body aches, hot flashes, night sweating, epistaxis, acne, dizziness.
  • Menopausal symptoms: Hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, irritability, increased urination, pain/dryness during intercourse.
  • Other imbalances: Peri-menopause, breast lumps, leukorrhea, vaginal itching, recurrent UTIs, prolapse of uterus, PCOS. Mood imbalances. 



Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are becoming increasingly popular treatment tools for pregnancy-related conditions in the U.S. The treatments that The Local Healer provides can offer drug-free relief for a number of situations associated with pregnancy, including:  

  • Maintaining general wellness
  • Musculoskeletal pain conditions: sciatica, hip pain, lower back pain, pelvic pain, rib pain, leg cramps
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Nausea and Vomiting, "Morning Sickness"
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Constipation
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, vulvar varicosities
  • Fatigue & exhaustion
  • Anemia
  • Insomnia, Anxiety & depression
  • Sinusitis & allergies
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Edema
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Breech and posterior positioning
  • Pre-birth acupuncture, labor preparation (natural induction)

Pre-Birth Acupuncture/Labor Preparation:
It is our experience that regular acupuncture assists women who desire to have a natural vaginal birth, in achieving labor prior to medical induction and helping to shorten the length of labor. There are a number of studies that have been done in this area and more research is being undertaken at this time. We have a good success rate in helping women to naturally begin labor before the 42nd week, when their Western care providers are suggesting medical induction. Women who receive acupuncture regularly during the third trimester have been more likely to respond to it during these later weeks. 

Breech Presentation: Studies show that the use of acupuncture and moxibustion for breech presentation "reduced the number of breech presentations at term, the number of cesarean sections required, and was cost effective when compared to expectant management." These treatments are best started around week 33 or 34. You'll be given tools and instruction on self treatment to do at home as well.