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As of April 2022, The Heartwood Clinic will be at 723 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
As a practitioner of Japanese style acupuncture, I use gentle needling techniques personalized to each individual. The style of needling employs very few needles and is often imperceptible to the patient. This method can be ideal for those sensitive to needles.
Each treatment balances the energy and structure of the body so that one’s innate healing capacity can flourish. Patients describe treatment as both calming and effective.
Primarily using food grade herbs, different herbal combinations and dosages are prescribed according to a patient’s unique presentation. Taking herbal formulas between acupuncture treatments can further one's healing process.
I have studied under the classical tradition of herbalism which uses highly specified formulas focused on treating the whole person, not just the condition.
Moxibustion therapy pre-dates acupuncture. By warming the artemesia vulgaris plant over the surface of the body, the microcirculation, red and white blood cell counts are improved. In doing so, moxibustion can relieve pain, bolster immune function and enhance vitality.
Patients typically feel a comfortable, warming sensation throughout treatment and feel good and more energized after.
I have visited Sara for many years when I am in need of bodily balance or pain relief, most recently for prenatal acupuncture. Sara used gentle needling and moxa treatment to calm my overactive mind and bring me fully into my body to prepare for the birth. During the session, I felt as if I was conversing with my baby, readying both of us for the transition. A few days later I had a smooth and centered birth, and my session with Sara helped make this possible. You can feel the healing energy radiating through Sara's hands and presence - there is no one I trust more to guide my body back into alignment!
Margaret R., Professor
Working with Sara throughout my pregnancy was a highlight of being pregnant. She helped with back pains, anxiety, and I credit her with my son being born on his due date rather than two weeks late like both my husband and I. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone who is expecting or postpartum. She is so caring and her holistic approach and extensive education means you’ll be well taken care of at every phase of this journey into new motherhood.
Jen M., Client
I suffer from chronic fatigue and skin irritation and the moment I stepped into Sara's office for the first time I knew I was in good hands. She has an incredibly gentle and healing touch and brings an amazing amount of knowledge and perceptiveness to her practice. Since receiving care from Sara, it is clear that I am on the path to better health and a better quality of life.
Sivan S., Nurse Practitioner
Sara is not only an extraordinary healer during treatments, but she nourishes you with her gentle presence and kindness right when you walk through the door. I saw her for acupuncture during my last trimester in pregnancy and with each appointment she has brought me a sense of balance, encouragement and improvement upon my health. Since having our little one, I have returned for postpartum care and will gratefully continue to see Sara as my acupuncturist. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone, mama or not, who is seeking an acupuncturist who practices gentle needle techniques with a passionate and caring heart.
Megan M., Client
Sara Bergman is a true healer. I see Sara for acupuncture, minus the needles, due to a needle phobia I acquired at a young age. I was nervous about seeing anyone for acupuncture, but was always curious about the health benefits and how Chinese medicine works. After seeing her for several months of treatment she cured my migraines! If you're looking for a really great acupuncturist, I would definitely recommend Sara!
Kelly F., Massage Therapist
Sara Bergman, MSOM, LAc
licensed acupuncturist & herbalist
My study of medicine began many years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, I discovered a women’s qigong circle that was the ideal antidote to the stresses of academic rigor. I found that by bringing greater awareness into my body, my mind was clearer and my stress level significantly reduced. This practice and community was a window into the world of East Asian Medicine that would become my lifelong path.
Since that time, I have apprenticed in integrative health modalities both locally and internationally. Two highlights have been an acupuncture training in Japan and working with midwives in the Ecuadorian Andes. I have also worked extensively in the public health sector, focusing on perinatal and reproductive health care. I previously managed the Prenatal Health Care Program with Planned Parenthood Northern California.
My primary influences today are a number of Japanese acupuncture traditions including Toyohari Meridian Therapy and classical Chinese herbalism. The lineage of Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage continues to influence my practice as well. I enjoy working with all individuals to find a greater sense of ease and comfort in the mind and body. In treatment, I use gentle palpation, deep listening and an open-hearted presence. I am bilingual Spanish-English. I hold the following degrees and credentials:
-MS, Oriental Medicine; National College of Natural Medicine
-BA, International Development Studies; University of California, Berkeley
-Licensed Acupuncturist, Oregon Medical Board
-Diplomat in Acupuncture, NCCAOM