Since 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) has been committed to providing the highest level of affordable acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment to our patients. OCOM's three Portland clinics are training sites for our master's and doctoral interns, who are supervised by licensed acupuncturists. In Oregon, acupuncturists are not considered primary care doctors. Therefore, we highly recommend that all clients have a primary care doctor before seeking treatment; in certain cases, clients may be asked to see a doctor before being treated in our clinics. The information below is meant to aid prospective clients in making the best health care decisions possible.
While OCOM is best known for providing affordable acupuncture, our interns and licensed acupuncturists offer a wide variety of therapies at our on-campus clinic and additional community locations. Please see individual location pages to determine their clinical offerings.
Acupuncture – In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are acupuncture points on the body connected by pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists insert very thin needles into the skin at different acupuncture points to access and redirect the qi.
Chinese Herbal Medicine utilizes natural substances such as leaves, roots, bark, flowers, fruit and minerals. In TCM, Chinese herbs are usually administered as a formula to balance the patient's energy.
Tuina (pronounced twee_NAH) is a Chinese style of massage utilizing techniques like kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking and stretching to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve the functions of channels, internal organs, tendons, bones and joints.
Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage that seeks to enhance the flow of qi by stimulating pressure points with fingers, hands and arms.
Moxibustion is an external heat therapy using the herb Aiye (mugwort), also known as moxa, which is used to heat and tonify the body.
Gua Sha involves stimulation of the skin by scraping it with a broad, flat instrument, increasing qi and blood flow to the area.
Electro-acupuncture – Electrodes are clipped to the acupuncture needles and a very low current is passed through the needles to stimulate the body.
Cupping is a suction therapy used to draw out pathogens and increase qi and blood flow to an area.