Ari Shapiro L.Ac.
Autoimmune, GI & Cardiovascular
Low Back Pain
Hi, I’m Ari and I’m grateful to be practicing here at Well Balanced Movement Center. My goal is to work with patients to not only reduce pain and other symptoms, but to reactivate the inner healing wisdom that already exists in every body. Through doing this, I truly believe we can change our attitudes and relationships to ourselves, to the people in our lives, and to the living, breathing intelligence of this planet that permeates us all.
I tailor treatments to fit the needs and comfort of the client. Needling of acupuncture points might be strongly moving, or light and gentle. Treatments might also include cupping, Gua Sha, bodywork (Tui Na), Moxabustion, Chinese Herbal Formulas, supplements, and more. Some conditions I commonly treat include: acute and chronic pain in various regions of the body; issues with sleep, stress and headaches; autoimmune conditions; digestive and respiratory concerns; women’s health and fertility; men’s health and fertility; pediatrics; and anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. I am especially drawn to work with clients who are going through major life transformations, whatever that might look like. I have gone through some transformations myself, and I work hard to hold a non-judgemental space to allow deep shifts to occur.
After graduating school, I worked as a volunteer acupuncturist at a health clinic in rural Nepal (Chanute village, Sindhupalchowk district). While there I treated 20 patients a day, 6 days a week for 9 weeks. My time in Nepal gave me a chance to experience how this medicine can benefit many different patient populations, as well as be used to treat conditions not usually treated with acupuncture in the US. Since returning to the US, I have been an acupuncturist both in private practice and as part of clinical teams. These experiences have cultivated the head and the hands, while the joys and challenges of daily life have cultivated the heart.
My journey to becoming an acupuncturist included years of martial arts practice; seeing the scope and efficacy of natural medicine while traveling in SE Asia; having a family member with a chronic condition which did not benefit from Allopathic treatment; and good old-fashioned serendipity. And that was all before I even started acupuncture school. I completed a four-year masters-degree program at Pacific College of Health Sciences in my hometown of Chicago. I am board-certified as a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) by the Oregon Medical Board (OMB) and nationally accredited as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (D.Om) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Your first visit will consist of a complete work-up in the acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm. This consists of an interview investigating your chief complaint and life history. The interview varies in time, pain and injury interviews go quickly and more complex cases take longer. Pulse diagnosis will also be given as injury, pain, and disease imprint on the pulse. As the ancient Chinese did not have the benefit of biology and imaging observing the body and the pulse became the primary means of evaluating the organ systems and developing a differential diagnosis.
With the information gathered Ari will make an initial assessment, recommend a course of acupuncture treatments.
Supplementing his treatment with nutrition and herbs
In conjunction with acupuncture, Ari recommends nutrition and herbs to support the foundation of our health and to assist bringing the body back into balance. Ari is a fully certified Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist and uses the traditional Chinese herbal apothecary in conjunction with whole food nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals to complement his acupuncture treatments.