the heartwood clinic

acupuncture & herbal medicine in North Portland


treatment methods

Each treatment is about one hour long and may incorporate some or all of the following treatment methods.


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.


herbal medicine

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 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

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

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, MS

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. In addition to studying acupuncture in Japan, I have trained in abdominal massage in Thailand, herbal medicine in Tanzania and midwifery in the Ecuadorian Andes. I have also worked extensively in the public health sector, focusing on perinatal and reproductive health care.

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



Office Hours

Monday: 10am - 2pm

Wednesday: 10am - 2pm


7401 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

p: 503. 791. 4648

f: 844. 833. 5681

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