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I was living in Eugene in the early 2000’s and was working at an Herbal Extract Manufacturer where we occasionally made Chinese Herbal products into liquid extracts. In consultation with one of the vendors, I became aware of a China born father/son team who specialized in only the herbal portion of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I subsequently booked a consultation (for my long standing Asthma since childhood) that included tongue and pulse diagnosis and three herbal tea pill formulas a week. After a few months of taking these herbs daily I was able to ween myself off of the 3 corticosteroid inhalers I was taking daily. I was hooked! From being very sickly as a child and taking numerous Western medications with a host of side effects I finally felt healthy again, which had been a long time in coming.
I began doing research for Chinese Herbal Medicine schools and OCOM in Portland, consistently ranked #1 across the country for years. I was excited and ready to begin another journey, although “Big” city life has never been “my thing”. I grew up in very rural PA and enjoyed quiet nights and a slower lifestyle. I enrolled at LLC, the community college in Eugene, to take prerequisites and little did I know that the prerequisite process took 1 1/2 years, much longer than I had anticipated.
I’m often asked by patients why do herbs taste so horrible or why does a certain point hurt? The short answer is that herbs are a medicine so the benefit is less about taste and more about how it performs within your body. Sensitivity to certain Acupuncture points on the body is often times (but not always) a direct correlation to your body’s ability to communicate (to a skilled practitioner) by expressing a need for that point according to your particular condition. In simpler terms, a sensitive point often means your body has an excess/deficiency on that channel and needs addressing.
I enjoy talking about the medicine and will simplify it for you and want you to always feel comfortable enough to ask questions if you don’t understand something. I have unbounded optimism for your health concerns and have a wealth of personal/professional experience to rely on to help you achieve your goals. We may talk about lifestyle choices, diet/nutrition, exercise, nature time and may even use talk therapy if that seems beneficial for you. We will go over your Treatment Plan at the end of your Initial Treatment and plot a course of best action addressing all of your health concerns. I impart humor and friendliness into my treatments to keep it fun for both of us. Medicine doesn’t have to be dull, boring and stiff. I encourage you to book a treatment today so my team and I can show you the incredible healing power of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
In Good Health,
``Kaz``, Dennis Kasunic M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac.
Owner, Clinic Director
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