Sarah Hammer, BS, MaCOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

 

A former skeptic, Sarah didn't discover the benefits of acupuncture until injury got in the way of her goals. 

During training for the Portland Marathon, Sarah's knee started to hurt, prohibiting Sarah from running. When her orthopedist didn't have a solution, Sarah begrudgingly turned to acupuncture as a last resort. 

Defying Sarah's skepticism, the acupuncture worked! Not only did Sarah run that race pain free, but she ran a PR.

In addition to helping Sarah get in optimal health for the marathon, she experienced improved concentration, reduced anxiety, and enhanced creativity both in and out of the workplace.  

Convinced that the world should try acupuncture, Sarah left her career in public relations to pursue a career in integrative healthcare. 

Sarah obtained her masters degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the country's top Acupuncture school, and is dual licensed as an acupuncturist in the states of Oregon and Minnesota. Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism and Communications Arts. 

Sarah currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Lund Report and is an active member of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Outside of the office, Sarah is an avid runner, cycler, swimmer, backpacker, hiker and Goldendoodle enthusiast. She lives in NE PDX with her dog, The Peach, and partner in life and love, Will. She also plays the clarinet in the Oregon Symphonic Band and is learning how to rock climb.

For speaking or media inquiries, email hello@tothepointpdx.com or call 503-705-6637. 

 

 

What is acupuncture?

Simply put, it's inserting tiny tiny little needles on very precise points on the skin that stimulate the boy to correct imbalances and improve functioning in the body

How does it work?

Let me give it to you straight: science proves that it DOES work, but it cannot prove HOW it works. Some theorize that inserting needles stimulates your immune system. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause biological responses that can lead to activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain and in the periphery. Considerable evidence supports the claim that opioid peptides are released during acupuncture. Stimulation by acupuncture may also activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

What's the difference between "Chinese Medicine" and Acupuncture?

Chinese Medicine encompasses different modalities of medicine with Acupuncture being one of them.  Chinese Medicine is an entire system of medicine that includes acupuncture, massage, diet therapy (I love to use food as medicine!) and plant medicine/herbs. I practice Chinese Medicine. Depending on your condition, we may employ more than just acupuncture.

Does it hurt?

If it does you're doing it wrong. Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people feel the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid needles (not hollow like the needles used to give you shots) and are  much, much thinner - about the diameter of a human hair.

What if I'm afraid of needles?

Chinese Medicine is more than just acupuncture. We can try acupressure, massage, reflexology and cupping. Believe it or not I was afraid of needles my first few acupuncture visits and understand the apprehension. We'll work together so the experience is comfortable, relaxing and effective.

What can acupuncture treat? 

 The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than 40+ conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema, low back pain, muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness, frozen shoulder, runners knee, sciatica, arthritis, constipation and diarrhea, ulcers, Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Check out the World Health Organization's official paper. Unsure if acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will work for you? Schedule a complimentary 20 minute consult.

Do you accept health insurance? 

To The Point PDX accepts all major medical insurance. Give Sarah a call at 503-705-6637 to get a complimentary medical benefits check. If your health insurance does not cover acupuncture, we offer a prompt-pay price. Email sarah@tothepointpdx.com for more information.