Let Us Help You Find Your Way To Wellness
Orenda Healing Arts creates a safe, nurturing environment where clients can experience healing and renewal. We work together with individuals and their providers/physicians to develop a plan that supports each client's goals towards optimizing their wellness. Our areas of special interest include Supportive Cancer Care, Women's Health, Internal Medicine, and Emotional Wellness.
A Little About Mary
Mary Berg Malkiel
Oncology Certified Registered Nurse
Licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medicine Practitioner
NCCAOM Certified in Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine/Bodywork)
Mary Berg Malkiel
BSN, MS, RN, LAc, EAMP, OCN, Dipl. OM
Founder, Orenda Healing Arts LLC
Mary has been providing care to oncology and stem cell/bone marrow transplant patients for over 35 years as an Oncology certified registered nurse, and as a licensed acupuncturist since 1995. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington, and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate from John Bastyr University. Mary furthered her herbal medicine studies by completing intensive post-graduate internships at both Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She is nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Mary believes that kindness, caring, and humor, are invaluable tools during the healing process. By creating a safe, nurturing environment where clients can experience healing and renewal, she treats each individual on a personal level, listening, learning, and sharing their pathway through life.
Mary’s areas of interest are supportive cancer care, women’s health, internal medicine, and emotional wellness. Through her professional work, and as a two-time cancer survivor, Mary has found a special connection in working with individuals and families who are experiencing cancer in their lives. She welcomes patients (in any phase of their diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or palliative care), their families, and other caregivers/professionals who provide care to those with cancer.
In her off hours, Mary enjoys the company of her dogs, and being outdoors in the snow and sun. She was the founder of Rocky Mountain Team Survivor, a non-profit fitness and activity program for women cancer survivors based in the Front Range of Colorado. Mary also had the honor of being chosen as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Mary cares for her acupuncture clients every Tuesday at the Orion Center for Integrative Medicine, which is located within the Talaris Conference Center, in Seattle, Washington.
You may schedule an appointment:
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"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
While acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be effective for a variety of conditions, Mary's areas of special interest are:
Supportive Cancer Care:
Sound research has demonstrated acupuncture to be an effective and safe adjunct therapy for cancer care.
Randomized clinical trials have demonstrated that acupuncture is effective for:
chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
And may be helpful with the following:
managing cancer-related pain
chemotherapy-related neutropenia (low white blood cell count)
radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth)
minimize peripheral neuropathy (numbness/tingling in hands/feet).
Women's health, including menstrual irregularities, PMS, menstrual pain, perimenopause, menopause (both natural and surgically/chemotherapy induced)
Stress and anxiety
Recognized by the World Health Organization
The World Health Organization recognized acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
Urogenital Disorders, including stress, incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction
Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joint, and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety
Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
Supportive Therapy¸for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific pressure points of the body. Each needle is about as thick as a single strand of hair and the insertion is generally completely painless. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways. If the natural flow of this energy circulation is disrupted, then the result can be pain or even disease. Acupuncture points are intentionally stimulated in order to balance the circulation of energy and to promote healing within the body and the mind.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbs are an integral aspect of Chinese medicine. They can be extremely effective for all types of ailments, from internal pathologies to acute trauma and illness. It is especially effective when used in conjunction with acupuncture. Herbs can help enhance the benefits of acupuncture between treatments, while also addressing the problem internally, thereby attacking the problem from multiple angles.
Chinese herbs may be used with many Western medications and a certified Chinese herbologist is trained to work with patients that would like to use both types of treatment. In some cases, it is possible that Chinese herbs may be used to help reduce the amount of Western medications required for a patient. It is important to let your practitioner know of any medications you are taking and to speak with your primary care provider before adjusting the dose of any pharmaceutical you are taking.
Moxibustion is the burning of mugwort over acupuncture points or local areas of the body in order to add heat and energy to the body. It improves blood circulation, strengthens the body's internal systems, and warms local areas. Moxibustion is used for cold related disorders, such as menstrual cramps, low back pain, arthritis, and digestive complaints.
The practice of cupping uses suction to adhere glass cups to the skin. Most commonly used on the back, cupping increases blood flow to the local area. In some cases, the cups may be gently moved while still suctioned to the skin, helping break adhesions between tissue layers formed by old injuries or chronic tension and stress.
Tui na is a form of Chinese manual therapy used to alleviate pain, improve blood flow, and help speed healing after physical trauma.
Gua sha uses the smooth edge of a porcelain spoon to scrape against the skin. The friction helps pull pathogens to the surface of the body, for the body to expel. It can be very effective to help treat some forms of acute colds and upper respiratory illnesses.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
As part of your wellness plan, we may make recommendations in regards to nutrition and lifestyle. We can provide you with information that is specific to your individual needs.