Put simply, Ross McCallum wants to heal pain. Through the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Ross is out to treat the cause of the pain, not just the symptom. He believes in treating the whole person, working together with his patients to discover the underlying causes of pain and to develop a plan to heal.
Not Just Needles: Ross is quick to point out that his practice is more than acupuncture. Ross gives Tui Na Chinese massage, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition counseling, supplement advice, infrared heat therapy, moxibustion, reflexology, and exercise advice, as well as acupuncture and electro-acupunture. Wow – where do I sign up?
Personalized Treatment: In fact, acupuncture is just one part of a treatment plan, and Ross develops unique treatment plans for each individual. Initial consultations take about an hour, where Ross takes the time to really learn about what’s going on. He will probably take your pulse and want to see your tongue! Ross says the tongue and pulse have a lot to say.
It’s the Inflammation: Ross takes a three-pronged approach to working up a treatment plan. The first prong is nutrition. Ross will ask about your diet and other areas of your life to root out potential causes of inflammation. The other two prongs of the treatment are Chinese herbal supplements and acupuncture. Reducing inflammation is key, according to Ross, and helping his patients understand the relationship between inflammation and sleep, stress and sugar is one of his top goals.
Sinus Relief: Ross’s interest in Chinese medicine started with a sinus infection. He had been plagued with sinus infections for years, and after being treated with acupuncture and starting on supplements, the sinus infection went away and did not come back for a long time. He knows first hand the benefits of Chinese medicine.
Speaking the Language: During college, Ross went on an exchange program to a university in Beijing to learn Chinese. While living in China, he not only learned to speak and write Chinese, but also discovered how prevalent and beneficial the art of Chinese herbal medicine is. Ross reports that learning to speak Chinese has been invaluable. Not only did it help him while studying Chinese medicine, it helps in his practice as well.
Healing the Whole: Ross explains that Chinese Medicine is an ancient practice. It is an holistic approach to healing, taking the entire individual into account and not just an isolated set of symptoms. Treating people as a whole, integrated being, the Chinese Medicine practitioner relies on his expert knowledge of human physiology and Chinese healing techniques to heal the patient systemically at the cause of the problem, not just treat a symptom.
Impressions: My layman’s sense is that it is the science of nature and using the powers of nature to heal. Ross tells amazing stories of practitioners using the pulse as a pregnancy test, and of Chinese herbal medicine putting cancers into remission. It’s a healing art that seems full of wisdom, compassion, and efficacy.
Living Chinese : Ross has the credentials and experience to back up his practice. Before starting on his education in Chinese medicine, Ross applied for, and was accepted into, a prestigious exchange program to study at a University in China. His goal: to learn the Chinese language. Ross wanted to speak the language of the medicine he would study and learn and eventually practice.
He’s Got Cred: Ross earned his Master of Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, one of the best in the country. Ross also trained at two different hospitals in Nanjiing, China, where he received hands-on training treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He is also one of the few in his field who have taken and passed the Chinese herb boards.
It’s Home: Ross arrived in Portland to study Chinese Medicine, and has made Portland his home. I noticed his office was full of pictures of mountains from the Pacific Northwest, and yes, he loves the outdoor activities the area offers. Like many of us up here, he snowboards, hikes, swims, and rides his bike.
Ross currently practices at My Path Wellness in Milwaukie, but will soon be also opening a practice in SE Portland on SE Powell Boulevard.
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