Patrick Garretson L.Ac.- My Practice & Philosophy


-Effective March 1 2018, I am not practicing acupuncture, having moved back to California from Oregon. Licensure in CA pending-


~About my philosophy and practice~

My primary concern in the clinic room is to see the whole patient, identify any imbalances, alleviate presenting symptoms, and step by step bring you back into dynamic equilibrium- what most people identify as “health”. We all have areas where we tend to slip into imbalance, and often times we are able to function in a less than ideal state, but with a little bit of help, we can learn to really thrive. This is what I offer you as a practitioner of this ancient medicine. I have an emphasis on the mental and emotional aspects of this medicine, pain management and sports medicine, and I also offer facial rejuventation treatments.


Systems and Methods : Japanese Meridian Therapy, 5-Elements Theory, and fractal mapping. 

palpationI’ve been trained in Japanese Meridian therapy which focuses on gentle, and often non-penatritive practices. It’s an excellent medium for those who are a bit needle-shy. It is similar in diagnosis to 5-Elements Theory in that it draws from classic texts deeply and utilizes the relational aspects of the Chinese 5 elements to draw a theory of physiology and pathology. Both schools of acupuncture theory are strong in the mind-body connection aspect, thus are great for problems which are of both worlds, which they often are. Japanese Meridian Therapy is also a prominent hands on approach, utilizing palpation as an essential tool in diagnosis. Additionally, this style involves a number of different moxabustion techniques not found in most Chinese based practices. Moxabustion is the use of burning mugwort over or on certain points for therapeutic effect. I do not use the “Chinese cigars” as I refer to them- long cigar shaped rolls of mugwort (stem and all) that are traditionally waved over a point or area- because they stink and produce excessive amounts of smoke that in my opinion are as bad as second-hand cigarette smoke. The Japanese techniques involve burning smaller amounts of refined mugwort placed very delicately over a specific point with some herbal salve in accordance with the treatment plan. The resulting smell is uplifting and conducive to a healing environment. I have worked with numerous people with allergies and respiratory ailments with no problems, and the effect is much more needle-like in its point specificity. The addition of heat in this form has tremendous benefit, particularly for problems that are cold in nature. Pain, poor-circulation, and chronic issues are often “cold” conditions.

I use the term fractal mapping to refer to both ear acupuncture and scalp acupuncture, both of which had been developed to an extent by classical Chinese physicians, but also have been dramatically expanded by modern practitioners. In essence, our bodies are holograms of themselves (and the Universe classically speaking), with organs like the ear and the tongue being reflectors of various organs and parts of the body. The tongue has been for centuries used as an important diagnostic tool, along with pulse which also reflects various internal organs. The ear, with it’s Fibonacci-spiral shape and ease of access on the head lends itself as a perfect tool for mapping the body onto such that the fine needles of this medicine can accurately pin-point areas of disease and imbalance that often reveal themselves in the auricular landscape. Another much newer method of mapping the use of pinning or threading areas that correspond with the various parts of the brain that neurology has revealed have manifestations on the scalp surface. These two modalities lend themselves well to complex situations that often benefit from a varied approach. They have been used very effectively in modern clinics for trauma, addiction, hormonal problems, and pain management. 

I hope to see you and look forward to helping to find your optimal health, balance, and grace.

Patrick Garretson L.Ac. #175997