Zócalo Wellness

Ancient Healing, Modern Times


Getting Care After a Car Accident

With all the snow and ice we’ve been getting this unusually cold winter in Portland, I thought I’d write about what resources you have in the case of a car accident. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is very effective in healing both acute and chronic injuries, but motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) require some additional steps in order to access coverage for care, steps that most people don’t know about in advance. 

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Star Wars and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Force By Any Other Name

The Star Wars franchise re-awakened this winter and with it my love for that epic story. After watching Episode VII twice, scouring the internet for the back story and plot hole explanations, and re-watching the original trilogy, I started wondering, “What is it about the Force and the Jedi that has such a powerful hold on my imagination?” I’m an acupuncturist, that’s what. Continue reading


Jim’s Story: Chronic Pain and Anxiety Relief

Jim came to me over a month ago for low back, knee, ankle and shingles pain, along with lifelong anxiety. Yesterday was his fifth treatment. When he sat down on my couch at the beginning of our session he looked at me apologetically and confessed, “I was trying to think of what I wanted to work on today but everything is doing so well I don’t know what to say!” In addition to relief from pain he had suffered with for years, just taking the time to come in for an hour in the middle of his busy week (he is the father of five and works a physically-demanding job at New Seasons) is making all the difference in his health. Focused work on his back, knees and ankles improved the pain almost immediately, and his anxiety is down, which keeps the shingles pain at bay and helps everything else.  Jim is a poster child for the healing power of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. As many times as I have seen it happen I am still constantly amazed.


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Trying Acupuncture For the First Time, Nickel-Free

Often folks who haven’t tried acupuncture before want to know what it will be like. When Christy inquired about treatment for eczema it came with a twist. She has a nickel allergy and wondered if there were nickel-free needle options. I had never treated someone with a nickel allergy before but after some searching found out that most acupuncture needles are stainless steel, which means they likely have nickel in them. Luckily, Tai Chi brand acupuncture needles have a gold-plated, nickel-free variety, so we decided to try them out and blog about it. Below is Christy’s account of the experience as shared on her blog Many thanks to Christy for sharing her personal story. You can check out her post here, and learn more about her below. Continue reading