Welcome to Monica Zimmerman Acupuncture
With a passion for quality health care, Monica’s treatments utilize a deep knowledge, belief and respect for Traditional Asian Medicine. While working primarily with acupuncture, shiatsu, and herbal medicine, she also draws on her background in yoga/meditation to work mindfully with each individual.
In addition to her private practice, Monica works for Providence ElderPlace where she uses acupuncture with the over 55 population, and The Immune Enhancement Project, a medical specialties clinic treating people primarily with cancer, ms, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke recovery, chronic pain, and HIV infection.
Monica graduated with a Master’s Degree from The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine located in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners and is a member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncture uses ultra-fine needles to balance the flow of the body’s subtle energy system. Precise points along channels found on the body help to regulate this flow. Acupuncture treatments have a systemic effect of increasing endorphins (body’s natural opiates), enhancing the body’s immune system, allowing for deep relaxation, and decreasing pain.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese channel therapy. It offers benefits similar to acupuncture, only it is a body work that relies on pressure and stretches, rather than needles, to enhance flow in the channels. Benefits include pain relief, enhanced immunity and vitality, and relaxation.
Chinese herbal medicine is complex system of natural substances found in roots, twigs, flowers, minerals and other organic materials. Simple formulas (either tablets or granules) can support and enhance the physiological shifts that occur with acupuncture and shiatsu treatments. Safe and effective, herbal medicine plays an important role in supporting the body’s health and vitality – in conjunction with other treatments or as a treatment itself.