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Donica Schmidt Acupuncture

DS Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon offers the following Traditional Chinese Medicine services to treat a variety of ailments: acupuncture, cupping, moxa, tuina, herbs and formulas, guasha, nutritional counseling, electrical stimulation, and qi gong.

Donica Schmidt (L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., MATCM) is the founder and owner of DS Acupuncture.  She received with honors a Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in California.  Shortly after, she moved to Portland to continue practicing.  Before this, she graduated with a BFA in Dance through California State University, Long Beach.  Movement of the body lead her curiosity to yoga.  She received her 200-hour Yoga Certification in 2008 and has been practicing and teaching yoga ever since.  She has also invested time studying other forms of physical healing through Thai Yoga Massage and the MELT Method.  As well as various forms of Tai Chi.

"I believe, if the body can feel so good after big movement such as yoga, dance or anything physical, then there must be small movement that when shifted the correct way can make a person feel just as good, if not better.  That's what acupuncture does, supports a natural flow of movement in the body to help it work with better function."

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

What to expect on your first treatment?

We will go over your full medical history. You will receive an acupuncture treatment with possible other TCM modalities included.  We will discuss a treatment plan.  

Please have a meal or a snack within two hours before your treatment.  

Do you take insurance?

Yes, I accept most insurance plans.

what I should be feeling after My treatment?

Most people feel really good after treatment and it depends on the person and their condition as to how long that will last.  Results from acupuncture may only last a couple hours to a couple days before symptoms start coming back.  Sometimes symptoms may seem worse following your treatment, but the next day gets significantly better.  These are all normal responses I have seen.  It is best that you contact me if you have any concerns about your treatment.  I am happy to answer all questions or concerns.  

How many treatments will I need?

Acute conditions, within the past 3 months: From my experience, patients being treated with acute pain issues see immediate results their first treatment.  After your first assessment, we will go over a treatment plan that is best for your condition.  In the first week of your treatment, it is common to get 2-3 treatments and then spread them to weekly or biweekly as the condition improves and stabilizes.  My most recurrent treatment plan is 3-5 more visits.  

Chronic conditions, over 3 months: After your first assessment we will go over a treatment plan that is best for your condition.  It is common to see your acupuncturist more than once in a week when dealing with the initial condition.  As it stabilizes, treatment will be spread out and a treatment plan might be 6-12 visits spread over two to three months.  

What kind of needles do you use?

Disposable, sterile, single-use stainless steel needles.  Acupuncture needles are unlike hypodermic needles which are hollow, ridged, and used to inject or extract fluids.  To get an idea of the size of an acupuncture needle, it would take anywhere form a half a dozen to a dozen acupuncture needles to fit the size of a hypodermic needle.


Yes, using other modalities such as tuina, guasha, moxa, or cupping can be very effective.  If you are only interested in herbs, we can consult about that as well.  

What can TCM treat?

TCM can help anyone who is willing to choose this form of treatment as a means of supporting them to health.  These are some, but not limited to, treated issues that have been known to benefit from TCM.  If you have a question about a specific condition or disease, please email or call me with questions.   

  • Asthma

  • Common Cold

  • Allergies

  • Pain

  • Headaches

  • Digestive issues

  • Irritable bowel

  • PMS/gynecological concerns

  • Infertility

  • Menopause

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Stress relief

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Injury/surgery recovery