Archive for December, 2008

New & Updated Massage & Acupuncture Treatments

At An Sen, we incorporate the traditions of Chinese Medicine, with pampering massage & spa services, sure to make for a holistic and therapeutic experience!  Whether a local Portlander, or just visiting, we welcome the opportunity to enhance your wellbeing, relax your heart, and make your day a little brighter.

Massage Services:

An Sen’s Signature Aromatherapy Massage: 1 hr: $70; 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120

Enjoy a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage while your olfactory senses are stimulated into a state of bliss. Chosen specifically to meet the needs of your constitution, An Sen’s 5 Element Aromatherapy Blends™ are based on the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 5 Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, & water) and Western Aromatherapy.

100% Pure & Natural Essential Oils, Chinese Herbal Extracts, & Organic Jojoba Oil.

Swedish Massage: 1 hr: $70; 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120


Swedish Massage is the perfect de-stressor massage.  It helps bring a person back into their body and forget about the hectic world around them.  It is a relaxing full body experience. Swedish massage is also a wonderful choice for those who have never had massage or bodywork before, as it is never too deep, and is gentle enough even for the sensitive types.

Deep Tissue Massage: 1 hr: $70; 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120


Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for those who suffer from chronic, taught, tense and contracted muscles, such as in the low back, hamstrings, neck and shoulders.  The massage strokes used in deep tissue massage are many of the same strokes used in Swedish massage, but the movement tends to be slower and more focused on specific areas of pain and tension.

 Shiatsu Massage: 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120

Shiatsu is a very relaxing, yet powerful energetic massage, which accesses acupressure points along the meridians.  Performed on a floor mat, shiatsu is a wonderful choice for those in need of more balance in the body/mind/spirit levels.  An Sen Clinic is happy to be able to offer such an effective healing modality with a long, rich history.  1.5 hr recommended minimum.

Thai Massage: 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120

Traditional Thai Massage has been traced back to the founder, Shivaga Komarapaj. This “Father Doctor” was a doctor and friend to the Buddah.  In the Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok, Ancient medical texts carved into the walls have helped preserve Thai massage. Thai massage is a mixture of Hatha Yoga, reflexology and acupressure and most commonly performed on a floor mat. 1.5 hr recommended minimum.

Thai Massage Herbal Add-On: $10

A traditional blend of Thai herbs are steamed and then massaged into core areas of body tension.  Our Thai Herbal Blend warms tight muscles, eases aches and pains, and relaxes the nervous system. A highly recommended addition!

Head/Scalp/Neck & Shoulder Massage: 30min: $40; 45min: $55; 1 hr: $70

A focused treatment, incorporating aromatherapy and acupressure. Great for sinus, allergy, headache, jet lag, anxiety, hair loss, whiplash, and hangovers, or those who just seem to experience most of their tension in the upper body.  This is a great treatment to get in the middle or the end of a workday as it can be adapted to a shorter session.  This treatment really gets the blood and oxygen flowing to the head, which makes for clearer focus and mental stamina.

Pre-Natal/Pregnancy Massage: 1 hr: $70; 1.5 hr: $95; 2 hr: $120

What better way to relax and nourish yourself during this time of change. Hormonal shifts, emotional high’s and low’s, spiritual adventures, as well as, structural and physical changes can take a toll on a woman’s body both during and after pregnancy.  At An Sen Clinic we want to make your experience as comfortable as possible. 

Hot Stone Massage: 1 hr: $80; 1.5 hr: $105; 2 hr: $130

Heated stones can be incorporated into any deep tissue or swedish massage.  Hot stone therapy naturally relaxes tight muscles, increases circulation, and warms the body.  Various shapes and sizes of stones are carefully selected to act as trigger point therapy and/or to complement massage strokes throughout the body. Nourishing, 5 Element Aromatherapy Oils ™ are used to enhance flow and comfort.

Foot Massage Treatments:

On-the-go/45min: hot towel aromatherapy to lift and pacify the mood, with 30 min foot massage: $55

Yang Energy/1 hr: warm Chinese herbal foot soak to detoxify and increase Yang energy, followed by a 45 min aromatherapy foot massage: $70

Chinese Medical Modalities:

Acupuncture: New Patient: 1.5 hr: $90; Established Patient: 1 hr: $70

Acupuncture has been used for at least 2500 years to restore, promote, or maintain good health.  Acupuncture is one of the most well known modalities used within Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture points are stimulated with ultra-fine, sterilized needles, to balance out the body’s own natural energy.  Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of complaints including: musculoskeletal/pain disorders; immune system enhancement, detoxification, quitting smoking, gynecological issues, emotional imbalances, and general preventative balance.  At An Sen, Acupuncture sessions may also include dietary/herbal recommendations, moxibustion, cupping, or guasha techniques.

Pediatric Tuina/Acupressure: New Patient: 1.5 hr: $90; Established Patient: 1 hr: $70

Pediatric Tuina is a version of Chinese Therapeutic Massage that is capable of influencing the energetic flow in a child in much the same way as acupuncture does in adult patients.  It is particularly beneficial for children from birth to 6 years of age.  It can be used for a variety of childhood complaints and illnesses. Included are a consultation, exam, tuina massage techniques, and may also incorporate herbal/nutritional &/or lifestyle recommendations so that your child may stay healthy and well!

Herbal Medicine/Nutritional Consult: New Patient: 1 hr: $70; Existing Patient: 30 min: $35

Herbal Medicine/Nutrition is used to supplement or kick-start the body into the healing process. Herbal Medicine/Nutrition can be used for a wide variety of symptoms such as colds and flu’s, allergies, high blood pressure/cholesterol, weight loss, detoxification, pain, gynecological disorders, & preventative maintenance. Also includes exam, prescription & lifestyle recommendations. *Does not include cost of herbs/supplements.

Reflexology: 1 hr: $70

In Chinese Medicine, the foot acts as a micro-system to the rest of the body’s organs, muscles, and glands. Reflexology is the art of massaging specific points, based on your constitutional makeup, which help increase circulation and energy flow to the rest of the body, as well as aid in clearing out toxins.  Compared to our “On-The-Go”, and “Yang Energy” foot massage treatments, reflexology is a more problem focused, diagnostically oriented foot treatment, and deeper stimulation is used for maximum results.  Includes consultation.

Spa/Clinic Combinations/Package Discounts:

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture: (1.5 hr) $120 per session; Series of 12 sessions: $1200 (save $240!)

Also known as Facial Rejuvenation, Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture incorporates a whole body ‘constitutional’ Acupuncture treatment along with specific facial needles. Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is based on the philosophy that beautiful and radiant skin comes from the inside out!  This treatment is combined with an exfoliation, Chinese herbal topical tea (based on skin condition), toner mask, and aromatherapy moisturizer. This treatment truly bridges the gap between spa and clinical, for it treats the individual, can work on fine lines and wrinkles, dry or oily skin, redness & puffiness, and is oh so pampering!  100% Natural Ingredients. Includes consultation & exam.  May also include herbal/nutritional & lifestyle recommendations.

Acu-Massage: 1.5 hr: $95

This combination is based on Chinese Medical philosophy and encompasses a specialized approach according to you’re your individual needs. Along with your primary focus areas, we will extract information from your symptoms & our own intuition to make for a deep-rooted treatment. Whether you are in need of strong bodywork for ultra-tight muscles, or crave pure relaxation, this combo treatment can do the trick! Acupuncture & Massage help boost the immune system, relax the nervous system, reduce injuries, and build energy. *To best serve your needs, we recommend that you first be seen for an initial acupuncture and medical history evaluation before receiving this treatment. 

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture followed by On-The-Go Foot Massage: (2 hr 15 min) $160

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture followed by 1 hr Deep Tissue or Swedish massage.(2.5 hrs) $170

Acupuncture Session followed by “On-The-Go” Foot Massage (1 hr 45 min): $115

Acupuncture Series Discount:  Purchase a series of 6 or more acupuncture sessions and receive 20% off.

*Treatments by appointment only. Please call to schedule.

*Gift Certificates Available in any denomination.

*Students and Senior citizens receive 20% off acupuncture sessions.

*If you have insurance, some services may be covered partially or in full by your insurance plan.  Please call us to inquire.


An Sen Acupuncture & Massage Clinic

107 SE Washington St. Suite #134

Portland Oregon 97214


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A Closer Look at Three of the Most Commonly Prescribed Chinese Herbal Formulas to Prevent & Fight off Cold’s and Flu’s.

By Alysia Anderson L.Ac, M.Ac.OM

As I mentioned in my last blog article: “Not Every Cold and Flu is the same”. There are different symptom patterns which require different treatment strategies.  In this article I will take a look at 3 of the most common Chinese Herbal Formulas for cold and flu patterns.  This should be used as a general guideline only.  As always it is best to consult with a qualified Acupuncturist/Herbalist to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing in order to identify the level of the pathogen, and the appropriate treatment strategy.

Gan Mao Ling Wan- Your basic cold and flu medicine cabinet essential. This formula can pretty much be used for any cold or flu symptoms.  Helpful at the first sign of cold/flu or after the cold and flu have become more severe.  Used for symptoms like sinus congestion, swollen lymph glands, cough, sore throat, body aches & stiffness of the upper back and neck, caused by wind-heat or wind cold patterns.

 -If sinus congestion severe-can be combined with Bi Yan Pian.

 -If there is accompanying nausea and diarrhea-can be combined with Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan.

 Yin Qiao San- This is the 5,000 year old formula that the makers of “Airborn” decided to include in their pellets. (Although I think “Airborn” is a good concept, the loaded sugar content that it contains does nothing but weaken the immune system.) Yin Qiao San, can be used especially during the first 24-36 hours of the flu to help “kick out” the pathogen, as well as, on airline flights, or packed schoolrooms as prevention from everyone else who is around you and sick.  Great for fever, sore throat, slight chills, nasal congestion, yellow mucous, cough.

Shuang Huang Lian Wan (Pian)- Especially helpful for razor blade like sore throat, fever, and cough caused by exogenous wind-heat pattern viral cold and flu.

Alysia Anderson,  L.Ac. M.Ac.OM

An Sen Acupuncture & Massage Clinic

107 SE Washington St. Suite #134

Portland Oregon 97214


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Not Every Cold & Flu is the same. Learn how Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine view the variations.

By Alysia Anderson, L.Ac, M.Ac.OM

Colds and flus are viral infections. In Chinese Medicine the predominant patterns seen are Wind-Heat, Wind-Cold, and Deficiency Type infections.  Acupuncture points and Chinese Herbal Formulas are chosen based on the type of patterns presenting.  Below is a brief symptom list:

Wind Heat- fever, aversion to heat, headache, sore throat, yellow phlegm or mucous with runny nose, thirst, yellow tongue coating and a floating, rapid pulse.

Wind-Cold Pattern- aversion to cold; mild fever; absence of sweat; chest congestion; sneezing; running nose with clear mucus; itching throat, or a cough with clear mucus; a thin, white tongue coating; and a tight pulse.

Deficiency Pattern:  Most people suffering from chronic illness, or with weak, and not fully developed immune systems such as children, elderly, or those with immuno-compromised disorders tend to catch colds/flus more frequently and  are usually hit the hardest.  Their energy is low, and they have trouble recovering from prolonged illness.  In these cases, during the attack of cold or flu, the symptoms are cleared with either Wind Heat or Wind Cold Herbs and Acupuncture.  Once the cold and flu symptoms are gone, then immune and Qi(energy) boosting herbs/food recommendations are given to strengthen the bodies defenses. 

Although Chinese Medicine is beneficial for any level of a pathogens expression, it makes sense to take preventative measures by keeping the bodies Wei Qi/immune system strong with regular Acupuncture/Herbal treatments.  And, at the first sign of cold or flu, Acupuncture and Herbs can help kick out, and/or support the bodies natural energy needed to help fight it off the pathogen.  Lastly, stay in touch.  It’s important for any Acupuncturist to be in tune with their patients presenting signs and symptoms, because like the seasons, pathogens change too, which means different Acupuncture points and different herbal formulas for successful treatment. 

Alysia Anderson,  L.Ac. M.Ac.OM

An Sen Acupuncture & Massage Clinic

107 SE Washington St. Suite #134

Portland Oregon 97214


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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine For Cold’s & Flu’s

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Colds and Flu’s 

By Alysia Anderson L.Ac., M.Ac.OM

The kid’s have started back to school.  Time to break out last year’s sweaters. Fall is here.  Fall is a time of temperature ebbs and flows, as late summer tries to hold on just a little longer, while winters chills creep in. This colder weather, along with seasonal shifts, is somewhat of a shock to the natural world, which we humans are apart of.  It is a transitory stage, where wind, cold, summer heat, fire, dampness, and dryness intermingle until a healthy balance of the season is in check. These temperature/wind shifts (Known as the 6 Exogenous Factors in Chinese Medicine) make our bodies more susceptible to viruses and airborne pathogens.

In Chinese Medicine, there are four levels that a pathogen can enter.  Each of those levels going deeper and deeper into the body, which is why it is important to keep our outer defenses strong.

The first line of defense: Wei Qi (Energy)

Like an aura enveloping us, the Wei Qi (energy) protects us and is the first line of defense to cold’s and flu bugs. Wei Qi circulates outside of our vessels in the skin and muscle layers, and through our respiratory system. When our Wei Qi is strong, we do not tend to suffer from cold and flu bugs, or if we do catch them, we are able to fight off the virus at the initial stages. Fever and chills are a sign that our wei qi is fighting against the evil pathogen. If the pathogen is too strong, or our Wei Qi too weak, the virus can enter deeper into the body which means worsening of symptoms. This of course leads to more time off of work and school, along with a depletion of our energy, as all of the bodies resources go to battle with the virus.  

5 Tips to Strengthen Wei Qi & Keep Immune System Strong:

-Eat Right:Wei Qi” is derived from the qi (energy) from the essence of food. Eating healthy balanced meals, especially those foods in season, like hearty stews from late summer vegetables are great immune boosters.  Below is a list of common immune boosting vitamins and herbs that are also beneficial.

Probiotics, vitamin C, Zinc, B Vitamins, and Vitamin A (avoid large doses of vitamin A, or choose beta-carotine sources instead) Garlic, Medicinal Mushrooms such as Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake & Cordyceps, Ginger, Astralagus (Huang Qi), Nettles and Eyebright (for Fall Allergies) For more information, view my Boost Immune System with Food and Herbs blog.

-Get enough sleep

-Exercise regularly

-Reduce Stress Response

-Wash hands regularly

**Regular Acupuncture treatments help keep the body and mind balanced, and can be used to strengthen the immune system during cold and flu season, as well as, prepare the bodies defenses during the offseason.  (ie, regular treatments during the summer can strengthen the bodies defenses for the winter months)  So if you tend to get hit hard every year with the newest viral or bacterial cold and flu strain, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can prove to be your shield.

Alysia Anderson,  L.Ac. M.Ac.OM

An Sen Acupuncture & Massage Clinic

107 SE Washington St. Suite #134

Portland Oregon 97214


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