Performance Acupuncture, a Chinese medicine clinic above the Wild Rumpus Bookstore, is hosting an open house Sunday, Jan. 27 for people interested in learning more about acupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine.
There will be medical demonstrations and free chair massages at the open house planned for 2–4 p.m. at the clinic located at 2720 W. 43rd St., suite 206.
Clinic owner Michael Egan launched his private practice five years ago. He was first drawn to acupuncture while touring with “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” in Portland. He was experiencing a bad case of tennis elbow. After a few visits to an acupuncturist he experienced dramatic pain relief. He continued with his acting career, but ultimately decided to make a career switch and become a practioner of Chinese medicine.
He treats people with a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, migraines and Fibromayalga, among other things.
“We’re at a time when people say show me the research, and I can pull up solid research to show that acupuncture outperforms placebo for a variety of common conditions,” he said. “I try to demystify it.”
While Chinese medicine doesn’t work for everyone, he has witnessed many success stories.
“I have gained a tremendous amount of humility,” he said. “I have realized personally how important health is — our physical health, our mental health and our emotional health.”