As a child Beth was drawn to herbalism and massage, treating her family during week-long backpacking trips with yarrow poultices and chamomile-oil calf rubs. Then at Reed College, she experienced the remarkable physical and mental benefits of Taiji Chuan, leading to an interest in East Asian medical thought. As an adult, she wanted to provide preventive, effective, low-cost medical care that empowers people to feel in control of their health. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine fulfill this goal in an elegant and enjoyable way, using the principles found in nature to embody optimal health. She views the body as an ecosystem and draws inspiration from time spent in wild nature and from the fields of neurology and microbiology. She is passionate about both the art and science of acupuncture and loves the opportunity to create lasting change within moments.
Beth enjoys treating people who are new to acupuncture (especially skeptical folks!), and she combines acupuncture with two effective and gentle acupressure massage techniques: Thai traditional massage and Zen Shiatsu massage. Both types can be used in place of needles if necessary, and they enhance the treatment effect of acupuncture. Thai massage works on the musculoskeletal level to integrate the body’s structures while harmonizing the immune system. Zen Shiatsu creates a deep relaxation that calms the mind and rejuvenates the over-worked body. Beth also gives self-care homework and constantly strives to help you manage or prevent illness by actively coordinating care with your other healthcare providers.
She maintains a strong interest in acupuncture research, especially clinical effectiveness research and interdisciplinary studies of pain, fascia, and neurology. She runs a small website (TEAM Research) to describe some of the trends and questions in acupuncture research.
Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Reed College, Portland, OR
Continuing education and specialties:
Study of Advanced Shiatsu with Susan Hare, Portland, 2010-11
Certification for Thai Traditional Massage, Wat Pho School of Medicine, Bangkok, March 2012
Society for Acupuncture Research Conference, University of Michigan, April 2013
Teaching Assistant at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for Living Anatomy, Advanced Acupuncture, and Structural Diagnosis, 2013-2014
Beth Griffing is an in-network provider with most plans with the following insurance companies:
- First Choice Health Network
- Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United HealthCare
We recommend verifying with your insurance company to confirm network status or calling us at (503) 281-6909 to verify your eligibility. Confirmation of eligibility and benefits is not a guarantee of coverage.