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By Shelby Taylor
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Histories and mysteries of Goldendale businesses: Hers is a jab well done

 

Shelby Taylor

STICKING TO IT: Anne Anderson is Goldendale's new acupuncturist.

She may not be historical, but the practice of the new acupuncturist in town is definitely a mystery!

Acupuncture, a practice I myself was not particularly familiar with, sparked my interest to meet with Anne Anderson, a recent graduate with her Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Orient Medicine (OCOM) in Portland who's opened her business at Goldendale Chiropractic on Main Street.

So what's the mystery?

What would possess somebody to go into a career of poking pins into people?

But, not to be alarmed, Anderson seemed kind and non-malicious, to my relief, and simply pursued the career as a result of her own experiences.

"I was doing a martial art that was teaching us about oriental medicine at the time." She says.

Anderson had personal injury issues from riding horses as a child and in 2005, received her first acupuncture appointment as a recommendation from her martial arts instructor.

"In a matter of minutes my pain was gone." said Anderson. "It seemed miraculous and got me really curious as to why does this work? How does it work?"

Acupuncture is one of the best known treatment methods in Oriental Medicine which involves placing needles in specific parts of the body, called "meridians", to relieve varying symptoms such as aches and pains, mental/nervous disorders, injuries and much more.

My fear of tiny needles sticking out of various parts of my body will deter me from such a practice, but thankfully, Anderson is fully equipped to handle the reluctant such as myself.

Aside from needles, Anderson can prescribe herbs, perform massage, and other various forms of acupressure.

Being the scientifically inclined individual I am, I had to ask about how the practices tie to western medicine and its validity in the medical field. The practice spread to the west after President Nixon visited China in 1972, and has since grown in popularity. I was surprised to learn that the vast amount of research in the field has lead to the practice being recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), though it is continuously being researched. Anderson herself believes in an alopathetic as well as an esoteric balance for patient needs.

Anderson is offering various types of scheduling, such as personal home visits, office visits, and group treatments, of four people or more, which allow several people to be treated at the same time for a reduced rate.

You can call the office for more details at (509) 314-0373 or check out the website at:

http://www.serenityhealthacupuncture.com.

You never know, maybe I'll take a stab at acupuncture, but I'm still on pins and needles about it.

 

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