Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, 201 N. Main St. Halfway, Oregon 97834 (541) 406-0615
Welcome to Wilder Health
Welcome to Wilder health! You may be simply curious about acupuncture or actively seeking a holistic remedy for your illness. In either case, Wilder Health’s intention is to be a beacon of hope for those who are sick of being sick. Our passion is helping people heal, not only physical ailments, but also emotional and spiritual wounds as well.
Wilder Health resides in beautiful, nature-enveloped Eastern Oregon. Getting results is our top priority and we use a blend of ancient and modern techniques to catalyze your body’s natural healing response. Whether you are seeking relief from intense pain or need more balance in your body, we can help.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for the last 5,000 years. It contains one of the best diagnostic systems on the planet. It pinpoints a patient’s constitutional imbalance according to their symptoms. Then acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other Asian modalities are utilized to restore harmony to the body.
Functional medicine embraces holistic theories as well as incorporating modern Western medical methods of diagnosis. Detoxification of the liver, large intestine and other organs is often needed since the modern world is a “toxic soup.” Then vitamins, supplements and nutrient dense foods strengthen the body.
Although acupuncture is known primarily for relieving musculoskeletal pain, it also is effective for women’s health, pediatrics, digestive and autoimmune disorders. A combination of subtle and deep treatments are available, according to your needs. Maintaining open communication with your practitioner is essential.
We teach a variety of classes at Wilder health including qi gong, acupressure self-help and nutrient dense cooking classes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and let us know your interests.
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Southwest Acupuncture College 2010
B.A. Environmental Studies
U.C. Santa Cruz 1996
Certified Acupressure Massage Therapist
Acupressure Institute 1996
Se habla Español.
About Hopi Wilder, L.Ac.
Hopi Wilder, L.Ac. is nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist and is licensed in Oregon and California. She began her career as a shiatzu and sports massage therapist, practicing for 15 years in California and Colorado. Her work deepened with an apprenticeship in pain reduction and tissue regeneration beginning in 2000 to the present with Michael Turk, L.Ac.. Turk, a well-known teacher and author, is one of a handful of acupuncturists in the United States who have practiced classical style acupuncture for over thirty years.
Hopi completed her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado, while at the same time training with Jake Fratkin, O.M.D., L.Ac., internationally renowned teacher and author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines. During her training with Fratkin she became proficient in the process of making Chinese herbal tinctures from raw herbs and produced all of the herbal tinctures for his clinic. She enjoys making herbal medicines, salves, and teas for her patients.
Hopi’s experience as an outdoor adventurer led her to also specialize in sports medicine and pain-relief, as she found acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be the most effective remedies for her own injuries and health. Hopi is also passionate about herbal medicine and believes wholesome food is an important and powerful healing modality for all her patients. She is a lifelong student of martial arts and teaches qigong workshops, lacto-fermented cooking classes and acupressure self-help.
TCM effectively treats:
chronic or acute pain
“Hopi is a skilled and caring acupuncturist with sensitive, intelligent hands. She seems to know exactly where to get the best results with chronic pain conditions. I had a recurrent, muscle spasm in my shoulder region, which wasn't responding to chiropractic or massage techniques. It finally resolved after just two acupuncture treatments with Hopi and hasn't returned. Hopi combines knowledge with a quiet, wise, nurturing presence. A wonderful combination for anyone in need of physical healing."
~ Nance, MSW / psychotherapist.
“Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Acupuncture uses single-use, hair-thin pins to open gates along rivers of wellness that run through the body. My goal is to get all the rivers flowing well and to open up the blockages that are preventing you from feeling healthy and pain-free. Acupuncture also has an amazing capability to release natural endorphins that are 1,000 times stronger than morphine. It is safe for children, pregnant women, cancer and H.I.V. patients amongst others.
I also offer auricular therapy (ear acupuncture) in a group setting on selected days for addiction recovery including: opiate addiction withdrawal, weight loss, cigarette smoking, anxiety and depression. Ear acupuncture is the most direct way to effect brain chemistry. Auricular protocols have been implemented in many hospitals world wide to eliminate addictions and P.T.S.D. in veterans
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Ancient Chinese herbal doctors devised very effective combinations of herbs that are gentle and easy for the body to assimilate. Today, I do an in-depth analysis of your individual constitution and help to match you with the appropriate formula that will nourish your deficiencies or ward off flus , colds and other common illnesses. I will discuss drug-herb contraindications with you as well as avoiding minor side effects such as digestive upset, gas or bloating. Finding the best-suited herbal formula for you can be a life-changing experience.
For thousands of years, Oriental healers have burned an herb called moxa or mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) on top of the needles or close to the skin. Heat traveling down the shaft of a needle melts scar tissue, decreases pain in old injuries and increases range of motion. Moxa is also an amazing immune booster during flu season and can be used for a variety of conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and fybromyalgia. Hundreds of Chinese herbal formulas are also used to assist the body in strengthening the body and combating disease.
Recently, cupping has gotten more attention since Hollywood divas discovered Chinese medicine and continued wearing backless dresses after treatments. The main goal of applying plastic or glass cups with suction is to dredge up toxins that are stored in specific pockets in the body in order for the body to get rid of them. In Chinese medicine this is called removing qi and blood stagnation. This is especially helpful in the neck, back and shoulders. The light purple bruising that remains is actually a good sign indicating stagnation and toxins are dissipating and vanishes within a few days.
Japanese hands on healing is an ancient form of rejuvenating the body using the acupressure points, by applying finger pressure instead of pins. A combination of Japanese techniques are used including Reikii, where the hands are resting above the body and help calm the spirit and invite healing in the body. Shiatsu and Jin Shin Tara are more focused on specific point combinations helpful for physical conditions as well as mental and emotional issues.
“I have had back, neck, and sleep problems for overuse and previous injuries for many years. As a professional driving instructor with many active hobbies my body always seemed overburdened and uncomfortable. I tried chiropractic and massage therapies, which provided only temporary relief. Hopi introduced to me a type of acupuncture, which quickly resolved scar tissue, range of motion, and muscle memory issues in record time. I must say that the treatment has changed my attitude by giving me hope for being comfortable and strong, as well as a sense of well being.... My neck and back have improved dramatically. It is so appreciated.”
~Shawn, 40 years old