Chinese Herbal Medicine is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses on using botanical, mineral and animal* materials to promote health and treat disease in the human body. More mature than the use of single herbs or pharmaceutical drugs, classical Chinese herbal formulas involve the use of two to twenty different substances taken together to work in harmony. For example, a patient with a chronic infection that creates asthma or neuropathy might need to take herbs that treat the lingering pathogen, promote circulation of blood and gas to the affected organs and tissues and dissolve biofilm all at the same time. Herbs can powerfully change the microbiomes of the human GI, urogenital and respiratory systems, affect pain modulation, brain function and DNA expression to help the body heal from old injury and create new healthy tissue.
We take careful precautions to use only the safest and highest-quality materials in our practice. All of our herbs are tested for correct species identification, potency of pharmacologically active compounds, and purity (free of pesticide residues, heavy metals and pathogenic bacteria) before use. We use only herbs graded C+ or better (typically A or B grade) from this quality criteria and many of our herbs are sustainably wildcrafted, organic or biodynamic.
*No endangered or threatened species are used. All animal materials, when used, are from certified humane and sustainable production sources.
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of sterile needles into points on the body to promote health, treat disease and maintain homeostasis. Modern research on acupuncture has shown it has many positive effects on human physiology; specific needle types, locations and insertion techniques have been shown to restructure fascia (connective tissue), promote blood and gas circulation in the body and regulate the endogenous cannabinoid and opioid systems to affect mood, pain regulation and inflammatory response. Acupuncture can have powerful positive effects on the microbiome of the human GI, respiratory and urogenital systems; can improve vagal tone and even restore function to areas of the brain affected by stroke.
Medical Qigong aka Gasotransmitter therapy is the use of simple movements and breathing exercises that can have powerful effects on human physiology similar to acupuncture treatment, improving organ function, regulating digestion and mood, healing trauma, and changing sensations of pain. We often teach patients simple exercises they can do at home to potentiate the effects of their acupuncture treatment and improve their outcomes from using Chinese herbal medicines.
We encourage all of our patients to choose an organic whole foods diet that has minimal amounts of sugars, white flour products, synthetic additives, or various ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. Limit the quantity of items you eat from cans, boxes and packages and opt instead for fresh, “real” foods.
Health Through Yoga
At Yoga Joy, taking the time to work individually with Jocela Crawford allows for greater ease in your own experience of taking group classes – here or elsewhere – and gives you immediate awareness on posture and exercises you should practice or avoid at home.
Health Through Massage
While massage technically describes any touch or pressure based healing treatment, the term bodywork arose as means to describe those manual therapies that are based on alternative or non-conventional medical principles.
Crawford Wellness provides effective solutions for chronic conditions using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in McMinnville, Oregon. Are you ready to live a healthier life and experience better health?