holds a Bachelor’s degree in biological psychology
from the University of Kentucky.
She worked as a medical social worker in Albuquerque,
New Mexico both before and during her attendance
of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine
where she received her Master's Degree in Oriental
Medicine. Gerri had a private acupuncture practice
in Albuquerque until moving to Portland in 2004.
She is a long time advocate
public health and social justice issues.
Gerri works with a combination
of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Elements Acupuncture
and Hari, a Japanese style of acupuncture. She blends
acupuncture, herbs, and massage with principles
of Neidan (Taoist alchemy) and Jungian psychology
to facilitate healing and transformation on a holistic
level. Her specialties include the treatment of
pain and stress disorders and sexual health concerns.
She also works with women's reproductive health
issues such as menstrual difficulties, pregnancy,
by Christian Sledd
Lynx Adamah received
her first acupuncture treatment in 1999, and was so
amazed and inspired by the care she received,
especially the loving and calming presence of her
practitioner, that she later went on to study
Chinese Medicine herself, and has been an advocate
of Chinese Medicine ever since!
A graduate from the Oregon
College of Oriental Medicine, Lynx is a licensed
acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a Reiki
practitioner. She specializes in pain conditions,
digestive disorders, and emotional wellness, and
loves working with people who are ready to take
their health to the next level. All genders and
Forest Spring Recommends -
a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in
Ayurvedic Wellness and Massage. She earned her LMT
certification at East West College of The Healing
Arts in Portland Oregon, Certified Ayurvedic
Panchakarma (detoxification) Technician at Kerala
Ayurveda Academy in Seattle Washington, Medical
Massage Therapist and an Ayurvedic Therapist
certification at Chakarapani Ayurvedic Clinic and
Research Center in Jaipur, India.
Before starting her own practice, she completed her
practical work and studies in the Portland area;
working through established massage clinics, fine
tuning her specialty to traditional East Indian
massage therapies and healing using Ayurvedic
Additionally, she is a Pranic Healer, Reiki Energy
Healer, a PSYCH-K Therapist and a Doula.￼
Asked Questions about Acupuncture
This 2000 year old system of medicine is based upon the
theory that the body is a map of energetic pathways that
connect the musculoskeletal, organ and nervous systems.
The “Qi” can be accessed and moved through
specific points to restore health, relieve pain or transform
states of being. Disease is a result of blockages in the
pathways or a deficiency of energy in the organs and channels.
Acupuncturists redirect the traffic of the Qi to the places
where it will most benefit the whole body. Treatments
result in pain relief, increased circulation, enhanced
immunity and respite from many health challenges. The
client’s active participation is of primary importance
in the facilitation of these treatments. Using breath
work and visualization while receiving acupuncture can
boost the effectiveness of the results as well as providing
much needed relaxation for the person. Acupuncture is
a team process, with the client often taking herbs or
performing exercises between treatments.
Acupuncture is not painful. Clients often say that the
needles feel relaxing or that they produce a tingling
sensation. Thin, hairlike needles are inserted into points
on energy pathways on the body to access “qi”,
(pronounced “chee”) or life force. This often
stimulates the central nervous system, blood and lymph
flow and moves energetic blocks out of the way. Occasionally,
the actual insertion of the needle can sting slightly.
If the site where the needle is inserted continues to
feel sore, practitioners will remove the needle and either
re-insert it or try another less sensitive location.
The Center for Disease Control has found acupuncture effective
in treating or managing many condifions including:
Allergies, Arthritis, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Depression,
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, GERD, Flu and colds, Headaches,
Insomnia, Menstrual Cramps, Menopause, Infertility, Endometriosis,
Hypertension, Kidney Stones, High Cholesterol, Rheumatoid
Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Stroke, Stress, Gum Disease,
Muscle Pain, Strain and Sprain, Indigestion, Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
covered by insurance?
Most major insurance providers in Oregon such as Aetna,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthNet, Lifewise, Pacificare,
and Providence have an option for acupuncture within their
health plans, particularly to treat painful conditions.
Contact your employer or member services hotline to see
if you are eligible for this benefit or ask your acupuncturist
to verify your eligibility.
Acupuncture is very effective, particularly in holistic
transformation of chronic patterns and health problems,
both physically and psychologically. Clients are advised
to commit to six to ten sessions initially to see the
best results, but even a single session can often improve
many conditions radically.