Betsy Gordon

Find Relief from Migraine Headaches with Acupuncture

Migraine headaches can be utterly incapacitating, affecting one’s work, social life, and overall well-being. While conventional treatments such as painkillers and preventive medications can offer temporary relief, they often come with side effects and fail to address the underlying cause. Recent research* published in the British Medical Journal provides compelling evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness in … Read more

Acupuncture is a top treatment for anxiety disorder

Most experienced recipients of acupuncture can attest to its calming, anxiety-relieving effects. Once needles are placed we settle in, gaze around the room or close our eyes, and feel our nervous systems passively reach a comfortable parasympathetic zone. These benefits aren’t just anecdotal! Research has found acupuncture is a safe, effective, reliable treatment for the … Read more

Research Highlight: Gua Sha May Boost Immune Response to Vaccination

I’m always excited to talk about gua sha, but with cold/flu/vaccine/booster season upon us, I’m especially jazzed to share this research highlight: First, research finds that gua sha treatment upregulates heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1). HO-1 is anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and cytoprotective. In other words, gua sha boosts immune activity in the skin where it’s performed, and systemically. … Read more

Acupuncture for neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve pain, occurs after injury or damage to nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Common examples include: Research provides substantial evidence that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for each of these types of peripheral neuropathy! Acupuncture safely manipulates opioids, cannabinoids, acetylcholine, serotonin/noradrenaline, and the activity of … Read more

Acupuncture speeds recovery from the common cold

It’s never a good time to have a cold. Research has shown that acupuncture limits the progression of the common cold and is highly effective in treating the unpleasant lingering symptoms. How does acupuncture help treat the common cold? Acupuncture potentiates the cellular immune system by increasing levels of T lymphocytes (CD3, CD4, CD8), interleukins, … Read more

Acupuncture for cancer-related pain

The study included a total of 31 randomized controlled trials. Seven of these trials were sham-controlled, and acupuncture was associated with reduced pain when compared to sham acupuncture. These findings call for additional research to identify which types of cancer pain are best treated with acupuncture, and to integrate these findings into clinical practice to … Read more

How acupuncture can help anxiety

Whether mild or as part of bipolar disorder, anywhere on the spectrum, anxiety almost always pairs with a set of physical manifestations. Over time as our emotions affect our physiology and vice versa, the nervous system falls into a habit. Even if the source of anxiety disappears, the body may remember and be entrenched in … Read more

Holistic Dermatology: Six Tips to Heal Psoriasis

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine provide a holistic, safe, and effective treatment for psoriasis. The following evidence-based recommendations may improve outcomes as part of a treatment plan with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Betsy Gordon Acupuncture in Portland, OR specializes in holistic dermatology, digestive, allergic, and autoimmune conditions. She provides a treatment plan which brings together … Read more

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