Meet Andrea Valencia (she/her)
Licensed Acupunctuist, Herbalist, and Movement Instructor
As an East Asian medicine practitioner, my goal is to help our community reconnect and reclaim their embodiment. I utilize traditional and modern schools of medicine to treat ailments and provide you with tools for well-being. My intention during our sessions is to create a compassionate space for the understanding and manifestation of your health care needs.
My clinical experience has been sculpted by diverse integrative and nonprofit health centers. I have had the privilege of supporting homeless youth, marginalized people, and individuals with addictions move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. In addition to working in community empowering spaces, I enjoy sharing my background in movement therapies to further integrate my treatments with cultivative exercises and a choreographic approach to medicine. Although my interests evolve and are influenced by our collaboration, I focus on supporting mental and emotional health, musculoskeletal pain, digestive discomforts, pelvic health, and sexual well-being.
My role as a practitioner is to create space for the body to do what it innately does so well – heal. I offer acupuncture, individualized herbal formulas, bodywork, movement recommendations, nutritional and lifestyle counseling as tools to support you and your body’s equilibrium.
Insurance: I am currently not in-network with any insurance companies. I do accept most PPO plans and bill directly for out-of-network benefits. Upon scheduling your appointment, fill in your insurance information and email me a picture of your insurance card. Verification may take up to 48hrs on weekdays.
It can help with
Chronic stress, frustration, anger, fear, and anxiety are quite capable of affecting our nervous systems profoundly, to the point where we develop disease. Acupuncture directly stimulates the sensory nervous system. - Body Mind Wellness Center
Acupuncture helps by balancing the gut-brain axis and the nervous system to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive function. One of the side effects of an overactive sympathetic nervous system is decreased digestive function. Acupuncture also help reduce pain and inflammation which helps regulate stomach acid and studies have shown that acupuncture promotes peristalsis. -Morningside Acupuncture
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. This, in turn, creates biochemical changes that facilitates hormonal balance and blood flow throughout the body, including the pelvic area. Acupuncture along with Chinese herbs can treat pelvic health concerns such as: low libido, PMS, painful menstruation, menopause, erectile dysfunction, and vaginal dryness.
In the 1970s, research appeared in medical literature suggesting that acupuncture reduced pain sensations through direct stimulation of nerves, which changed the quality of signalling along nerve cells. Further studies supported the idea, and said that acupuncture directly stimulated the release of endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural pain killers and are 1000 times stronger than morphine. - Centre 4 Health