Primary Care Services

docvisitWe have multiple physicians and nurse practitioners to meet your primary care needs. Chinese Medicine options are manual medicines with an osteopathic focus. Experience stress relief and reduction. We also offer hands on body work sessions that are distinctively different from chiropractic, physical therapy or traditional message therapy. For more details call our office.

Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine (SOAM) physicians and nurse practitioners provide quality care for the prevention and alternative treatment of pain and stress related ailments.

Each SOAM nurse practitioner is an expert in diagnosing and caring for medical problems both simple and complex. The most common benefits patients typically experience at our clinics is:

  • Relief of muscular-skeletal pain
  • Increase in body range of motion
  • Improved posture
  • Increase in blood circulation
  • Increase in lymphatic circulation
  • Generalized healing of the body
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased energy levels

We also provide the full complement of alternative preventive medical options, including Chinese Medicines with an osteopathic focus, to help our patients reduce or improve their health.

In addition, treatment alternatives and counseling for specific medical conditions is currently being offered at ALL of our clinics. Our Doctors can help identify patients’ medical needs and offer various alternative options to fit their budget.

To make an appointment, call the location you'd like to be seen at TODAY!

Oregon Medical Marijuana Program


How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana ID Card in the State of Oregon.

Step 1:

Collect Medical Records from any type of provider that supports your diagnosis. One of those Documented visits needs to be within the last 12 months. 

(Or you can fill out the Medical Release form on our forms page, and our office staff can take care of that for you.)

* Patients’ Medical history is reviewed prior to appointment. If you do not have your documentation from your attending physician, we can help, simply complete our Medical Record Release Form below.

* Attending Physician’s office has up to 30 days to respond once a request for patients’ records has been submitted.

Step 2:

Contact our office and schedule an appointment to have our physician sign your state forms. (We provide this)

Step 3:

Submit documentation from attending physician that diagnoses qualifying debilitating medical condition

Step 4:

Mail paperwork provided by us to the State of Oregon Public Health Department and pay all appropriate dues & fees.

Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine can help you with all of the steps above and help you deliver a complete application to the State of Oregon. 

Chinese Medcine

Yin_YangOver the years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.

Evaluation of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location, and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways.

Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine clinics diagnosis and offer treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. These treatments are based on the phenomena and laws of nature and the study of physiological activities and pathological changes in the human body and its interrelationships. Our typical TCM therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and exercises. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on organs internally, while acupuncture tries to restore the orderly information flow inside the network through the regulation of Qi. These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body and its place in the universe.


Acupuncture (1)Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine offers Acupuncture, (Method in which very fine needles are used to stimulate the body’s natural healing) as a treatment.

After careful assessment we identify energy patterns that are disrupted and insert needles into specific anatomically defined locations to help restore the energy patterns to their optimal state. As such, our acupuncturist uses needles to assist the patients’ body’s own self healing response. Some conditions may require additional electrical stimulation to enhance the effects of the needles. We may also use heat therapy by burning a specially processed herb next to the needle.

What does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been used as an effective medical modality for over 2000 years. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization to treat over 300 conditions. In the US, people commonly seek treatment for the following conditions:

• Digestive disorders: gastritis, colitis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, weight loss.

• Respiratory disorders: allergies, asthma, sinusitis, sore throat, chest infections, colds & flu.
• Neurological and muscular disorders: migraines, neck pain & tension, bursitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, acute trauma.

• Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems: infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome, prostate, problems.

• Emotional disorders: insomnia, addictions, stress, detox for chemical dependencies, PTSD.

What can I expect during my Acupuncture session?

Your treatment begins with an extensive conversation about your medical history, current health and lifestyle. Many first-time patients are amazed at how comfortable they feel during an acupuncture treatment. When the needle accesses the flow of Qi, a slight tingling, a heaviness, or a tugging sensation may be felt. Acupuncture needles have been scientifically proven to release endorphins giving patients a pleasant experience.

Course of Treatment

Initial treatments take approximately 2 hours in which a full history and overview of patient health is assessed. Follow-up appointments generally last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The length of the course of treatment depends upon several factors such as age, severity of condition and length of disease. Everyone reacts differently to acupuncture and will respond at different rates. Typically, acute cases resolve more rapidly than chronic cases which may take of course of approximately ten acupuncture treatments. Many people continue to use acupuncture to maintain good health by keeping the body’s immunity strong and emotions balanced.


Chiropractic Care

spinestonesChiropractic care is a medical specialty few people fully understand. Most believe that only those involved in an accident, or those who experience chronic neck or back pain can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. It is no surprise then that many people don't realize the great number of health conditions which can be addressed through chiropractic care. Even those with few health concerns stand to benefit from visiting a chiropractor for the first time, or from ongoing chiropractic treatment.

Life's daily stressors add up impacting the human body in far greater ways than you might realize. As a natural health care approach, regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and maintain balance within your body, leaving you better prepared to live life to its fullest.
Ongoing chiropractic care can have a significant positive effect on your overall well-being, assisting your body in everything from improved sleep quality to joint health which can in turn aid significantly in the prevention of other serious health issues. Regular chiropractic adjustments improve spinal alignment which restores and maintains overall nervous system health. In addition studies show that injuries are less likely to be serious and heal at a significantly faster rate in people who receive regular chiropractic care, especially when combined with a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

Ongoing chiropractic care offers significant health benefits, including:

  • Pain Management
  • Recovery from Back and Neck Injury
  • Stress Relief
  • Migraine and Tension Headache Relief
  • Improved Nervous System Function
  • Correction of Subluxations
  • Relief of Prenatal Discomfort
  • Increased Vitality
  • Preventative Care
  • Infant, Child and Geriatric Care


Massage Therapy

Omega_relaxed_woman_1Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine offers various Massage treatments for our clients. Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records date it’s practice back 3,000 years.

But Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What Is It Exactly?

Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or patterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.