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Dr. Courtney Connell, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Dr. Courtney Connell, works to get to the root of your symptoms through a comprehensive diagnosis process the integrates his specialized training in Functional Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. His treatments comprise of acupuncture, herbs, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Connell’s acupuncture style is unique, gentle, and effective at treating a wide range of health conditions, specializing in internal symptoms such as hormones fertility, fatigue, depression, anxiety, digestion and cardiac conditions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the Original Functional Medicine

One of the definitions of functional medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website states: “Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.” The definition encompasses the diagnostic philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As acupuncturists, we view the body as the integration of organ systems. When each system functioning correctly acupuncturist’s say ‘there is harmony, and therefore health’. When the functioning of one, or more, of the organ systems is compromised there are observable symptoms allowing us to define which organ system is not functioning correctly. This leads an acupuncturist to the differential diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Acupuncturist’s have been practicing functional medicine and treating disease successfully for thousands of years. In his practice Dr. Courtney integrates keen observation and pulse diagnosis and as taught by Traditional Chinese Medicine augmented by the analysis of lab tests from the functional medicine viewpoint. A true eastern and western integrated perspective.

First appointment

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.  In all cases Dr. Courtney will take your pulse for 5 to 15 minutes during the initial appointment. He has advanced training in TCM pulse diagnosis including Complementary Pulse Diagnosis. 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 Dr. Courtney will make an initial assessment, recommend a course of acupuncture treatments and, when necessary or requested, lab tests will be ordered to review and inform his differential diagnosis.

Supplementing his treatment with nutrition and herbs

In conjunction with acupuncture, Courtney recommends nutrition and herbs to support the foundation of our health and to assist bringing the body back into balance. Dr. Courtney 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.  Unlike most practitioners of functional medicine he has a deep understanding of herbal medicine to create more effective treatments.

Courtney has taught acupuncture and herbal medicine at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Fla.

Outside of work

Between his studies you may find him exploring the outdoors, especially that he is new to Oregon and is looking forward to finding his favorite hiking trail. Or you may find him racing at the go-kart track or enjoying a drive through the country. Hopefully that great hiking trail will be at the end of a beautiful drive.