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Goldendale Chiropractor | Goldendale chiropractic care | WA | Anne Anderson, LAc

           Goldendale Chiropractic & Natural Medicine

bringing "health" to our community...naturally!



Dennis L Carver, DC    TreePerson_Office_Logo.jpg Ann Anderson, LAc


Lori Carsey, LMP                           Shelley Grable, LMP



Anne Anderson, LAc


I’m so excited to be living in the great Columbia Gorge area and starting my practice in Goldendale, WAI graduated with my Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and am now a licensed acupuncturist for the state of Washington. My practice incorporates methods of treatment, called modalities. These are listed below. Your treatment may include one or more of the following treatments. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Acupuncture is an ancient art which has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of small needles under the skin in certain areas called points and along lines on the body called meridians. These needles are sterile and can be placed anywhere on the body with relative safety. When the needle is inserted a patient may experience a slight poking sensation similar to a pine needle. However, this discomfort is momentary and should pass quickly. Some people may experience a feeling of heaviness near the needle or down their limbs, a slight tingling sensation around the needle, or a feeling of heat or cold. In most cases these sensations are normal. If something does not feel “right” or if you experience too much discomfort, let your acupuncturist know.

Acupressure uses the same system of points and meridians as Acupuncture, but nothing is inserted into the body. Usually an acupuncturist will put pressure on different areas of the body using their fingers or tools which are blunt. The tools may also be used to lightly scrape the skin. This method should not cause distress.

Tuina is a form of massage. It incorporates different techniques, including stretching, to loosen the muscles and relax the body.

Gua Sha is a form of acupressure where a blunt object, such as a ceramic soup spoon, or a metal wedge is pressed and scraped along the surface of the body. The pressure used can vary and should be adjusted to suit the patient’s needs. With Gua Sha the practitioner will usually use a salve or lotion for lubrication. The tool will pull on the skin slightly to allow for increased blood flow and bring healing to the area. The patient may experience some bruising or red marks afterwards, but these should go away after a few days.

Cupping is where a glass or plastic cup is placed on the skin through suctioning the air from the cup. This is done using fire or a pump. (The ones used in this clinic are pump based) The practitioner may put some ointment or lotion on the skin and move the cups, once they are in place, or they may leave them in one spot for a short time. The cups will pull on the skin slightly and increase blood flow to bring healing to the area.

Moxa is a way of warming an area of the body with an herb called Mugwort. The methods used are directly or indirectly burning the herb on or over the skin, steaming the herb, or using a heat lamp and liniment. In this office we use a steaming machine to heat the area.

Chinese Herbs are various plant roots, leaves, and other things which are combined to form one cohesive formula. These come in various forms: patent, tinctures, granules and bulk.

Patent means the herbs have been put into a “pill” form. These are taken with warm water or tea and are usually given the name teapills.

Tinctures are usually alcohol based. The herbs have been soaked in a liquid until the properties of the herbs are now in the liquid. Then water is added to give the tincture a certain strength.  

Granules are herbs which have been boiled in water and then combined with a starch to form a powder. A patient can then add the powdered herbs to hot water to make a tea.

Bulk herbs are dried and given in the form which is best for consumption. They may be precooked, salted, or honey fried.

All herbs can affect the body. They can be used to help with a variety of conditions. The most common side effects are nausea or loose stools.

Goldendale Chiropractor | Anne Anderson, LAc. Dr. Dennis Carver is a Goldendale Chiropractor.