Help us win BEST OF EUGENE! Vote now for Best Acupuncture 2017

The Eugene Weekly is conducting its annual BEST OF EUGENE survey and you can show your support for our clinic by voting for ACUPUNCTURE For The PEOPLE. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes, simply go to www.BestofEugene.com to cast your ballot.*

1)      To submit your votes you must enter your name and email first – this keeps people from taking the survey more than once.

2)      You must cast votes in at least 10 different categories in order for your ballot to count. You do not have to fill in every slot as long as you enter in at least 10 including us.

3)      There are 3 pages, vote for us under BEST ACUPUNCTURE [Page 3, item #43]

4)      Enter in the clinic name –“Acupuncture For The People”

5)      Continue to the end and click ‘Done’ to complete the survey and cast your votes.

Thanks for supporting our clinic and helping us to win BEST OF EUGENE!

* If you’d rather not submit your ballot online you can always pick up a copy of the Eugene Weekly, fill out the ballot by hand and mail it in or drop it off at their offices.

New Acupuncturist - Rebecca Harburg L.Ac

We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Harburg L.Ac to our clinic team. She's excited to meet all of our wonderful clients and will be in the office Mondays 12:30-4pm, Wednesdays 1-5pm and our NEW SUNDAY MORNING shift 9am-1pm. Schedule a treatment with her now !

 Rebecca received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in her native city of Portland, Oregon. While there, she gained experience treating patients in a community setting through an externship at Old Town Clinic and also treated patients at Mercy & Wisdom Community Health Clinic, which caters to individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford healthcare. Rebecca enjoys treating a variety of conditions from hot flashes to asthma, and anxiety to shoulder pain. She is a NADA-certified “Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist,” which involves treating addiction (like Acupuncture for the People’s Stop Smoking treatments). She has a background in biological/medical anthropology and her interest in the connection between mental/emotional suffering and physical illness has led her to Chinese medicine, as it views mind and body as one. “As an Acupuncturist I can use the tools of Chinese medicine to alleviate this suffering by accessing the body’s natural healing abilities.” She also minored in Spanish and looks forward to speaking it with clients should the need arise.

 Rebecca received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in her native city of Portland, Oregon. While there, she gained experience treating patients in a community setting through an externship at Old Town Clinic and also treated patients at Mercy & Wisdom Community Health Clinic, which caters to individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford healthcare. Rebecca enjoys treating a variety of conditions from hot flashes to asthma, and anxiety to shoulder pain. She is a NADA-certified “Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist,” which involves treating addiction (like Acupuncture for the People’s Stop Smoking treatments).

She has a background in biological/medical anthropology and her interest in the connection between mental/emotional suffering and physical illness has led her to Chinese medicine, as it views mind and body as one. “As an Acupuncturist I can use the tools of Chinese medicine to alleviate this suffering by accessing the body’s natural healing abilities.” She also minored in Spanish and looks forward to speaking it with clients should the need arise.

Expanded Sunday Hours and Other Changes...

Now that we've added a new Acupuncturist on staff, we will be expanding our Sunday hours starting May 1st with our new practitioner Rebecca taking the morning 9am-1pm and Courtney from 1pm-5pm. Also, Peter will be moving to Wednesday morning with Rebecca in the afternoon. She will also be taking over Mondays from 12:30-4pm. 

The clinic has been super BUSY lately and our schedule is filling up fast. Even with our new hours, it's a good idea to plan ahead to get all the treatments you need. As we fill up it may be harder to get same day appointments - Schedule you favorite days and times now!

We won Best of Eugene 2016!

The results are in and Acupuncture For The People has won Eugene Weekly's Best of Eugene 2015. Thanks to everyone that voted and the support of our wonderful clients and community that made us Best Alternative Health Care Provider for 3 years in a row!

You can see all the results here: http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-readers-poll-2016-2017-0. Our category is toward the end, about 1/2 way down the list.

MEET OUR NEW ACUPUNCTURIST - $10 SPECIAL

We're excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our practice - Courtney LoMonte L.Ac. She's really excited to join our clinic and meet all of our fabulous clients. To encourage folks to get to know her we're offering a $10 SPECIAL for all treatments with Courtney until the end of May. Her regular shifts will be Mondays 12:30-4pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Come on in and say "hi"!

COURTNEY LOMONTE L.Ac Originally from the East Coast, Courtney received her Master's of Acupuncture from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2014 in Portland. She has since fallen in love with Oregon and made it her home, settling here in Eugene. After working at Portland’s Old Town Clinic providing group acupuncture to low-income patients and people in recovery, she has become passionate about the power of treating in a community setting and feels that healthcare should be easily available to all. She enjoys treating mental & emotional imbalances such as depression and anxiety while also working on physical pain and other internal imbalances. She believes that if you can help someone de-stress and feel better mentally, then your body can relax and start trying to heal itself. Her goal is to help people discover and sometimes re-discover parts of themselves. By balancing your body and spirit she strives to help you be the best you that you can be. 

COURTNEY LOMONTE L.Ac
Originally from the East Coast, Courtney received her Master's of Acupuncture from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2014 in Portland. She has since fallen in love with Oregon and made it her home, settling here in Eugene. After working at Portland’s Old Town Clinic providing group acupuncture to low-income patients and people in recovery, she has become passionate about the power of treating in a community setting and feels that healthcare should be easily available to all. She enjoys treating mental & emotional imbalances such as depression and anxiety while also working on physical pain and other internal imbalances. She believes that if you can help someone de-stress and feel better mentally, then your body can relax and start trying to heal itself. Her goal is to help people discover and sometimes re-discover parts of themselves. By balancing your body and spirit she strives to help you be the best you that you can be. 

MEET OUR NEW ACUPUCTURIST - Tonya Tigart L.Ac

We are delighted to welcome a new acupuncturist to our practice – Tonya Tigart L.Ac! She is really excited to be joining our clinic after practicing Community Acupuncture in New Orleans, LA. She will be seeing clients this Thursday AM 1/7 & Saturday PM 1/9. After that her regular shifts will be Monday evenings 4:00-7:30 and Saturdays 1:00-5:00 starting January 11th. 

Tonya Tigart received her masters of science in Oriental Medicine in 2009 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM. She has also received advanced acupuncture training in Harbin, China where she studied at the Hei Long Jiang University Hospital of TCM which specialized in post stroke recovery treatments.  In 2011 she opened the first community acupuncture clinic in New Orleans, LA where she performed thousands of treatments on a diverse population who may not have had access to alternative care without her clinic. Tonya specializes in treatments for pain, neurological conditions, stress and anxiety, post stroke care, infertility and other women's issues. It is her desire to help you heal naturally using the ancient yet ever maturing Chinese medicine modalities.

Tonya Tigart received her masters of science in Oriental Medicine in 2009 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM. She has also received advanced acupuncture training in Harbin, China where she studied at the Hei Long Jiang University Hospital of TCM which specialized in post stroke recovery treatments.  In 2011 she opened the first community acupuncture clinic in New Orleans, LA where she performed thousands of treatments on a diverse population who may not have had access to alternative care without her clinic.

Tonya specializes in treatments for pain, neurological conditions, stress and anxiety, post stroke care, infertility and other women's issues. It is her desire to help you heal naturally using the ancient yet ever maturing Chinese medicine modalities.

CHANGE TO SLIDING SCALE (TOP END)

Since we opened almost 10 years ago, our fees have remained the same. After much deliberation we have decided to raise the top end of our sliding scale to $15-40. This won’t affect you unless you typically pay the highest amount. The sliding scale works on a law of averages, some pay more so that others can pay less and it all averages out. If you have the financial means to contribute above the average, it helps us to provide services to those with lower incomes. Our goal is to make acupuncture accessible to everyone regardless of economic class, thanks for helping us make that possible.

Chinese medicine and the fall season

In the fall when the weather starts to get cooler, I notice that I am suddenly drawn back into my kitchen again.  Roasting squash, simmering soups, and baking fruit pies is nourishing to both body and soul..... It turns out this is not a coincidence, and fits into the teachings and energetics of chinese medicine very well.  In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory, we refer to the Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and we also refer to different organ systems.  Each organ system is associated in a yin and yang pair, and each pair belongs to one of the previously listed elements.  The seasons also exemplify these five elements.  For example, fall belongs to the metal element, and is associated with the yin and yang pair of lung and large intestine.

In the fall we observe in nature a return to the interior, or to the roots.  The plants abandon their outward reaching to the sun, shed their leaves, and shift their energy inward in storage for the wintertime.  It is also a time for us to mirror nature and to turn our attention inward again, to return to our roots, a time for introspection.  As winter is the time for storage, the fall is a good time to decide what is for keeping in storage, and what is ready to be released so it does not take up valuable space.  To be in accord with the energetics of the fall season, consider asking yourself some important questions.  What do I no longer need that I can let go of?  Is there any unresolved grief that I can release?  Are there areas of my mental and emotional life that I can allow to die so I may have more room for new life in the spring time?  Fall allows this naturally so we can release old thought patterns and negative ideas.  When we release and let go, we create space to evolve and move forward.

Earlier I mentioned the Lung and the Large Intestine.  In Chinese Medicine Theory, all nature is connected.  The lung is associated with the fall season.  The lung is responsible for inhalation, or inspiration, which is an inward movement energetically.  As we inhale we move introspectively and receive energy from the world around us through our breath.  When we exhale, we release that which we no longer need.  In the fall, consider doing this simple meditation exercise a few times each morning and evening with these notions in mind.  Focus through breathing, returning energy inward to nourish the source, and in turn exhaling to release what is no longer needed.

Contributed by Sarah May L.Ac