Nhimsa Champaneri, LAc
Nurturing, Warm, Steady, Intuitive
As a child growing up in London, my mother’s kitchen was the heart of our home. I watched with awe as she carefully reached into the depths of the magical wooden cabinet, choosing fragrant roots, stems, and leaves to nourish and heal. Her intuitive wisdom, passed down for generations was infused in her potions, her love and care wrapped around me like a blanket.
In our culture, every woman is a healer and trust in the power of plant medicine is intuitive. After completing my science degree, I planned to study medicine in Scotland when a pilgrimage to India set me on a very different path. Although I had visited my ancestral homeland many times before, this trip was different. I immersed myself in the culture and deepened my relationship with myself, letting the wisdom of my ancestors uncover the truth. I developed a strong internal compass to help me navigate my new awarenesses. Each day I climbed hundreds of stairs between my cottage and town, soaking up the natural beauty of my surroundings and the meditative quiet of my internal experience. Eventually, my knees swelled from the rigor of repetitive climbing and the pain became so great I could hardly walk. A dear friend referred me to a local Eastern medicine healer. The treatment felt comforting, familiar, and intuitive, much like the nurturing warmth of my mother’s kitchen. In time the pain diminished, my knees became stronger, and surprisingly even my childhood psoriasis disappeared.
It was as though I was suddenly turned right-side up. As I experienced the subtle power of this type of healing, I understood that physical challenges are a gateway to understanding the depths of ourselves. The veil was lifted and I was acutely aware of my new path. I embraced my calling as a healer and set out to learn all I could about the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine.
On my journey, I focused in on women’s health. As a doula, I have attended over 100 births, supporting women throughout the birthing and postpartum process. Growing up in a culture where women gather and cook and sing together is the thread that remains as I navigate my life today as a woman, a mother, and as a healer. I have set up clinics in Guatemala, Mexico, and South India and practiced in Nevada City and Mt. Shasta prior to landing in Ashland, Oregon. I travel back to India each year to reconnect with Shiva Mountain, the sacred place where my own healing journey began. I love to spend time outdoors with my son and have practiced meditation since childhood as a means for accessing the deeper parts of myself and my heart. I believe that my job as a practitioner is to do more than fix the body. My vocation is to bring my patients back into balance, back into the cosmic essence of their hearts.
I look forward to helping you do the same.
What we do
Are you in search for a more integrated approach to supporting your body and its ailments? Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is a holistic non-invasive healing modality that is safe and effective. This Ancient medicine works with all conditions that the body, mind, and spirit encounters as one navigates the daily stressors of a modern life. Whether a person is in pain, stressed or is unable to sleep the first step is to deeply relax the nervous system and bring a deeper level of awareness into slowing down. This alone reconfigures all the bodily systems, and begins the process of healing no matter the ailment.
Most Americans are in chronic pain of some kind, and they believe that its just a normal part of life or growing old. They also believe that their only course of action to address their pain limitation and constraints is to live with it, take potentially harmful medication or have invasive surgery. When a patient comes to see me, they have tried everything. In creating an individual treatment plan we not only address the area of pain, but also the root imbalance in the body that created the pain. With the use of Acupuncture, herbs and other modalities the patient becomes pain free and stays pain free. With my many years of experience and extensive training In pain relief, I have worked with all types of chronic pain to name a few; back pain, neck and shoulder pain, tennis/golfer elbow, sciatica and auto accidents.
Deeply listening and supporting women of all ages is a primary aspect of my Acupuncture and Herbal practice. As women, we are in relationship to a dynamic, powerful and ever changing internal rhythm that is in tune with the natural rhythms of nature. We carry the seed of creation within our womb. Therefore it is so important that we nourish and feed that aspect of our biology, no matter what age and cycle we are in. When shifts occur for women in their bodies – like PMS, fibroids, menopause infertility, birthing, and postpartum to name a few – the upmost care and attention is needed so as to allow a woman to delicately mother her womb, her spirit and her emotions. This body-mind-spirit trinity is a highly adaptive system, when given the right attention and nourishment.
My treatments involve a unique combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Lifestyle and Nutrition Advice, and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy using state of the art technology. My commitment is to create health, wellness & balance in body, mind & spirit, at every stage of life.
At the Acupuncture Wellness Center, we practice a 5000-year old medical system that diagnoses each person based on his or her constitution and treats the person, not the disease. Through clearing disharmonies and restoring balance in the body, we help people to regain their vitality and achieve their wellness goals.
My goals of treatment are to use acupuncture techniques and massage to alleviate pain, promote relaxation, facilitate healing, and achieve balance; and to provide nutritional and herbal recommendations that will strengthen the body and alleviate symptoms of discomfort. By assisting patients in setting and achieving personal goals that promote a healthy lifestyle, and providing education directed towards those goals, I will be able to support you in your quest for health.