Chinese Medicine

Cameron Li, LAc

Growing up as a Chinese-American, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine were a large part of my daily life and during my undergraduate studies I majored in both Chinese Studies and Exercise Science. I thought the best way to connect my two majors was to write a thesis on acupuncture; a medicine that is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and largely supported by scientific research, with significant implications for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. I went on to complete a degree in acupuncture and have been amazed at how it’s changed my life as well as the lives of the patients I serve. In addition to acupuncture I practice cupping, moxibustion and various forms of bodywork such as shiatsu, Thai massage, and Bowen therapy. These practices can treat a wide range of conditions including pain and movement difficulties, digestive issues, sleep problems, psychological issues, and so much more. I am always excited to share these treatments with my clients and to watch them heal. Whether your goal is to gain some measure of relief from a severe disability or to enhance performance, I would love to support your journey.
Gresham's EpíCenter of Wellbeing

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the skin in order to induce a therapeutic effect. Needles are inserted at specific spots called acupuncture points, after which they are often retained for a short while and then removed. Although there are a diversity of sensations associated with receiving acupuncture, many people find it painless. The effectiveness of acupuncture is not only anecdotal and historical, it has now been demonstrated by many years of modern research.

How does Acupuncture work?

One of the basic tenets of acupuncture is, “Where there is blockage, there is pain.” This can be understood as inhibited blood flow, stagnant lymph flow, improper nerve communication, or, in the vocabulary of CCM, a blockage in the movement of qi (vital life force). Acupuncture needles remove blockage and help return the body to a state of resilient responsiveness. Modern scientific research has proven acupuncture can promote blood flow, stimulate the body's built-in healing mechanisms, and release natural painkillers such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin. 

What can Acupuncture treat

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of complaints,
including but not limited to:

  • Pain
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Immune system disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Fertility problems
  • Skin disorders
  • Side effects from chemotherapy and surgery

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What is Cupping?

 Cupping is an ancient medical treatment. Its Chinese roots date back to 300 or 400 A.D. Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures also have ancient records of the practice. In cupping, suction cups of varying sizes are attached to the body, with the intend to help the body heal from many maladies.