Amara Narten, LAc Portland Acupuncturist & Board Certified Herbalist

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Amara Narten is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Board-Certified Herbalist. She is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, indicating certification by the NCCAOM in Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Chinese Medical Theory, and Herbology. Amara earned her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, where she was honored with a scholarship as an OCOM Board of Trustees Scholar. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 2007 with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology. Additionally, she is a certified member of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).

Amara works closely with Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac. and Betsy Gordon, L.Ac. to provide our current and new patients more availability to schedule appointments with practitioners who share similar styles of treatment and whom you can trust. Our acupuncture team works closely together to provide you the best possible outcomes, ensure continuity of care, and expand your treatment options.

Amara’s first dream job was one she could barely pronounce at age 4: she wanted to be a “neonatologist”, or doctor for premature babies. Her young ambition to help children and work in the medical field continued for years, but it was growing up in a health-conscious household and in the back kitchen of the family-owned natural foods restaurant that really changed the course of her career. Her family instilled in her the importance of preventing illness through healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. They also explored alternative healthcare options for her and her four siblings. As a child she remembers the trips to the corner Chinese herbal medicinary: how beautiful it was in there! Dried orange peels, spicy cinnamon, fragrant chrysanthemum flowers mixed together as medicines for her family—she was intrigued. It was within these early experiences that she developed a perspective on health that—although she didn’t know it then—could be summed up by an ancient Chinese proverb: “Dig the well before you are thirsty.” In other words, the best medicine is that which prevents illness in the first place. Furthermore, treating disease requires addressing a whole person within the context of their life. She says: “While western medicine teases apart the amazing biology and chemistry of our existence to better understand it, Eastern medicine views the patient as dynamic whole. I love to utilize both perspectives to get the very best results for my patients.”

Her decision to pursue a career in Chinese Medicine was truly a natural extension of her own values and beliefs and experiences regarding health. Amara_Narten2Amara’s interest in nutrition continues, and she enjoys working with patients to optimize digestive health and treat such conditions as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, obesity, and other GI related complaints. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions, including chronic and acute pain conditions, sports injuries, gynecological disorders, infertility, menopausal syndrome, migraines, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress reduction. In addition to acupuncture, Amara incorporates herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, Qi Gong, and Foot Reflexology into her treatments.

She is also a practitioner of Zen Shiatsu, a gentle, yet powerful form of Japanese massage that accesses the acupuncture meridians via pressure therapy. Her first impression of Chinese Medicine was that it was incredibly gentle, non-invasive, and effective, but also that it was a mysterious and confusing concept for many Westerners to understand at first. Amara views her practice as an opportunity to bridge this gap between East and West, while creating a warm and nonjudgmental environment in which patients can heal and thrive. When she’s not at the office, Amara enjoys hiking and camping the beautiful Northwest, hunting for the perfect swimming hole, crafting, cooking fresh from farmer’s markets, and visiting her large and amazing family scattered across the country. She is currently teaching herself to garden and learning to play the ukulele. To schedule an appointment, or to ask questions about Amara’s services, please call 503.297-3825 or contact her via email. For immediate scheduling, book online.