Abba Anderson MSOM LAc
I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and certified hypnotherapist in Springfield, Missouri. People always ask me if acupuncture and herbs can fix “fill-in-the-blank,” and I have to say that acupuncture can help with almost any issue because it supports homeostasis, which is your body’s ability to balance its systems and chemistry.
While pharmaceutical drugs push the body’s systems harshly and unnaturally in one direction or another, acupuncture helps the body do what it wants to do, which is keep all systems operating optimally. And while modern science has some ideas about how acupuncture works its magic, we have yet to explain it all – I personally like that there’s a bit of mystery involved, and that my patients’ results often surprise me in a good way!
In general, acupuncture works well for the things that conventional medicine doesn’t offer much help with. Acupuncture can make a big difference for people with any chronic disease or autoimmune disorder and anybody who is considering antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication. Acupuncture is also highly effective for treating women’s health issues including infertility, PMS and menopausal symptoms.
I received my post-graduate training in acupuncture and herbal medicine at Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, where I earned a four-year clinical Master’s of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. Since then, I have received advanced training in gentle Japanese acupuncture techniques, facial renewal acupuncture, and alternative treatment of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and chronic pain. I received my hypnotherapy certification and Reiki training with Holly Holmes-Meredith at HCH Institute in Lafayette, California, served as Editor in Chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine for five years, and am currently beginning work on my doctoral dissertation about integrating acupuncture into disaster relief operations. My dissertation subject was inspired by my experience organizing Missouri acupuncturists in Joplin, Missouri, where volunteer acupuncturists provided 1000 treatments in the month following the May 2011 tornado. The benefits that survivors and volunteers received from these treatments was deeply inspiring to me.
I grew up in Branson, Missouri, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Mizzou and an MA in creative writing from Sonoma State University. When I’m not sticking very tiny needles in people, I like to write with friends at the Mudhouse, see almost anything playing at the Moxie and kayak, hike and bike all over the Ozarks.
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