Acupuncture has been used by traditional cultures for at least three thousand years to treat many kinds of illness and discomfort. In simple terms, it is a way of directing the human body’s own mechanisms of self-healing to promote wellness and treat disease. In the West, acupuncture is known primarily for its ability to treat acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal concerns.

From sports injuries to arthritis, motor vehicle accidents, chronic strains or other ailments, acupuncture can have an immediate and profound effect on decreasing the sensation of pain and returning vitality, movement, and energy to the body.

What is not so well known is that acupuncture can also treat many other kinds of diseases. Headaches, Allergies, Asthma, Digestive disorders and Mental/Emotional conditions all respond very well to treatment with acupuncture, as do the more than 100 conditions for which the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s ability to bring relief.

The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the skin of the human body. At McMinnville Community Acupuncture we utilize a gentle technique that most patients find to be a powerful and relaxing experience.

Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine

Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine is a proto-science utilizing the signs and symptoms of the body to craft a formula of botanical, animal and mineral substances to transform a state of disharmony or disease back into exuberant health and wellness.  The practitioner feels the pulse at the radial artery on both wrists, takes a comprehensive intake and asks questions which related to the presenting condition.  Medicinal substances are then written into a poem that describes a path back to health for the patient.  

Brehan Crawford is skilled at distilling the fine points of a clinical history into a complete picture of what brought the patient to the presenting condition and then crafting a remedy which will harmonize the function of organ systems of the body to eliminate disease and foster the creation of true health.  The unique history and constitution of each patient is honored and recognized in formula creation and a one-size-fits-all approach will not be found here.  Often times in addition to herbs, our clinic will recommend a specific dietary regimen to help the body heal.

Many maladies respond especially well to herbal medicine; Brehan is especially skilled in treating patients with digestive disorders of all kinds, certain cancers, autoimmune and "mystery" conditions and Lyme disease.

Therapeutic Bodywork


In many traditional cultures, the power of human touch is recognized as one of the most potent medicines available. In conditions of stress and depletion, receiving a rejuvenating massage can be as powerful as a long vacation in nature or a visit with close friends and family.

Therapeutic Bodywork can also help with recovery from many musculoskeletal conditions, especially those resulting from chronic postural issues (caused by driving, repetitive movement, or desk jobs) or injuries of overuse and constant strain.

Bodywork is frequently incorporated into our acupuncture treatments when appropriate and often helps our patients return to full function with only a few treatments. We practice the Japanese styles of Shiatsu (“Finger Pressure” meridian therapy) and Sotai (“Gentle Body” assisted stretching and movement), and Chinese Tuina (“Push-pull”, a holistic system that includes many elements of traditional massage, stretching and joint mobilization).  

When appropriate, we may utilize Cupping or Guasha treatment to help relieve tension and improve microcirculation to affected areas of the body.