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Thursday, August 06, 2015


Collaboration. Control. Understanding. Hope.

These are not typically words we associate with healthcare, but this is exactly what Erin Brockmeyer, LAc wants her patients to find. 

“I think it is crazy how little we know about our own bodies. I remember being 27 and in school —medical school  — when that thought dawned on me. Of course we are a nation of sick people. We have no idea how our bodies work or how to read the signals we are getting, so we have no idea how to get well.”

That is why she decided to offer a different approach to healthcare. The idea behind her integrative acupuncture, herbal and nutrition practice in downtown Portland is to help people feel better in part by helping them understand their bodies. When you walk into the office, you are greeted by the sweet herbal smells, soothing music and comfy vibe you’d expect to find in an acupuncture office. But once your treatment starts, things feel different. 

The goal at Solstice Natural Health is not only to give patients symptomatic relief — relieve pain, reduce allergies, regulate menstrual cycles, decrease stress — but also to heal the root of the problem. This is not band-aid medicine.

“I want my patients to learn about their bodies. I want them to stop feeling like they are at the mercy of their symptoms.” It’s healthcare that’s not just aimed at feeling good — it’s about having the freedom to live the life you want. 

She makes it a point to learn about her patients’ health goals. Whether they want to be able to ride their horse again, expand their family or have enough energy to hike Dog Mountain, Ms. Brockmeyer’s treatment plans are aimed at helping patients meet these goals. It is the blend of the modalities she uses, the time she spends with patients, and her collaboration with other health providers that allows her to have great success treating complex health issues like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fertility concerns, and acute and chronic pain.

Brockmeyer is not only providing acupuncture to her patients, but a whole system of medicine. “Most people think of acupuncture as only being good for things like tendonitis. They don’t realize that a model like this can address all of their health concerns. Plus they get to relax during the process which is icing on the cake.”

Erin got her undergraduate degrees in creative writing and anthropology and moved to Portland from Madison, Wisconsin to experience the best of the mountains and the coast. After finishing school, she developed a serious anxiety disorder that was brought completely under control by acupuncture. 

“Feeling good is important,” Brockmeyer says. “But the important piece is learning how to stay healthy so that you can live a full and happy life.”

Solstice Natural Health is located at 510 SW 3rd Ave, Suite 201 in downtown Portland. 


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