Jason Stein founded Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture with his wife, Beth Herzig, in 2003. Since then, the Portland Maine acupuncture clinic has expanded. We recently spoke to Jason to find out how he became interested in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine in the first place.
Jason, why were you drawn to acupuncture?
I was drawn to acupuncture by the focus on treating the body, not just the ailment. After being frustrated with a stubborn case of pneumonia and digestive issues, and experiencing first-hand the Band-Aid approach that mainstream Western medicine often takes, I found myself looking for a different approach. Acupuncture takes into account the whole person — physically and emotionally.
What do you love about acupuncture?
I love that acupuncture works by stimulating the body to heal itself. The healing, anti-inflammatory and euphoric properties of acupuncture come from within. There are no drugs or potions on the tips of the needles. Our bodies are the greatest pharmacy on earth and acupuncture helps us unleash their power!
Do you have a specific focus area within acupuncture?
My focus is on infertility, digestive issues, pediatrics and pain.
What’s the most extraordinary thing about acupuncture?
The most extraordinary thing about acupuncture is its relevance. We are talking about a medicine that is over 5,000 years old and continues to help the imbalances of our modern world. When people follow the principles of Chinese medicine their whole body and emotional state improves. It’s amazing.
What are the principals of Chinese medicine? What does that mean?
The principles of Chinese medicine are all about living your life in balance. Like Oscar Wilde says, “Everything in moderation, including moderation”.
What’s the most frequent question you get about acupuncture?
The most frequent question about acupuncture is: “Does acupuncture hurt?” I think this has to do with the media’s representation of acupuncture. How many times have you seen a picture of a person with 200 acupuncture needles in their face? I also think many people associate needles with pain because our first exposures to needles are painful, such as getting vaccinated or giving blood. Acupuncture needles are anywhere from .16mm to .38 mm. While Injection needles are anywhere from .6mm to 2 mm. These are completely different needles.
In what ways is acupuncture different than mainstream medicine?
Acupuncture is different than mainstream medicine in that in acupuncture we look at the whole being. It is truly holistic. There is no separation of mind and body in acupuncture. With acupuncture, we have the time to look deeper and find common themes to imbalances. Acupuncture is also preventative – it prevents colds, illness and insomnia, for example.
Jason is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He earned his Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle.